So today I’m doing my first ever holiday house tour, along with five other fabulous bloggers. Thanks so much to Stephanie from Sandpaper and Glue for putting this together. Make sure to check out all the other tours after you take a look at mine; I’m really excited to see what everyone else has done–Halloween decorations are my favorite! Until Christmas. Then Christmas might be my favorite. But I can’t think about that yet.
Here’s the view from the front of the house. We a get little more themed once you come inside, but the outside is a collection of….stuff we like. I hit the clearance sales after Halloween and keep an eye out at thrift stores and try to add something new every year.
The Frankenstein’s monster (or, as the kids inexplicably call him, “Mary Shelley”) and the skeleton on the other side of the steps have been with us for awhile. Putting mums in the skeleton’s head is my favorite. I thought about trying to carve pumpkins in time for this post, but my research indicates they would never have made it to Halloween if I had:
We made the raven planters last fall to fit in with our Edgar Allan Poe theme. At the time I thought we’d turn them around for most of the year to the undecorated side, but it turns out they’re really heavy once they’re full of dirt….so they stay ravens all year. But now they’re seasonally appropriate again! We planted the boxwoods in there last winter, and they’ve done really well with no care whatsoever. My kind of plants!
The snake wreath on the front door is new this year.
This skeleton, a thrift store find, is this year’s other new addition. I realized after I got him home that he didn’t really have quite the right parts, so I disassembled him a little before I put him out in our little graveyard:
I’ve had some of these skulls that line our walkway for a few years now, but I keep finding another set or two (at thrift stores) every year. At this rate, we’ll have enough for the whole walkway before the decade’s out :):
I’ve had the kids help pick out a theme for our Halloween decor for the past two years, and this year they settled on Great Expectations, especially the Miss Havisham parts. We read Great Expectations together last year, and I guess it made an impression. The dining room is where things get really theme-y, but I tried to carry it through a little bit in this display in our foyer, too…..mostly in that the books here are all Dickens (I have a nice set that used to belong to my grandparents and then a couple of others that I’ve picked up here and there):
Most of the things here were in the Halloween box in the basement and have been around for Halloweens past, but my favorite new find this year was this little brass pumpkin:
On the dining room buffet, we have Miss Havisham’s abandoned wedding feast, complete with rat infested cake. I’ve already posted about it, but here are a couple of pictures for people who haven’t been here before:
I’ve also put out some less creepy, more all purpose fall touches that should take us through Thanksgiving. This box usually has brass candlesticks in it, but I switched them out with gourds:
I have no shortage of woodland creatures to hang out with my decorative gourds. The wood-look squirrel took a spill awhile back and lost his tail and one ear, but I finally got around to breaking out the super glue, and now’s he’s somewhat close to good as new again.
It’s always nice when it’s time to break out the deer salt and pepper shakers:
And, finally, a few more gourds on the kitchen island:
And this guy didn’t just come out for Halloween, but I’ve never posted him before, and he fits in with the other fall stuff, so….here’s the fox cookie jar (he’s from Target) that my friend Tracy gave me as a thank you gift for dog sitting for her: