We love Halloween and I mean L-O-V-E. Let’s put it this way: of all the days in the year, Chris picked Halloween to propose on and that wasn’t a coincidence. And then he found out Halloween fell on a Saturday the year we were getting married. Try as he might to convince me,
we I did not love Halloween enough to get married on the date, but I’m still a big fan and he’s still a bit disappointed.
Needless to say, another big reason we love owning a house is decorating for the holidays, which of course includes Halloween. We’ve been scouring the Internet for ideas lately and well, all you goblins and ghouls are in luck, Chris and I have compiled our favorite ideas for your enjoyment and, hopefully, inspiration.
For those of you planning a spook-tacular (sorry, I just love holiday-themed puns) Halloween party:
Check out these perfectly creepy “Buried Alive” cupcakes by Rachel Ray. Although, it’s a little creepy that one of the steps involves tearing limbs off a baby doll. Just saying.
Make some “killer” cocktails. What a great, easy chalkboard idea by Better Homes and Garden.
Something Created Everyday featured this display they found. The artist found the lights at IKEA and painted the hands for a creepy zombie effect and framed the display with an old wooden frame. This would be perfect to recreate at a house party.
Tired of white and orange pumpkins? No fear, Mod Podge is here. Turn pumpkins into graphic statements with a little Mod Podge and fabric. Find the tutorial at Tater Tots and Jello.
And now for some outdoor decorating ideas…
Centsational Girl stacked her pumpkins in alternating colors on the planters she has on her front porch. An easy way to bring color, interest and a dose of the holidays to the front of your house.
For an even more colorful display, take a look at this Southern Living tutorial for glowing disco-ball-like pumpkins. Gotta love the sparkle!
Have an extra pumpkin laying around? Dreamy Whites has a great tutorial on how to transform a pumpkin into a bird feeder.
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”
No, not Christmas… Halloween. Ghosts. Goblins. Vampires. Zombies. Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. As a kid, I loved dressing up as what was usually some sort of pilot and getting free candy, while as a grown-up I love the opportunity to exercise my creativity and creep out my neighbors while watching all the great horror movie marathons. In fact, I love Halloween so much, I proposed to Julie on that day. So, needless to say, Halloween is close to our hearts. We celebrated our first two Halloweens as a couple by dressing as a pair to parties, but when we finally got a house we knew we’d be going big. We’re always on a budget, but our goal is to gradually top ourselves (and our neighbors) every year.
Where Julie and I differ on Halloween, however, is the style of decorations. Julie is into clever Halloweenizations (not a word? It is now.) of everyday decor, whereas I like gruesomely humorous setups and unconventional twists on “traditional” decorations. Here’s a few examples:
Here’s a guy who has catastrophically crashed his bike on a gravestone and consequently slammed his head into a tree. No, make that through a tree. Sick, right? Oh, but you know you laughed…
Next, we have skeletons climbing up the side of a house. I liked this one so much, it served as inspiration for some of our own decorations this year.
What’s creepier than people holding hands in a circle? How about ghosts holding hands in a circle (I’d say zombies holding hands in a circle, but let’s be realistic here- zombies don’t hold hands).
Finally, we have legs sticking out of the ground. There are few things more disturbing than partial bodies, even if their complete existence is implied. Assembling half a body is just a creepy experience.
Hope you enjoyed the ideas. Pictures of our own yard to be posted soon!