An Uncomplicated Life Blog: Decorating for Halloween

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Decorating for Halloween

No secrets here; I'm a huge fan of Halloween. I have always been this way. Not so much in the "I like themed parties and costumes" way that my sorority sisters loved in college. Nope. In the more bizrre, "I like tall tales and ghost stories" kind of way. So - spoiler alert! - I enjoy decorating for Halloween.

Growing up in the early 90's, I remember thinking Tales From The Crypt was the coolest show ever and religiously read Goosebumps books. Anyone else watch that or read the series? Please tell me I wasn't completely alone there... Here's something even more embarrassing: My sister and I would decorate our rooms for Halloween, and then have a "Halloween Fair" where we'd do crafts and have games and prizes. We wouldn't invite anyone to this fair besides our family pet. Who was an obese cat who would sit on the bed and watch us with judging eyes. Yes, it was just us! A Halloween Fair for two.

Gosh, I hope Henry and Otto do weird, fun stuff like that too.

Festive front door wreath
 Now that I'm an adult in my 30's and have figured out some key things in life, I just let my love for Halloween show with pride. I haven't gotten any "cooler" or more like my sorority sisters; I love the spooky decorations, the gory decorations and the glittery, vampy decorations, and the cutesey fall-themed decorations. I love it all, a big mismatched collection spewed all over the house.

Anyone else clean up glitter for weeks after the holidays?!
I love to watch horror films. I love to plan what costumes our dogs will wear as we go trick or treating with Henry. I even dressed Otis up well before I was dating my husband, and way before we had children to take trick or treating! He's a champ about getting dressed up. Must be used to my weirdness, just like our old fat family cat growing up.

Festive fall fireplace mantel
 My sweet mother-in-law has even yielded to my love of Halloween and sends Henry care packages with treats, Halloween jammies and cards. I'm sure she does this because I get a kick out of it; Henry is too young to care! Although I will say that he thoroughly enjoyed himself at the pop-up Halloween costume store, and was thrilled to pick out his costume (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle - I wanted him to be a vampire since I'm going as a witch, but he wouldn't put that green costume down, so turtle is was!)

I decorate the inside of my house and the outside. I hope the kids coming up to our home enjoy the lights and sounds! I enjoy looking at all the fun items inside my house, whether it be the lit up haunted house or the sparkly pumpkins in the dining room. Do you decorate for Halloween?

15 comments:

  1. I love decorating for Halloween! I have so much fun collecting random sparkly light up pieces over the years. My favorite one right now is a light up witch hat. It's pretty fabulously tacky and amazing. I love that story about you and your sister. Your kiddos will definitely do that especially if they have a good judge to help them ;-)

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  2. I love your decor! I don't decorate for holloween but I'm sure I will when we move into a house :)

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  3. Hehehe! Your love for Halloween makes me laugh. I love this about you. As you know, I'm not really into Halloween. However, I have some good friends that go ALL OUT and it's so much fun to watch their family this time of year. Their yard is decked out, their house is super spooky. They make their own costumes and go as a theme each year. So fun.

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  4. Aw I think your mantle is my favorite! I didn't really get into Halloween as a kid, but it's fun to get into as an adult!

    And yes, glitter EVERYWHERE after decorating with it!

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  5. Fun decor, lady! Love the GLITTER!!!!!

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  6. I love all the glitter - this year I opted for smaller pumpkins so they would last longer...like into November haha! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  7. I used to decorate my parent's house for Halloween as a kid, but now I just decorate for fall. We do carve pumpkins though. are some people in our neighborhood that go all out and it's always a hit. I love that you love Halloween so much.

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  8. I am a HUGE fan a glitter!! Pier 1 is where its at for Halloween! Your decorations are awesome and I am like you...totally hope I never feel like I have to display "grown up" decorations! HA

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  9. Cute! Of course you're not alone. I read the Goosebumps series AND loved Tales from the Crypt. lol. I though I was so cool when was like 5 and would watch it when we stayed with my moms friend. haha! I love decorating for Halloween!

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  10. awesome decor! I did simple decor in our apartment with bat decals on the living room wall, some glitter pumpkins and a black and orange striped table cloth :) Your Halloween Fair sounds fun! My sister and I religiously watched Halloweentown every year and I watched/read Goosebumps and Are You Afraid of the Dark? pretty regularly any time of the year haha. Also, was really obsessed with Nightmare Before Xmas - still am ♥

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  11. You sound so much like me lol. I love horror movies and Tales from the Crypt was my absolute favorite! I love decorating for Halloween! It's just so much fun :)

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  12. That Haloween fair totally sounds like something I would have done lol. I did make dozens of Kleenex ghosts and hung them all over my room though. I still love decorating for Halloween!

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  13. I love glitter pumpkins. I haven't decorated at all because I have been working so much. I know boo!

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  14. I am not big on decorating seasonal at all, but I love love love your glittery stuff! I remember everyone being obsessed with Goosebumps, oh good lord those things scared the bajeezus out of me. I think I actually only ever read one, and it was enough for me.

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  15. These are such cute ideas!! I love decorating for fall!

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