We’re in the midst of October and the October festivities are in full swing. We’re headed to an an Octoberfest party this weekend so I’m putting together a German salad (recipe will be posted tomorrow) and finally getting the Halloween decor out. I never spend more than ten minutes decorating for Halloween and today I’ll show you how.
You see, I’m a late decorator for most holidays – except Thanksgiving & Christmas. The kids go back to school in September and I usually spend the next six weeks cleaning out and getting organized. Which brings me to mid-October before I drag the Halloween decorations out. Since the Halloween decor is only out for two weeks, I just can’t seem to justify spending more than a few minutes putting it out and then putting it away.
At some point I would one to go all natural with my Fall decorating and buy fresh. The farmstands have such amazing pumpkins, gourds, and squash in all shapes, colors, and sizes. I especially love the white pumpkins so I did treat myself to a few small ones for the table.
It’s just more economical for me to keep a few decorations in buckets right now; but I do limit Halloween to two buckets. It would be one but I purchased a few larger pieces that need the space.
These three large candle holders stand about 10-inches tall. They were purchased at Crate & Barrel several years ago and the main reason I keep the two buckets of decorations. The other reason is to hold these two large haunted houses.
Purchasing a few large decorations fills the tops of my sideboards and makes decorating quick.
Aside from these few Halloween-specific items and a few carved pumpkins, the rest of the decor can also be used for Thanksgiving.
The table gets a Fall table runner, candlesticks, leaves, and a few pumpkins.
The mantle was decorated with just a few Fall leaves. This photo reminds me that I really need to change out the picture above the fireplace. It was something I purchased for our first home – a Victorian with a cranberry colored dining room. It was perfect in there above the white marble fireplace, but the picture doesn’t quite fit into my home now. I’m on the lookout for something more natural – maybe a grassy landscape.
After 14 years, there’s still no light over my dining room so I always seem to hang this witch’s hat. Remember the black chairs? Well, I’ve decided they look great with the Halloween decor, but year-round they’re just too dark for me. I prefer white & bright so this set of severn chairs is for sale.
As you can see, I have just a few main Halloween decor pieces and I like it that way. It keeps things simple.