Crispy air, fuzzy blankets, dreary weather; I always feel the tight, cold squeeze of a long winter set in around this time. We live in the north and get snow for 9 months of the year so this time of year brings me a bit of meloncholy. I love how apt it is that this is also the time to celebrate the goth, the darkness, and the eary. I love authentically spooky halloween decor for just that reason; it reflects a romanticised version of what could be a very blah time of year. Plus, pumpkin, spiced rum, and eggnog! Here’s what I have been doing to get into the Halloween Spirit this week ♡
First of all, I usually go to the thriftstore for decor stuff because it’s better quality and cheaper and it’s re-used. But this year I found so much good stuff at the dollar store!
I got some photo frames, a crow skeleton and some pumpkins (that I Painted White) and put them next to pretty iron urns from the garden to line my ‘mantle’ aka t.v. stand. I probably spent 7 bucks on this stuff!
I have this cool old developer bottle the hubs found on a hunting hike. It now holds a bouquet of dollarstore hydrangeas and sits next to an old ceramic bust I found at a yard sale years ago. The cool reusable vinyl mirror-ghost was also a dollarstore find. They’re really uppin’ their game at the d-store!
And more d-store hydrangeas:
I also found some sweet transfers there too that are basically temporary tattoos. Husband drinks this stuff called kambucha that comes in these cool brown bottles which were perfect for the transfers. I totally messed up the application but still think they are perfect!
And check out the skull drink jars! WITH LIDS!
The kids and I made this creepy peeper by taping boxes and cans together into the shape of a torso and shoulders. We made a head by stuffing a plastic bag with newspaper and then we put a dollarstore wig on her and some d-store limbs taped to her cardboard torso.She makes me feel safer at night 😂 She needs a name.
I love this season so much and I will totally be the crazy lady with the whole elaborate set up when the kids get a little older and I have the time. But for now, pulling off a few small touches is a win in my books!
Happy Haunting 👿