Sunday, October 5, 2014

Halloween Décor


Kiddo: "Mom.... How many more days?"...






Mom: "Three, honey"...


Kiddo: "Three, that's such a loooooonnnggg time"....


... Five minutes passes...


Kiddo: "How many more days, now?"...


Mom: "Still Three"...


Kiddo: "Still?"...


Yes, that is the conversation I had with my daughter one October  morning when she asked how long until Halloween. Next to Christmas, Halloween is one of my kiddo's favorite times of the year. They can dress up and become anyone they want to be, whether it's a princess or a movie character or, in my case a Beautiful Bride and a Gymnastics Superstar - Halloween allows them to spend some time role-playing without feeling silly about it.

Now, our home, as you might have guessed, has been decorated for weeks, but if you just haven't found the time - it's still not too late to get thing in a "spooky mood" for the big night.

Although I don't have much vintage stuff, I absolutely adore vintage decor and love the hand-me-downs from grandmother’s and mother in law’s collections.
I love the look of those old-time Halloween decorations, before it became an all-out battle to see who could pull off the scariest or most gruesome yard on the block, folks went with the simpler things. Jack-o-lanterns on the porch, paper cutouts of bats and jack-o-lanterns that had been made at school adorned the front windows.

While finding the simpler decorations may involve a trip to your local antique store or a few hours shopping online, you can still pull off some great decorating without overstepping into "scary" territory.

I love candy corn... not so much to eat, although it's not bad, but to decorate with. A plain glass bowl filled with candy corn is a Halloween tradition, stick in a few black licorice sticks and you're even more into the orange and black of the season.

Find a clipart site with vintage or cute Halloween pictures. Print them out and glue them to cardboard. Cut it out around the shapes and attach several to a black or orange ribbon to make a cute garland.

Print out a template of a bat and cut a whole colony out of black construction paper. Hang them from the doorways or ceiling.

Don't want to carve a pumpkin? Grab some paper lunch sacks and paint them orange or black. Cut out different jack-o-lantern faces on one side of each sack. Fill each with an inch or so of sand (or a few small rocks) and place up the walkway to your home.

Insert a battery-operated tea light and you'll have glowing faces of all sorts to welcome your little trick-or-treaters. Yes, traditionally, luminaries have real candles in them, but I'm just not comfortable with flaming candles and paper in such close proximity to each other (especially when kids will be walking by them!)

If you're really feeling ambitious, you can make some too-cute little ghosites... They're actually quite simple. You can find the directions at Thrifty Decor Chick.

Want to get the little ones in the act? Have them do some jack-o-lantern cutouts like I used to do at school when I was a kid. Tape them to the inside of your windows for fun shadows at night.

I love taking my kids trick-or-treating and yes, you'll recognize my house because it's the one with the life size tombstone graveyard and the fogger in the front yard complete with the soundtrack to Disney's Haunted Mansion, but I do wish my family would go for the vintage "less is more" style some time... I think they'd be pleasantly surprised.

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