I've been a little slack, shall we say, getting decorations up this year.  So this afternoon Jay and I took a little time (him mainly because the neighborhood kids were outside to chat to while he helped) to put up a few decorations.

INSIDE

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  1. A little bat and some mice watching over mummy's candy corn on the kitchen counter
  2. Beautiful fall flowers (thanks Kj) on the bar
  3. The kids skeleton hands and footprints above the fireplace
  4. Our little ghost familyon the windowsill
  5. A tasty tub of caramel apple pops for the kids to enjoy.

OUTSIDE

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  1. Festive lights in the windows.  I love how the lights are positioned over the bats eyes.
  2. A cat and some crows ready to greet Trick or Treaters.
  3. Ghosts hanging in the big tree
  4. Our friendly frankenmonster on the door ready to greet our guests.
  5. A photo op board for the neighborhood children and Trick or Treaters on the front porch with the pumpkin Jay carved.
  6. Beware of the tarantula in the garden
  7. A string of skulls surrounding the door
  8. I love how the street lights cast such eerie shadows of the trees on the house
  9. My first ever attempt at decorating a pumpkin.  A big black cat hiding in the bushes.
  10. Don't stand on the snake.

CAT PUMPKIN INSTRUCTIONS:

This was my first ever attempt at decorating pumpkins so I'm quite
proud of myself.  Yes I'm terrible and still haven't taken the kids to
the pumpkin patch, so these are Michael's pumpkins, but this little
black cat will venture out each Halloween now to hide in the bushes and
wait for Trick or Treaters to come by.

The ears are 2
triangles of felt glued together.  I put a toothpick up inside each ear
from the base, then stuck the other end through a pin prick hole in the
top of each pumpkin to hold them in place.

The whiskers
are pipe cleaners.  Cut a small hole into either side of the small
pumpkin and thread the toothpicks from one hole to the other.

I
gave the googly eyes a slightly green tint using a green highlighter. 
The nose was cut out of a scrap piece of pink paper and under the nose
was drawn on with a crayon.

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19 comments

TUTU Monkey October 29, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Love it!!Those little crocheted ghosts are toooooooo cute!! You amaze me!!Hope there are lots more treats than tricks…:)

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cat October 29, 2008 - 5:00 pm

That looks so festive!

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tiff October 29, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Wow, that looks amazing! Absolutely amazing.

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Deanna October 29, 2008 - 5:00 pm

The snake is the creepiest thing of all!

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Betty Flocken October 29, 2008 - 5:00 pm

You’re a head of me! πŸ™‚ They look great. We’re going to Southern CA for Halloween and I never did get to decorations

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Lilly's Life October 29, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Visiting from WTBAY – these look really good. Its a shame we Aussies dont celebrate Halloween. How are you finding living in California – much difference?

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The Eadle Family October 29, 2008 - 5:00 pm

i love the decorations tonya!

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Terri October 29, 2008 - 5:00 pm

It all looks great! Too bad you didn’t get it up earlier so I could steal some of your ideas!! lol

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rachael October 29, 2008 - 5:00 pm

great decorations! ours are still in the basement in boxes…guess i better get on top of that!

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The Burger Blog October 29, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Very nice! My six year old said to me a few years ago, why don’t we decorate for Halloween. I guess I need to get on the ball, but I feel like its wasted because we live out in the country and don’t get trick or treaters. I guess I need to think about it from a six year olds mind and think about how cool decorations can be. I carved the pumpkin and baked the seeds and made most of the costumes….does this count for something, lol!

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The Romero-Schroeder October 29, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Wow great halloween spirit guys

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Shannon October 29, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Looks great, T! Very festive, and spooky too, all the neighborhood kids will love visiting your house tomorrow night!

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Kat October 29, 2008 - 5:00 pm

I love the flowers. I should have bought orange flowers. And the handprints/foot prints are wonderful. I have a friend with four kids that has frames hanging in her kitchen that she changes out with their latest masterpieces. I have two kids and can’t even manage to give them the tools to create a masterpiece πŸ™‚

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Megan October 30, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Tonya I love your decorations! Great job! I have been slacking this year too, I’m not ready for winter I guess. Anyway, cute blogging!!!

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Lisa amp; Gerald October 30, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Love it!

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cc October 30, 2008 - 5:00 pm

You are just so creative! I love all your decorations! Looks like something out of a magazine! Can you come help me with my house???What a job… traveling the countryside decorating!

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Jaime November 1, 2008 - 5:00 pm

I am always amazed at your creativity and energy! Everything looks awesome! And you even give the people a cute photo op! You rock:)

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Christy November 2, 2008 - 4:00 pm

You are so talented and have such an eye for decorating! I need you to come to my house and help me! I seriously have nothing but school photos of the kids on my wall! uggh!

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Sharlene November 7, 2008 - 4:00 pm

That snake looks so real! It freaks me out looking at it. Your decorations rock my friend!

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