Tuesday, September 15, 2015

5 Ways to Decorate for Fall/Halloween

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I love fall decorating (I call it "fallerizing")

Here are 5 inexpensive
, easy decorating ideas

Every time about this time of year, I change things up.  Even though it's typically still 100 degrees here in Arizona, I pack away all the Summer/Seaside decor and I bring out the Fall stuff.   I call it "fallerizing."  It gets the whole family in the mood.

But here's what complicates this season even more: a little thing called HALLOWEEN!  For years, I used to do just Fall.  That way, I could leave it until after Thanksgiving.  Smart, right?  Then 2 things happened.   One, my kids started growing up and wanted our home decor to reflect their "favorite holiday" (in quotes because their 'favorite holiday' is always just the one in front of them) and two, Halloween decor got cool looking.

Did you notice that?

Years ago,  I was not a fan of typical Halloween decorating.  It's always been, well, kinda ugly!  I never liked the googly-eyed giant spiders or funny looking witches.  I just couldn't bring myself to get into that.  But in recent years it's gotten more sophisticated/chic/spooky.  And I'll admit:  I've been sucked into the fun!

1 - Skulls, Skulls & MORE Skulls
These are everywhere these days - seemingly always in style - even when it's not Halloween.  They're just cool now!  You'll see, I can't get enough of them.

You can fill jars with them...

They can be sparkly...

Or on Napkins...

Use a skull as a crazy centerpiece!

Even tiny shot glasses...

this looks super cool!

And right now you can find SKULLS anywhere from Target, to Michaels to Home Goods, to Walmart and every place in between.  But get them now... they go fast.

2 - Creeper-ize your chandeliers (with, you guessed it, SKULLS)...

 Closer look... they seems as if they're a part of the piece!

Same with this one! That's a "skeleton garland" from the Dollar Store.

3 - Bring the Outdoors In
Stuff that celebrates the season like pine cones...

or Fall leaves or Cattails like here on the mantel:

Or honestly, whatever you can find in your back or front yard.  Anything bunched together in a group always looks way cooler!

4 - Use Candy
If you can use candy to decorate for any one season - IT's THIS ONE!  Seriously.  Halloween means candy.  Use it for more than one night!   Candy Corn couldn't be a better decorator choice- they really are vibrant and beautiful! Especially in jars...

or with a "Crystal Head" Skull placed in the middle of it! 

5 - Anything Orange & Brown -  Black or White
That means ANYTHING.  You'll find inspiration in the most random of items: coffee beans, black jelly beans, red apples, oranges, CEREAL... Chocolate Cheerios (below) have great, rich color... put them in 3 jars and group them near each other.  BAM - COOL!

Just stick to the Fall or Halloween colors. In dish towels...

or grab some battery powered/timer lights at one of the Super Stores.  I AM SOOOOO into those!  Put them on a wreath at your front door...

or stuff a bunch of the little lights in a glass container.  That looks AWESOME by the way! Finally, the easiest way to "Fall" into you decor this season...

Bonus  - Kid Art

No brainer, right?  Keep and hang up your kids school art work from over the years!  My daughter literally cheered yesterday when I brought back a messy orange picture below she made in pre-school! The nostalgia is sweet and it the kids will always remember you did it!

Now, what to do after Halloween?  Buy more apples and oranges!

**Here's my video on this topic! You can see the chandeliers LIVE (to tape)...



  1. I love how you make plastic skulls look super chic!! I, on the other hand, will be covering my home with all things glitter... hahaha One day I will class up my holiday decorating skills... one day!! :)

  2. I love your slang fallerizing and creeperize!! haha!! Skulls are cool all the time these days and your decor is far from cheesy..but not in your face scary either! Surely there must be a way to monetize your decor ideas!!

  3. Love it! Gorgeous decorations, I love the skull in the candy corn. :)

    1. so fun... It's a Crystal Head Vodka Bottle... once the juice is out... you can use the bottle over and over!

  4. You are awesome! SO many skulls, my girls would freak! But I love your fireplace mantle!

  5. You are awesome! SO many skulls, my girls would freak! But I love your fireplace mantle!

    1. ha! i could see that... little scary! but NOT the GLITTERY ones!


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