Jaw Dropping Halloween Chandelier

Jaw Dropping Halloween Chandelier

With fall arriving so late again this year, I’ve had to hurry-up and get Halloween stuff out of storage and decorate the house. I also added spooky elements to transition from a fall to halloween chandelier in the kitchen.

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Underlining the spine-tingling look, is the Decorate a Chandelier for Fall in 3 Easy Steps from last year.

I’ve embellished the light fixture to accompany a Skeleton at the Feast table set beneath it. It’s all part of this month’s Halloween Tablescape Blog Hop, when I join twenty other stylists presenting festive to fearless seasonal interpretations.

My decorated Halloween chandelier and tablescape offer both tricks and treats for guests at the feast!

Adding a skeleton, skulls and bones is a fast and easy way to create a little campy fun. Let me show you how I did it.

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Retro Green Ghost Game Night

Retro Green Ghost Game Night

Happy Halloween everyone!  For the occasion, I want to share a family get-together that features a game of Green Ghost

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When I was a kid, Green Ghost was one of my favorite games.The haunted graveyard game is the first (and maybe only) board game designed to be played in the dark. A number of parts glow mysteriously, including a friendly-looking green ghost.

My sisters and I would play in the closet, under the basement steps, where it was nice and dark. We’d play year-round, and not just at Halloween.

Did you (or your kids) ever play Green Ghost? The game first came out in 1965, during the era when The Munsters and The Addams Family classic TV sitcoms were popular. I remember watching both, and loving their silly theme songs. My favorite was probably The Munsters, with it’s Frankenstein-like Herman. Which show did you like best? Or maybe you took your kids to see the more recent movie releases?

My boys were into Ghostbusters toys, even though the first movie came out before they were born. Eldest son was forever running around the house in snow boots, wearing a proton pack, zapping ghosts with his ecto-blaster, and storing them in a special trap. Back then, I forgot all about playing Green Ghost  — until receiving a very special Christmas gift.

Join me for a family-friendly Halloween evening of eats, treats and a retro game (or two) of Green Ghost.

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Not-So-Scary Halloween Decor Home Tour

Not-So-Scary Halloween Decor Home Tour

I’ve been so busy setting tables, decorating chandeliers and creating centerpieces, I haven’t had a chance to photograph my other Halloween decorations. Today, I’m finally getting around to a Halloween decor home tour. 

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Other than Favorite Things Parties and tablescapes, my Halloween decorations tend to be far less over-the-top or stylized.

I do have a lot of stuff (yes honey, I know), But, many of those decorations only come out if we’re entertaining, or if my sons come home for a weekend (usually coinciding with a Steeler game).

Halloween decor tend to go in the same locations every year. It is all simply arranged; there are no elaborate displays or vignettes. If you’re expecting Instragram or magazine-worthy photography, I hope you won’t be disappointed.

Come along now on my Halloween decor home tour, where a not-so-scary group of characters — mostly witches — convene every October.

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Haunted Halloween Hallows Tablescape

Haunted Halloween Hallows Tablescape

Taking you on a tour of my dining room for a haunted Halloween hallows tablescape. Things That Go Bump in the Night is part of this year’s Halloween Tablescape Blog Hop.  

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Today, I’m fortunate to be among 19 talented and creative stylists for the week-long spooktacular. The monthly event is hosted by Chloe of Celebrate & Decorate. This is my fourth time participating, starting with a Give Me Liberty Blue Tablescape. That was followed by Don’t Be Crabby Coastal Table and Fall on the Farm Rooster Table.

It’s such a thrill being included with many bloggers I have long admired and been inspired by. But, it’s not without its share of chills either! After seeing Monday’s creations, I’ve been feeling more than a little intimidated! I shared my jitters with the group, with thoughts of chickening out. But Chloe said, “don’t you dare!” Actually, she was quite encouraging.

So skeleton finger and toe bones crossed, welcome to my haunted Halloween hallows (cue the scary sound effects).

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Eye of Newt, Spooky Halloween Tablescape

Eye of Newt, Spooky Halloween Tablescape

For the October Pinterest Challenge, I’m sharing a spooky Halloween tablescape and decorated chandelier with my favorite bewitching, seasonal plates.

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The monthly blog hop is hosted by Erlene of My Pinterventures. Its purpose is to motivate all to not just pin, but act on it! At the end of the post you’ll find links to lots of great projects, recipes and ideas by other bloggers. Bee sure to check them out!

My Eye of Newt table, centerpiece and chandelier is decorated with Halloween motifs, including eyeballs, spiders, witches and cats.

See the pin that inspired my pursuit of the Wiccan Lace pattern plates. But beware you don’t come under their spell too!

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Decorate with Halloween Costume Photos, Artwork

Decorate with Halloween Costume Photos, Artwork

My favorite Halloween decorations are the ones that evoke the past and happy childhood memories. That’s why I decorate my home with Halloween costume photos of the boys, and seasonal arts and crafts projects they made way back when. 

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In, How to Create a Kid Keepsakes Gallery, I explain how I use a long wall in the finished basement to display arts and crafts created by my sons. I rotate the artwork seasonally, and in September swapped the pictures to back-to-school, fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving subjects.

Now that it’s October, I also bring out framed photographs of family members in Halloween costumes; placing them around house. I’ve also taken some of those Halloween costume photos and turned them into stand-up cutouts.

Let me show you a fun way to take pictures of your kids or grandchildren, and create easy DIY Halloween decorations the whole family will enjoy.

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