One is Good, But Two is Even Better: Halloween Party Decorating Suggestions

One post is good, but two is even better when it comes to Halloween party decorating suggestions.

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Classic themes, colors, textures and patterns provide inspiration for these Halloween party decorating suggestions.   It’s hauntingly amazing how something intended to be delightful can be so utterly frightful.

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Creepy?

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Perhaps, but I do love this vintage ventriloquist’s silent clown puppet mounted print paired with a clown hat and shoes for an elegantly creepy centerpiece.

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Party City

Here’s a couple of Halloween party decorating suggestions in the creepier the clown the better category.

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If sending in the clowns is way too creepy for your Halloween party decorating taste, perhaps the throwback mystique of vintage Halloween decorations is right up your alley.

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Remember Halloween decorations like this?

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Black Cat Candy Bowl

I couldn’t wait to comb the one, maybe two aisles (if you were lucky) of Halloween merchandise at the local five-and-dime and discount stores of the day, looking for more innocent than scary door decorations, plastic jack-o-lantern window lanterns, honeycomb centerpieces, and jointed cutouts.

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A Halloween Holiday Haul

Halloween decorations have come a long way in both design and detail since the Halloweens of the late 60s and 70s, but I still love to decorate with at least two or three of these vintage or vintage style Halloween decorations.

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Vintage black and white Victorian photos and framed portraits lend a certain amount of eerie charm while creating a haunted presence and ambiance.

Old-Photo-Image-Unibrow-ManFree Printable of Old Photo Image of Unibrow Man from The Graphics Fairy

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Vintage Victorian Photograph in Original Ornate Wood Frame

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Free Printable of Old Photo – Witchy Woman from The Graphics Fairy

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baroque-orange-picture-frame

Expensive is not on the Halloween party guest list.  With deals, free printables, diy ingenuity, buy more save more promos, and online clearance sales starting sooner and sooner in the season, your Halloween bogeyman boogie down get together can be an affordable affair.

Halloween-fabric

Fabric remnants in traditional or transitional Halloween colors and patterns make great party tablecloths, napkins, and treat bags.

Susan Winget Halloween Jack O' Lanterns Eco Canvas Multi Fabric

Thrift stores are excellent haunts for fab-boo-lous fabrics and garments for party decorating and Halloween costume embellishments.

Faux Sequin Shiny Confetti Dot Knit Red Fabric

Drape a tabletop with several yards of faux sequin fabric in ruby red.

Phrenology the Science of the Brain Victorian Replica BustPhrenology the Science of the Brain Victorian Replica Bust

Now let’s play Halloween dress up.

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Victorian Bust Tabletop Decor

Place a red feather boa around the neck of a decorative bust and place in the center of the table for a dressed to the nines focal point wow factor effect.

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Follow up with a trio of clear glass candle holders from the dollar store filled with decorative black sand.

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Drop in a battery operated votive or pillar candle and drape Spanish moss from the sides, and poof!

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Halloween party decorating suggestions magic.

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You know what else would look especially spooky, creepy, and crawly good juxtaposed against Victorian elegance?

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Note to self:

Add Jim Stafford’s “Spiders and Snakes” to the Let’s Halloween playlist.

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Yes, I went there, and now I’m probably going to have nightmares.

Some would argue that’s the point, and others, like myself, would argue plastic or real, the fear of things that go hiss and squeak in the night is the exact reason why we stick with a kinder, gentler Halloween theme.

LED Light-Up Crystal Ball Halloween Decor

LED Light-Up Crystal Ball Halloween Decor

A wide variety of printables in all levels of Halloween spook, scare and spirit for treats, potions, hang tags, place cards, invitations and tabletop decor are available on Etsy.

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What Do Witches Eat Halloween Hang Tags

I selected these hang tags to use as menu cards for two reasons:

They’re a little bit scary, a little bit vintage, and a whole lot of fun.

I like the idea of saying hang tag at a Halloween party.

