Sunday, October 23, 2011

Halloween Decor FUN!!

Just some random pictures of our Halloween decor!  I tend to change it up every year and keep it interesting!  We did the rope spiderweb for the first time thanks to Martha Stewart!  Directions are in her Halloween issue this year.  

You might also notice the small white card behind the mum.  We've been Boo'ed!  It's a fun neighborhood tradition.  Details are here on my neighbor/friend, Amanda's blog.

  When we moved to Florida in July 2011, we would jog around our neighborhood and I saw this fiber optic cat on a neighbor's front porch!  I KNEW I had to have one!  I didn't steal theirs but found this one at Eckerd Drug!  (Do they still have those stores?)  It's 11 years old and still works like a charm!!

There are also tombstones, pumpkins and a toothy rat which spent the first part of it's life with us as the mascot of John's lab at UGA.  (I will spare you the picture....)

Last year I got this Halloween tree and the boys absolutely love it!  I spent quite a bit of time last Sunday hanging our ornaments in the perfect spot only to have the boys rearrange it every afternoon after school!  But that is what makes it fun---it's totally kid decorated!!  

We had some new additions this year to the tree.  While we were in Santa Fe over spring break, I bought several Day of the Dead skeletons to add to the mix. I got them at the coolest store in the world called the Jackalope!  (  Uh-oh, didn't know they have an online store.......

And every time I walk by this dude, the boys have positioned his arms and legs in different ways---but he's always waving (Guess he's friendly)!!!  

Sunday, October 2, 2011

It's that time of year again!!

I love decorating for Halloween.  But I don't just put it all up at once.  I do not start until October 1 and I slowly add items until about 2 days before Halloween.  I was trying to think of something funky to put on the doors this year.  I had seen feather wreaths for other holidays but I am way too conservative for that---but anything goes for Halloween in this house!  I got online on Thursday afternoon (Yes, September 29---nothing like last minute) and ordered 6 orange feather boas.  I thought I would have a couple of days to get my other supplies lined up but the boas arrived on Saturday!!!!  2 DAYS!!  (Yay for:  You can also get these at Hobby Lobby and party stores.  Ebay is another place to check out.  I needed 6 just alike and thought ordering online would save me from driving from store to store.

I ran over to Walmart to pick up two straw wreaths or some foam wreaths and, of course, Walmart didn't have either.  (Don't get me started on Walmart.... if it wasn't 2 1/2 minutes away, I would boycott the place!)  I ended up buying two pieces of foam core with a hope it would work!

Evan helped me cut the foam core into the biggest circles it would allow.  

We started wrapping the boas around each circle.  We hot glued the ends and kept on going!  (Clothes pins were handy to hold everything in place before we glued.)

And we added a little fun!!

So, this is it for now!  Just some wreaths.  Got to get some more pumpkins tomorrow.  No telling what it will look like on October 31!  You will just have to check back!

I also want to throw this picture in there!  I completely forgot about this until the morning of October 1.  I was awake about 3 minutes and ran around scrambling to fill it!  I was totally busted but the boys didn't care!!  This is the 5th year we have used this--another one of my projects!  So, only 9 more years for Evan!??!  I don't think he wants to stop any time soon!  Me either!