Almost mid-October and there’s a nip in the air, must be time to decorate for Halloween! This has to be one of my favorite holidays of all. Len and I love sitting out on the porch swing handing out candy to visiting Trick or Treaters and admiring all their costumes and finery. Mostly it is just kids from our neighborhood, and it is a delight to see them progress from being pulled in the wagon by Dad to running up the walk on their own. Flashlights bob as they dash from house to house and we have a front row seat as our neighbor across the street jumps out and scares the bejesus out of the bigger kids. We pool our goodies with a neighbor and enjoy the Halloween evening together, catching up between visitors. Spooky music will be an addition to our repertoire this October 31st. !
This year, I decided to make tipsy pumpkins by skewering them on a rebar and standing the whole thing up in some flower pots. Then it was time to break out the hot glue and natural materials I had gathered from our yard and garden. Hydrangea, goldenrod, acorns, pine cones, assorted seed pods, monkey balls and grasses became eyes, hair and mouths. White pumpkins were transformed into ” The Tipsy Punkin’ Heads” to decorate our kitchen deck. Colorful mums and festive fall window boxes complete the outside decorations.
For the front porch, I collected all our candlelit and electric Jack O’Lanterns and added fresh gourds and pumpkins, Dollar Store crows and leaves and a mum. Set up on a little painted ladder, they make quite a display!
And, of course, there is a centerpiece with a tiny ghost, more crows, Indian Corn, leaves and three little hand-sewn felt pumpkins on the dining table to keep us in the “spirit” of the season!
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