Thursday, October 19, 2023

Ready for Halloween!


Ready for Halloween!

Each year I tell myself I am not going to put a lot of decorations out for Halloween....and then I get started and can't stop.
The wreath on the door is old...I made it years ago - very easy.  Just cut a styrofoam ball in half, cover with any white fabric, tie it off to make the head, and add the face with a black marker. Then arrange the fabric to look like a ghost.  I added the Halloween ribbon and some bats and a Happy Halloween little board.
Kept the same Fall decor at the front door...

but switched out the art work, and added some spiders to go with the web design!

My witch hat and a bat are added to the clock.

Kept the fall decor going in the living room, just added a bat and a little ceramic ghost.

Found this plate last year at a Hallmark store and like the way the light shines through.  You can see a small Jack-O-Lantern on the porch table...I lit it when we had company and it was nice to see it outside.  

The ghost lights up ( I have it on a timer ) and was made years ago by my Aunt Mamie when she took up ceramics in her 90's.  Several people in my family have one and each October we post on Facebook that "Aunt Mamie's ghost has returned"!!!  You cant see the book...but it is open to Poe's "The Raven".

Again, kept my Fall decor, just added a Jack-O-Lantern to the apples and my little witch.

This ceramic pumpkin was made by 1977!  I don't have an outlet there to plug it in, so I use a battery operated candle in it and I love the way it glimmers.

Took some old books and spray panted them black and added the titles...I love the little gingham pumpkin from Dollar Tree!

This is the first year I added the bats to my decorations... and of course, my Susan Branch Autumn book had to be out.  The little mug and saucer are Temptations that I got for a steal at the QVC outlet near here before they closed.
Dining Room table is simple...just used candy corn as the base for the candle...another ghost (made those the same year I made my Jack-O-Lantern) and the leaf place mate is old.

Last week we had tickets with friends to see an Oldies Concert - Jay and the Americans, The Brooklyn Bridge, The Coasters, and a few others.  We had planned on going out to dinner before the show, but is was a terrible rainy day...and we had all attended a Memorial Service that morning followed by a lunch reception that was very filling.  I knew I had some Chicken Taco Soup on the freezer and it seemed like a good soup day, so we decided to eat at our home before heading to the concert.  I got the place mats at our local Cash and Cary yard sale ( one of the many things I stuffed in a bag for 2 dollars on the last day.) The leaf bowl is from a floral arrangement my mother brought for a Thanksgiving dinner years ago...

The leaf chargers are from Ross, the napkins are VERY old and from a store called Welcome Home...anyone remember that place ? The napkin rings are from Dollar Tree.  We were SO glad to be eating soup on such a wet day....and we did get soaked going to the concert, but it was worth it.  The music was WONDERFUL!

I had some bats left over so I added them outside our apartment door...

Our front door again...and our utility closet...some more bats.  All of our neighbors and several of the work people who are in the building have commented on how much they like them.
Do you decorate for Halloween ?  We don't get Trick or Treaters in our building, but there is a Trunk and Treat event nearby.  I like to make treats for the neighbors - this year probably brownies!
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  1. Love all your Halloween/Fall decor. I do absolutely nothing for Halloween but do have a couple of things out for fall. I use to go all out for all seasons and holidays but all the dragging out and putting up grew old. So, I enjoy seeing everyone else's decor. Have a great weekend!

  2. You have so many great decorations. I love that you have some handmade pieces that are really special! That soup sounded good on a cold rainy day. I bet it was extra cozy with all of your cute fall decor. I don't remember Welcome Home. I hope you're off to a great week!

  3. Ann, you decorated your house so nice for Fall/Halloween. I used to decorate the inside of my house for Halloween but I now just decorate my mantle with fall decorations. I do have a simple pumpkin decoration on the outside of my front door for Halloween. Soup on a rainy day is just perfect with all of this rain we've been having lately. I hope you have a nice Halloween!

  4. Love your keep fall at the front door image.
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