The front porch and mantel are pretty much the only areas that change with the holidays around here...mostly because they are my favorite spaces to decorate. (Next to coffee tables, of course.) My method is to pull out any decor I have for the holiday, then stare at it until inspiration strikes.
And again, since Halloween season is so short-lived, I either craft the decor, or pick up creepy accents at the Dollar Store. This year I shopped my house and Mother Nature.
Last year's mantel was Black & White minimalist...this year is kind of more-is-more. And I'm kind of cuckoo for it.
The felt spider garland is the only new addition, found at Target, and the striped tapers are HomeGoods goodies.
We take a lot more walks now that we have Maggie, so the kids and I gathered quite a few sticks, and I gave them a light dusting of matte black spraypaint. Then we stuck them in glass vases, and clipped crows to the branches. Funny thing is, I have a severe aversion to birds en masse.
I've had the skeleton heads from the Dollar Store for a few years, but we added googly-eyes to them. For no reason other than I have a thing for googly-eyes.
Last year we used yarn to spell out 'Boo' on the craft store foam pumpkins, and this year I made stripes with thumbtacks. I try not to permanently alter them so I can use them year-after-year.
Here are the bug votives from yesterday. Martha Stewart
Remember my DIY Faux Birch Logs? Now they're stacked in a basket with more crows.
Having these fun touches around the house is just adding to the kid's excitement. Have you already bought your candy? Is there any left?!