Our House Decorated For Halloween




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20151007_191844-1 20151007_191921-1I always enjoy this time of year – in close succession I can decorate for Halloween then Thanksgiving and right on to Christmas and then even a short time to Easter. I grew up with a Mom who left no corner of the home not touched by whatever holiday was coming up. I want to pass this down to my Daughter Aurora – I want her to have these wonderful memories of the holidays surrounded with fantastical creatures from ghosts, Santa to pilgrims, turkeys and the Easter Bunny along with everything in between.I didn’t get it all put up this year (only two thirds) as having an eighteen month puts challenges up for decorating since she always wants to touch and pull.

I really enjoy the aspect of blow ups and have them now for almost any holiday. I get ones that are mainly upright and around four feet so they can sit on top of the entertainment unit or other service with little interruption to things in our everyday use. Up his year I have my very first blow up Mr. Frankenstein. I also started out with the eight foot stacked skull and a pumpkin with ghosts pouring out – but my little one got scarred of it and we had to get something she could relate to more so Hello Kitty vampire is in its place.

The tree is new (well not really new as I have had it for about a year and haven’t used it since I got it on after holiday sales). This is an all wrought iron design about eight foot tall. It makes for an interesting tree and now that I have had it up I want the white version of it for Easter or other holiday. Ornaments range from wooden coffins that open, skulls, bats, spiders, crows, pumpkins, skeletons, gravestones. Most of these I had acquired over the years – old light strings with the push on figures were converted to ornaments. Skeleton garlands were cut down (bought at dollar store) and made into ornaments, clip on crows are light activated and other odds and ends. Then we put on Halloween garlands and added a strobe light to the bottom shining up which gives awesome designs on our two floor high ceiling.

Now I am a big collector of animated figures and have several hundred when adding them from different holidays. All of what you see on the shelves (which I made to accommodate them) are push button or lever controlled animated figures. I have ones that go back over a decade. Some have not made it that well over the years but I glue or screw em back together the best I can.

Behind the tree I have Halloween nutcrackers (Mickey, Minnie, Day of the Dead bride and groom, Frankenstein, witch,skeleton and vampire). These are hard to come by so I grab them early when I see them. Some can be found at Michael’s but I have also located unique ones at CVS so you never know where you might find them. My suggestion for any holiday collectible you want is to go early and buy it when you see it since these items are time sensitive and usually once they are gone they are just gone.

What do you do for Halloween in your home? What holiday collectibles do you collect? Have any budget friendly diy projects for holiday decorating? Send the ideas and/or photos in – I may just make a post to show your information off with accredited information and a link if you like.

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Small Pumpkin Votive Candle Holders

1175240_10151838918645266_1921587918_nSuper creative – just cut the top section out of a small gourd or pumpkin. To do this place tea light candle on top and trace the perimeter with a sharpie marker. Cut just with in this line and you want to be able to push the tea light candle down into hole for a tight fit so it won’t go into the pumpkin or gourd. Also, this would have to be done in a short time before a party or dinner as once cut the pumpkin or gourd will shrink which will make the tea light go into the pumpkin or gourd.

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Halloween Fall Candy Vase

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Halloween Floral Bouquet

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Pumpkin Drink Cooler For Party

1098542_10151838606550266_1648436449_nSo simple and makes a big impact with your other party creations. Simple cut a pumpkin at the top where it starts to curve to make its way to the stem. Clean it out and scrap. Add drinks and pack with ice around the drinks. Pumpkins stays good for a long time since the ice keeps it cool so it doesn’t spoil.

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Halloween Party Invitations

1002186_10151838669225266_2018182376_nThese party invitations are actually really cool and are simple to make. The nose, mouth and text are all printed onto bookmark sized squares on card stock. The eyes are glued on and so are the eyebrows and hair which is just ripped construction paper. You then cut the shapes out making the corners round. Great idea!

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Halloween Bloody Candlesticks

1157645_10151855513300266_1481477248_nUse white taper candles and melt red candles like shown at the top of the white candles. This creates blood dripped candles for your Halloween party or for the special night to help scare the kids.

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DIY Halloween Pumpkin Candy Seeds

1002177_10151838673340266_1179914868_nUse a tic tac container and design a label that says Jack-O-Lantern Seeds that will cover the tic tac label. These make great hand-outs, little gifts or party favors.

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Halloween / Thanksgiving Pumpkin Painted Wine Glasses Candle Holder

971612_10151838942810266_794768443_nWhat an awesome idea. Use acrylics to paint inside on glass then stem and finally the bottom of the wine glass as shown. Add some little fall time leaves to the base and then finish it with a fall colored tea candle. For long term use you might want to seal with polyurethane.

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Halloween/Party Tree Hangables

734932_10151505939215266_483299862_nYou first need white stockings with each leg cut. Here we used white glow sticks added to a water balloon before filling. You could use multiple colors or you can buy all green for a different effect. Tie the top of the nylon and hang from a tree. I would think this makes a great decoration for a night time party as well. Around the Fourth Of July you can find red, white and blue. Green would work for St. Patricks Day and multi-colored would work for a birthday. Sometimes you can find all of one color and these can be used for specific color themes.

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