Adventures in Decorating: Halloween 2013 Final Pics

I’m glad I remembered Halloween was Thursday! ¬†Here are the final set of pics for our lawn and house.

I tried to put where i got things in case you are inspired to do some last minute decorating and shopping.

I’ve enjoyed the house this month, but I’m ready to have a clear house again for a few short weeks before Holiday Decorating.

My camera ( ahem, the photographer struggles as well) can never get good pics of the yard decor at night, so I had a friend who is a great photographer give it a try.

Check her out!

All of the outside shots in this post are hers, she made my yard look great even though her talents are put to much better use on people!

Random Musings and detailed how to’s for the Halloween Decor

Hello lovies! ¬†OK here are the how to’s for the Halloween Lawn decorations in this post¬†and some of the rest of the Halloween/Fall Decor along with probably side bars and random musings about my week and life.

Little hanging ghosts

The little hanging ghosts are made of¬†¬†cut¬†up sheets, styrofoam balls in various sizes, 2″,3″ and 4″ from the craft store and white pipe cleaners. ¬†Hang with filament or fishing line and for the bigger headed ones it helps to put a thumb tack¬†or¬†¬†eye hook or screw tack if you can find them into the top of the head . Wrap the filament from the neck to the tack ont he top of the head and them those¬†should ¬†hang a little¬†straighter. ¬† I made these a few years ago, but I think I cut pretty large¬†squares¬† from 1-2 king ¬†flat sheets I bought at Target. ¬†They have held up really well and the edges now have a sort of frayed¬†worn¬†look which I think is pretty cool. ¬† Just this year we are finding that the¬†filament¬†needs to be¬†changed¬†or added to most of them. ¬† Now my savvy¬†decorating¬†neighbor who I¬†totally¬†stole this idea from also made ground ghosts. ¬†I ¬†don’t know for sure how she did it, but I imagine it could be done with the exact same¬†materials¬†plus a cut up ¬†small round¬†dowel¬†rod shoved and hot glued into the base of the¬†Styrofoam¬†ball head, like a ¬†little¬†ghost¬†lollipop. ¬†Hmmm, that gives me an idea for next year. ¬†We are pretty stuck to doing ghosts and spiders each year because I’m saving all of this stuff in my huge basement that’s never likely to get finished¬†before¬†my kids can enjoy it¬†anyway. ¬†Of course, if we wait then I can claim it as Lola’s Boom Boom Room and make a long bench throne for the bad girls and I to sit on. ¬† I digress.

Big yard ghosts

The bigger ghosts are 4′ shim boards we used for the grid lines for¬†the¬†Square Foot garden. ¬†cut one end on an angle. ¬†The heads are those plastic store trick or treat¬†pumpkins,¬†Dremel¬†out ¬†a notch in the bottom so they slide tightly¬†onto¬†the top of the stick. ¬†Cut off the plastic handles and then¬†pound¬†the whole thing in the ground with a rubber mallet. ¬†We tried lighting them from the inside of the heads this year with¬†battery¬†operated pumpkin lights, but it isn’t¬†working¬†so great. ¬†Next year I will try battery operated light up X-mas lights.

Now the sheets on the kid ghosts are all from Goodwill. ¬†In order to get the best results you really full size or larger. But I also scored a white tablecloth and a white¬†shower curtain and I cut those worked just fine. ¬† Don’t shy away from mostly white sheets with a trim of ¬†something. ¬†I found two like that and just cut off the¬†patterned¬†trim edge. ¬†Also I had several sheets that¬†were¬†fitted, rather than flat. ¬†I needed a lot of white sheets and I made a round trip to 4 Goodwills to get white sheets. ¬†I cleaned all of them out of everything they had that might work¬†because I didn’t know how lucky I would be at the next one. ¬† So I had probably 3 fitted sheets with the elastic edges. ¬†I cut the elastic off all around each of the fitted sheets. Guess what?! This gave me white elastic long and sturdy tying material for the necks of each ghost when I went to tie up the sheets to the heads. ¬† So if you are going to try this don’t shy away from those fitted sheets!

