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Monday, October 31, 2011

Picture This--Happy Halloween!

I love Halloween. I always have. Once, when I was a preschooler, I can remember my mother putting me to bed after a night of Trick or Treating and saying to her, "It's all over until next year." I don't remember what she said, but it was probably something like, "You are right." She wasn't one to mess around pointing out that Christmas was coming. She probably also told me not to wish my life away. I decorate my house from top to bottom. My book club met at my house in October and they were very impressed. I felt I had to be honest and admit that I would have done it anyway. I decorate for myself. I don't do it until the first of October and that's hard--but not as hard as listening to Oldest Friend complain when I do it too early. I do admit that I was rushing the season a bit the time I did it in August. My pumpkins rotted. Unlike Christmas decorations, which I will let stick around until New Years, I will take my Halloween pretties down November first. So I thought I would share with you.

The mantle in my living room.

Candles on my coffee table. I keep a crystal pumpkin full of candy corn nearby for eating, since my cats tend to recline in this.

The side table in the dining room. The Guy bought me that fabulous candy bowl when we were first married, so I always fill it full of dark chocolate for him. (I can't abide it.)

Work counter in the kitchen. My mother-in-law made me those festive potholders and an apron to match. After Halloween, I'll leave out the pewter pumpkin and turn the Jack-O-Lantern faces to the wall and--presto!--Thanksgiving decor.

The bar. Ms. Classy gave me that cat plate the year we lost my sweet Bristol cat. We cried. That's a friend--someone who will cry with you over your cat.

Counter in the butler's pantry.

Kitchen window.

Table in my upstairs sitting room. I'll leave the glass pumpkins out until Thanksgiving.

Hall table. That is one scary tree.

Hall bookcase. The jack-o-lantern is wearing a number 12 Alabama football helmet. Stephanie bought it for me a few years ago when Greg McElroy was quarterback so we named it Greg Head. Greg Head will stay out until Alabama plays its last game of the season--hopefully January 9, 2012

What are you doing for Halloween?


  1. Oh, I love all your decorations!! I didn't go all out this year due to the new furbaby in the house, and I was late because of all my writing obligations. However, I usually do a lot for Halloween, then switch out to Autumn/Thanksgiving only decor till the day after Thanksgiving. Then we go to Christmas decorating.

    This year for Halloween I'm bringing my teen her dinner at school, then home to hand out candies. Last year with the teen home, but she has play rehearsal. She and all her friends are sad, but I have a "plan" to go along with that din din.


  2. You're so funny, Jean! And your decorations look really fun. I am so not a decorator and never decorate for anything except Christmas. It's sad. My poor kids. But I do like to celebrate things. Hopefully I make up for my lack of decorating enthusiasm. LOL!

  3. I don't do much for Halloween any more. We don't get trick-or-treaters so it's usually boring. Cute decorations.

  4. Great decorations and I love your house!

  5. Thank you all for stopping by on my favorite holiday! I've been making jambalaya and pecan pie to take to a party tonight. Fun!!

    Christine--The only think I love more than Halloween is a teenager. Their activities are so fun--and so fleeting.

    Melanie--Thank you. I don't do scary. It doesn't work out for me and my psyche. Somehow, I just don't see your kids as being deprived!

    Cheryl--We don't get many kids either. I'll give out candy until about 5:15 and then we are going to a party. They get 100's of trick or treaters and we will sit on the porch and give out candy.

    Patricia--Thanks. When it comes to decorating for holidays I am a study in excess, but I enjoy it.

  6. Oh, Jean! I love your Halloween decorations, very cute and colorful. Makes me wish I dcorated something more than my porch. The fall splendor out there is quite pretty this year, if I do say so myself. ;)

    I have a Cornacopia on my breakfast table, which I made last week with odds and ends purchased from Hobby Lobby. Turned out fabulous! And I have festive Fall decorations in my Dining Room, candles, fall leaves and so forth. Woot!

  7. I didn't decorate as extensively as usual, and we went trick-or-treating in a different neighborhood for the first time, but I did bring a vat of chicken and dumplings for us to eat pre-treating so I wouldn't feel as if I'd abandoned all our traditions.