If you've been reading this little blog for any length of time, you know that Halloween is my absolute favorite time of the year. It's such a fun and playful holiday. Lends itself to so much creativity and imagination...and it brings back such great memories of my childhood.
We don't get into the "evil" of Halloween. I personally don't think there's any evil to it, but that's just me talking crazy I guess. I see Halloween as a time for costumes, candy, hayrides, trick-or-treating, and FUN. (Did I mention candy??!?!?) And that's just how we celebrate it in our little family. Holidays...like anything else...are what you make of it :) And we love to have fun with this one.
Being that I love Halloween as much as I do, it only stands to reason that the house is decorated and ready for all of the October festivities...and it has been since mid-September. I decorate way too early, but no...it doesn't take the "special" out of the holiday. It just lets us enjoy it a little longer :) While I do love Fall decor, I love Halloween decor thismuchmore. And knowing how much my boys love it makes me that much more excited to decorate!
So welcome to Home Tour Tuesday...the Halloween Edition!
Let's step in and take a peek at how we decorated for Halloween this year.
First up let's talk about how my house smells this time of the year. You can guarantee that one of these two candles will be burning when you walk in the house. The Circle E Apple Strudel candle is one of my favorite scents by that company and those candles smell the entire house. You can pretty much guarantee that my Candleberry Hot Maple Toddy will be burning ALL year long. It's a warm scent though and perfect for this time of the year. Hands down, BEST candle there is. I get more compliments on that candle than anything else! The entire house is filled with it's fragrance when it burns. DELICIOUS!
While we're talking all about Halloween decor, I'm celebrating National Coffee Day today with my daily cup of Sonic's Red Button Roast. Best coffee there is. And it's best when served black. Nothing extra needed. Trust me. I can't drink coffee any other way anymore!
(In other news, I'm almost finished with my She Reads Truth study of Galatians. Such a powerful study and beautiful reminder of God's promises to us!! I highly recommend this one!!!)
Speaking of coffee, here's my (Halloween-ish) coffee bar set-up.
I switched out my other mugs for this collection and so far I've been able to find the BOO, TRICK,& TREAT mugs for October. I found them at Home Goods/Marshall's
(the brand is Magenta).
Right next to the coffee bar is my little skull on a platter with a little chalk art I did on a mini-board from Michaels. We set our keys on the platter when we walk in and "Skully" reminds us to pick them up before we head out the door every morning ; )
I added a simple little door hanger to the pantry door. I found it at At Home for $8! Sold!!
While we're in the kitchen, we'll take a peek in the breakfast room since it's attached. Here's what's to the right of our breakfast table...
I took out all of my cups and creamers in this little display case and switched them out for these ridiculous skulls. The boys got the biggest kick out of this when they first saw it!
The skulls are from Wal-Mart and they make for some really fun and playful pops of decor :) The Happy Halloween wooden sign was a find from Home Goods last year. I think. The skull pinwheel was .75 cents at Target in the party section a few years ago after season. I'm glad I finally have somewhere to put it!
Here's the table set-up right below the display case. It's a hodge-podge of randomness, but perfect for the space. I'm sure you can guess what my boys love best here :) #candycornforthewin
I found the countdown blocks at Marshall's (this year) and picked up the skeleton hands at the Dollar Tree. I think they're actually serving tongs, lol!
I need to add some ribbon and a label to the candy corn jar.
On the wall to the left of the breakfast table is a buffet and shelves. I usually take down all the decor on the shelves and put up all things Halloween. This year I decided to keep it simple and save me a little bit of work. I kept up most of what is usually displayed on the shelves and then added to it with pumpkins and other fun pieces.
I found the "Eat, Drink, & Be Scary" sign at Marshall's this year and our scary little pumpkin boy had to make another appearance. I love walking into the kitchen and seeing him turned backwards. Mr. Spouse HATES that thing! He turns him around every time he walks by it. Makes me laugh.
This year our Martha Stewart bats moved from the dining room to the breakfast/living room(s). They wanted a change of scenery, I guess :) I know I could've cut my own, but I'm too lazy for that. These have lasted me 4 good years and they're in great condition still!!
I switched out the decor on the table behind the sofa in the living room. SUPER simple Just added some spiders, webbing, and a table runner to the set-up. Since the table runner is black I layered it on top of a lighter runner I already had to make it pop. I got the black runner from Dillard's about 5 years ago. The pumpkin is from Pier 1 (10ish years ago) is sitting in a little bed of Spanish Moss which I think jazzes it up thismuch ;)
While we're in the living room, let's peek at the built-ins.
I removed the decor from the two bottom shelves and just added a couple of simple things to the two shelves on top. The Trick or Treat sign is from Marshall's (this year) and the two black pumpkins flanking either side were a steal at Kirkland's about 5 years ago. They have a glow-in-the-dark picture on one side of either pumpkin, but I didn't like it so I turned them around and put them on a bed of Spanish Moss in little planters.