Spacing them is really a two person job , but I did it by myself on Friday morning before the contest¬†because¬†the Husband’s back is still out. ¬† I’ve been sleeping alone for over a week now, the flash backs are gone, but it’s ¬†at that really lonely but about to become what I’m used to stage. ¬†I hope he can sleep on his side soon :-(. I really don’t like sleeping alone, ever.

Ghost Jack- o-Lanterns

The ghost pumpkins are just regular jack o lanterns, carved with ghost faces and covered in a cut up sheer  curtain panel from Goodwill. This is the only craft I designed myself. Everything else I stole from a decor savvy neighbor years ago or looked up online and put in Pinterest to try out this year. Left over sheer window panel made a great ghost costume for Edwin the spider. Who is hanging from the porch light and ringing the doorbell.

Fall tree and wreath

Oh, the Fall tree was also mine. I’d seen them in the craft stores and had one inside last year. This year I skipped that and drug the outdoor Xmas lighted porch tree outside early. ¬†It is shoved full of ¬†some of the same fall flower picks and pumpkins ¬†that I had in my stash. then I added the¬†orange¬†little¬†lights and white ghost lights. I also put in a few spiders and a Halloween ribbon on the top. ¬†On¬†November¬†1, I will pull all the Halloween off and put in the Thanksgiving fall stuff. Same concept with the grape vine wreath. ¬†I never glue anything to my grape vine wreaths¬†because¬†that way I can¬†change¬†them out as often as I like for less money and less ¬†storage. ¬† ¬†


Here is a¬†little¬†background about the spiders. My Husband¬†HATES¬†SPIDERS! ¬†So ¬†being¬†his loving family we of¬†course¬†think it is funny to torture him with them every¬†Halloween. ¬† It started with Charlie and Beauregard and then¬†this¬†year we added umm, whatever we named the other 3. ¬† I’d add more to my collection but I don’t want two that are the same. ¬†I’ve got to take a trip to¬†Micheal’s¬†in search of a grey one. ¬† In¬†the¬†same fashion we have had the two plastic rats for years and years.

The big spiders are made from random balls around the house wrapped in either trash bags or landscaping¬†fabric¬†or both. ¬† Ours are anchored with¬†spray¬†painted¬†black¬†wood blocks to give them stability and also raise them up a bit all over or just in back. ¬† The legs are nothing more than 1″ PVC pipe, cut with a hacksaw very easily into legs. Then joined¬†together¬†with PVC joints. and covered in cut black pipe insulation. ¬† We left the knees white but if it bugged you one could spray them¬†black¬†as well. ¬† Then we cut those long tall bamboo or thin metal covered in green plastic poles for the¬†garden¬†into long spikes. ¬† For the 1’x1′ legs I cut them about 12″ or so long, so one 8′ pole in ¬†my garage made 8 spikes for anchoring the legs. ¬† For the 3’x’3′ legs we cut them about 18″ or so long. ¬†Then drive the spikes into the ground at a sever low angle to the ground very near the spider body. ¬†Slide the pvc legs onto the spike and repeat ¬†until you have all 8 legs on the ground.

The Husband took my cheapy black glitter spiders from Walmart and drilled a tiny hole in each one’s¬†booty¬†with a Dremel. Then we hung them from¬†the¬†ceiling¬†of the porch . ¬†It’s difficult to capture on film and creepy as heck. ¬†I hope no one freaks out and falls off my porch,¬†seriously.

Ghost  Milk Jug Lanterns

This was a Pinterest project.   It looked cute and sounded great. In reality it was a bit of a pain but I have a a great start now and can add as I like to them. First you  have to beg everyone you know to save their milk jugs for you and get enough to make an impact.  I suggest you start now for next year if you the all along the walk , the driveway, the front edge of the yard and maybe even the garden grandiose plans like I did.   I ended up with enough, THANK YOU MILK JUG FAIRIES,  to do both sides of the small walk way.   Keep em coming lovies!

