Halloween Home Reveal
It’s that time! Today is what I consider to be the best day of the year – Halloween! Over the last few weeks, I have shared a few of the different decorations I have had on the go here with you, but I have been promising a final ‘house reveal’ when everything is all said and done. I know it’s late, but now that things are finally winding down after a fun evening of cute kids’ costumes, Halloween movies, hyper puppies and plenty of candy here it is – the Halloween Home Reveal.
If you have been following along either on my blog or my social media accounts, then you know that this year I decided to go with a Harry Potter theme for the house. As a self-proclaimed Harry Potter addict, I just couldn’t help myself…
One of the first projects that I started planning out and putting into action was the display that would go right next to the stairs up to our door. We have a flower garden area that currently has no plants in it, so it’s the perfect staging ground for some specific decorations. After finding the perfect shelf I set to work putting together a number of different items that make me think about Harry Potter – spell books, potions bottles and a mandrake root. I then added to the display with a few purchased items including some empty glass bottles, some ‘Halloween-esque’ items like a rat and, of course, a broom to finish the look off.
Not too far from the shelving unit, in the same flower garden area, I placed a cauldron that we had purchased. I wanted to have something in it but wasn’t sure on what. Last minute (like tonight at approximately 4 PM) I decided to put a handful of these bones that I had purchased and then filled the cauldron up with water that I made blue using food colouring.
Out in front of our house, the focal point is a tree near the road. It really is the first thing you see when you look at the house from the street. Inspired by the decorations in the great hall in the movies I decided I wanted to have my own floating jack-o-lanterns, each with their own battery operated light so that they could glow long into the night.
For those that are also Harry Potter fans, I am sure you will agree when I say this: How can you do a ‘Harry Potter themed Halloween decoration and NOT include Dementors?’ I mean honestly, are they not the spookiest concept in the whole movie? Luckily, I came across the perfect guys at the local dollar store and with the use of some fishing line they floated around in the air between the tree and the house threatening any who made their way to my door.
The biggest hit of the night was the display in the tree on the other side of our driveway. I already shared that I had made my own Aragog, and the whole display couldn’t have come together better. My husband set to work with fake cobwebs before hanging Aragog himself as the main attraction. He then took the smaller pipe cleaner spiders we had both been working through and put them all over the trunk of the tree heading up towards their leader.
This decoration was off to the side away from the lights at the front of the house, so we pulled out a green spotlight that we had from our Christmas display in the past and lit up Aragog and friends for everyone to see. I received SO many comments over the course of the night!
Finally, what is Halloween without jack-o-lanterns, right? For the most part my husband allows me to do whatever I want decoration wise for the holidays, however, he did say that the one thing he wanted for Halloween was for us to carve our own pumpkins. We were going to tackle these earlier in the week but due to some unforeseen circumstances (he hurt his foot and spent some quality time in and out of doctors, x-rays and other various tests) it kept getting put off.
So, when he got home from work today we did some last-minute pumpkin carving! Given this was left to the last possible second, they weren’t anything too fancy this year, but they were still a ton of fun! We picked up a cheap pumpkin carving kit with the special knives and the stencils and stuck to that. My husband picked out a goofy face (which I failed to get a picture of apparently, oops… I may have to follow up with that one later) and I chose a skull (surprise, surprise).
All in all, I was SUPER happy with how it turned out. We are picking up a couple big Rubbermaid style containers to back it all up eventually. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not going anywhere too quickly… Unlike many others, I’m not jumping on the ‘Nov 1 means Christmas’ bandwagon! I am going to hold onto my Halloween decorations a little longer… However, when we do, they will be packed up to be used again another year when I can continue adding to it. I did have a couple DIY projects that I got started and didn’t quite get to complete, so they will be packed away with it to be finished next time.
With that – I have officially finished Blogtober! It was fun trying to come up with autumn themed posts all month. It challenged me to pull on my creativity while also providing me with the perfect opportunity to celebrate my favourite time of the year! Thank you to everyone that has joined me over the course of the month. I will leave the linkup up until somewhere around mid-November when I announce my big Blogmas idea (Stay tuned fellow bloggers – I ran this one by a few different people and everyone is excited to take part). If you have Blogtober posts you haven’t added to the linkup, take the time to put them up and visit the other posts listed! I personally am making a point of visiting every post shared and they are SO much fun! That being said, I’m taking tomorrow off hahaha – I will be back again on Nov 2 with something new…
Do you decorate your house for Halloween? If so, do you just do a couple simple items or do you go all out? Have you ever followed a theme for your decorations?