It’s time to break out the creepy skeletons and bats! Although I am not exactly known as a girl who can afford to change her decor to fit every season, -too many projects, too little time!- I always make some time for my two favorites: Halloween and Christmas. To be honest, with our major bathroom renovation going on, I am on a pretty thin budget for adding any Halloween decorations this year. But that won’t stop the fun! I am a believer that having a shoe-string budget really just means more creativity with re-purposing items you already have. I hope you enjoy the spooky touches to the house!
I have never had a mantle before this house, and, gosh, it is one of my favorite places for seasonal decorations. Most of the mantle decorations you may remember from my Halloween Booing Party last year. Yeah, I have a thing for the spooky and sinister writings of Edgar Allen Poe, so this mantle is really an homage with elements from a few selected works. The candles and books are re-purposed from around the house. This year I draped some inexpensive cheesecloth and gather a few decorations for a table vignette. I hope to add more next year and make it really pop.
My antique typewriter is one of my favorite purchases last year that was a steal. I love to put quotes in it throughout the year so I put up a reference to one of my favorite spooky movies as a kid. I have read the book (it’s excellent), but I have a special place remembering that movie, especially since it was during a time when Disney was taking risks into the darker genres. The skull picture is a free printable here from Elle Claire Inspired.
Meet Charlie. Charlie is a new character we have hanging around the house and he is ready to par-tay! I have been looking for a full bodied skeleton and when I saw this one at Target for $15, I jumped on it. I want a cigar for him next year, but I love the little hat I found at Walmart for $5. All-in-all, I spent $40 on decorations this year. Not too shabby at that price.
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My budget also includes outdoor decorations like some inexpensive vinyl I plan to cut for silhouette in the window and some string lights…and, of course, my stacked pumpkin heads from last year. I love those classic faces! You can see how to make your own pumpkin topiary here.
Ah, I love this time of year! Now, excuse me, but I have to get back to the bathroom renovation. That is truly a fright, lol. Happy Haunting!.
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