Anyway you need to rinse them out well. And just use a small exacto craft knife to cut a round hole near the back bottom edge . Then use a big smelly sharpie to  get high, I mean draw cute/scary/KISS ghost faces on the front of the jugs. The  whole family can help with this as you can see from our jugs.   Hmm, just got another idea for next year.   You could draw anything on the jugs and use this idea.  Words, spiders, anything!!!! So it makes it a cute idea for more than just Halloween. I  am rarely smart enough to come up with these kinds of realizations on my own, and you just got to witness one.

I put some river rocks in the bottom of each jug. ¬†I’ve had them in the bottom of my guest bathroom sink for a few months and they have been cleaned but needed a good¬†airing¬†out anyway. ¬†Then I used the big blue bulbs we¬†have¬†for our favorite Football team lights on¬†the¬†house¬†during Xmas and shoved one in the back hole I cut. ¬† I played with the¬†position¬†and they looked best facing out toward our sidewalk and then in toward¬†the¬†path on along¬†the¬†house vs. facing each other.

I’m traveling this week for work,¬†including¬†a day of 10+ hours of back to back to back meetings. ¬†The kids have Fall break this week and I’ll be working from home while they play quietly in clean rooms, ¬†I mean drive me nuts ¬†Have a great week lovies!

Our Spooky Yard!!! Pics; How to’s coming in another post

These are pictures during the day of our yard and porch as decorated for Halloween  and the neighborhood decorating contest.  I will try to grab a night pic of it all lit up and add to the gallery.

I’m headed out the next two nights and I’m traveling for work Monday and Tuesday. But I will come back here at some point this¬†weekend¬†and give details on how we made all of the crafty things.

It’s getting spookier


I will write more later. Today we are working on the ghosts in the yard. And tonight is Girls Night Oooooouuuuut!!!!
Followed by The Husband’s B’s and G’s and a lazy laundry day on Sunday!
I’ve got some posts in the draft stage including one I’m mulling over about me crossing the age when my Mom died line in 10 days on the 18th.
I’ve taken on a huge 3rd project at work and have to find ten extra hours in my week for work. That ten hours has to come from somewhere and so far it seems to be coming off running and writing. This is no good. I need to refocus on the run as I committed to running a half in early November. But haven’t even signed up yet, let alone trained properly.
Still my family is happy and intact. That makes me feel so blessed every day.
Have a great weekend lovies. I might end up with some time to tell you a story before it is over.

It’s getting kind of spooky around here

The final pumpkin baby verdict. Quads!

The Destroyers Birthday is coming very soon.¬† He will be 6 and he has always loved spooky things.¬† When he was a toddler he would turn all the lights out during dinner and proclaim that we¬† were playing¬† “dark spaces” .¬† His favorite shirts to wear each year are his Halloween Spooky shirts.¬† He starts wearing as soon as he can in the Fall and stops when the weather changes and he has no choice.¬†¬† Thank goodness fashion has skulls in right now because he is completely outfitted in skull/spooky shirts for his wardrobe.¬†¬† I’ve had these Dept 56 Halloween Houses for years, and each year he begs for them to be put up as soon as possible.¬† I usually do it inside before or over Labor Day weekend and then pretend we are really a normal family until October 1 when the outside stuff goes up.¬†¬† This year it’s all up now. Instead of the big Fall tree I did¬† last year I put a a little Spooky Tree on the porch.¬†¬†¬† There is more Fall decor for me to get up, but I’m done for now I think.¬† I’ll switch it out to Fall only after Halloween because I finally get to have Thanksgiving wherever the hell I please this year and will be doing it at my house. ¬† It’s by no means a decorator show house job but I’m pretty pleased with it and I love sharing ideas for decor. ¬†¬† If you do something really cool for fall please share!!