Resin Women's Shoes Decor

Resin Women’s Shoes Decor

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Pumpkin With A Witch

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Skeleton Print Victorian, Steampunk

skull-table-top-figurineSkull Table Top Figurine

Better Homes & Gardens offers a free printable skeleton image to use for framing, window displays, diy wreaths, gift bags, scatter decorations, etc…

Get the Free Skeleton Pattern

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Reverse Sequin Skull Table Runner

Spooky Goat Cheese FingersSpooky Goat Cheese Fingers Recipe From HGTV

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Talking Tables Halloween Napkins Paper

Crazy Bonez Pose-N-Stay Skeleton

Crazy Bonez Pose-N-Stay Skeleton

Dress to thrill, a skeleton should always strike a stylish skeleton pose.

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bow tie

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Eyeball Orbs

Eyeball Orbs

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Eyeball Print – 6 X 7.5 inches

Bloodshot Peanut Butter Eyeballs

Bloodshot Peanut Butter Eyeballs Recipe from Better Homes & Gardens

Martha Stewart Poison Cocktail Napkins

Martha Stewart Poison Cocktail Napkins

modern oval glass bowlModern Oval Glass Bowl with Golden Stand

 

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Reindeer Moss

When I was a kid, our house was Halloween central due to the gargantuan bodark tree and the green horse apples (hedge apple or Osage orange) it produced.  The neighborhood kids loved to throw them and then screech yuck at the sight and the smell.

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Hedge/Horse Apples-Osage Orange

The horse apple, hedge apple or Osage orange is a choice decorative item vis-à-vis vase or bowl filler, and makes an excellent color, texture and pattern Halloween accent decoration.

Green Honeydew Mottled Pillar Candle

Green Honeydew Mottled Pillar Candle

Pillar candles dripping in color, texture, and pattern cast a wicked chic spell.

Bark LED Pillar Candle

Bark LED Pillar Candle

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Patterned Decorative Owl

I hope one or more of these Halloween party decorating suggestions offers inspiration for tricking out your Halloween monster mash bash.

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Festive Halloween Decorating Ideas

Invited guests and ghouls alike will gasp with delight as they cast their eyes upon these visual treats of Halloween party pageantry.  Traditional colors, vintage style accents, and newly discovered decorative treasures conjure up oohs and aahs.  Please join Places In The Home for our post Festive Halloween Decorating Ideas with just the right amount of fright, fog, and festive style.

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I’m a sucker for vintage style throwback Halloween decorations.  Dark and eerie rules the night for adults, but may prove to be frightening for younger attendees.   Vintage style decorations make an excellent choice of theme for a family-friendly soiree.

Cat Resin Container By Ashland

Cat Resin Container By Ashland

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Trick or Treat Vintage Wood Decor  ||  Happy Halloween Pumpkin
Boy Figurine with Candle  ||  Black Cat With Hat
Jack-O-Lantern In Witch Hat

Set a mood of stylish intrigue by illuminating your fright night soiree with distinctive lighting options.  

labra candle holderLabra Candelabra

These hauntingly elegant candelabras are guaranteed to garner attention.  The holiday season is right around the corner, and both of these choices make the transition from Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas dining table or sideboard.

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The Potjie cauldron pot fits right in with the trick and treat taste of Halloween.

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Ashco Management Inc Potjie Cauldron Pot

Conjure up a pot of Chef Isacc Toups dirty rice chock-a-block with fright night feast seasonings.

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Chef Isaac Toups Dirty Rice Recipe

Devilish delicious drinks, anyone?

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Red Apple

Serving ideas for party potions of the leaded and unleaded varieties include a bewitching large black cauldron, copper ladle, diy beverage dispenser, holder, and punch bowl made from a pumpkin, and of course, dry ice to create a foggy good look.

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Large Black Cauldron

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Special effects cast a spell of delight for the eye at a Halloween happening.  The dry ice punch bowl recipe from SheKnows spells how simple and safe instructions on how to boil over the Halloween punch bowl or cauldron.

Dry ice punch bowl recipe

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Love the Creepy Twisted Stem!

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Halloween Candy Bowl Options

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Apple Small Canister

Reese's Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cups Halloween Snack Size

Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cups Halloween Snack Size 

 

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RAE DUNN Witch’s Brew Recipe Candy Bowl

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Skeleton Candy Bowl

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I’ve suggested this recipe for Caramel Peanut Popcorn Snack Mix in a previous Halloween party ideas post, and because it is that good I think a second time around is warranted.

