We LOVE Halloween
Halloween in our house is always a big occasion, especially as it is also my birthday!
Every year we go all out decorating the house both outside and in. A few new decorations always seem to sneak their way into the Halloween box somehow…
I love that where I live nearly every house has kids and we all try to make Halloween special by decorating our homes to create a fun, atmosphere, it’s just lovely!
I have a very crafty bunch of kids, they love creating pictures, the messier the better. Luca especially loves anything that he can get his hands into (and spreading it all over the house). When I get a few spare minutes alone with him I like to spend it doing activities. He chose to make a pumpkin and a footprint ghost.
Luca gluing his pumpkin collage
Proud of his pumpkin masterpiece!
Luca’s foot in white paint
Happily splodging his paint onto the page
Luca’s finished ghost
Both activities involved a certain amount of mess – gloopy glue for one and paint in the other, every toddler’s dream and parent’s nightmare! He really enjoyed it so much I couldn’t stay mad.
This year we were more organised than ever before, deciding on a family dress up theme – Superheroes and Villains. We’ve never done a theme before but thought it would be a fun challenge and get everyone involved.
Eve dressed up as this year’s most popular villain, Harley Quinn
Luca went as Batman but wouldn’t wear the cape and refused to get his face painted
Luca’s little sidekick Max as Robin
Max went as a skeleton to his baby-group Halloween party
Beautiful Super Cora
Unfortunately I forgot to
pose for take any photos of us adults! As we only got to wear our costumes for a few hours on the night so nobody really got to see them (usually we visit the grandparents), but on the bright side we can dust them off and use them again next year!
Our House of Horrors
It really was a house of horrors this year as there was so much sickness in the house just days before the big event!
On the very day that she got her school holidays, Eve became sick with a horrendous vomiting and diarrhoea bug! Poor Eve was very ill throughout the night. Then the following evening Luca became ill too.
Just as we thought the worst was over, on Halloween night Eve was sick again! Then they all took colds with a horrible cough! Unbelievable! So we only got to go to a few of the Halloween celebrations in town. I had high hopes of doing lots more, oh well there is always next year.
We were all so exhausted from lack of sleep that I forgot to buy food for the trick or treaters! It was a mad rush on the day to find a shop that still had enough sweets.
I also forgot to do a few little extra things that I usually do on the day – like playing my scary Halloween soundtrack when trick or treaters come to the door or doing the party ideas I had planned (I bought lots of apples but didn’t get around to doing any actual dunking for them, doh!)
I even forgot all about my own birthday cake, not that anyone was in the mood to eat it!
We always try to make our house look as creepy as possible every year and a little different from the year before.
I mainly use whatever we already have to do the bulk of the decorating, but decided to add a little to our usual two boxes (I even forgot about some of the things that I bought, whoops!)
I always have to buy a few extra cobwebs each Halloween as the outdoor webs tend to get wet and weather-beaten by the end of the holiday.
B&M Bargains is my absolute favourite shop for all occasion decorations, everything is so reasonably priced and lovely – what more could you want! Their Halloween selection grows every year (a bit like mine!), I’d love to buy them all, but I have to reign myself in as Christmas is only around the corner…
Haunted Halloween House Tour
For the garden we used a life-size doll of Eve’s, dressing it up in one of her old ghost costumes. We put some fake blood over her face and down the front of the dress. Positioning her smack bang in the centre of the garden for best dramatic effect, it looked very scary especially at nighttime.
Blood streaked creepy doll in the garden
Next we bombed the front porch in cobwebs, adding in a few spiders, creepy crawlies and bats. We hung zombies, ghosts and an old glow in the dark skeleton up too. We put in our special Halloween green light bulb and had green lights around the living room window too.
Freaky front door
We always decorate the doorstep with a plastic pumpkin with LED candle lights, a broomstick, cauldron, little mice and black cat.
The down-lights at the top of the house also had green light bulbs to add a spooky green hue to the entire house.
Ghoulish green house
Each year we hang cobwebs the entire length of the hallway and then I spend some time adding in lots of spiders, creepy crawlies, skeletons and bats to it as well.
I love the new little light up ghosts I bought this year hanging them along the staircase and at the bottom of the stairs we had a big creepy witch that screamed when you walked past.
Witch and ghosts
The living room mantelpiece was adorned with a garland of black cheesecloth and purple lights and had one massive white cobweb running around the room with orange and black spiders in it.
Light up garland on mantlepiece
The windowsill had green lights around the frame and a light up cobweb and spiders in the centre, all from B&M Bargains!
The kitchen had lots of plastic bats and glitter skeletons hanging off the cupboards and lights and a cauldron in the centre of the table.
The downstairs bathroom had cobweb and dotted spiders around the window ledge too.
Taking the decorations all down again was another story entirely…