Our Halloween Homestead! (Indoor-Outdoor-Photos Galore!)


BOO!!

I had a goal this year (2011), to have our whole homestead decorated for Halloween, by October 1st! So that we could enjoy it all the whole month of October.  I also wanted it all blogged no more than a few days later. How long can it really take, to photograph, edit, and blog it? Apparently….9+ days.  With my kids busy schedules, I’m in the driver’s seat, in gyms and on fields, more than in my computer chair these days. (Enjoying it, although behind in work to say the least. But my kiddos come first!)

Now, I have to say real quick, that I have been trying to ‘find my place’, with Halloween decor, for years.  From a spiritual point of view (always where I am at), I don’t like to stray too far from the true meaning or Christian roots of any holiday, including Halloween. This is why we have always extended our focus to Hallow Tide = All Hallow’s Eve, All Soul’s Day, and All Saint’s Day.   On a completely unrelated note, but tying in with the theme, I personally am a big baby, some may say. I do not like scary/gory/terror/evil anything.  My kids laugh at everything they see, and I look away. I freak out inside a little bit, myself. So…. decorating has always been a bit of a reluctance / confusion for me, about what I wanted to do.  But I can say this year, I found my groove, and the game was on!   In that light, I hope you enjoy seeing our homestead, outdoors and indoors, that I have photographed for you all.


Off the bat ( <—- <giggle!), I’d like to give huge props and thanks to Emily from Frosting & Ink Social Designery! <—- Click on the link to see her Etsy shop!  I purchased this Halloween Party Collection from Frosting & Ink, and used it for my home decor!  While I can design much of anything myself, I hardly have time these days. And besides, when I saw what Emily created, I was all over it!  So she deserves lots of credit here! I’ll be posting some her beautiful designs, and showing you how I used them throughout these photos. I actually have nit used them all yet, but there is always next year!


Got to warn you:  I handed the Hubs the cobweb stuff, to be in charge of getting that done, and he went crazy with it!  Even {O} giggled watching him and said, “I can tell you’re having fun with that stuff Daddy! You don’t want to stop!”

One more note:  I had fun editing these photos, with some little grunge effects, etc.  My house is not actually this grimy looking, inside or out!  Not that’s it’s perfectly clean either.  If anything, it gets more of the messy & dust-bunny kind of dirty.  ; )

So here is my very favorite Halloween creation, I made with a design from Frosting & Ink….

My Halloween Parking Sign! That’s right, I’m the witch around here! Heee hee heeee! Some will agree with that, in a heart beat. ; )  Others will argue, “No000 sir.  She is kidding you.  She is the sweetest thing ever!”  Depends who you talk to. LOL. (Or the day? lol).  Just kidding.

 

Anyway….I smile every time I pull the car into our driveway, about 20 times a day, and see my sign.  It’s something I made to be able to use every year, for years to come. I saw the whole thing in my head, the second I saw the design.  Michael made the jagged wood board for me, and we painted/distressed it, etc. It is weatherproof.

If you are wondering how, I do plan to do a quick post in the Crafts section, about how I made some of these Halloween decor things, sometime this week.  But this post is just about showing our decorations for now.

I just have to show you the amazing and beautiful detail in Emily’s work!  I always loved that font used for ‘Parking’.  A band I love, Daughtry, uses that letter-style for their logo. It’s called Bleeding Cowboys, I think. It’s a perfect choice for Halloween designing.  Good call, Emily!

I was soooo on the fence (<—-another pun…giggle!) about getting this skeleton at Michael’s Arts & Crafts!!  I definitely am drawn to skulls and cross-bones and stuff, you know?  I have no idea why. They just ‘look’ cool to me. Yet I don’t really want to like them so much. LOL.  So….this is about my line, as far as decor goes.  See? Call me a wimp.  As long as we placed him humorously, was our/my decision.  I do like seeing him, hanging out there! (As long as it’s not dark out! lol)

Here is a wider view of our front-yard-gardens.  The flowers are pretty deadish now, which really kind of makes it all work!

Another perspective of our friend.  From Snap Peas to Skeletons!

I love my newly painted buttoned bottle.

The potting bench.

 

Bats swarming our front door.   It was a popular idea last year, that I loved.  But I’m slow. : )  Details of how I did this will be in the Crafts post too.

This chest Michael picked up free somewhere in front of someone’s house.  It’s super interesting inside!  Really old…meant for shipping clothing and goods, etc., I think.  There are all of these compartments inside.  BUT, when opened, there is a heavy mold/mildew odor (which I am immediately allergic to), that we can’t get rid of.  So, we’ll be tossing it, instead of doing anything more with it.  But I thought it would be cool to keep through Halloween out on the front deck, anyway.

 

Through the glass of our front door here, you can see our Halloween wreath I made, with another design from my party pack from Frosting & Ink!

SO……that’s about it for our outdoor Halloween decor.

