Thursday, October 13, 2016

~Halloween at our house on Crystal Lake~

Welcome to our home all decked out for Halloween!
I will be the first to admit that I don't decorate for Halloween every year.
Sometimes it's just pumpkins lining the walkway, other times I sprinkle a few ghosts and goblins in every room.
This year I focused on mainly the dining room, with little bits in the kitchen and living room.

You can also see tons more beautifully and frightfully decorated homes by clicking on my friend Lindsay's blog here.
The House of Silver Lining just posted theirs, did you see it?
It was so good!

Let's start in our family room which is the first room you see when you walk in our back door, or as some people would call it, our front door.

I didn't do much in here except hang dollar store rubber bats from the chandelier with fishing line and filling a big apothecary jar with candy.
We are sugar lovers in our family!

I got this jar from Minted, and you can find it here.
Yes, they sell items for the home too!
It's really thick and solid, not one of those ones you have to worry about it breaking on you.
I think I will probably leave it there for the winter, filling it with vintage Christmas ornaments next.

To hang the bats simply cut off the existing hanger, puncture them with scissors or something sharp, then add fishing line.
Make sure they are all hanging at different levels and are flying different directions for a lifelike feel.

Around the corner in the kitchen I did nothing more than to add a few fake bugs to the white plates on my plate wall. So simple!

And the dining room is where I went all out.
I used mostly what I had on hand, and a few new things, but nothing too precious or expensive.

I decided to go with a mostly black and white theme with just a hint of orange.
In case you missed yesterdays post, I showed how I made the little party skeletons.
These ones are sitting on top of velvet pumpkins from here and this new to me galvanized cake stand which you can find here.

I made the little pendant banners out of craft paper, sticker letters, and wood skewers.

The galvanized napkin rings were a $5 spot find here.

 The black and white stripe ice cream cups are from HomeGoods and I filled little clear bags with candy for each guest.

The place card holders I made from craft paper and stickers from my local craft store.

Zombie Brains is sitting here.

The barrel that is filled with my vintage cutting boards got a few visitors.

And the top of the hutch got a couple skeletons too peaking out of the pitchers.

The table in the corner got a few new friends as well and a zebra skin under the tray to tie in the black and white. 

I happen to have these old bottles and thought they looked neat here with their old labels.

Originally I was planning on putting white mums in these galvanized pots.
But then I found a stash of burnt down white candles, so I added those instead.

To get them to sit the way you'd like them, add a glass or a mason jar or something similar to the inside. Then you can put some in the glass, and some around it.
It looks really neat lit up. 
Just be careful to keep a close eye on it if you have any paper nearby, like I do.

The gauze"tablecloth" is from the Dollar Tree as well.
The skeleton salad tongs are from there too.
I was going to spray paint them gold but decided in the end to leave them as is.

I hope you enjoyed your little Halloween tour in our home!
Hopefully you got some good ideas that you can use in your own home.
If you would like to continue the tour, hop on over to Zevy Joy, you will not be disappointed!
Annie is a local girl to me. We live very close to each other but have yet to meet in person.
Hopefully that will change in the new year!



[email protected] said...

So fun! Love the bats flying around

Cassie Bustamante said...

i was about to say the exact same thing julia said! so i will add i also love the bucket of candles that have been burnt! :)

Unknown said...

I love the bats, darling! Now I'm rushing off to the dollar store today. I also love how your used taper candles in groups!

Godlove said...

You had a great preparation.

The House of Silver Lining said...

I love those hanging bats! I'm off to the dollar store like Julie! The skeletons and all your paper craftiness are my favorite! Such a fun tour in your home!

Unknown said...

Love everything, especially the little bug on the plates that are hung on the wall! Fantastic!

Unknown said...

Melaine I loved this tour - every fun detail and little visitor! Those bugs climbing on the plate were perfect... I hope we meet this year too, thank you! We must!! xo

Michael Wurm Jr said...

I love all the printables, tags, and banners you used. What a smart way to add a touch of haunt to your decor. Just beautiful!

xo Michael

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Lindsay said...

Love your tablescape and the bats flying around your living room! Thanks so much for joining in Melaine!!! Love your Halloween home :)

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