Friday, October 1, 2010

October 1st...


It's official...

My Halloween decorating can now begin!

I know, I know - there are plenty of you die-hard-Halloweener's...

or...

Halloweenies...

Halloweenettes...

Hmm?

(MOVING ON!)

...who started decorating as soon as Fall arrived, but I typically like to keep my seasons and holidays separate, giving them each their own space to express themselves.

But as of today, the ghost and goblins can make their way out of the cellar and into the house!

While browsing Better Homes & Gardens I found some great ideas that I will definitely be incorporating this year.


These gourds are not only pretty, but functional too! Can't beat that...



And every house should be home to a few crows and cobwebs...



Or maybe, a lot of cobwebs!

My kids would LOVE to have a webby, spidery chandelier like this one!



And it's just not Halloween without the bats...



Remember our colony of bats from last Halloween?


The effort was definitely worth the end result!



And I love this idea!

This particular tree is painted on, but lucky for us, Eileen has some fabulous trees in her shop that would work perfectly for this. Hit up the dollar store for a bunch of crows and you've got yourself a display that will *WOW* anyone that walks in your door!





These last two ideas are about as simple as it gets.

If your kids are anything like mine, they love seeing themselves all framed up!

Make it a little creepy and crawly and they'll love it even more...




How about a new use for all of those Mason jars you have sitting around?

With a little black construction paper and some masking tape, you can make yourself a mummy...

Cute, right?

I'm thinking this is the perfect craft for the kids.



So what about you?

Has your Halloween decorating commenced?


I'm always up for fresh, new ideas, so if you have any that you would like to share, I'm all ears!


Happy October!





All photos courtesy of BHG.com


12 comments:

Allyson Jane Designer Desserts said...

I MADE my husband get all my Halloween stuff down three weeks ago. It's all still sitting there waiting for me. I'm sure I will get to it this weekend. :) I have some great pics of my front porch from last year....

What Would Jen Do (jennifer) said...

the bats on the house are definitely gorgeous.
i watched a whole Dirty Jobs show on them making those gourds. It was very interesting.

Petie@inspirednesting.com said...

I think our chandelier already has those cob webs...I'm ahead of the game :) Tks for sharing all the great ideas. I've been decorating more harvesty, but planning to pull out some of the Halloweenie stuff soon.

Looking forward to checking out more of your blog.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

What fun ideas. I don't do much for Halloween, but I always enjoy seeing everyone's decorations. Hugs, Marty

Jane said...

I've had some Fall stuff out in the month of September, but this weekend I will begin layering in Halloween. I just love this time of the year! And those are some cute and creative ideas....might just have to copy a couple of them!

M said...

love love love all of your decoration ideas!

Daryl at Vermont Cottage said...

I do remember your porch from last year! That was fabulous!! Did you cut out all those bats? I prefer a little more classy Halloween, so your bats on the porch, the BOO under glass, and the photos of the kids peering up and out are just the thing. Thanks for the inspiration!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

SO cute!

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french doors and verandahs said...

The crows on the ladder certinly remind me of Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Birds'. Love your decorating ideas and while we don't really celebrate Halloween here in Australia, looking at these decorating ideas I sure wish we did!
X Briohny.

Life with L said...

Great ideas. Halloween can be so much fun1 It makes you feel like a kid again. Enjoy your week-end. Cheers, Linda

Trinity said...

Love the idea of a portrait. I'll think of something like that this Halloween.

taylormadenews said...

i had to start decorating for halloween before it even got cool outside: http://taylormadenews.typepad.com/blog/2010/09/halloween-decorations.html
and i made my first halloween tree this year: http://taylormadenews.typepad.com/blog/2010/09/my-halloween-tree.html