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As I sit here tonight listening to the howling wind and the shuddering shutters, I can really feel Halloween in the air. The weather has definitely turned here in Atlanta, just in time. I only hope my power doesn’t go out again as I am writing this! The wind is crazy here, and my thoughts are with the people further Northeast who will be highly affected by the incoming storm. I can imagine the sense of forboding they are feeling tonight, and it has nothing to do with Halloween..
But I want to keep things light and fun, after all that’s what Halloween should be about. At least for those of us who have little children. Every year I look forward to decorating our house and seeing my children ooh and aah over the little things. This is the second Halloween we have spent in our house here in Atlanta, and I enjoy thinking of different ways to be creative with it.
A favorite of my children, their friends and pretty much everyone who crosses our threshold is the lollipop pumpkin. I drilled holes in a “Funkin” and filled each hole with a lollipop. I believe I got the idea from a Martha Stewart magazine, but honestly can’t remember. On Halloween I also put it out for the trick-or-treaters, along with our bowl of candy. It’s a hit every time.
One night my husband came home from work and I told him we had a mouse problem. He wasn’t too happy until he saw our staircase.
Before moving down here, I wouldn’t have been caught dead in a dollar store. But they actually do have some decent things. I found black mesh webbing there and added some pumpkin lights to one of our stair railings. I also added it to a console table where I set up some glittery decor.
This summer I purchased some lanterns for candlelit dinners on our teak patio table. Our mantle needed some spooky jazzing up, so I placed them there, as well as some black branches with white spiderwebs, and some fall colored paper leaves. I might leave the lanterns there until the Christmas decorations come out!
And lastly, a favorite year after year has been the spooky flashing eyeball lights. This year I placed them on the arbor vitae on either side of our front stairs, along with some Halloween colored twinkle lights. I love to watch the reaction of the trick-or-treaters when they first see the eyes blinking and winking at them.
I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween, come hell or high water!
Here is a list with links of where you can find some of the decorations I have used..