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Decorating for Frankenstein


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.



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


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.

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

pumpkins_front door

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


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.


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


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?).


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


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


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



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.


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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