Trick or treat?! No tricks here today. In fact, I hope this will be a treat for you. 🙂 It has been hot hot hot here, and they are predicting a record breaking warm Halloween, so decorating for fall here in Georgia just has not felt right. Cozy blankets and hot drinks just don’t work around here these days.
So thanks to the heat, no fall decorating was done at our house in September…not even apple anything.
And then we were traveling the entire last week of September and 13 of the 31 days in October. Which is why there has been no fall tour here this year, but the good news is I have managed to get the house decorated for Halloween over those 18 other random October days. 🙂 And that’s what I want you to see today, but I have to confess, I sort of took the easy way out.
Do you remember last year when I did an It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Halloween with all those cute details? Well… I’m afraid there is no cute theme this year. In my crazy few random days of decorating I resorted to….traditional, non-original pumpkins, and Heaven forbid…to orange and black accessories.
And worse than that, they are everywhere.
Yes, I am hanging my head in shame.
So come on in the foyer and be prepared for a major pumpkin and orange overdose.
(I did change out the photos of the children to old ones from past trick-or-treating treks. 🙂 )
For this year’s trick-or-treating bags, I wanted to use orange paper snack cups, but I could not find any anywhere. So I just took orange paper cups and trimmed them down a bit. I think it would be cute to tie them with a green ribbon and use a leaf shaped tag on them to give them a “pumpkin” look.
I couldn’t resist Target’s $3 haunted house to add a little spooky fun to the foyer. 🙂
Moving on into the family room…yes those are orange and black pillows there on the sofa.
Oh, and a pumpkin one too.
(I told you I took the easy way out. See?)
The cabinet got orange and black books in a jar and a baby pumpkin.
More pumpkins and orange and black books went on the mantel as well…
And one more Halloween photo from when the boys were young.
Now let’s go over to the other door for just a second. If you had come in it instead of the front one, you would have found this bench with its
cauldron bucket of candy…
and these cute trick-or-treat bags I mailed to our children. The bags came from Target, (where else? 🙂 ) but I took the decoration off and simply glued on their initial made from cardstock.
Now let’s head into the dining room. The red check drapes have temporarily been replaced by the old black and white buffalo checked ones.
Our table setting is in orange and black this year with another Target haunted house for the centerpiece.
The black salad plates were under $2 each at Walmart.
I had to throw some orange into the dining room cabinet too.
The dinner party favors are simply sugar cookies in gift bags tied with orange and black ribbon. I wish I could share some of these snacks with you. (See why I need a treadmill?)
The Halloween tour continues on into the kitchen where you will see more black and white buffalo checks.
There is a recipe for delicious sounding pumpkin magic bars on the desk chalkboard. Have you ever tried them? Anything with sweetened condensed milk has got to be good. 🙂
Now for the last stop on this Halloween house tour…the screened porch.
I used a bit more white out there to tone down all the orange and black.
And yes, the pillows really are orange. They just look red in the photos.
I had planned to make chili or homemade soup for our Halloween dinner, but with the predicted heat, I have changed our menu. We are going to be grilling steaks instead. 🙂
Hopefully, it will cool off some by dinner time so that we can enjoy it on the porch.
I used our old orange plates with some pumpkin ones I purchased a few years ago on sale at Sur la Table.
And I wrote silly names on the kraft paper runner just for fun…
Emma Ghost, Hal O. Wheen…
Barry D. Bones
and a few others.
And that brings us to the end of our Halloween tour. Thank you so much for stopping by today (and for putting up with all the pumpkins and orange color overload!) I hope you have something fun planned for Halloween night…perhaps something that involves candy. 🙂
Until next time…