Monday, October 19, 2009

Halloween is in the air...

I love Halloween, much more so than the average person. I mean, what other day of the year can you dress up in costume and get free candy from neighbors?? But it's not just that...it's the spirit of everything, the pumpkin patches and carving pumpkins, it's about all things scary.

Fortunately, my children share my love for Halloween. Well, they never really had a choice but still.

We had a blast decorating the front of our house this year. There were fake cobwebs everywhere (and some real ones too)....."beware" banners (which we really should just keep up all year round)...and our little ghoulish skeleton dude who welcomes people to our home by saying, "Beware....turn back, leave now...while you still can" (we should probably keep him by the door year round, as well).

Jenna at The Newlyweds is hosting "The Pumpkin Round-up" where everyone can post anything they want, as long as it includes pumpkins (recipes, art, carvings, whatever your little heart desires). So get those pumpkin posts written and then come link up....

Here are some of our pumpkin decorations.....

This is Garrett's pumpkin obviously....he wanted a carving of a demon. It fits, oddly enough. And the adorable spiders were an idea I got from Missy at Two Little Monkeys (she also had an awesome tip on how to make cool spider webs, which I'll post further down). The kids had so much fun making the spiders.



Bella's pumpkin...she gave it a heart-shaped mouth. How sweet.



Landon's pumpkin...he specifically asked for a big mouth. Probably because he has one, too.



Cole's pumpkin....he insisted that his pumpkin be "mean and scary".



Here's all our spider webs....yeah, we went a little hog wild with those



This is our front porch in the evening....



These are the spider webs that Missy did on her blog, though mine didn't come out anywhere nice as hers. The kids wanted to add glitter to the webs, even though I tried to convince them that real spider webs don't have glitter on them. Some battles just aren't worth fighting.



Yes, we even caught a fly in our web...



A quick video of the kids screaming at "the evil owl" hiding in the bush. Good times, as always...








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50 comments:

Corrie Howe said...

All of these are very cute! Looks like a fun craft to do with my kids.

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

Love your ideas on decoration!!!Those are grat!!!
Love Halloween!
hugs hugs

Corrie Howe said...

P.S. I'm still "laughing" in my head and heart about all your tricks of the trade. Especially since I have my husband proof-read my posts and he complains that he's always the "bad guy." I tell him, "No, you are the 'straight man' for my jokes." I don't know that he liked that any better. But he hasn't deleted my posts or entries while he's editing. :-)

La Belle Mere UK said...

Wow your house looks great!! Halloween is not such a big deal here in the UK. Nobody decorates the house and stuff, although we have started to acknowledge Halloween more in recent years which is good.

Might have to get myself a few pumpkins and start a trend!

LBM xxx

CityGirl GoneCountry said...

Cute:) I'm a followere from the folllow me i follow you club..I'm going to have to try the spiders and web....my nieces n nephews will have a ball! Thanks for sharing
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blueviolet said...

Now you've done such a good thing here. You have 4 kids and now they will carry on this tradition with their own families. You're spreading the Halloween love!

Erin M. said...

I'm a Halloween fiend and I also have twins (but only one set---also conceived through IVF). I came to visit because Stir-Fry Awesomeness sent me over. After thid read, I'm a new follower (I figure any friend of hers should be a friend of mine). I look forward to reading more!

Your kids are darling---how do you do it?!?!!?

Eva Gallant said...

So funny. great traditions and memories for your kids to look back on!

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

Love your pumpkins and I also made those spiders for my other site..before I shut it down! We are decorating this week. The kids can't wait and they are carving their pumpkins up this week as well!

The Lane Family said...

I love the pumpkins and all of the spiderwebs!!

I like the spiders made out of pipe cleaners and egg cartons ??? Anyway we will have to make some!!

Tsquared417 said...

Those look great!! We have our pumpkins in the garage b/c the squirrels won't leave them alone. :(

Dee said...

oh wow! You did such a great job!!!

LazyCrazyMama said...

Awesome!!! GREAT decorations!!

The Elegant Thrifter said...

Ah....are those spiders made from egg cartons? Adorable! Stan

kys said...

Cute decorations! I decorate with spider webs all year round, if ya know what I mean.

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

Thanks for scaring me with the evil pumpkin face! Halloween is scary!

Kristina P. said...

Your house looks awesome!

Heather said...