Caramel Peanut Popcorn Snack Mix

Caramel Peanut Popcorn Snack Mix

This popcorn snack mix reminds me of Halloween night trick-or-treating back in the late 1960s-early 1970s when Halloween night trick-or-treating seemed to last for hours, no one was concerned with real creeps or danger in the form of poisoned candy, and me and my costumed friends lived for the homemade popcorn balls handed out by a neighborhood lady.

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Vintage Copper Pot – EBTH

A tea cart packed with individually wrapped homemade popcorn balls greeted hordes of bedazzled trick or treaters.

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Miss Phyllis continued this neighborhood tradition for many harvest moons, and there’s never a Halloween since that I don’t think back to her homemade popcorn balls.

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A captivating centerpiece is an essential tablescape feature.

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Centerpiece ideas include classic orange and black Halloween decorating accouterments, fresh or faux festive flowers, and creepy and crawly spiders and snakes in hauntingly beautiful form with a hint of chilling chic.

Carved Jack 'O Lantern Gourds

Party possibilities range from pumpkin luminaries with clear cylinders to clear cylinders and pillar candles filled with Spanish moss, plastic creatures and decorative mini pumpkins.

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You local dollar store is an excellent starting point for party needs or party decoration fillers.  If you’re anything like me, you favor festive Halloween decorating ideas big on Halloween style, not Halloween prices.

Booyah!

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Spanish moss.

Glass cylinders.

Glitter pumpkins.

Faux flowers.

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Bundles of grapevine branches.

Spirited tablewares.

 

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I love the Victorian Black Top Hat Deluxe from Party City for a focal point piece.   The top hat tips its hat to decoration triple duty.

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Primp it out in feathers for Halloween, tidy it up with a gold band for the perfect Pilgrim piece at Thanksgiving, and top it off with glitter and bows as a Christmas tree topper.

Tablewares and Serving Pieces

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Twisted Treats Plate

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Beware Plate

The Midnight Masquerade 

Queen Elizabeth fabric

Queen Elizabeth I Fabric

Fabric is a tablecloth in waiting.

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Black Baroque Place Card Holder

Raised Ribbon Roses Table OverlayRaised Ribbon Roses Table Overlay

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Swooned – Sweet Blooms Photography –  MFG Floral Designs and Events

 

gold-compote-vaseKoyal Wholesale Compote Mercury Glass Burnt Gold Pedestal Vase

 

Victorian-collarVictorian Collar

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Dark Blue Hydrangea SprayDark Blue Hydrangea Spray

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Black Glitter Twig Candle Ring Black Glitter Twig Candle Ring

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Copper Embossed Polypropylene Charger Plate

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Copper Plate Charger

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Royal Norfolk Orange Stoneware Plate

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Royal Norfolk Black Stoneware Plate

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Smoking Blackberry Sage Margarita

 

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Fairly Odd Novelties Glass Skull Decanter

chemistry-glass-flaskChemistry Collection Erlenmeyer Flask

creepy-eyeball-MartiniCreepy Eyeball Martini 

eye-ball-Halloween-beverage-napkinFun Express Vintage Halloween Napkins – 16 Pieces

Red Wavy Crackle Plate

Red Wavy Crackle Plate 

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With eyes of green and whiskers of six, this black cat beverage napkin will lend a frighteningly furocious look and be a big hit.

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Ideal Home Range Black Cat Face Cocktail Napkins

It’s not a Halloween party until something is wrapped in tulle. Take table tops and dining chairs to the next level with tulle skirting and sashes.

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To cover and sash a chair, drape enough tulle over the chair to reach floor length.

Gather the tulle around the back of the chair at the base of the seat and tie with decorative ribbon.

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Tie tulle in bow or loose knot and place your choice of embellishment in the center.

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Scatter about your haunted mansion volumes of mystery and intrigue.

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Spanish-moss-decorative

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Pathfinder Brass Trim Oil Lantern, Black

Mystery, intrigue, and magnifying glass cookies await rave reviews.

