Happy Halloween 2021! Decorations at the New House + Stylish Black Skeleton Torso DIY

,Happy Halloween! Yes I am Waaay late this year, but here it is All Hallow’s Eve and I finally have a minute to get this post up πŸ™‚ Things are still in progress at the new house and with the state of things we are not entertaining this year so our Halloween decor is a bit simpler than in years past but I LOVE HALLOWEEN, so even if it’s just for the 2 of us I had to do it. If you’ve been following my blog for awhile you’ll recognize many of the same decorations from our last 2 houses just used in new ways. The one new thing I added this year is the pair of black skeleton torsos with golden hearts (DIY below) inspired by similar pieces spied on Tik Tok. But first, this year’s house decor!

The Front Courtyard Entry.

Lots of mums and pumpkins! Mostly from Trader Joe’s and Home Depot. The dogs we’ve had for a few years now (a post-Halloween sale find). I put strings of orange lights in the rib cages. The best part is I can easily transition to Fall by taking away the dogs, black fabric and skeletons.

And lastly, the Stylish Black Skeleton DIY

These were very easy. I bought 2 very cheap plastic skeletons, removed the limbs (I painted the arms black and used them on the mantle, the unpainted legs are tucked among the plants lining the driveway with other assorted old skeleton parts), spray painted them black using a gloss plastic spray paint (Home Depot). I bought 2 plastic anatomical hearts on Amazon and spray painted them shiny gold. These hearts I hot glued inside the rib cages. I then added a twist of wire on the back and hung them on the doors on removable sticky hooks.

Until next year! Planning to go really big πŸ™‚ Please follow this blog for more decorating inspiration!

It’s HALLOWEEN!! Part 1 of 3 Spooky Decor for 2019: OUTSIDE

It’s HALLOWEEN!! My favorite holiday. I’m one of those annoying neighbors who puts up the decoration in September. I try to change it up each year, using the same items in different ways. The only new things outside this year are the fresh pumpkins, flowers, and terracotta pots for the crows.

halloween2019frontI still love my skeleton howling dogs, snagged at 75% off at Big Lots a couple years ago. The human skeleton was a dumpster find.halloween2019front2I really like the way my planters turned out this year. It’s a combination of mums, ornamental kale and cabbage, ornamental peppers, black pansies and the only surviving plants from the Summer plantings, Creeping Jenny and purple petunias. I added a little dried Spanish moss to cover the edges. This will transition nicely into thanksgiving as well.

halloween2019scene2This fun scene was my husband’s idea, the crows feasting on the skeleton. The dog skeleton looking at the dead guy was a gift from a Burning Man camp-mate this year.

halloween2019crows3The Crows! I’ve had these plastic crow decoys for well over a decade. I admittedly stole this idea from the amazingly talented owner of 5 Green Boxes in Denver, CO. I went to a yard sale she had at her gorgeous home about 16-17 years ago where she had these crows in pots on her fence. I’ve finally made it happen, though I’m sure not as well as she did πŸ™‚ The terracotta pots are from Home Depot, I painted them to match the fence.halloween2019crows2halloween2019crows

halloween2019gateA couple more crows flank the entry gate. The sign on the gate is another old dumpster find.

halloween2019entryI kept it more simple around the door this year, a bit more elegant. All my fancy pumpkins and the mums came from Trader Joe’s, the big orange one from Costco. I made the Victorian-looking banner years ago, here’s a link to the DIY. One of these days I need to create a nice way to cover up those electrical boxes…halloween2019doorhalloween2019door2

That’s it for Part 1! We’ll move inside for Part 2 and 3. Follow this Blog and see it all!

Thanks for looking πŸ™‚