Monday, October 12, 2015

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is my favorite holiday, I think probably dating back to my Catholic School days when the day after was always a free day (thank you, All Saints Day). So, I tend to do it up big around here most years, both inside and out. 

This year I've toned it down a little bit, because A) I have a toddler I'm trying to get to love Halloween as much as I do, and I don't want to terrify her, and B) I'm still really into most of the interior decor I've installed post-move, and didn't want to mess it up with skulls and whatnot. 

Yes, having a life-sized skeleton and his hell hound companion on my front porch falls under my definition of "toned down," in case you were wondering.

I like how our hydrangeas are even getting into the spirit, having turned a deep purple color from their earlier bright blue. 

Of course mums and birch logs are always a good call for Autumn (someone really needs to rake those leaves): 

This is our first Fall in the new house, so I wasn't sure what the neighbors would think about all of my decorations. I was seriously relieved to see houses all up and down our street bedecked with orange string lights and all sorts of ghoulies! Love it! 

Inside, I just put out a few things in some key locations. Of course, I couldn't resist going full-on goth on our mantle:

Wait, is that Evanescence I hear? 

I love to use some of my spooky books as decor this time of year, and it doesn't get any spookier than Great Tales of Horror:

The library ladder always presents a fun opportunity for decor: 

In the front parlor (STILL not finished, but soon!) I went a little more traditional, thinking I'd leave the metallic pumpkins out through Thanksgiving: 

This little glass pumpkin is one of my very favorites: 

I picked it up in Half Moon Bay, CA (World Pumpkin Capital, and an all-around swell place to visit) on our babymoon, so it's very special to me. 

Finally, this bunny is not strictly speaking a Halloween decoration, as it's actually a sculpture by the artist Christy Puetz:

However, I admit it is a little creepy and weird though (in the most fabulous way), so it gets place of honor for the season. 

Lastly, a couple of gold bedazzled skulls and a fun striped pumpkin to round out the dining room

Happy Halloween, Everyone! 

1 comment:

  1. Amazing Halloween décor! I am in love with these ideas. Last year my friend hosted a grand scary Halloween party and it was quite interesting. Now she will be using same theme for her wedding. She has reserved one of holistic Chicago wedding venues. Truly, excited for this unique ceremony.