Our Halloween House of Horrors

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!

Crafts

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

Luca gluing his pumpkin collage

Proud of his pumpkin masterpiece!

Proud of his pumpkin masterpiece!

Luca's foot in white paint

Luca’s foot in white paint

Happily splodging his paint onto the page

Happily splodging his paint onto the page

Luca's finished ghost

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.

Costumes

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 villian Harley Quinn

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 went as Batman but wouldn’t wear the cape and refused to get his face painted

Luca's little sidekick Max as Robin

Luca’s little sidekick Max as Robin

Max went as a skeleton to his babygroup Halloween party

Max went as a skeleton to his baby-group Halloween party

Beautiful Super Cora

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!

Decor Details

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

Outside

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

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

Freaky front door

We always decorate the doorstep with a plastic pumpkin with LED candle lights, a broomstick, cauldron, little mice and black cat.

Front doorstep

Front doorstep

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

Ghoulish green house

Inside

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.

Haunted hallway

Haunted hallway

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

Witch and ghosts

hallway

hallway

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.

mantelpiece

Light up garland on mantlepiece

bat

bat

 

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…

 

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