And a big HELLO to everyone coming from Michaels of Inspired by Charm. His tours are always such a treat. That skull chocolate cake!!! Isn’t it amazing? He is so talented and a fellow cat lover 🙂 Totally my kind of person.
This year I didn’t do much inside but I always do some Halloween decor to our outside and front porch. There are so many kids in our neighborhood and they love it. I try to have the really little ones in mind when I decorate even though my kids aren’t that little anymore. We have several homes in the neighborhood who tend to go all out with really scary themes and I remember how terrified mine were to approach those homes. I love having the cute little kids come up to our house though and don’t want them to be terrified. I have our house covered in spiders every single year because the kids love it and ask for them. There is something about a repetitive tradition they love.
Since I painted our porch black and white stripes this spring (click HERE to see how my stripes got so crisp on the textured concrete), it now makes decorating for Halloween even more fun. Did I tell you that our town and school colors are black and orange? Even the street signs are black and orange.
My husband dresses up as Jack skeleton every year and hands out candy. The kids love his costume. So this year I used his mask and bowtie ahead of time in the decor. And I love how it looks on our boxwood topiary.
Black and white Halloween Front Porch
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My daughter painted us a tiny Jack Skeleton pumpkin for the porch. It was her idea:
And I made the spider web out of wool. It’s so easy to make and I think looks better than the unrealistic ones you buy at the store. The only one I could find online that looked ok was THIS one maybe? But you end up spending so much time unraveling the web that I’d rather create it from scratch.
lanterns HERE | bench HERE | boxwood balls HERE, HERE and HERE | pillow HERE (on $5 clearance!)
Jack Skeleton costume HERE | or mask only HERE | my door knocker HERE | spiders HERE and HERE
googly eyes HERE and HERE | similar planters HERE, HERE and HERE | cat skeleton HERE or HERE
I took googly eyes (HERE and HERE) and stuck them on the large spiders which makes them actually look kind of cute. My daughter loved this little detail and she stuck some giant ones on the pumpkins as well.
Do you see the little ghosts in the window above? That is one of my really old blog projects (click HERE) and I still have it because the kids love it so much. It’s one of those projects that I’m kind of embarrassed about and it’s not even under my DIY tab anymore. LOL! Here it is from the other side of the window (you can click HERE to see how I made my curtains):
My daughter is going to look super cute sitting on the front porch this year. Her costume kind of matches perfectly don’t you think so? (Click HERE if you want to see the costume post. No sewing involved)
Inside I only have one little vignette on my buffet and that’s it for this year.
Do you spy my giant bird of paradise plant? How can you not? That’s where it ended up for now.
buffet makeover HERE | tassel HERE | knobs HERE | washi tape mirror makeover HERE | similar tray HERE
my resin marble skull is from Homegoods and I found one exact same one HERE | straws HERE
black candles HERE | similar brass candle sticks HERE
lamps are vintage and I haven’t found anything similar | skeleton spiders HERE
similar topiary HERE
I am actually writing a separate post about the flower arrangement next week because I love it so much and this post would get too long.
Now please make sure that you continue the tours at my friend Jennifer’s of The Chronicles of Home.
Remember she was my roomie and bedmate at the recent Better Homes and Gardens event (click HERE if you missed the post)
Happy Halloween Everyone!