Love the decorations! We have to be careful because Noly is scared of EVERYTHING! Very cool spiders.

Heather Kephart said...

I love Halloween too! Always have. I dig that devil pumpkin!

The Mother said...

I am SO going to have to introduce you to a friend of mine who goes absolutely whole-hog over Halloween every year.

We think she might be a witch.

If she weren't the sweetest person on the planet, I'd be terrified to walk into her house from Mid-September on.

Samantha said...

Your pumpkin is super cute! We usually carve a Clemson paw in ours :)

I gave you an award!! Hop on over to my blog and pick it up!!

Thena said...

It looks great.

Nezzy said...

I just love how children give their pumpkins different personalities. Fall is definitively in the air 'round your house.

Have a fun day and many,many blessings!!!

Brooke said...

i think halloween decorations are so fun - and yall did a great job on them!

Megan said...

Very festive!! I'm impressed. And totally feeling like a slacker now b/c I am sooooooo unprepared for Halloween. Blargh.

kaye said...

love the jack-o-lanterns. If you want to wander down my road I’m home.

shortmama said...

It looks great! I love carving pumpkins...and toasting the yummy seeds up!

Alicia said...

wow! You really go all out! I have yet to take our kids to the pumpkin patch!!

Laura said...

You guys did an a-mazing job with the pumpkins! I love how each kids' personality shines through!

MamaOtwins+1 said...

We haven't even made it to the pumpkin patch yet and you've got all your decor up! Where has October gone??
I love the spiderwebs, I now want some for our front yard!

Mighty M said...

You are all set for Halloween! I need to get my act together!! ;-)

Stacey said...

I wish I had a front yard just so I can decorate it for Halloween and Christmas. My house is full of Halloween decorations right now; cobwebs, skeletons, pumpkins...but only stuff on the walls. lol. The cats will destroy table top decorations. Can't wait to carve some pumpkins. Yours look great!

Deb said...

That's an expert cob web job if I've ever seen one! I'm a halloween gal, too. Love your pumpkins and decorations. We are within the 2 week countdown...woooohooooohahhahahahahaha (ummmm, that was supposed to be spooky).

HarryJack's Mom said...

Awesome job! We are opting out for the most part this year, and it's hard - we usually have a BIG party :-( Thanx for letting me enjoy your decorations! A friend made those spiders with lollipops for treats...yum! Enjoy the fall!

Jennifer said...

Your kids are AWESOME! Going bananas over that scary owl in the bush? FANTASTIC! LOL! I cannot stop laughing over their screams!

Amy said...

I love your Halloween stuff...

Jen said...

Hayden needs to come and live at your house, you wouldn't really notice another kid right, b/c he SO wants me to decorate for Halloween. And I would if I didn't have to be the one to put it all away again.

Theta Mom said...

So festive! It looks awesome!!! I laughed when you said he asked for a pumpkin with a big mouth b/c he has one! LOL

HST said...

Super cool pumpkins!

Amy W said...

Hmmm, I just did my pumpkin post a few days ago. Great minds think alike!

Carly said...

I lovwe halloween too! Its my 2nd fav after Christmas!

Jenny said...

I love the kid's pumpkins. So cute! LOL about them screaming at the evil owl.

Savvy Little Women - Kate said...

Halloween sure can be a lot of fun!

BoufMom9 said...

LOL! LOVED the video of the kids and the bush. heehee It's funny how little it takes to make a kid happy (except when we really, really need it, right? LOL)

DysFUNctional Mom said...

I love your Halloween deco! I always say Halloween is my favorite holiday, and some people say Halloween isn't a holiday, to which I say, BITE ME!

Tami said...

I'm heading to your house I know for a fact you have good Candy! LOL>

Kelly said...

I need one of those skeletons to warn my visitors too!!

mdeals said...

Lovely art... all are very cute..

Missy (Two Little Monkeys) said...

Your Halloween decorations look awesome!!!! I love the spiders! Your kids did an awesome job. Thanks for sharing them!!!

The High Family said...

Awesome job with the decorating and pumpkin carving!!! We had plans to finally go to the pumpkin patch tomorrow and guess what? IT IS RAINING tonight and tomorrow!!!! Ugh, I should have taken them this week when it was nice without my hubby. :( Oh well...I will get them there hopefully sometime next week and we WILL be carving before next Sat. :)

LOVE the spiders!!

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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