In what has to be latest blogger Halloween house show-off, I'm finally here with my Halloween house pizazz. I kept thinking I would add cutesy things here and there but I never got around to it and boom, tomorrow is Halloween. So here is this year's set-up...
Since becoming a parent and having the control of my house's appearance ripped from my grip, I've had to change the way I decorate. I now focus on the dining room. This is a no-toy room for the most part. It's always neat and clean. I can decorate with the fancies in here and no one bugs them. Since I have no money for extraneous Halloween decor these days, I went the free printable label route. I searched for free halloween printables on Pinterest and found a plethora. These were my fave.
A few labels, some double sided tape and my normal jars and cloches = instacreepy tablescape.
My little dry sink is always fun yet challenging to decorate. I decided to make a little bar-set up with more bottles and labels then put a cloche on a bird and called it a day.
This is sort of where my plans fell flat. I found these anatomical images online, printed them up and taped them to the old window I used in Gabe's birthday dessert table. I love how it looks. But I think it would look better if I had some beakers and test tubes and other creepy scientific things, right? Maybe some old books and spiderwebs? I guess there's always next year.
For the back of the house, I went pretty darn minimal. Another printable banner on the oft-neglected chalkboard wall...
I also made a few black buffalo check pillow covers to add to my new Target herringbone pillows. Ten bucks on clearance yo.
I added a couple little white pumpkins to the mini stool I bought at Michael's gift shoppe. These are Gabe's fave. And my Boo sign that I mistake for Bod every single time I look at it. Then I think of that terrible men's cologne spray, Bod. The one they show at Christmas? I don't know why I keep putting out the Bod sign.
Then there's our back step, which is our main entrance. I threw up a dollar store spiderweb, some undecorated (you hear that Pinterest?!? UNDECORATED) craft pumpkins and a cauldron filled with dollar store goodies, inspired by this one. A pot of purple mums and my mom's angel statue, who now looks creepy, rounds out my outdoor decor.
As much as I love this holiday, I'll never be the insane, over the top but awesome family that does the whole coffin in the front yard or haunted house thing. Plus, I took Gabe to the costume store this past weekend and the poor lil guy was so scared. Those terrifying animatronic severed heads all over the place had him clinging to me so tight. I'll obviously be keeping the decor kid friendly and sparse for awhile. Maybe some day, we'll do it up Dunphy style.