Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Halloween Decor

I love Halloween.  October marks the beginning of crisp mornings and chilly evenings.  It's the pumpkins and the cinnamon and the fun activities.  The anticipation of trick-or-treating and excitement of picking out a costume.  It's more the season than the actual holiday that I love, but I have so much fun making our house extra fun and festive for our kids.  Watching their little faces light up when they see the bats and standing around the tree looking at pictures from past Halloweens is the best.

When you walk in our front door you're greeted by a trail of bats :)


I cut them all out of black card stock last year and hung them up with painters tape.  I removed the tape at the end of the season and got to reuse them with fresh tape this year. 


It's such a big impact for relatively no cost (an entire pack of cardstock and a roll of painters tape is under $5)


The BOO sign I picked up on a trip to The Homestead with Dave and the masked pumpkins I've found at ROSS the past couple of years.  I love how whimsical they are with their little masks. 


The spiderweb pillow was a blank pillowcase I found at Hobby Lobby and drew a web on and the Trick or Treat pillow I found on Zulily.  The throw was a Homegoods find.



I think the key to doing bats is making them look like they have "movement" my keeping them NOT in a straight line and having them point in different directions.



I finished them up going out the front door, which the kids think is a HOOT!


The haunted house I picked up at HomeGoods...


... and it has a fun little LED light inside.


This Sid Dickens memory tile is PERFECT for Halloween!


Another little masked pumpkin on the side table and I switched out the lampshade for an orange one.


Here's a panoramic pic I did with my phone do give you an idea of the full effect.



Now onto the kitchen... Jack Bauer says, "come on in!"



In the past I've done a lot of purple and green and all of that and this year I kind of toned it down and stuck with black, white and orange.
  



 I found this lantern on clearance and fell in love.  I'm excited to use it for several seasons.  I filled it up with some "scary" books, a topiary and a few little pumpkins.  Easy!




These black and white costume prints of the boys are some of my favorite Halloween memories :)


I mixed in tea lights with  mercury glass and interesting little bottles with labels I mod podged on to finish it up.

  


I switched the mantle up this year, I kept the shutters (I found these in our attic when we moved in... they were from the area of our kitchen that looks into the family room that used to be a wet bar)... and added in a mirror, some spooky fabric, bats and little pumpkins.





 I found all the pumpkins at Trader Joes and they're so cute!


The spiderweb lace is actually a table runner I found on Zulily.



   

The Halloween Tree I found at Hobby Lobby after Christmas a few years ago and the ornaments I've made with pictures of the kids in their costumes.  I need to catch up on the last two years though! OOOPS!!!

  


This countdown calendar is new to us and the boys are LOVING it! 


 We move the little ghost every morning and talk about how many days are left until we can trick-or-treat. ;)

  

The wire shelf is from an antique shop and used to be white and hang in my bathroom at my parents house.  



This sweet little garland I found at HomeGoods.



I kept it simple and filled the apothecary jars with popcorn, candy corn and oreos. 


  
  


The brick wall in the kitchen is super convenient for spiderwebs - low cost and big impact.


Peanuts and candy corn and one of the best smelling candles ever!  The best!




The wreath I made earlier this week and I have a tutorial video that I'll be sharing tomorrow. 





The kids trick or treat bags are on their chairs and they can't wait to use them!




  

Best candle ever in the perfect festive jar!


So there's our festive house!  I hope you enjoyed the little tour :)

Happy Wednesday, friends!!!!

In case you're curious, you can check out last years decorations HERE.

PS - this post contained affiliate links, which means that if you click on a link and purchase an item, I may receive a small commission.  Thank you!

44 comments:

  1. Such a fun and festive tour! Where are those adorable treat bags from?

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  2. Your house was absolutely stunning!! My very favorite part is the bats. They make such a cute statement!

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  3. I love love love that wreath! I would buy them from you, a few, in multiple colors, if you were planning to make and sell them. :)

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  4. I could not love your house any more. Sitting there at dinner last night among the cozy bats and Halloween tree...it was bliss. Above your kitchen sink looks good, your side table looks fantastic, the kids' table is so cute...I mean...it's perfect friend!

