…to motivate you to post again!
Even though house DIY projects and such have been on the backburner as I tackle work and wedding planning, I couldn’t resist decorating our house for it’s first Halloween aka my favorite holiday of the year!!
Since we’ve never needed exterior Halloween decorations before (being apartment dwellers and all), I knew I’d be spending a little money to spruce up the front yard in order to lure in innocent trick-or-treaters (I sound like a witch…). So I made it my goal to not spend a penny on any new interior decorations. Instead, I found ways to use decorations we already had and create a bigger visual impact by incorporating things that weren’t necessarily Halloween decor, but fit right in with the spooky stuff.
The first place to get the Halloween (trick-or-)treatment was our big media center, onto which I piled on the faux pumpkins, candles, and books. It’s cool how black books, natural-fibered items like baskets, and plain white candles can instantly become Halloween decorations when surrounded by other Halloween-y stuff.
Those white pumpkins are faux gourds I got at Hobby Lobby on the cheap a couple years ago. They used to be sort of barf-colored (eww) so I painted them white with black stems. I like how the white stands out against the black glittery pumpkins and the big orange ones.
I had a chalkboard-painted candle holder already, so I added a couple chalkboard spray-painted bottles to the mix and drew on some spooky stuff. I put twigs from our yard in the bottles and painted the tips of some of them white to add a little interest. Also I of course have a creepy old Dante’s Inferno book to add to the mix and make things extra creepy :)
The candle holders I also got from Hobby Lobby a couple years ago for a few bucks a piece, but you could easily find something at Goodwill to spray paint instead. Candelabras are instantly creepy!
Ignore the fact that we never finished carving Jack Skellington’s face into that pumpkin (doing it soon haha!). This batch of pumpkins and spooky stuff is on the right side of where our TV sits.
Again, I took just a few actual Halloween decor items (the ghost and pumpkins) and paired them with non-Halloween items (the candles, candlesticks, books, and our little “all you need is love… and a cat” block) and it gives the entire display much more visual impact. I especially love using those books to add height to the pumpkins.
To the right of that pumpkin patch, we decorated our L.O.V.E. letters with creepy spiderwebs! Though we aren’t turning them on in fear of starting a fire haha.
And on the shelf below that, I have my Jack and Sally ornaments hanging in front of an empty frame, a print I made in college (“Moon Kitty”) and a little soot sprite amigurumi my mom made!
Our coffee table got some goodies too: my favorite little raven from World Market, the best smelling candle in existence, and the MOST BADASS COFFEE TABLE BOOK EVER aka THE ART OF TIM BURTON!!! (Oh and you can see some of the decor on the back door in this pic too, more on that soon!)
Onto other parts of the house! Our entry way got some black jack-o-lantern luminaries (picked those up at Target during a post-Halloween sale one year) and a black rose garland. To add some color, I clustered my little Nightmare Before Christmas figurines around the luminaries.
Our dining room built ins got covered in all the spiderweb that wasn’t used up on the L.O.V.E. letters. That spider web stuff is super cheap and has a big creep-factor, and if you are careful (and only use it indoors!) you can use it again year after year. I’ve been using this same batch for at least 3 years now!
Oh and I scored those adorable jack-o-lantern place mats at Target during another post-Halloween sale. So cute! Though I’ll admit, I get nervous about actually eating on them and messing them up!
Our back door got another Target find, this black wreath, and a bunch of bats I just made out of construction paper and taped to the door. Even though they’re just construction paper, I’ve been able to keep them in good shape and they’ve lasted me as long as the spiderweb!
Our kitchen bar got a little love too, with a couple more store-bought faux pumpkins and the 7 teeny ones Evan and I made last year out of craft clay and curly vines/twigs that we cut off of a twig wreath we had. I also taped some fall leaf garlands to the underside of the bar overhang.
Lastly our guest bathroom got some decor, with this cool wooden black cat carving on the counter and some glitter skulls in the silver tray.
Of course, we also have the best year-round black cat Halloween accessory. Our little fluff! The perfect living Halloween decoration. I hope she sits in our window and glares at trick-or-treaters as intensely as she’s glaring at that cat figurine!