Another year, another photo gallery of my Halloween decorations.
This year was a fun challenge, as it is the first Halloween season I got to decorate in our new townhouse. It’s always fun to figure out where things are going to go. As always, I tend to wish there were more indoor decorations.
With a little one around, I have started to switch to more cute Halloween decor instead of spooky or gory. Each year I try to add at least one piece to the collection, so at some point I hope to have an entire room full of Halloween/Fall decor.
One place I have discovered that has some wonderfully cheap ways to decorate for Halloween is Michaels. You can buy a lot of cheaper styrofoam products, such as jack-o’-lanters, monsters, ghosts, etc., and paint them, decorate them any way you choose. It’s a great way to save money and also get your kids involved in decorating the house with you.
Whew, it has been a whirlwind of a month, which is why I usually go light on the blog in December. Sorry for the lack of updates, everyone, but here is a new fantastic adventure for the entire family that’s worth the wait.
Whatever your religious beliefs (even lack thereof), there are not too many things better than gathering with family and taking a stroll on a cool December night and looking at Christmas lights. Here in Long Beach, we have a row of homes along a canal in Naples who go all out every year. It is a great way to take a little time off from all the shopping, rushing around and bad drivers! Spend some quality time with your kids (even your teenagers), parents, aunts, uncles, whoever you can drag with you, and experience the wonder of humans both young and old when they gaze at Christmas lights.
Enjoy the photos and the holidays! See you all soon!
I have always wanted a Halloween village. Sure, most people have Christmas villages with happy ice skaters and a cheery Santa frolicking in the snow but I’ve always wanted a village of dead trees, spooky creatures and haunted houses! I have yet to acquire any parts of my Halloween village, but one day I hope to have a sizable collection. I fin it is the perfect final addition to great indoor Halloween decor. Pictured below you will find pieces that inspire me and, I hope, inspire you too! Which ones do you like? Happy Halloween!
I’d want to stay there!
There’s nothing like a haunted house ride!
A nice twist on a cheery carousel
My new favorite diner
Love the trees
The barfing jack-o’-lantern is a nice touch
I want to live somewhere where there is a dedicated Halloween costume shop year round
Ah, the Halloween carnival!
I like that it looks like a witch’s hat
Another carnivl attraction
This is my least facorite of the ones I picked Too Western, but still a fun idea!
There is one thing in October that is more important than anything else. Letting your kids pick out there pumpkins is a personal experience and one that they will always remember. I have a few jack-o’-lanterns that I fondly remember carving. And why should your kids be taken to a boring supermarket to stare into a bin of bruised pumpkins? Get out of the house, spend a little more money than you should and enjoy the season at your local pumpkin patch!
Don’t know where your local pumpkin patch is? Go to this website to view pumpkin patched by State and County. Pumpkin Patches and More!
Why go to a pumpkin patch? A proper pumpkin patch will be much more than just a clump of dying pumpkins on a parking lot floor. Even if you live in Fall challenged part of the globe, your kids can have the experience of hay bales, carnival rides, petting zoos and even deep fried Oreos at any proper pumpkin patch. It is an experience full of adventure, amazement and exploration that your children will remember year after year and will hopefully come to define their love for Halloween!
This year my family went to Pa’s Pumpkin Patch in Long Beach, CA. Here are a few photos that represent what a pumpkin patch experience can be! I encourage you to find one in your home town and begin creating wonderful Halloween memories for your children!
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