Decorating for Halloween was a struggle for me this year. I hauled all my stuff out, started decorating, hated it all, and packed it back up. People told me to get it out again, leave it out, and see how I felt after a day or two. So I got it all back out again, put most of it out, and tried to leave it for a day. I still hated it, and put about 80% of back into storage. I don't know if I'm just tired of seeing the same old things I've had for years, or if my tastes have changed, or maybe a little of both. The only things I really wanted to keep out were things that were new this year. In the end, I did a minimal job of decorating. We didn't do anything outside this year, for various reasons. We've all been so busy with work and life changes and tons of stress this fall that we've neglected the yard work and are just plain old tuckered out most days.
Oh well, I'll show what I *did* do for decorations.
The picture above is the display on our buffet. This is the main display area for most holiday decorations. The room, our former dining room, is the center of the house. All traffic goes through here, with the living room on one side, the kitchen on the other. Years ago, we put our antique dining table and chairs into storage and moved our three computers into this room. (Yeah, we were gamer geeks for many years.) Where my computer is, where I spend most of my time it seems, is across the room from this buffet, so this is what I see the most. That's why I like to make this the main display.
Enough rambling! The fake flowers are new this year. The pumpkin wall hanging is new this year. The little black Happy Halloween sign is new this year.
On the coffee table in the living room I have a small, simple felt pumpkin as a sort of placemat for the candles we burn in there. Julie's beautiful Halloween coasters are next to that. One the shelf below are the three jars I painted, and the one (dark, hard to see) that hubby did. We have little fake tea lights to put in these but we'll wait till Halloween night to actually light them up.
We also have these spooky frosted glass tea light/votive holders that I got on sale from the Claire Burke website. We really enjoyed them with the tea lights that came with them, so I bought a pack of pumpkin pie scented tea lights for next time.
Over in a corner in the living room I have these on an end table. The skull and pumpkin totems do light up and flicker but I don't bother plugging them in any more. The basket sits on this table most of the year but for Halloween I have this cute Halloween-y liner. The basket holds votive candles and holders that aren't in use.
On the other side of the living room is the usual display of these ancient McDonalds Happy Meal buckets. We got these when Ty was a baby/toddler, so they're over 20 years old.
This little pillow is new this year. Found it for $3.00 in Target's dollar bins at the front of the store. Looks cute just sitting in the chair that no one really uses.
If I'm ambitious for any given holiday I will pack up all these old family pictures and load up the shelves with decorations. As we know now, this year was not one of those years so I just set these two squishy pumpkins among my ancestors instead.
Cute little display on top of the fridge.
Cute little display on the kitchen table.
The Halloween-y welcome sign is new this year, sitting on a little shelf in the kitchen.
And that's pretty much it. I do have my two pumpkin soap dispensers from last year out, and some Halloween dish towels and one Halloween potholder, but I think that's it.
Do you decorate big or small or not at all for Halloween? I'd love to hear about it!
Oh, and Halloween decor is not complete without a black cat.....