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Halloween at Sweet Valley Acres is a time where the spiders are bigger than life and the skeletons come out to play. Ever since I was young, I always enjoyed decorating for the various holidays and seasons. Halloween was a time to come up with an elaborate costume, carve pumpkins and mix fall and some scary decor together. So let’s take a little tour of how our house and yard looked this holiday.
Ghosts could be seen at various places and because we get a lot of wind at our property they were always performing – blowing this way and that. I got them at the Dollar Store and they were so much fun to work with. I would say they were one of my best buys.
Will you dare to enter?
At our front entrance, I got some long branches, painted them black and attached them to the columns. Then I strung them with cobwebs and a large spider hung over the beam beside a spooky Keep Out sign.
My daughter wrapped some old stuffed mannequins I had in black garbage bags to look like dead bodies. I painted some bloody footsteps on a plain black door mat to complete the scene.
The best doorbell ever!
The most fun part of the front door setting was this fantastic doorbell I ordered. Watch the video below, I know you are going to love it! If you are interested here is the link.
Skeletons, spiders & crows
Once inside, I positioned a drunken skeleton on the top shelf beside our fireplace. We added lots of cobwebs, spiders, shredded gauze, mini skeleton heads, etc throughout the room.
A flashing red light on the top floor was visible inside and out which added a dramatic effect to the space.
Look at what a visual art piece my daughter made of this spider and it’s cobweb!!!
Unexpected touches here and there are one of my favorite things to add when decorating for a holiday.
It just got very dark in the dining room…
In the dining area, things took on a bit more of a sinister feel with a book cover I made entitled “101 Ways to Kill Your Lover”, some poison bottles I created to look like mercury glass and a tool box filled with some dangerous weapons.
I must admit that I had a lot of fun naming these weapons.
The dining table was adorned with crows, purple cobwebs, a few black squash and a large candle holder that I filled with pumpkins from my garden and fake eyeballs. Lots of candles and ornamental cabbage sprayed purple and blue were the icing on the cake. Can you spot Mario lurking in the background?
Don’t forget to decorate your garden!
As you know, we love our Annie (our greenhouse) and the whole garden got a little spooktacular updates.
I hope you enjoyed the tour. I am moving quickly into Christmas decor so if you are looking for some holiday inspiration, check out 2021 Christmas Decor Ideas and if you want to see what Sweet Valley Acres looked like during past Christmases, just click this link Stroll Through Christmas Past.