Halloween Around the House & a $5 Halloween DIY

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If you’re a long time reader, you know of my intense love for  Halloween. (Check out last year’s blog hop Halloween house tour here and past costumes here.) I thought I’d pop in today with some basic decorations I’ve got going on and a quick DIY for your Halloween party….

minimal Halloween decor- simple and cute

When you come into the house you walk in to what we call the sun room, so I always like a few nicer decorations in this space- I’ve got two candy jars on the bar right now (one for dog treats, one for people treats), a few window decorations, and a planter I’ve been meaning to put mums in for about 3 weeks. 

Halloween window decorations - skeleton halloween countdown blocks

The windows both have signs in them, and they’re 2 sided which is nice. From the outside this one reads “Watch for Vampires” and then on the side window (which you can just see a bit of on the left of the above picture) we’ve got a Dracula window decal. There’s also a few little spider and moth decals spread out on the windows- you can see one in the bottom right of the window below.The countdown is one of my favorite decorations- I love that sassy skeleton- and the pumpkin is a hand me down from my mom.

Since Halloween is on a Saturday this year we’re throwing a party, the problem is my costume will DEFINITELY scare the kiddos so I can’t be opening the door to them- whoops! We decided to set up a “trick or treat yo’ self” station outside instead. The customized jar from Personal Creations will be for dog treats (lots of my neighbors take their dogs around with the kids) and then I’ve got a cauldron full of candy for kids to help themselves to too.

Halloween candy jars - ceramic halloween decorations

PS- the customized jar is so cute and I’m super thankful Personal Creations offered to send it along! It’s airtight and a great size, we may keep it out all year long. Check out their site for lots of great personalized gifts- including trick or treat bags, doormats, Christmas stockings, and so much more!

personal creations customized canister

In the kitchen I set up our bar cart area with some rubber rats of course, my Halloween mug, and a pumpkin with a big floppy spider perched on it. You can’t tell because the window is so blown out, but there’s a skull and crossbones decal on it and I love that you can see it from the kitchen too.

kitchen coffee cart - halloween decorations

And lastly, our dining area got a few little bits of decor as well:

dining area halloween decor

The decal on the mirror, the skeleton card, and the skull on that plate is all out year round (I know, I’m a weirdo), but everything else is seasonal. I’m especially excited about the succulent jar, which may also stay out long past Halloween because all those plants are the most fantastic fakes you’ve ever seen (the brand is Darice).

Halloween Centerpiece- kitchen table setting

For our party the house is going to be much much much more decked out- cobwebs and mood lighting and fog and more. Muah ha ha ha! I even made these “creepy cocoons” with some dollar store supplies:

Henry is concerned, but curious.
  • I took some sticks from my yard and used electrical tape to attach them to a rubber dollar store ball. This created the head and shoulder with for my cocoon
  • Next I used masking tape and tissue paper to shape out my creature
  • I covered the shape with a “creepy cloth” from the dollar tree
  • Then I wrapped the whole thing in a cobwebs.

It’s super lightweight and each one only took about 20 minutes to make. They’re not the most amazing thing I’ve ever made- but for $5 and 20 minutes they’re not too shabby– especially when the lights are dimmed and there’s some fog crawling across the floor. 

Do you go all out for Halloween? What’s your favorite way to decorate?

While Personal Creations did send me the canister free of charge, they did not require I post about it- I chose to because I really do love it and am super impressed by the quality. You can always count on me to only endorse brands and products I truly adore.


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