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!
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.
I love vintage Halloween decorations and often find that they are the best conversation-starters, too. I picked up this black cat candle holder with tissue-paper wings at an antique store – it’s become one of my favorites, and never fails to elicit comments.
But it’s really held up, even after spending 11 months at the bottom of a stuffed bin, and it adds a lot to whatever corner I decide to put it in.
We moved into our house a little over two months ago, so I was still deciding where our everyday decorations were going to go when it was time to drag out the fall decorations! I also remembered that last year I threw out a bunch of Halloween stuff that I didn’t love, so we have a lot less to work with this year. Still, it’s been fun to arrange what we have, and also to think ahead to next year when we’ll have had more time to settle in.
Our entry table (below) has a mix of real pumpkins (the orange and the tiny white ones) and fake, which I think is a fun way to add variety to a tablescape. I love the natural look of the brown ones, which were a Target dollar section find last year. I picked up the wreath at Michael’s on clearance this year, and after realizing it is too petite for our large front doors, decided to hang it here.
I almost didn’t include the photo below at all, because it’s hardly Halloweenish, but that’s maybe just part of the point. I had just finished decorating our mantel when fall came around, and I didn’t feel like starting from scratch for the fall holidays. So I added a few small pumpkins to what was already there and called it a day. Sometimes subtle is okay, too.
(I also decided to let the kids go crazy with fake spider webbing on the fireplace screen, so you can see their irregular and sparse handiwork in the photo as well.)
If you’ve posted your Halloween decorations online, please put a link in the comments so we can check ’em out!
(Feeling panicked because it’s a week until Halloween and you haven’t so much as stretched a web across a corner? Don’t worry, there’s no law that says you have to decorate. But if you’re feeling inspired and want a few easy – really easy, promise – ideas, check out this post featuring 3 super-simple Halloween decorating ideas.)