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Magnifying Glass Cookies Recipe from Country Living Magazine

It’s not too early to begin gathering festive Halloween decorating ideas and devilishly delightful goodies for your Halloween extravaganza.  I hope one or more of these festive Halloween decorating ideas tricks and treats your Halloween spooktacular.

Halloween Tricks and Treats Decorating Ideas

Fall is the gateway to the holiday decorating season, and the Halloween tricks and treats decorating ideas are flowing.  September to December stands as the most wonderful time of the year for the pumpkins and antlers and garlands oh my decorating inclined.

die-cut-cat-decorationBig G Designs on Etsy

Halloween decorating is serious business these days.  The elaborate decorations and Halloween tricks and treats decorating ideas offered in today’s decorating market far surpass the dime store plastic pumpkin with a flashlight in it, honeycomb centerpiece and die cut front door decoration days gone by.

Halloween Tricks and Treats Decorating Ideas

Bethany LoweCandy Corns in Bag Halloween Decor, Set of 20Bethany Lowe Candy Corns in Bag Halloween Decor, Set of 20

With that being said, let’s take a look at a few Halloween tricks and treats decorating ideas.

Mackenzie Childs Orange Check Medium PumpkinMackenzie Childs Orange Check Medium Pumpkin

Classic in style and presence, the Mackenzie Childs Orange Check Medium Pumpkin is a traditional with a twist investment piece waiting to become a Halloween heirloom. 

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Celebrate Halloween Together Pumpkin Reversible Sequin Throw Pillow

No rocking chair lined porch is Halloween ready without at least one jack-o’-lantern.   Displaying a jack-o’-lantern decorative throw pillow is my idea of the perfect no carve pumpkin decoration.

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Bust a fabulous centerpiece move with this decorative bronze sheep bust from Overstock.  Halloween decoration now, decorative home decor accessory later.

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Handheld Mask

Set a mood of intrigue and mystery with this handheld mask from Save-on-Crafts.  Mardi Gras will be here before you know it, and I do like decorative items that serve a dual holiday decorating purpose.

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Town & Country 

Pumpkin pretty in pink and black.

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I grow more impressed and inspired each Halloween season by the stellar designs and Halloween spooktacular creations.

Knock, knock.

Who’s there?

Open Hand Door Knocker in Solid Brass

Open Hand Door Knocker in Solid Brass 

This open hand door knocker in solid brass is a Halloween decoration now, and a decorative home decor accessory later.

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DIY projects shine at Halloween time, and nothings says frightening elegant like a metallic skull head.

wrought-iron-glass-lanternWrought Iron and Glass Lantern

Lighting does set the scene at any soiree, and a black lantern fitted with an orange light bulb shines a light on an eerie glow.

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Party City

Add a touch of fright to the look by draping Spanish moss from the arms of a light fixture.

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If you don’t have access to moss via nature’s arts and crafts store, pick up a couple of packs at your local dollar store, Michaels or Hobby Lobby.

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 Classic Horror Movie Posters

I use movie posters from classic horror movies for everything from wall decorations to invitations to coasters to tablecloths.

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Halloween Rolling Pins

Tasty treats and stunning sweets are what Halloween baking is all about.

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Cameo silhouette cookie cutter 

It’s not too early or too late to begin gathering ideas and goodies for your Halloween decorating extravaganza.  I hope one or more of these Halloween tricks and treats decorating ideas help to trick out your Halloween decorating spooktacular.

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Halloween Happenings

October is an eventful month at the Places In The Home corral however, the corral is anything but ok these days when it comes to the business of all things house that make a home.  Let me ‘splain.  In the grand scheme of blogging things, one (me) simply can’t get the job done, posts written and images photoshopped unless the desktop computer and monitor work, and work they don’t.  This recent development is not my idea of frighteningly fun Halloween happenings, and trying to undo this sinister snafu without losing my mind and my religion is the trick.

