Enter the Ghouls & Goblins

In the previous post, I discussed last weekend’s foray into the world of all things Fall.  The morning consisted of pumpkin picking, hay rides and mazes.  However, once we returned home, the true festivities began. 

As we are fast approaching my favorite holiday, it was high time for some decorating fun around the house.  I have procured the children’s Halloween costumes, so now the decorations need to go up.  Candy buying will occur on the one day a year I visit Target’s ugly step-sister . . . Walmart.  That is for later.  But for now, we needed to grab all the bins from the basement and get on this decoration spree!

So, we commenced with sticking things on windows and taping up paper ghosts on the wall.  Then, I was on Halloween themed light duty, which was so much fun!  But eventually, I got the lighted sign up above the door, the Frankenstein string of lights hung above it, and the pumpkin and ghost lights strung along the stair banisters.  Once we were done, it kinda looked like Halloween ran through and threw up all over my house.  But that’s kind of the plan, so we were all good.


I know I need something on that door.  It is just so . . . naked!  I had a huge paper Dracula last year, but it did not fair well in the storage bins and is now all torn to pieces.  I have a backup plastic skeleton, but it’s purple, which sort of blends in with the maroonness of the door.  I guess I’ll just have to take another trip to Target to try to find something appropriate.  Sigh.  Oh, the horror.

The interesting thing about going through my Halloween bins every year, is that I always find things I didn’t even know I had.  At the end of each season, I shop the clearance aisles and always grab pretty much whatever is left over the week or so after the holiday.  As this holiday comes directly before the BIGGEST RETAIL HOLIDAY OF ALL TIME, Christmas (don’t fool yourself, Thanksgiving doesn’t count at all for stores), they try to clear the Halloween stuff out fast and cheap.  Goody!  So, I usually buy a big bag full of stuff, then immediately turn around and throw it in the bin to be stored until next year.  So when I open up my bins to decorate . . . I always discover previously unused items.  This year I found a full on blonde wig:

I tried it on.  And let me tell you . . . I am not cut out to be a blonde.  No matter what some might say!  But what I did also find was some fun Halloween themed nail polish!

And while I usually have very well coiffed and prettily painted toes at all times, I am not a finger nail painting kinda girl.  I just don’t see the point as it seems to just come off right away, and I somehow always smear it the second I paint it.  But since I wasn’t going anywhere and didn’t really have anything to do that night, I figured I’d give it a go with this funky sparkly color.  It turned out pretty good.

Even the hubs, who pretty much despises all things Halloween, joined in on the fun.  To an extent.  He had picked up a haunted house gingerbread type kit at the store and he figured that evening would be a good time to put it together with the boys.  Unfortunately, the directions called for 12 & 1/2 Tablespoons of water to go with the icing powder that was to be created and then piped to hold the pieces together.  And while my instincts said that the measurement was bizarre, we followed the instructions . . . and produced white soupy water.  That would not thicken no matter how long we stirred or mixed or how much extra powdered sugar was added to it.  I think it was supposed to be 2 & 1/2 and not 12.  So, because of that misprint, the boys, who were super excited at first, had to wait and wait and wait.  So, of course, being young kids, they got restless.  And started running around the house.  And tripping over rugs.  And crying.  And being sent to their rooms.  After much yelling and scolding.  And basically being generally rambunctious and miserable.  Sigh.  Oh well, it was a long day and had to come to an end at some point.  This is as far as we got with the house building project:

I still don’t think that damn icing has thickened yet.  It’s a shame because, although for sure a messy project with 2 young boys, I think it would have been fun and enjoyable, even if they would have ended up covered in head to toe icing and candy corns.  Hey, wait . . . maybe we should just decorate them.  The boys, I mean.  That would be much more fun, yes?  Hmmmm.


Have your started your Halloween festivities and decorations?  What are you going to be for Halloween this year?


18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Megan (Best of Fates)
    Oct 24, 2012 @ 09:13:54

    I put up all my Halloween decorations last night! Plus, I was having a kind of downer day, so stopped by the store to buy a skull and make me feel better and the Halloween stuff was already on clearance! It was quite an amazing moment.


  2. Andrea
    Oct 24, 2012 @ 10:36:08

    I dragged out all of the decor on October 1st, and threw it up..all over. Now I am waiting for costume chatter, in denial of the fact that they may have lost interest this year…or that I will once again be out trying to put together a last minute whim! The chocolate melting discs are good for house assembly, as they dry very quickly.


    • mistyslaws
      Nov 02, 2012 @ 13:31:37

      Oooh, good idea with those chocolate disks. We pretty much scrapped the entire idea. Does that mean that the box filled with the fixins isn’t still sitting on my counter? No, no it does not.

      So, what did your kiddos end up being? I’m headed to your blog, so maybe I will answer my own question soon. 🙂


  3. Don't Quote Lily
    Oct 24, 2012 @ 11:01:56

    Haha, I was staring at 12 & 1/2 tbsp for a while. That definitely isn’t right, it would be like 3/4 cup. It’s kind of disturbing to think cooking instructions could be wrong. Anyway, the decorations are looking good. Hope you find something for the naked door! 🙂


    • mistyslaws
      Nov 02, 2012 @ 13:32:38

      Yeah, as I was measuring it, I was thinking the exact same thing. And trying to explain to my husband how recipes always use the largest measurement . . . all to blank stares.

      I finally put a skeleton and a ghost on it. After the storm, I just threw something up.


  4. jen
    Oct 24, 2012 @ 14:01:40

    After many half-assed attempts and some mild profanity on my part, Dylan and I finally Hall-o-Pimped the apartment for the shorties. J didn’t even notice and M’s response? “When can we take it down?” Hummpf!


  5. She's a Maineiac
    Oct 24, 2012 @ 22:22:54

    Hmm Funny…that’s pretty much how our haunted house building went last year. We love to decorate here, too. Tomorrow we’re making little ghosts and bats out of construction paper. My kids eat that stuff up!


  6. prttynpnk
    Oct 25, 2012 @ 08:02:32

    We have switched over to buying fall colored m&ms…thats about the extent of our seasonal decor.


  7. tinkerbelle86
    Oct 25, 2012 @ 10:25:27

    I love that stick on wall ghost! But im a sucker for anything spooky 😉


  8. Carrie - Cannibalistic Nerd
    Oct 25, 2012 @ 10:49:24

    At Target I keep roaming the Halloween decorations and whispering to them that I won’t forget them and will be back for them on November 1st.


    • mistyslaws
      Nov 02, 2012 @ 13:35:13

      Did you go? Didja, didja? I haven’t been able to get over there yet. Probably tomorrow. I am definitely running over to Walgreens in a few minutes to check out their loot. I cleaned up there last year.


  9. Vesta Vayne
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 10:42:46

    *sheepish* I put up Halloween decorations a week and a half ago. What can I say? I love all the ghoul-y stuff.

    I always hit World Market right after Halloween for marked down decorations, that’s how we ended up with a skull as our Christmas tree topper last year:)


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