As a child, Halloween was magical (even in the rain/sleet/snow that seemed to be inevitable in late October in WI in the 1980s). I almost always dressed up as a witch or a ballerina. Except for 2 years: one in which I was Cyndi Lauper and the other I was “the daughter from Beetlejuice” (I was in 4th grade and I am positive no one had a clue who I was). I am pretty sure my brother dressed up as a vampire 8 years straight. So I guess we were not the most adventurous in our costume choices. Which was probably pretty annoying for my mom since Halloween is her favorite holiday. I bet she would have loved hunting down the perfect pieces for new costumes every year! She always decorated our house for Halloween. I always loved to see what Halloween decor she was going to come up with each year.
Here is some proof of my witch phase. This must be the only year that my brother was not a vampire!
I seriously have the best Halloween memories and I want my kids to have some fun Halloween memories too! This year, we are throwing a little Halloween party with some friends and their kids. So naturally, I had to go a little more intense with my Halloween decor this year.
The dining room table got festive with some spooky netting from Target as well as some bat lights from the Target dollar spot. I set out a few battery powered candles on tree cookies and put some white pumpkins in cloches.
Putting masks on things (pumpkins/planters/vases) instantly makes for easy Halloween decor.
I focused most of the decor on our dining room buffet.
I was being my standard self and was convinced I needed a bar cart for this little party of ours but was not finding any affordable ones that I really liked in the stores. So I improvised and made a little Halloween bar on one side of our buffet.
The hubs came home and said, “Wow! I like that vodka bar you made!”
On the other side of the bar, I have the coolest skull glasses I recently found at TJ Maxx. Which were actually the entire reason we are having the party. As soon as my friend saw that I bought those, she informed me we were hosting a Halloween party this year. I completely agreed.
Some Target paper straws and drink swizzle sticks in beakers make this side of the buffet party ready!
We made a reversible fall/Halloween wall hanging last year at one of our Craftshop events that I hung under my DIY open shelves.
I have some spider webs and more black netting up in the sitting room and the kitchen so I think we are all set for our Halloween party in a few weeks!
I will have a little tutorial on how to make a chalkboard moon on the blog soon! Stay tuned!