I’m back from a two-week vacation in Greece and it’s time to update the house for fall with favorite Halloween decorations. Before I left, I visited two of my go-to places to shop for seasonal and holiday decor.
If you’re thinking, “wasn’t she just on vacation in July?” — you’re right! Incredible Iceland Trip Ten Day Adventure was a surprise arranged by our sons. My husband and I had already planned Athens and a Greek island cruise over a year ago. It was a present to ourselves to celebrate a milestone wedding anniversary. A fabulous, dream trip.
Although I’m still regrouping, unpacking, and doing laundry (while adjusting to a seven-hour time difference and jet-lag), it’s time to decorate for fall.
This week I’ll be shopping for mums and pumpkins, putting up decorations, and setting spooky tables, including Eye of Newt and Haunted Halloween Hallows Tablescape.
In the meantime, let me take you virtual window shopping for favorite Halloween seasonal inspiration and decorating ideas.
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Favorite Halloween Haunt
My first seasonal shopping stop is always to Old Allegheny, a country home furnishing and accessories store. Old Allegheny hosts great seasonal open houses for holiday decor.
The entry is decked out in decorations for the current season.
I’ve taken you here twice before for Previewing Christmas Kicks Off the Season and Perusing Spring Open House.
For fall, there were lots of jack-o-lanterns in different materials, styles and sizes to choose from.
On the opposite wall, is a primitive mantle decorated with more pumpkins, candles and an adorable pair of cats.
Most tempting were these adorable mice dressed as witches. Don’t you love the shoe? Where to put them…?
When I take you on a tour of my Not-So-Scary Halloween Decor Home Tour, you’ll see I already have a ton of stuff! Much of it was accumulated from past shopping excursions to Old Allegheny over the years.
In the room to the immediate left, is table set for the season with fall linens and florals.
There were lots of different kinds of faux pumpkins; usually offered in a trio of sizes or shapes. I particularly liked these white ones.
What’s with all the grey these days in decor? What do you think of this group of grey pumpkins? Isn’t fall suppose to about rich shades and color?
There was also turkeys and other Thanksgiving decorations throughout the store.
I’m always on the lookout for vintage-style Thanksgiving decor, and it was hard to resist this turkey chocolate mold.
See how I organize all my stuff in, Shop, Pack and Store Holiday Decorations, Tableware.
I didn’t go home empty handed, restocking my supply of fall scented candles from Old Allegheny’s extensive selection.
Down on the Farm
Although it was too early for the pumpkin patch and maze, Trax Farms had their mums and fall flowers displayed inside and out.
I particularly liked these miniature mums. But, since we were going to be in Greece for two weeks, I needed to wait.
I’ll be heading back to Trax this weekend, and hope they still have them.
I’m surprised how warm it still is in Pittsburgh. How about in your neck of the woods?
Some of my friends are thinking of skipping planting mums this year. Our summer annuals are still blooming and I hate yanking them out to replace with mums. Even my potted ferns are still looking lush and green.
But, then I see these beautiful displays of fall blooms…
A Coven of Witches
Inside, the barn was packed with Halloween and Thanksgiving decor.
Like Old Allegheny, I’ve taken you holiday shopping with me to Trax before. Bee sure to view Easter Hunt and Finds and Visiting Trax Farms at Christmastime.
But, this visit was in search of a new witch to join my coven, er collection of whimsical witches. You know, the kind of gals who only cast good spells.
These two caught my eye.
What I wouldn’t give for a place to store this larger-than-life witch!
We could literally stand nose to nose!
I’d have to cast a spell on my husband who already thinks I have way too many holiday decorations LOL!
More Tempting Than Candy
These cute little signs would be fun to tuck in with my favorite Halloween decorations.
I especially like this one. How about you?
When I saw these adorable figures, I had to hold myself back from starting yet another collection
And these plates too…
I also liked these solar-powered jack-o-lantern scarecrows on stakes. But, I decided they might look a little too menacing on either side of the front door to welcome young trick or treaters. What do you think?
More Halloween posts are on the way, including Retro Green Ghost Game Night and Gonna Need a New Broom, Witch Wreath.
I hope you’ll stop for a spell!
Here’s to Us
The trip to Greece was to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We had a rooftop dinner with amazing view of the Acropolis that night.
I’m very blessed to be married all these many years to such a wonderful man.
Happy anniversary honey. Here’s to many more!
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Happy Anniversary and thanks for the shopping tour!
Thanks! Have you purchased anything new to decorate for Halloween this year?
Happy Anniversary and best wishes for many more blessed years together. Enjoyed the picture of the young and carefree couple. It takes a lot of love and commitment to make it to the big anniversaries! Enjoy your blog. Have a wonderful fall.
That’s very sweet of you Bobbie; thank you.
Debbee, Happy Anniversary! You guys did it up right. Looking forward to seeing Greece through your eyes.
Although I don’t collect Halloween decor, I can certainky see with a store like OA one would be caught up in the spell! I love the sign that was your favorite too.
Yes, still very hot here, and my summer flowers are still going strong. I only bought two mums and just a few very small ghost pumpkins (no gray, ick). Last year my topiary of pumpkins rotted due to the extreme and prolonged heat, so I’m using a much lighter hand this yr.
Welcome back. I did miss seeing a post from you over the weekend!
Thanks Rita, it was a memorable trip with the love of my life. I’m a lucky girl.
It’s as warm here in Pittsburgh as it was most days in Greece! What the heck?! I ended up picking up 4 mum plants today at the grocery store because they looked really nice and were only $3.99 each. Will update, refresh my four large black urns this weekend. Still way too warm for pumpkins though.
Happy Anniversary, Debbee! I’m sure it was a wonderful trip! I love so many of these items for Halloween! It’s hard to choose favorites.
Thank you Beverly, it was a really special, romantic vacation. I keep thinking about the life size witch, but if I want to celebrate more anniversaries, she’ll have to find a different home LOL!
Thank you for the tour Deb….and Happy Anniversary to you both. I like happy Halloween decor like Casper the friendly ghost. LOL There were some cute items in those stores.
Thanks Kari, it was a trip we’ve dreamed of taking for a number of years. Glad you enjoyed the shopping trip.
What a fun store to go to! Thanks for the virtual visit.
It is! I’ve been going for like 15 years…and my house is full of decor to show for it!
Happy Anniversary! Glad you had such a fun time. Lots of wonderful Halloween décor!!
Both stores are ‘dangerous’ stops for me — they always have great stuff and fabulous displays to inspire, lust after!