I haven’t done much Halloween decorating this year, and it’s not for lack of pinspiration. I have a whole Halloween Board. There is no shortage of ideas to make your yard spooky, scary, or just plain fun.
Yet, I’ve done nothing. Am I lazy? Am I busy? Yes, to both, but that’s not the real reason why I haven’t been busy decorating.
The answer is that I’m hostile. And I’m hostile, quite honestly, because it’s an election year, and I feel like the core principals of our nation are under attack. Because of that, I’m very fearful of the future, and as a result, I have felt a serious lack of festivity when it comes to things like decorating for Halloween
But my kids’ haven’t lost their enthusiasm. So, I stopped reading political articles, got out the Halloween bins and got busy.
Their excitement was contagious. Before I knew it, I was digging out stuff to make a wreath. You know how much I love wreaths. Especially when I can make them myself.
Here’s some ideas for getting your front door in the Halloween spirit.
Lil Maddy Designs on Etsy has amazing wreaths. Isn’t this one fun? But alas, this wreath is seriously professional grade, I am no where near talented enough to pull this beauty off, especially at the last minute. Plus, I didn’t have tons of tulle.
Then there is this one from Craftaholics Anonymous.
I love this one, but I didn’t have burlap, letters, or scrapbook paper to decorate the letters.
Which lead to option 3, this wreath from Lion Brand.
I could potentially pull this off, but I didn’t have grey yarn, although I did have black… and I had plastic spiders.
So, that’s where I started off. Wrapping a 16″ wreath form in black yarn– while I watched this weeks Presidential Debate.
Then I got out my fake spiders.
And my spooky sheet, which I figured could work in lieu of a spider web (which the kids had already spread all over the front bushes, plus I thought maybe it would hold up better than the cheaper stretchy spider web material).
I wrapped the “spooky sheet” over the wreath, and tucked the ends in at the back.
Then I hot glued the spiders on the “web”, and added a few plastic spider rings for good measure.
At this point, it met approval from both Christopher and His Majesty, so I hung it on the front door.
Well, it’s not my favorite wreath, but I am horrified of spiders, so I think the fact that they now greet me when I come in the front door is part my reservation about this entry way decor. But my kids–especially His Majesty–love it. His Majesty is all about spiders and bugs these days. And, I definitely think it’s pretty creepy, so it fits the Halloween bill.
Do you or your family really get into Halloween decorating? Do you prefer fun decorations, spooky decorations, or a combination of the two? Any decorating ideas you want to pass along?