Would you like to come in??…

When you order for this particular pack from Frosting & Ink, you are supposed to give her your last name, so she can customize this design.  I incorporated it into a wreath.  I’ll share more about how I made this later, in the craft post, too.

The wreath is technically on the inside, because it is not weatherproof, in any way! Just turning it over here, so you can get a better look of it as a whole.  But faces outdoors.

Our Halloween Tree.  Yep….still have that stick tree there! LOL.

The Halloween lights and black crow were bought at Michael’s Arts and Crafts.

 

Some of you may know, I love making inter-changable fan pulls, for our all-season room.  (Anyone?)  I haven’t made one in a long time.  BUT, I did make one for Halloween this year!….

Beads and this spider, from Michael’s Arts and Crafts.

 

How cute are the little ghosts??

I did this kind of thing on our French doors, for Christmas and spring too.  I used the the little Cupcake Toppers and Party Signs, from the same Frosting & Ink Party Collection,  for what I call ‘Fancy Strands’, down my doors.

A little over the top with the cobwebs, much?  It is a bit of an old family portrait now. Well, only 2-3 years. Time for a new one, although we’ll keep this one up somewhere in the house, too, anyway. But that’s the fam.

Well would you look at the time!….

It’s late, and I must get to bed.  I am sure we’ll have something more Halloween-ish to share, in the coming weeks.  We do plan to do something with pumpkins!  And as I said, I’ll be showing how I made everything crafty in this post, in a coming post in the Crafts section. So….we do hope you come again. (If you DARE!!  Because we’re wicked scary….right? ; )

ETA:  Here is the link for:  Tips, Tricks and How-To’s to our Halloween Decor  in this post

Please say  “BOO!”….if you enjoyed this peak of our Halloween Homestead!!?

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Isn’t the Halloween season fun??

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Comments

  1. Samantha says:

    Boo! Love all the decorations :) I think I’m going to try out the bat’s on the front door. It looks really great. Thanks for sharing Laura.

  2. Joanne says:

    Looks great! you have such a knack! I am jealous! I love the trunk you have in one of your pictures too…that is awesome! Did Michael make all the signs? I know dumb question! Happy Halloween to you all…going to try to get the St. Francis costume started today! talk soon xoxoxo

    • Laura says:

      Hi Jo! :) It is a cool trunk. Did you catch we have to throw it out after Halloween? And no….I mostly made the parking sign. I did all of the craft stuff – he did the cobwebs. Can’t wait to see that costume!

  3. Josh Estano says:

    CUPCAKES!!! (No one got that, didn’t they) Those decorations look really nice! The decorations down here at Clark Estates are an eyesore. And btw, you’re not a witch

  4. Karen says:

    Wow, great stuff! How fun for your kids! I am very impressed. Next year maybe I will try to up the Halloween decor. It all looks great. visiting via “The V Spot”.

  5. Katie says:

    I love your decorations and your witch parking sign!

  6. Stephanie says:

    Wow! You have been busy! I love all of your decorations! I really really like your witch parking sign, your feather wreath and your Halloween tree! I have a party going on over at my blog that is dedicated to using your craft stash items. The link is open for most of October and I would love to have you join! Here is the link if you are interested: http://mylilpumpkinpatch.blogspot.com/2011/10/document.html

  7. Tamsyn says:

    Wow, this has all come together so well. Perfectly spooky!

  8. Patrick Estano says:

    Those are some great decorations, i half to agree with Josh. The decorations on are neighborhood are not as good as yours.

  9. Heidi says:

    Boo! Wow…your decorations are AMAZING! I could come and move right in!

    Heidi@HomemadeBeautiesByHeidi

  10. Smallgood says:

    I love every bit of it. The parking puns are great. I would have loved visiting your house for Halloween as a kid.

  11. cris says:

    Boo! Love love love everything! The parking sign is my favorite!! ;)

  12. Michelle says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE everything! Great job and I don’t know how I missed this, other than I haven’t been on FB, Twitter or many Blogs lately. Love it!!!

  13. Amy* says:

    Delightfully spooky! I love the button bottle and the beaded spider hanging. halloween elegance like I’ve never seen :)

    Amy*

    • Laura says:

      Elegance?! Wow….I am smitten with your kind words! “Halloween elegance”….gosh, that even sounds cool to me! LOL. Glad you loved it all. Thank you for swinging by, Amy!

  14. Michelle says:

    Oh good gracious this is FAR too cute. When are you gonna come over and decorate my house for me? ;)

  15. Great decor! I am jealous. I love how it all came together.

  16. Karri Reiser says:

    Boo! You decorations are incredible. I love how you posed your skeletons, they look great. I host a weekly blog party and would love to have you add this post as well as any others you would like. The link is http://www.mylifesatreasure.blogspot.com/2012/09/our-favorite-things-link-party-17.html

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