Jeremy told me to post these photos before Halloween but I’m all like Nah, that’s too easy 🙂 I’m gonna keep it true to me. So while most bloggers are talking Christmas already, I want to just share what we did this past weekend. It’s more natural to me….like if you met me in the diaper aisle and asked, “Oh how was your weekend? What were the boys for halloween? Did you decorate?” and I whip out my cell phone and show you photos. That is us right now….between the Luvs and Huggies sharing Halloween pictures. There might be a crying kid who wants another cookie from the bakery but let’s ignore them and talk the Halloween decorations while shoving goldfish into their hands. (note that I am very good at imagining things as they truly are and then stressing you out verbally on Monday morning. You’re welcome.)
First up…the decorations! Our theme this year was infested!
Will told me that he wanted to put up three hundred thousand million spiders. We just went with a ton of spiderwebs instead 🙂
The front door got the cheesecloth and dollar store spiders hung on it. I attached the cheesecloth with tape on the other side and it held up great.
We recycle the mums from our Pumpkin Painting Party for the front porch every year. This year I might try to plant them….I don’t know if they can survive the winter but we shall see!
When we cleaned out the basement for our friends, I found a bunch of old treasures…including this pumpkin ghost accessory kid. It has those sharp metal rods that stab into the pumpkin making it the easiest decoration in history. I bought this in college. I know. I am a weirdo that bought home decor in my early twenties instead of shoes 🙂
The porch will get tweaked this week for Thanksgiving (mostly edit out the Halloween stuff and put a couple wreaths up) but honestly my Thanksgiving/Harvest game is terrible. I need to step that up a notch.
Step inside the front door and I decorated a little table near the stairs. I was going for a monochromatic look with lots of stripes. Stripes are very scary people. Terrifying. Especially around my hips.
This is a new look but everything was in my stash except for the skull board. That is just a scrap piece of wood I painted stripes on and then hot glued the skulls to. Will calls them “sklel-te-on”….I don’t have the heart to correct him. It’s the cutest version of a gruesome item.
Our candy bowl this year was just a white ceramic bowl. The candy didn’t go out until the 30th….although I have to admit, this is the SECOND big bag of candy because somebody (okay it was me…Jeremy helped) ate it all.
The funnest project was definitely the mummy vase. Weston helped me make it and Will jumped in at the end and I think it turned out pretty fun! It is just one of those plastic masks from the craft store (I’ve used it before) and we wrapped up the vase with strips from a torn bed sheet.
At night it glows and gets really spooky! We love seeing the face appear! And this time we got to talk about mummification and how it is a real thing and how ‘explorers’ have discovered real mummies. Will was THRILLED to hear all about it….and then he asked if Jeremy’s Grandma was a mummy 🙂
The kitchen shelves always get a little sprucing too. You can look up the hashtag #bowershelfie on Instagram and see a bunch of different ones 🙂
I wasn’t going for a direct theme…just halloween colors this time.
I really love the framed picture of a pumpkin. It’s just some black and white fabric framed with a cut out of a pumpkin picture on the front. I think next year I will do the same thing but a GIANT pumpkin picture 🙂
Today is the day to go get some after-halloween clearance items! At Michael’s it is 80% off and Hobby Lobby is 50% off today and gets more discounted as time goes on! Last year I got these cute orange bowls and a pack of straws for twenty cents each 🙂
I questioned whether or not to show you some of the not-so-pretty pictures of our Halloween stuff but then I knew the grandparents would love seeing it. Jeremy’s mom gave us some vintage window clings and we hung those up all over. The boys also made pumpkin frames with their photos. The foam frames were from Oriental Trading (thanks Sarah for sharing those with us!) and the pictures we took on the spot and printed with my wireless 4×6 printer (it’s the Selphy Printer and it’s my favorite thing ever). Weston and LJ got a hold of Maxi Knights and took the liberty of disassembling it 🙂
On the table, we put a cake stand and all the little crafts that come home from school go there. We have found that gathering small items together (whether it’s a special treat item or a craft or a pumpkin bracelet from church) makes it easier to choose what to keep and what we need to say goodbye to. I think in the future I might need a bigger cake plate though 🙂
So that is our Halloween decor for 2015….fun but nothing too scary 🙂 I love a good freight-fest but since my guys are so little, it’s nice to be able to just embrace the more realistic (spiders, skeletons, and mummies, oh my!) side of things without any nightmare-inducing stuff. Heaven knows we all need our sleep around here….especially with all that extra sugar in our veins 🙂
What did you do for decorations this past weekend? Link up if you blogged about it – I would love to see. And tomorrow we have a fun Halloween recap of our kiddo’s costumes and our front-porch pumpkin carving tradition…let’s just say that LJ was a huge fan 🙂