I can't believe we're a week away from Halloween! This year has flown by, and that makes me happy because October through December are basically what I live for. I'd like to say I'm joking, but when it comes down to it, I'm really not! When it comes to decorating the house for Halloween, I don't go too crazy, but I do like to add a few things here and there. My kids have always loved Halloween, and even though they don't go trick-or-treating anymore, I like to theme it up a little bit for them.
Earlier this year, my mom sent me a huge envelope of old family pictures she found in the attic. We're both pretty bummed that we have no idea who any of them are. Since my grandparents are gone, there's no one to ask, but my mom knew if anyone would make sure they didn't get lost in the shuffle, it would be me. Now here comes the controversial part...as soon as I opened the package and saw these, I immediately thought of Halloween.
I hope you don't think it's disrespectful, but I had visions of lots of black frames with (borderline) creepy old photos! Thankfully my mom has a great sense of humor, so when I told her what I did, she laughed and laughed. Whew, that was a relief... ;)
It definitely had the desired effect, because both our kids were completely freaked out when they saw them. And that's when it was my turn to laugh and laugh. They begged me to take them down, so I only left them up for a couple of weeks. These are teenagers, mind you! That's how high the creep factor was for them.
I added in my favorite black ravens, some candles, and these little haunted houses (which are actually cheap Autumn Village houses, spray painted black).
On to the table...We've had this old black tree for years and years, and I like it because it reminds me of the Whomping Willow from Harry Potter. Rory told me last week that it's her favorite Halloween thing from her childhood, and she's glad we still put it out year after year.
She takes it upon herself to hang the little Halloween ornaments every October.
And last but not least, the mantel. This is what really creeped my husband out! He gave me the side eye when he saw a haunted house's worth of candles, and made his usual goofy comment about me being a little weird, but thankfully, he just goes with it
I made this little banner a few years ago, and I'd be willing to put money on the possibility that I grabbed the idea from Pinterest. Sometimes twine, brown tags, and a black sharpie are all you need! Oh and I probably used stencils since I'm terrible at lettering.
So what about you? Do you decorate for Halloween or generally ignore it? If you're not a fan, what's your favorite thing about October?