I placed little orange berry stems in the wire jars on one of the top two shelves. The very bottom shelf holds flameless candles sitting on top of Spanish Moss and those darling pumpkin/cat statues (Marshall's, this year). I think the pumpkin was missing his head piece when I bought him, so I filled the cavity with Halloween straws :)
The BOO sign was from Wal Mart last year and the Trick or Treat black cat sign was a fun find last year from Marshall's. Overall, the built-ins were kept really simple this year.
I changed out the mantle...again...this year and I know I say this every year, but I think this is my favorite! I brought back all my "31's" to display together and then added some fun jars and pumpkins to decorate around them. I love adding the cheesecloth to finish it all off and give it another texture/dimension.
I found the white pumpkins at Wal Mart (this year) and the labeled jars are either from Ross or Marshall's. I would just snag them when I found them. The black and white 31 sign was a fun find at Marshall's last year and I made the other two. I also made the music sheet wreath. You can see how I did that HERE. The banner is a Martha Stewart special I found at Michaels several years ago and it was worth the $8 I spent on it. It still looks brand new!!!
I love adding books to any kind of vignette because I love how they add height and more dimension. I typically turn the spines to the back for a more uniform look . All of my books have the most randomly colored covers.
Here's what sits on our little hearth. A lantern filled with random pumpkins and a basket filled with a blanket, pillow, and birch logs.
Our coffee table sits right between the couch and the fireplace and here's how I decorated it this year.
I decorated the tray as an ode to Edgar Alan Poe's "The Raven". It's my NEVERMORE tray :)
I absolutely love that skull/raven combo. The skull has an imprint of a map imbedded onto it so I used globes to decorate around it to play off that little motif. I switched out the greenery in my jug for some bare branches and added another raven to the display to finish it all off.
Since the coffee table is pretty long, I decorated with this little set-up next to the tray. I found the pumpkins at Target a few weeks ago (a tube of 8 for $6). The bowl is from Tuesday Morning.
Right behind the couch is our little sofa table and I really changed it up this year. I haven't liked it a whole lot the last couple of years and knew I wanted it to look completely different this year. I found that table runner at Marshall's (this year). I made the chalkboard and between that and the runner I had my inspiration for this year's set-up. I like it SO much more than what I've done the last couple of years!
This is my black and white display :) I just took my skulls and crows and arranged them as best I could, lol! My boys requested the spider webs and I thought that was the perfect suggestion for this space! I really do love it!
The "mystery room" sits right next to this sofa table and here's what I did to it. Not much :)
I removed most of the decor from the shelves and replaced it with different Halloween signs, statues, and pumpkins. I found the white pumpkins at Wal Mart and the rest is just a hodge podge of stuff I've collected over the years. The pumpkin banner is from Wal Mart ( a few weeks ago) and I covered the boxwoods with more spider webs and added some little glittery spiders for a fun touch. Simple and easy!
The dining room table looks a lot different than it has in years past, too. I kept out the vase and candleholders like I normally do throughout the year, but I switched out the greenery for bare branches, added some black rock and baby skulls for filler in the vases, and then removed the candles and added white pumpkins to the candleholders. Then I draped cheesecloth through my chandelier. I also switched out my table runner for this darling one I found at Marshall's last month.
I need to move the wall of plates, frames, and my buffet all to the right (eventually). Nothing in this room is centered and it drives me batty.
I didn't do much to my buffet, but I did take away some of my decor that usually sits there and added my mercury glass poison bottles and a few skulls instead. To add more texture I set the bottles on top of a wood slice (found at Ross for $10). I collected the bottles from a few different trips to Ross & Marshall's and I think displaying them together makes more of an impact. I really love this little vignette!!
This little table sits in my dining room as well and it's simply decorated, too. I love collecting globes and found this one a few months back at Ross for $10. Sold. The cloche and skull/raven are both from Marshall's. I found that fabulous Trick or Treat serving tray at Home Goods a few weeks ago!!!
The hallway table is super simple this year, too. It's really not big enough for much more anyway. I took my hydrangeas out of the planter box and filled it with pumpkins instead. I found the planter and boxwoods at Ross this past spring.
Last but not least is our little powder bath in the hallway. I covered the window with spider webs and added some glittery spiders for fun. I filled the shelves with our leftover decor and a picture of my boys from about 4 years ago at the Dallas Arboretum in October. I LOVE that picture of them and it fits in perfectly with the decor :)
Whew! I think that about covers it! I still need to add our silhouette mice to the stairs going to the media room. The boys have a few little Halloween cutouts in their room, but nothing to write home about. I usually don't decorate our room for Halloween, but you can bet I will for Christmas this year. I'm getting ahead of myself ;)
I'll post some pictures of the porch next week...it's almost there!!!
If you wanna take a peek at how our Halloween decor has evolved over the years, you can check out those posts below. That's actually scarier than Halloween itself, lol!