I am generally not very into Halloween, but I now live with candy addicts who love just about everything about Halloween – pumpkins, carving, dressing up, spooky movies, and, yes, candy! I think I’m the only one though who cares about tasteful Halloween decorations, and nobody should be too surprised to see a few black and white decorations – instead of orange – pop up at my house this month.
There’s one house in Uptown Waterloo that is particularly spooky at this time of year. Even though I know exactly where it is, and I know it’s coming up when I go for a walk, it still spooks me. Every time. I hesitate when I walk by – part of me picks up the pace because I’d rather get by it quickly, but the other part of me is so darn curious that I want to see every creative detail!
The homeowners have quite the skeleton collection, and they’ve placed them in amusing – and spooky – positions. They also have a yard full of tombstones (or RIPs as my nephews used to call them), and bats are flying around the property, too. These homeowners have certainly got Halloween under control!
Imagine the total opposite of this yard…and you’ll get my house. I have my candy ready to hand out to the kiddies (or, more like, one for you, one for me!), but I don’t even have a pumpkin!
After a very eventful weekend (attending fun Halloween event for the Red Shoe Society, antiquing at Aberfoyle and Southworks with Rox-Anne, getting pampered at the Langdon Hall spa, and feasting on an incredible 10+ course meal with Chef Jason Bangerter of Langdon Hall and Chef Jackie Lin of Shoushin), I have a bit of catching up to do work-wise, blog-wise, and life-wise. Don’t be surprised if posts are light this week.
For now, here’s a cute (not spoooooooky) easy Halloween DIY:
My family has never been an all-out-for-Halloween-decorations type of family. Growing up, we always had a couple of pumpkins to carve (usually one for me and one for my sister). A couple of times, we created scarecrows for the front yard. That’s about it. Halloween decor doesn’t quite do it for me, and while there are incredible ways to cover up the orange, I’m still not motivated to do much more than carve a pumpkin in terms of decor (for Halloween or fall, actually).
That said, two photos on Instagram recently caught my attention. They veer toward the Halloween Chic category (I’ve stolen the term from my sister…not sure if others use it).
The first floral pumpkin from Sarah Gunn is simple but dramatic. I just could not stop staring at it when I first saw it on her Instagram feed.
via Sarah Gunn Style
The second googly-eyed pumpkin (see it there in the corner) by Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day is part of a googly-eyed theme I can handle. Honestly, I actually laughed out loud when I saw it. So funny! (I saw large, sticky googly eyes at Dollarama last week in case you’re looking for them.)
via Oh Happy Day
If I ever throw a Halloween party, one of these two options may very likely be the decor.