Welcome to Halloween on West Capitol Street, Salt Lake City. It’s my very favorite holiday! We’ve officially been in our new house just over a year, and while we still have a long ways to go things are coming along nicely. Our Halloween decor is scaled far back from previous years but still fun and Gothy. When we moved we kept only our most beloved Halloween decorations and a result I feel our look is more refined.
All the pumpkins and gourds came from Trader Joes (except the two giant ones, those came from Costco). The skeleton wolves I nabbed at a 75% off sale at Big Lots last year, and the skeleton by the door was a delightful neighborhood curbside find. (Thank you neighbors 🙂 Everything else we brought from the old house. TIP: The sheer black fabric really makes the cheap plastic bones around the door look great.
Again the pumpkins and gourds are from Trader Joes, and everything else was brought from our old house.
Happy Halloween! I am a bit behind so I am combining Halloween Decor posts 3 & 4 into 1 post…Outside and Other Spaces.
This year the Crawling Eye is attacking our front porch again, with a few changes. I added the blow-up eyes I had around the yard last year around the eye like “babies”, added a black backdrop (heavy black plastic sheeting with white string lights poked through to resemble stars), 2 wierdo “planets” (a neighbor’s science project they were throwing out that I sprayed with florescent paint), and a new color-changing water-type light that makes it all oh so spooky at night.
We did the rest of the yard and porch a bit more refined this year…
Inside the house, since we go a bit crazy on the main room and entry we like to keep the living room simple with just a few Halloween touches…
Well, simple until you get to the Dia De Los Muertos altar in the kitchen that is 😉
And the stairwell…
Channeling my inner Morticia at our Halloween Brunch yesterday…
Scroll down the main page to see the entry and main room this year, and…HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Welcome to Halloween Decor 2016 Part 2! The Main Room is our party room, the first room in the house through the entry and the one seen through the front window, and so, it is the room that gets the most attention. Ie: all the coolest Halloween stuff. Just about everything is either diy or found at thrift stores and yard sales.
Above is an admittedly crappily pieced-together panorama of the main room. (hey, photoshop isn’t my strong suit) (see the Voodoo entry on the right in Part 1) Here are some details:
Looking into the main room from the entry.
Looking into the main room from the living room.
We found a couple new goodies for this area. The light-up skull and hands is a $5 thrift store find, and we found the clear glass skulls at Ross. The delightful monster art in the red frames is by Travis Louie. Below is our usual vintage collection with a new glittery black skeleton procured at a yard sale for $3.
A couple new thrift store goodies on the table…a “Thing” candle holder and a skull that I painted metallic silver.
To give the bar a spooky glow I elevated the Lucite tray on a book and put a string of red lights underneath. The striped candles are simply white candles with black electrical tape wrapped around them. See more of the Halloween DIYs in the Halloween posts from 2014 & 2015.
Next time, Part 3…
Happy Halloween! My favorite holiday…I’ll be posting all the fun decor in a 4 part series. Today: The Voodoo Altar! It’s in the entry again, just bigger, badder and more!
I love the voodoo altar this year. We added a few more skulls we found during the year, a bat skeleton from Target ($10) as well as a fun plasma light skull from the thrift store (just $5.99!) The altar is simply a folding table with a side table on top, all draped with sheer black fabric with purple lights underneath. (I’ve been reusing the same fabric for years in different places).
The key items for a good voodoo altar are skulls, bones, bottles, candles, beads and feathers. We added a couple creepy old masks my man made years ago and a real voodoo doll found at the thrift store. The voodoo flags are just printed out at home from a google search for voodoo flags.
Mistress Tia, our resident Voodoo Queen, is an old 1980’s mannequin. I painted her face and dressed her in one of my old handmade Halloween costumes (The amazing leather skulls adorning the headdress and belt and handmade and painted from Artsmyths here in Denver http://www.artsmyths.com http://artsmyths.com/http___www.artsmyths.com/Artsmyths.html
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! Part 2 will be coming tomorrow…
We changed things up just a bit in the front yard this year for our favorite holiday, Halloween! Inspired by my new “Crawling Eye” prop (see the DIY here) we went with creepy eyes. I found some blow-up eyes online for about $3 each and put them in the plant pots and on the porch on top of our old fake fall leaves and orange lights. I also made the silly big-eyed monsters in the upper windows from black poster board and colored tissue paper. (Inspired by these amazing monsters: http://fashionnaction.blogspot.com/2011/10/googly-monster-house-halloween.html ) The eyes on the porch wall were left-overs from a party years ago (just eyeballs printed out on gloss paper from google images) I only spent about $40 for this year’s update, everything else (black fabric, fake pumpkins, black lights) are all things we’ve had for years, just moved around. Enjoy!
It’s my favorite holiday, so I tend to go a little nuts. This year I added some new fun with an eye theme in the front yard, with the Crawling Eye as the centerpiece (based on the admittedly awful 1950’s sci-fi movie by the same name.) Here’s the DIY:
It all started with an exercise ball. Then I added a plastic eye we found at the thrift store for .49 cents, florescent spray paint, Great Stuff gap filler, foam from our old bed, and a couple old sheets. I used a glue gun to wrap the ball in fabric first. It’s ok to wrap it kind of messy, you actually want the folds and bumps in the fabric for added texture.
Next came the legs, which were cut out of old sheets. It doesn’t matter too much what they look like, as they will be mostly painted. I used the glue gun again to attached the two sides to each other, though sewing them would have been better. I turned them out and stuffed them with some old foam, though you could use newspaper, foam peanuts, or whatever flexible, light-weight material you have lying around. The hardest part is attaching the stuffed legs to the ball. I used a glue gun, though it would have held better if I started by attaching the legs with a few stitches first. (I was short on time and rushed this project). The eye was also attached with the hot glue. It can all be somewhat messily done, as you’ll be covering up all the edges in the next step.
The final steps were done outside on a tarp. What really makes this project look awesome is the “Great Stuff” gap filler. I used it to cover all the edges and create creepy texture over the whole thing.
When the foam was dry, I used orange and green florescent spray paint to finish him off. He now sits happily on the front porch under a black light to frighten our visitors. The entire project took just over 2 hours.
I’ll post more pictures of our eye-themed front yard soon, as well as all the inside decorations. Happy Halloween everyone! I’d love to see your Halloween projects in the comments section!