I love decorating for the different holidays and seasons! I get bored looking at the same thing throughout the year so by changing it up every few months I get to see something new. Now I most definitely DO NOT go out and buy new stuff every year - or every season. If I happen to see something fabulous while I am out, then I'll purchase it to add to my collection or replace something if it's broken. But that's really it. So, today I thought I'd give you a glimpse of my Halloween decor. I don't like to go overboard with decorating the ENTIRE house but I do like to put a little touch of the season or holiday in each of the main rooms. So below I'll be sharing my decorations and where I purchased each item (if I can remember!) and a link if available.
The Entry Way
I decorated the bench seat with a small soft blanket and custom throw pillows that were a gift. These throw pillows are custom made by a family member and I put them out every year. I love having custom made items that no one else has in their home. It just adds a little something extra to the story. Then I added a burlap wreath over the mirror and some cute pumpkin garland.
The bench seat is from Home Goods, the bench cushion is from At Home, Custom halloween throw pillows, the blanket is from Lowes, hanging mirror is from Lowes, the burlap wreath is from Michael's or Joann (I don't rememer, it's been years since I purchased it) and the garland is from Joann.
The Dining Room
I like to keep the dining room table kind of minimal because I don't like having to move the items every day to eat a meal. The glass cylinder is one of the MANY vases from flowers that I have received over the years. I just found one that was the right size to fit my bag of bones. I bought this small bag of bones and just arranged them inside. The table runner is a delicate see-through black with spiders and webs all over it. Since the table is black I turned over a lighter table runner and placed it underneath to give dimension and add some life to this rather 'dead' looking space. (ha ha) The table runner has a little bit of glitter and sparkle with some cute bats with diamond eyes on each end of the runner. I like to set my vase filled with bones and some LED candles in a glamorous mirrored table tray with a few extra candles lining down the table. This is gorgeous lit up at night.
The mirrored table tray is from Home Goods, the bag of bones from the 99 cent store, the remote control LED candles are from Costco and the table runner is from God knows where. It is SUPER old. But probably from Target or something like that.
The buffet hutch is one of the first things you see when you walk into the house, so I like for it to be super neat, no clutter and decorated fully for the season/holiday. Throughout the house I like to use a mix of faux pumpkins and real pumpkins. The flowers are faux and they're changed out seasonally - as well as the vase. Once I get tired of looking at this one - I'll switch it to something else . I have TONS of vases thankfully. The two cemetary headstones are from either the 99 cent store or Big Lots and they're really nice quality. They're heavy but not too heavy. I just love them. Then I've got a cute photo of my puggle, a fall candle, some faux pumpkins with fall leaves around them and a lantern stuffed with pumpkins and mini pillows. The white pumpkins on the top shelf are candy jars (big and mini) and they're a gorgeous glass design. These move around throughout the house because... candy. There's also a cinnamon broom peaking around the side of the hutch. I love the way these brooms smell!!
The hutch is from Home Goods, the headstones are from 99 cent store or Big Lots, the nadle is from Yankee Candle, the pumpkins are faux and from Joann and the 99 cent store, the fall leaves are from Walmart, the lantern is a gift from family and it was filled with the handmade pumpkins and mini pillows, the "boo" banner is also handmade from family (she loves to sew, knit and quilt handmade items - I'm VERY lucky), the glass white pumpkin set is from Kirklands and the "beware" sign is from Target.
The Formal Living Room
In the formal living room I switched out the throw pillows & blanket for matching ones from the entry way. I love the colors in this fall throw blanket. The colors go perfectly with the season but they also match my curtains. Over the lamp shades I added some 'spooky' themed lace covers with a spider design in them, then added a halloween themed candle holder, some skulls because lets face it - skulls scream halloween. I have some cute halloween candy jars on the table along with a halloween tree. The pumpkin sitting behind the skulls (near the window) is a real pumpkin but the one furtheset from the widows is faux.
The candy dishes are from Big Lots, the halloween tree is from Target, the skull figurine is from Big Lots and the candle holder is from Bath and Body Works.