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Where there’s a will, there’s a way.  Although working on the notebook computer is no treat, the trick is to drink apply the principle of adjustment. Adjusting is the theme of this week.  Our city government announced this morning that local trick-or-treating will now take place on Friday evening.  The forecast is shaping up to be an ugly event making Halloween trick-or-treating on Saturday a washout.  Our Halloween celebration is still on, but with an adjustment or two of its own.  Call it a trick-or tweaking.

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No rain event will poison the party atmosphere at our Halloween at Places In The Home party.

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The welcome mat is out, the pumpkin is marked for carving, and in the words of Tom Bodett we’ll leave the light on for the trick-or-treaters.

we're-all-mad-hereBlame the madness on the Great Halloween Computer Crash, Charlie Brown!

I’ll redefine the term steaks are on the grill via a cast iron skillet on the stove, a liberal pat of butter, haunted house seasoning and a low and slow approach.  The food and drink will flow, and the Let’s Halloween playlist will rock the castle.

keep_of_Portchester_Castle,_2008-1The Keep of Portchester Castle, Hampshire, United Kingdom

For those of you who Halloween, have a safe and wickedly wonderful time. For those of you who do not Halloween, have a safe and wonderful weekend.

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A Most Fetching Friday Halloween Edition

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This week’s Fetching Friday Halloween edition is appropriately inspired by the occasion of the day.

ff-black-pumpkinSweet Paul Magazine

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halloween-decorArchitectural Digest

ff-halloween-matts-gustafson-kitchen-stockholm-remodelistaRemodelista

ff-pumpkin-in-barber-chairSur La Table on Facebook

ff-traditional-kitchen-alison-spear-dutchess-county-new-york-201306_1000-watermarkedArchitectural Digest Design File- Alison Spear Design

ff-halloween-statueAtlanta Homes & Lifestyles

When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
‘tis near Halloween.

– Author Unknown

 

halloween-black-service-areaHouse Beautiful

Halloween-fabric

I hope you have a most fetching Friday.

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Halloween Not So Haunted House Favorites: Halloween Decorating Ideas

Friday night lights will apply to more than high school Friday night football games this Halloween.  The flicker and glow from jack-o-lanterns, skull sconces and every tricked out decoration in-between will illuminate the evening and catch the eye of the costumed faithful.

skull-sconceSkull Wall Sconce from Moonshine Lamp on Etsy

Halloween decorating has taken on a life all its own in recent years. Decoristas leave no moss covered stone unturned, no craft store unshopped, and no Halloween Pinterest board unseen in search and shop for the ultimate Halloween decor ideas.

flying-monkey“Fly, Fly, Fly.”  Winged Monkey Costume

I’m a traditional old soul at heart when it comes to Halloween decorations. We keep the scarefest very G-rated as not to spook the little ones.  The most frightening thing at our house is the amount of calories in the bowls and bowls of candy.

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In the vein of delight over freight, this Halloween decoration diy is share worthy.

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Construction-paper eyes and mouths glued onto white tissue-paper bells and then draped with cheesecloth brings forth a ghostly ghoul gang.

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Black and orange rules the color palette, Monster Mash is the first tune on the Halloween playlist, and I’ve been known to break out an old pair of men’s cowboy boots, jeans, flannel shirt and stacks of yesterday’s news (0ld newspapers) creating a wicked good cowboy to help me pass out candy. Speaking of haunting hits- here’s a few of the Places In The Home Halloween house favorites.

If your ideas of Halloween pumpkin decorating finds you in the no carve pumpkin zone, fret or fright not.

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Invent your very own throwback Halloween hashtag #TBH and channel decoupage days of basket purses and vintage milk cans past.

Remember these purses?

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Spray painted leaves, printables, and/or old photos – all great choices to decorate a no carve pumpkin with.

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The Graphics Fairy

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The Graphics Fairy

Glitter stickers, acrylic paint and a decorative furniture or curtain finial lend a designer touch and signature style to a Halloween pumpkin.

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Stylish decorations don’t have to expensive to be impressive.  Create fab-BOO-lous Halloween centerpiece magic with a couple of dollar store feather boas, a witches hat, and a rhinestone pin.

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You can get more bang for your harvest and Thanksgiving decorating buck by not carving the pumpkin and simply surrounding it with wow factor embellishments.

