This year, I’m actually ahead of my usual week before holiday decorating schedule. As in, our front porch is ready for Halloween. Bring on the trick-or-treaters! It’s nothing special, just left overs from years past, pumpkins, dollar store birds and skulls, and a DIY project or two.
Because we’re got two little guys, I didn’t want anything bloody, gory, or scary. Just a little spooky. I made the black feather wreath a few years ago. Sure, it’s a little smaller than I’d like, but it does the job. On the left side of the door, I set a dollar store skeleton in the planter. Our pumpkins, ready for carving, add nice color. And a cut paper tree silhouette wrapped around a cheap vase is a fun luminary.
To the right side I added a birdcage Ben found in the garbage at the apartments.
Filled with pine cones, a cheap crow, and a skeleton, it looks more suitable for Halloween. I’d like to cover the table with something to dress it up, but I don’t know what yet. Two more pumpkins and a tombstone round out the grouping.
Wanting one more thing, I made the tombstone with supplies I already had at home. A piece of foam insulation, utility knife, and Martha Stewart Terra Cotta paint I bought at Home Depot on clearance for fifty cents, not knowing what I’d use it on.
For a tombstone look, I cut the top into a half round shape using the utility knife.
Using a pencil, I carved the name Frank N. Stein and dates in the foam.
Then I randomly brushed the paint on. Sand in the paint gives a nice, gritty texture.
Three coats of paint kind of filled in the text, so I went back over with a thick black Sharpie to high light the text.
Now all we have to do is carve pumpkins and hope the trick-or-treaters are willing to hike up our driveway for candy.
Have you started or finished decorating for Halloween? Are you planning a Halloween party? Do you stick to a theme? Brooklyn Limestone’s Halloween themes are always super fun.