The Family Room
FIREPLACE MANTEL: The fireplace is always fun to decorate - but also really hard for me. I'm always like "Is it too much? or Not enough?" It's exhausting for me doing this one section. This year I placed one of my two halloween candelabra's on the mantel with some fun orange candle sticks with spiders on them. Then I added a mix of faux and real pumpkins all over, including a glass pumpkin candy holder. The two short orange candles on the end are battery LED operated and give a nice calming effect at night. Then I added some 'spooky' signage to just give different textures and design to the entire look. These three skulls are my favorite halloween decorations I have. I bought them YEARS ago at Big Lots and keep checking every year for new ones - with ZERO luck. The witch is meant for the front door but I like to have her here sometimes. On the bottom are two faux pumpkins and a real pumpkin sitting on a candle holder. I added bats to the pumpkins just to bring in more of that halloween feel. And I added some peachy colored flowers just to bring in a nice feminine touch.
The skulls are from Big Lots, the white lantern is from Home Goods, real pumpkins from Ralphs Grocery, faux pumpkins from Joann, Spooky signage from Target, candle pillars on fireplace are from Pier 1, silver candle holder on bottom is from Bath and Body Works.
SITTING AREA: I like to keep this super simple and clean (I hate clutter crap that's just for "show" all over the house). I move the candy jars into this room when it's TV watching time or time to visit with family &/or friends. And then I just add some pops of orange on the open shelving with some real mini pumpkins.
There's not really much effort to the decor in this room. It's so easy to do! I simply switch out the hand towels for halloween themed ones, change out the artwork, switch the handsoap to a yummy fall scent, add a pumpkin or two around the sink and some cute potion bottles to the window ledge. Simple & quick changes. I have one halloween print below the window area and three more on the opposite wall - which you can kind of see in the mirror. I think this minimal effort goes a long way in bringing the holiday feeling throughout the house.
Front Of House and Porch
So I'll start off by saying the house is shaped kind of like a horseshoe. So it's hard to see all of the house decorations at once because you can't really get a good photo of the entire front of the house. I did try below to take a panoramic photo so you can kind of see everything at once - but not in great detail.
So I found these really great plastic skeletons at the 99 cent store last year and one broke in the wind. So I bought more this year - for 99 cents they are AWESOME. I hang one on each side of the garage and one on each side of the front window. Kind of hard to notice in this photo but they are hanging there. They are really quite long/tall and their arms and legs move around so they're easy to store.
I cover the front short wall lamp posts with some creepy black fabric and placed two metal tombstones in the front entry way of the porch area. They are the first things you see when you walk into the front courtyard/entry way area. Then in a potted plant I added some witches legs and hands that glow in the dark. And next to that is a stacked skull set. This was a great buy from Costco a few years ago. The eyes light up and it makes creepy noises when trick or treaters walk past. Around the rim of the courtyard - on the house- are some purple bat lights hanging up that I found years ago at Big Lots.
Up by the front door I added a mix of faux and real pumpkins, a skeleton and I always have him holding the Trick or Treat sign. I laso have a dog skeleton from Home Depot that was missing an ear so I got it for super cheap. I didn't care it was missing an ear - it makes it MORE perfect for halloween - like he was in a dog fight or something. He barks & growls when Trick or Treaters get close to him. It's always a fun scare for the kids.
I bought these really amazing plastic bats from Amazon and added them all along the front doorway area and over the wreath. I do have a more Halloween-ish wreath but didn't want to hang it and then have to change it for November. I collected some sticks from my morning walks and dragged them home. I had plans to spray paint them black - which I still may do before halloween - but I just went a head and placed them by the door and added my black crows. To make my pumpkins more "halloweenish" I added some fun paper masks to them. Next to the doorbell I hang this cute little Beware Skull Crossing sign and a spider I found at the 99 cenft store. The black witches broom hanging next to the door frame actually goes with the witch hanging on the fireplace glass but I like it out here sometimes. And then the door mat is more of a fall thing but again, I don't want to change it out in a month so I'm making it work for halloween. The Trick or Treat banners flanking the door on black paneling also say Out Of Candy on the other side.
Faux pumpkins are from Joann, Michaels and Dollar Tree, hanging skeletons are from the 99 cent store, trick or treat sign is from Joann, positionable skeleton sitting by front door is from Michaels, Dog skeleton is from Home Depot, black bats in different sizes are from Amazon, Wreath is from Joann, Pumpkin door dangler is from Joann, black crows are from Michaels, paper masks are from either Target or Michaels, Beware Skull Crossing hanging skeleton sign is from Michaels, giant black spiders are from the Dollar Tree, black witches broom I've had for years and have no idea where I got it, giant stacked skulls are from Costco, glow in the dark witches legs and hands are from 99 cent store, metal cemetary signs are from Big Lots, Trick or Treat/ Out of Candy black banners are from Amazon.