Monday, October 17, 2011

haunted house


My first step was to look up Martha Stewart halloween decor so that I could copy. I liked the idea of the witches brooms forming and X across the door, so when I saw such brooms at the thrift store last week, I was sure to buy. They were a serious pain to hang and I think I should get credit for my resourcefulness (I untwisted wire hangers). I repurposed some items from last year, moving last year's mantle display of the bat and associated cave to the door frame. I was going to hang some of the other bats we cut out from MS templates but it is supposed to rain later this week and I can't go to all the trouble of hanging them and taking them down again. They will appear shortly before the wicked night itself.

Will declared the porch "not spooktacular at all!" and we decided to do more. Some might say that this is where we got sloppy, but I say let the children decide what is truly in keeping with the spirit of Hallow's Eve. So we made two spider webs, one on each door frame. Will placed the plastic spiders in it.

Do you see the white pumpkin peeking out of the basket? So sppoky.

I am torn between believing in utter restraint in Halloween decorating and getting totally crazy and in the spirit. Sure, less is cuter, but is that what the season is all about?

13 comments:

Ashley said...

So I have been waiting for this to show up on my post as a link and finally just figured out it was here all along--you should link it up! Will is wrong! It is spooktacular indeed! Love your door, love the brooms de resistance, and envy your bats. My bats are small and unplentiful. I hear you on the battle between cute and crazy. My kids couldn't care less about my cute porch but you should see them fawn over the nasty cobwebbed houses we pass. I'm thinking of letting them take the creative lead next year--maybe--did you see LJ's door? I'm thinking something like that could be a happy medium. Anyway, well done!

The Mostess said...

The broomsticks are really cute--I love how they're crossed. The bats are adorable!

The Mostess said...

And I really appreciate your comments on Ashley's blog! I'm all about the spookiness and eeriness of Halloween. It's fun, creepy, and magical!

Momo Cannon said...

I like it all except the spiders!

Jolynn said...

Cute. Love the brooms.

Molly said...

I love the broomsticks, and I love the use of the white pumpkin with the autumn leaves. I think I need some white pumpkins!

The Gilberts said...

What fabulous double doors! Your house makes a great canvas for decor.. Wow! Love the witches brooms a that white pumpkin adds so much! Love it

brooke said...

I love everything including your darling little boy in front. You have the best front doors hands down. Plus I love the broomstick Xs and bats and spider webs. It is all really cute.. I think you walked the line perfectly between cute and over the top. Darling darling darling.

LJ, DC and ML said...

Super cute! Love it!

Michelle said...

I love love love it!!!!

Sarah said...

So cute! You have really great decorating taste! I can't wait to see it all in person in a WEEK! IT's crazy how fast that's coming up. We need to chat soon.

Erin said...

love it!!!

Nana said...

What a spooky spectacle! The entire event just blew past me this year, so I have really vicariously enjoyed your decorations. And William is absolutely darling.