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Do you decorate for Halloween?

If so, do you limit it to a few carefully-chosen decorations or go all-out? Do you change your decor up every Halloween or use the same things year after year?

Sarah and I thought we would share a few glimpses at how we’ve decorated our homes this year. Enjoy!

Meagan’s House:

We make a Big Deal out of our front yard at Halloween (well, I can’t exactly take the credit – it’s my husband’s and brother-in-law’s doing) so I have started going a lot more subtle indoors. For one thing, a huge section of our basement is now occupied by skeleton pirates and their ship, a life-sized mausoleum, and various other spooky – and did I mention large? – items that make up our outdoor “haunt.” Our Halloween bins are stuffed to overflowing with costume pieces, and every year they get fuller. I finally had to draw a line in the sand and just quit buying more stuff.

That said, we definitely get into the spirit both indoors and outdoors. 

halloween post - birds coffee station
One great way to make an impact without a lot of “stuff” is to buy similar pieces and incorporate them in unexpected places… [click to continue…]

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