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Decorating for Frankenstein

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween! Ours was pretty low key. We cooked chili, Lois met her new BFF and handed out candy to trick-or-treaters. We actually didn’t have that many, so we have tons of leftover candy. Looks like I’ll be making a batch of these cookies sometime this week.

Since I have so much spooky spirit left to share, let’s just make this Hallo-week.  Today we’ll start with decorating the house and carving pumpkins.

I had really hoped we could go to a pumpkin patch to pick out our pumpkins this year, but rain canceled those plans – so the grocery store it was.melissa_pumpkin

My sister, her boyfriend, and I each picked out a pattern ( I actually carved two because Jacob wasn’t feeling it) and got to work.

Mmmmmm pumpkin guts.

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At one point someone knocked over a beer and Lois was kind enough to help clean it up.

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After lots of pumpkin seeds and cursing of flimsy pumpkin carving tools, we had ourselves some fine looking pumpkins. A spider, a ghost, a beagle, and our address-to be exact.

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Here’s what they looked like all together on the porch.

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And here’s another gratuitous shot of my fall wreath, just because I love it so much.

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The inside of the house got quite the festive treatment as well. I bought a bag of glitter bones and discreetly placed them around the house.

halloween_collage1 Faux pumpkins from last year got a coat of white spray paint and were mixed with real miniature ones.

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The mantle might be my favorite. There’s a glitter skull, a black crow, and many, many pumpkins.

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For our gallery wall, I replaced a few of the frames with creepy photos. And no, they aren’t that crooked in person (at least I think?).

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I also took the liberty of defacing one of our beautiful wedding photos. Sorry Emily and Jon!

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The bookshelves were decked out in pumpkins, spiders and glitter bones.

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For the plaid pumpkin I just covered a $1 Store fake pumpkin in fabric strips and Mod Podge.

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The bats were something I saw on Pinterest and made by cutting shapes out of scrapbook paper.

halloween_collage2 For the coffee table I wrapped a $1 Store skeleton garland around an old vase and spray painted some cheap fake flowers with black spray paint.

If you look closely, you’ll see a fake cockroach next to the remotes. We hid these all over the house for the party and they are still scaring me three days later.

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I decorated the guest bathroom and a few other spaces as well, but my camera died and ate the photos so you’ll have to use your imagination.

So there you have it, folks. I really enjoyed decorating for our first Halloween in our beloved home.

Meet ya back here tomorrow for all the details on the
First Annual Leonard Halloween Extravaganza!

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  • Ricky November 2, 2011, 10:39 am

    Yes those cockroaches scared the hell out of me at one point!

    You guys did a great job and sorry we couldn’t have stayed for longer, we had fun though!

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