Happy Halloween! I think there are two camps in America. One that LOVES Halloween and decorates their house to the 9’s and dresses up to hand out candy, etc. And then there are the people who would rather turn off the lights and snuggle on the couch in their pajamas with their dog Lacey and watch old movies.
So which one am I? I think I just gave it away! And by the look on Lacey’s face, you can probably guess her camp. The door bell makes her bark and the scary costumes upset her.
Personally I’ve never been a fan of Halloween. Probably because I’m a chicken when it comes to anything scary. When my boys were little, I never allowed them to be anything gory or mean. And scary movies? Heck no. However, I do love my neighbor’s children so I hand out candy because I love to see them all dressed up and see their sweet faces. Especially my fairy-god-children.
I do love to decorate for Fall. I love the oranges, blacks and greens of the flowers, pumpkins and gourds. Here are a few throw backs from last year.
I made an easy vase out of a pumpkin can. After scraping off the label, I painted the can orange and added a “B” sticker. Luckily cans are water tight making them a perfect vessel to hold flowers and water.
I made another one and added a few bat stickers and a handle.
I bought some cute fake spiders at the dollar store and put them around the house. The wiggly eyes reduce the scare factor for me.
I took a dollar store hand soap, stripped off the label and added some spiders and a ribbon for a cute soap for the powder room. I like how the spiders float in the thick soap. This would be an easy and inexpensive craft for kids to make. The spiders were actually spider rings and I cut the ring part off, leaving just the spiders.
I like to put my hand soap in the bathrooms on a silver tray, even if it contains fake spiders. I think even the spiders like it.
I spray painted some wine bottles orange and added these cute stickers that spell out “BOO”. I bought the stickers at Michael’s. Candles would be fun sticking out of the tops of the bottles, but I used some cute little jack-o-lanern pumpkins as toppers.
The big oversized urn in my kitchen always gets a fresh arrangement for Fall. Usually it’s a mix of miniature pumpkins, gourds and Indian corn. I keep these pretty fall colored ribbons from year to year to decorate the urns and flower vases.
And my favorite rooster standing guard beside the urn. I like this arrangement because it takes us all the way from Halloween to Thanksgiving. Then I switch it out with poinsettias. (Christmas is the holiday I REALLY love.)
I found these foam stickers at the dollar store as well. They came in packs of two for $1. They came in Frankenstein, skeleton and pumpkin shapes. I used the outer mask for a bucket and the inside stickers to put on a sandwich container. Wouldn’t these be cute for a packed lunch on Halloween? What a fun surprise for the kids at lunchtime!
I also used spider rings to cinch cellophane on these cute little cups filled with candy. I gave these out last year to the kids in my neighborhood.
These cups were also found at the dollar store. Four cups for a dollar. Not bad!
My little DIY candy corn containers made from pimento jars. A little spray paint and wooden knobs and you have a cute little gift. If my boys were still little, I’d have them give these to their teachers and friends.
And last, but not least, the harlequin pumpkin I made from a container from the grocery store. I painted it gold and added black squares of duct tape in a diamond pattern to create the harlequin look I saw featured in a catalog. The gold buttons add a nice little finishing touch to my pumpkin.
So, here are a few last minute ideas for Halloween parties, gifts or decorations. Next up? Thanksgiving!!! I hope you and your family have a safe and fun Halloween! Be careful out there. Thank you for stopping by! xoxo Dell & Lacey