When Frank and I married, seven blissful months ago, my girls and I moved into his house in the same town as where we’d been living. Convenient, huh? His cozy home has rapidly become our cozy home and we love it.
This is our first fall and therefore was our first Halloween in our new home. The neighborhood is a mix of families at all different stages of their lives. We’ve got new babies born this year, toddlers and preschoolers, and everything up to empty nesters with kids in college and even grandparents. So, I guess it’s a pretty typical neighborhood mix. My hope was that we’d have lots of trick-or-treaters stopping by and I figured that spookifying our house would ensure that the doorbell kept ringing. I’m happy to say that my strategy worked.
For the many years prior to this one, my girls and I had been living in a nice townhouse complex close to their school. I guess the timing all worked out because at the townhouse, my girls had a short three-minute walk door to door to their high school with one of the sports fields being directly next door. This year, my Hayley baby, graduated and left for college so there was only a short period of about four months before graduation where she couldn’t walk to school since our new home is too far of a walk, being located on the other side of town. I have to say that I don’t think she minded the drive. She seemed to love that independence. When living at the townhouse, however, for some reason we didn’t really have any kids come by for candy at Halloween and because we only had the tiniest of stoops, we didn’t accumulate any outdoor decorations. We have a front yard now and all of the decorating fell on me. I must admit that I didn’t mind at all.
A couple of weeks ago I made a trip to Michael’s, which is a big chain of craft stores. They have everything!!! I could spend hours and hours in there and usually walk out with completely unrelated items, such as a skein of yarn, a pastry cutter and the unity candles for our wedding. Yes, those three items were actually all purchased together during one shopping trip. I tend to become a bit scattered in a Michael’s. I think it’s the excitement of all of the choices. No one who lives near a Michael’s and likes DIY crafts or cake baking or knitting, etc.., should ever be at a loss for a new project.
For my last trek to Michael’s, the goal in mind was Halloween decor and I hit the jackpot. Not only did I find some cute indoor knick knacks, (ON SALE! WOO HOO….YAY ME!), but I also found the tombstones, skeletons, spiders and webs for the outside of the house. Upon leaving the store, the only items missing that I still needed as I left were my pumpkins. Lucky for me that Halls Nursery was on the way home. Success!
My collection of Halloween decorations is off to a great start. The plan is to add a little each year. The house was spookified enough to make our doorbell keep ringing, which kept us from having too much leftover candy, and now my mind has already moved on to planning the Christmas decor. More on that later. Enjoy!