Thrifty Living: Halloween Decorations

5 Oct

At first I was going to feel really weird about this post. I mean, it’s technically fall, and people are already pulling out their sweaters and knee-high boots (even me), and, until this week, the weather’s been in the mid-90s. I ditched the sweater halfway through the Farmer’s Market and wished I would have left the boots in the closet. Living where I do, in the middle of California, our spring and autumn seasons are brief and our summers linger way after they’ve worn out their welcome. Fall doesn’t really get going until December, and the only way we ever get a White Christmas is if we have a heavy fog.

Nature must have felt my sincere desire for autumn weather, because this week our highs dipped into the low 80s and we actually had cloud cover and a breeze. And a rumor of rain, but hoping for that just felt greedy.

Isobel and I decorated the house together over the weekend, and we had a blast doing it together. I didn’t even bother decorating the house during her first Halloween, and between the kittens and Isobel’s teething, it just wasn’t safe to decorate for her second.

This agate mushroom bookend set is normally in my bedroom, but I pulled it out in the living room along with this candle I found while thrifting. I just don’t think I can give either of them up.  I’ve tried (though, admittedly, not very hard).

By far my favorite decoration this year is my skull specimen, which I put together for under $5. You might remember the cheese dome from the Monkey Giveaway. I found that at a thrift store quite awhile ago, searching for the perfect use for it. Besides displaying monkeys, of course. Duh.

One porcelain skull from my boyfriend’s later, and we have a lovely skull specimen.

Isobel still thinks they are pirates, and she likes to walk up to this one and say, “ARRRRRR!” before giving it a huge kiss.

I decorated the outside of our house, too, but I did a pretty ghetto job. You see that thing under the sign? That’s a Valentine’s decoration I put up nearly three years ago. I just kind of shoved my metal Halloween sign over it.

Our gnome is representin’ the holidays in his costume. I should probably name him. And then give him clothes. Or is that just for House Elves?

The kitchen is coming along. I wanted to take everything off the fridge so I could rearrange things, but Isobel got very upset I moved her Isobel magnets, so I just shoved everything to the bottom. I bought magnets for the Trick/Treat sign so it’s not hanging by ghetto magnet hooks. I really should find my wine bottles for the top of the fridge, too.

I like having a set of holiday magnets. My mom had holiday magnets for my sister and I when we were little, and it was a fun tradition for us.

A little garland never hurt nobody.

And I love my new kitchen towels.

Isobel helped me decorate the sideboard, too. She kept telling me that “the pirates were sleeping,” which was kind of creepy. Yes, they are sleeping. Eternally.

I found these rose-shaped pine cones last year and I’m kicking myself for not writing down where we found them. I’d love to collect more. Dried berries and autumn leaves were also collected last year, because our leaves haven’t even thought of dropping off yet.

I inherited this glass pumpkin from my Nana. I keep thinking of fun things to fill it with: pine cones, candy corn, acorns.

I’m sure everyone’s seen the adorable doilies-as-spiderwebs on Pinterest? I saw them a couple years ago before Pinterest but only recently found doilies. They came already mounted on these lovely metal hoops. I just added the spiders Isobel put in my basket while thrifting. I was like, “High five, kid! I totally needed those.”

I found this owl in a thrift store the day an identical one in my shop sold. The one I was selling was painted a solid, glossy black and I very nearly closed the listing so I could keep the owl and the painted candle sconce for my own Halloween decorations. Part of me wants to keep this guy as is, part of me wants to paint him black, part of me thinks I should sell him because I don’t need another project right now. For the timebeing, at least, he’s part of my Halloween display.

You may have noticed that I don’t like gore or scary decorations. (Though what’s scarier than the skulls and their not-so-subtle reminders of our mortality?) Well, I’ve never been a fan of gore, but I have saved the truly scary, the deeply frighting, absolutely horrifying for the end. Behold! My scariest Halloween decoration of all!

I should do something about that.

After the holidays.

17 Responses to “Thrifty Living: Halloween Decorations”

  1. Leah October 5, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    Great Halloween decorations! I love how just adding the mask on the troll and the garland on the fridge really made it fall!

    • LittleBig October 5, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

      Thanks, Leah! I am so excited it’s fall. SO. EXCITED.

  2. mark @ yelling near you October 5, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    I’m impressed by all of your decorating. If we get around to buying a pumpkin it will be an amazing achievement in our house. The gnome might just be my favourite.

    • LittleBig October 5, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

      Thank you! The gnome has a special place in my heart.

  3. anne October 5, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    I love the Skull Under Glass. Totally going to copy that one if I happen across a dome (we have a lot of skulls on hand).

    We have that same glass pumpkin! It is our year-round candy bowl, which lives in a place of honor on the living room coffee table. (Where it is in easy reach when we’re being couch potatoes.) (Which is always.)

    Finally, I for one would like to see how big that tater can grow. Keep it up! 😀

    • LittleBig October 5, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

      I sometimes find these domes while thrifting but I’ve passed them up in past. Next time, though, I’m going to grab it for my shop!

  4. TheBlackStar (@TheBlackStar) October 5, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    You have OBVIOUSLY never heard of the Garland Strangler. 😛

    • LittleBig October 5, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

      You can’t expect me to keep up with all your hobbies, Justin.

  5. Beth (@Bethazon) October 5, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    WHERE did you get those towels?! I love them! Awesome decorating job. And those pics of Isobel kissing the “pirate” are just amazing ❤

  6. DINGEY October 7, 2011 at 6:12 am #


  7. Coffeediva October 10, 2011 at 2:13 am #

    Wow there is some really cool stuff here

  8. purplequark October 10, 2011 at 8:05 am #

    Cooooooooooooooool! So many things to like…but the gnome and Obama knocking out the zombie…awesome.

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