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  5. So cute! I want to come hang out at your house!

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  6. So pretty!! I love your Halloween decorations!! Xoxo

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  7. WOW! I know your kids love all the decor. My favorite is the tree with all the past costume pictures. This summer, I had a canvas made with my favorite costume picture from years past and can't wait to get it out. Your pictures inspired me...I might be decorating during nap time today ; )

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  8. Amazing. I feel my child may need to come visit you as I have no artistic talent at all.

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  9. The bats and the cobwebs are awesome....but my favorite might be that burlap wreath with the black bird!!!

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  10. I honestly cannot believe that Real Simple Magazine, Martha Stewart, HGTV Magazine or every set designer in Hollywood
    isn't at your doorstep with a truckload of money. You truly have the gift of creativity on steroids. Your home is fun and your children will cherish their childhood memories!

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  11. I LOVE it all! We just moved to a new house, so we are going to skip Halloween decorations this year and go BIG next year. I'm planning to stock up at Hobby Lobby after the holiday.

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  12. Awesome, Andrea! So festive and I bet your kids just love it!;)

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  13. Love it all!! Especially the bats!! So fun!

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  14. I love it you have done such a good job making your house look festive.

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  15. This is my favorite post of the year! Next to your Elf on the Shelf breakfast of course. I love your creativity!

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  16. Well done! I love the mantle with the shutters :)

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  17. Well done! I love the mantle with the shutters :)

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  18. Omg... I'm love with all the decorations!! Bravo!!

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  19. Can you please come over and decorate my house?? I love everything!

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  20. You need to tutor me in wreath making. I fail miserably every time.

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  21. I absolutely LOVE the wreath! The black crow sets is apart from all the rest, can't wait for the tutorial...

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  22. I love your decorating! It's fabulous and full without being over the top or tacky! So fun, and great ideas! Thanks again for sharing! :)

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  23. Goodness gracious, you decorate for Halloween just as much as I decorate for Christmas!! It all looks fantastic! And those bats? So original! You need to get those pictures going on Pinterest!

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  24. You take it to a whole 'notha level!!! So very cute - love it all!

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  25. 2 thumbs up....again!
    Where do you get all that energy? You are making such wonderful memories for your family!

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  26. Pure awesome is all I can say! And, when do you sleep??

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  27. So in love with all you decorations!! Hallowe'en is one of my favourite holidays!! Wish I had the space to do that at my place!!

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  28. You are amazing!!! This post makes me smile!

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  29. Where are the kids trick or treat bags from!?! Love!!!

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  30. My favorite part of the entire house is that bay window behind your sink. I always love seeing how festive you make it!

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  31. I'd seriously pay you to help me decorate, you are so creative! The shoulders above the mantle… especially awesome!

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  32. I just basically want to move into your house. Everything is so warm and inviting! Love every bit!

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  33. Okay those bats are the cutest thing ever and I really thought they were my favorite part right up until I saw the tree! I also love how you hung the kids bags on the back of the chairs. Such a cute idea! You have a decorating knack for sure!

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  34. Andrea- your house is amazing and so is your creativity! I love how you create such a fun, festive space for your family! They are very blessed to have such an awesome mama! Keep sharing your ideas with us all!! May God richly bless your sweet bunch!!!

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  35. Love the decor! Slowly building ours each year, each holiday! Griffin's Moccs are ahhhdorable!

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  36. I love those shoes!!!! I would love to have a pair for my youngest son. Your blog is the best - keep it up :)

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  37. Those shoes are just darling! Thanks for a fun giveaway!

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  38. Those shoes are just darling! Thanks for a fun giveaway!

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  39. You're house looks awesome!! As usual. What is the name of the paint color in your living room? Love it!

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  40. The Halloween decorations look so COOL! Wish I could be a child growing up in your house! ;)

    Kathy

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  41. Perfectly festive!!! I absolutely LOVE the pumpkins and candles on your fireplace! GORG!!!

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  42. So So cute, where did you find the volcano candle in orange?

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