Welcome to my house at Halloween. I spent the past 10 minutes trying to figure out how to spell Mua ha ha. Or Muah ah ah. But it keeps coming out looking like the sound a kiss makes as opposed to the evil laugh that the Count on Sesame Street makes. Maybe if you could go back and read the first bit again, knowing that I’m referencing an evil laugh, that’d help out. I’ll wait here.
O.K. Now that you’re in the mood let’s start this Halloween tour off in the dining room. I’ll take you through each room and tell you what I did and where I got the stuff to do it.
I’ll be adding in scary bits like that throughout the post so prepare yourself. Also I’m kind of grumpy cause I thought I had a handful of chips left but don’t. That puts me in “bad humour” as my mother would say. If one of you out there is looking to invent something really worthwhile you might want to look into developing the bottomless bag of chips. At the very least a bag of chips that releases a tiny sedative when you get to the bottom of it.
O.K. The dining room.
Draped over the life sized oil painting of Margaret are swaths of black cotton netting from Dollarama. The table has a length of burlap. It’s just the stuff you buy at the nursery to cover up your cedar hedges to keep the deer from eating them in the winter.
In the centre of the table is a candelabra I got on sale for about $10 last year accented with bones. Real bones. Not dollar store bones. I saved chicken and turkey bones for 2 years to make the bone wreath and ended up with a lot left over. I have plans for these bones but for now, for this year, they’ll just sit in a pile on the dining room table.
The mummified cat which you an see in the first first picture in the dining room is one of two I own. They were bought after Halloween, on sale, from Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada a couple of years ago.
The front hall table is home to a glass skull candleholder, one of my most favourite Halloween decorations. It was a gift. Also on the table are an antique Monk’s bowl that I got in Thailand with a special surprise inside, and a book with eyes that follow you. Click here for instructions on how to make the book with eyes. It’s an Art of Doing Stuff DIY from a couple of years ago. Creepy creep creep.
The table is draped with the same black cloth from Dollarama that I used on the painting in the dining room and the second of the mummified cats is under the table. This, just so you understand, is not a real mummified cat. They don’t sell those at Shoppers Drug Mart. Or Ebay. Or Kijiji or Craigslist or the classified ads or anywhere else I’ve looked.
You can read about the hand in the monk’s bowl in this post I did on it a while ago.
Looking from the other side of the front hall into the direction of the living room, is a large mirror I got years ago from Costco. Draped around it are my most beloved black feather boas from Dollarama and some more of the black gauzy material.
On the floor is yet another creepy cat I got on sale from Shoppers Drug Mart. For those of you who don’t know, Shoppers Drug Mart is a drugstore in Canada that carries everything from drugs to lipstick to … stuffed cats apparently.
And finally, in the reflection of the mirror you can see The Bone Wreath. Click here for instructions on how to make it.
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The fireplace mantle. The one spot in the house where every season, BOOOOOOOOO.
Got ya that time didn’t I? It’s ’cause I sneaked up on you.
The Die-Orama was my big Halloween craft from 2012. Click here for instructions on how to make it. The garland is just a bunch of sparkly skeletons I got (on sale, duh) after Halloween (duh) at my local grocery store. I think they were 10 cents each.
These giant spiders I have around the house are all from Dollarama. I tell you without Dollarama this house would be seriously lacking in Halloween decor. Other than the genuine cobwebs it’d pretty much be a bust.
This skull I got from Homesense. That’s Homegoods to you American folk. I love it. It’s a candy dish but would work well as a festive flower vase as well. I love it so much because of the attention to detail. It actually looks like a real skull, right down to the spinal cord coming out of the back of the skull.
BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. BOO. Double BOO.
If you think that’s scary, you should see the dust monster I found under my bed. It moved in such a way that would suggest it had organs. I couldn’t catch it but with any luck Shoppers Drug Mart will be selling a version of it next Halloween.
And no. I don’t have kids. But that doesn’t mean I can’t partake in the season. I don’t have to have kids to trim my house out to the best of my Halloween ability. Besides. How else am I supposed to catch one? A kid I mean. A kid with a pillow case filled with chips. Lots and lots of chips.
Attention! My kitchen reveal will be on MONDAY!
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