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Mingle twinkle lights in and around the feather boas for mood lighting. Wrap average party paper cups in high Halloween style with ribbon in your favorite designer pattern and color.

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I like using fabric for tablecloths, table runners, and table skirting.  Velvet and lace add an elegant, creepy edge to the festivities.

Stretch Panne Velvet Velour Red FabricStretch Panne Velvet Velour Red Fabric

Telio Amelia Lace Black FabricTelio Amelia Lace Black Fabric

I stock up on pillar candles and dollar store glass containers and cylinder vases for my Halloween tablescapes.

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Glitter, black beans, candy corn or water dyed with food coloring make great filler choices.

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This “may I give you a hand?” serving bowl from Target would make a fun centerpiece anchor.

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Another dollar store run for Spanish moss, red apples and glow-in-the-dark insects, and you’re set.

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Battery-operated LED votive candles produce the perfect lighting for pathway luminaries.  Safety first always, and this option is a safe alternative to traditional wick candles.

black-red-wax-drip-pillar-candlesBlack And Red Bleeding Drip Flameless LED Pillar Candles

I hope one or more of these Halloween decorating ideas offers inspiration for your Halloween haunted or not so haunted house soiree.

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A Look Back At October

As October comes to a calendar close I thought I would end it with a retrospective of  fall and Halloween images old and new.

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Fall is historically slow to arrive in Louisiana.  What nature doesn’t supply we invent or improvise however, the sentiment is still the same.

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November keeps the harvest momentum going with festivals, cooler temps, and open houses.

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This is the first year since 1998 that we are not hosting a holiday open house for the antique shop.  The owner of our mall retired and the shops within the mall collectively agreed to close, but Hopefully Classic continues on.  I do private consultations and keep choice pieces of inventory on consignment at a friend’s antique shop.  I will miss getting the shop holiday ready, baking and preparing food for days, and the holiday buzz around the mall.

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Don’t you love these red and black candy apples? I found the stunning image and recipe for Adam’s Scary Apples on the delicious blog,  Matt Bites.

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An autumn find I could not resist.

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Okay.  You caught me.  My mad Halloween wreath decorating skills did not translate at all to the page.  Enter the crafty Halloween brains at Pic Monkey.  I’ll deal with  it in Scarlett O’Hara fashion- tomorrow.  Believe me, the kids will love it when I trick it out! Trick-or-treating is more of a quality event rather than quantity in our neighborhood.  Dave the Builder and my parents join along in the festivities and candy distribution.  I’m on wreath and pumpkin carving detail, Dave pulls yard and decoration duty, and my parents love playing co-master of ceremonies.  Color, candy and costumes.  Thanks October for the fall and the fun!  

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November will kick off a series of posts featuring ideas, tips, suggestions, and inspiration for all things home for the holidays. Please join me for the Places In The Home For The Holidays series.

The Tradition At Our Haunted House: Trick or Treat Taco Soup

This taco soup recipe post is an updated version of last year’s post. It’s that good and worth a second run! Tradition lives on from Halloween to Halloween at our haunted house aka Places In The Home.

Trick or Treat Taco Soup is on the spooktacular supper menu  as per the request of family and friends who have come to expect it over the years.  It is the perfect and easy make ahead soup– one that warms the bones after a day of ghoulish fun and a night of busy trick or treating with the kids and/or handing out Halloween candy.

Trick or Treat Taco Soup

Ingredients

1 lb. ground beef

1 onion chopped

1 package taco seasoning mix

1 package dry ranch salad dressing mix

1 8 ounce can tomato sauce

2 cans pinto beans

2 cans whole kernel corn, undrained

2 cans diced tomatoes, undrained

1 can Mexican flavored tomatoes

2 ½- 3 cups water

 

Directions

Brown the ground beef and onion; drain off grease and add dry seasonings. Add the tomato sauce, beans, corn, tomatoes, and water. Bring to a low boil to allow all flavors to blend. Reduce heat and simmer for at least 1 hour.  Serve with corn chips or hot cornbread.  Garnish with sour cream, shredded cheese or green onions.

enjoy