Did you survive Halloween? I joked with Kara that we were characters from Frozen because we were literally freezing. All day it was raining, and the temperature kept dropping. When we first went out, it was in the 40s, but by the time the sun went down it was only in the 30s. We actually saw snowflakes! Brrr! Before we left I took some pictures of my Halloween decorations. I love this arch. I bought it on clearance at Target eight or nine years ago, and have used it every years since.
This year I decorated the porch in a witch and black cat theme. I painted the witch many years ago, when I was part of a Tole Painting Group. I bought the lit black cat on clearance at Target a few years back, and I made the Pumpkin Witch Hat this year. I had the smiling black pumpkin cauldron in the window on the front porch with a witch broom in it, but it kept blowing over. I sat it in the window so we did not have to keep picking it up all night.
On the front door, I had a black cat and witch broom wreath that I had made.
Even our pumpkins matched the theme. Several years ago I found pumpkin lights on clearance. The lights have more than one setting and have lasted a very long time. One is a red strobe light which keeps the back ground red, like in the photo. The other setting changes the back ground light every 10-15 seconds between green, blue and purple.
As the kids come up the walkway, they are greeted by some sweet baby monsters. I also made these many years ago, and put them out every year. This year poor Wolfie had to hang out on the front porch. They had blown over during the strong wind, and when he was put back up, his stake came off. We will fix him up, and he will be good as new next year.
I also like decorating the entryway, so there are more fun decorations when we open the door. I plugged in my fake pumpkins, brought out a few more black cats, and placed plastic pumpkins with battery powered votive candles on the stars.
Even our candy bowl followed the theme. I have done it this way for years. I bought the cat on clearance years ago. There is a hole in it's head where you can put the candy but it is only about 2 feet off the ground, and you would have to constantly bend down. By placing a cauldron filled with candy on it's head, it is a much easier to reach height.
This year was bittersweet. Only one of my kids went out trick or treating. The older two don't really want to anymore. I used to love taking all the fun pictures of their smiling faces in costume. Kara is holding an umbrella because it was drizzling at the time I took this picture. As we were walking down the driveway, a gust of wind blew the umbrella inside out, so we left it at home. While she thought she would be warm enough with her green coat, she soon found out that was not the case. After little while we came back home so she could get a warmer coat, and change her shoes and socks. (her feet went numb with the temps in the mid 30s) I went out wearing my winter coat, winter boots, gloves and ear muffs. I forgot to put on long underwear, so my legs did get a bit cold. I thought it was really funny that almost every house tried to give me candy too, since they thought I was a kid. I am on the short side, and about the same height as Kara so I understood why it happened. Many offered the candy even after they knew I was mom, and saw I was not carrying a candy bag. I would turn them down saying I knew I would have a lot of leftover candy at home, because the weather kept a lot of the trick or treaters away. I was right on that one. Last year we had run out of candy, this year there were five bags left! Looks like I will have to come up with some leftover candy recipes in the next week or two.
I hope you enjoyed my little tour of my trick or treat decor.