Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Why I Like Halloween

Like most people, I love seeing the transition of colors as leaves turn and begin to fall from the trees.  I love the sound of the wind, the crispness in the air, putting on the first sweater of the season and the cool days and nights that Autumn brings...but it's much more than the reprieve of Summer why I've  loved the month of October and Halloween.

I am an October baby.  My sister, Lauri, is also an October baby and often, as children, we celebrated our birthdays together.  Sometimes they were Halloween themed parties.  Lauri and I are the only girls in the family, with six older brothers and have always had a special bond and been very close to one another.  

We grew up in a neighborhood that seemed to be the trick or treating capital of the universe.   I remember one woman who dressed as a witch and sat out in the cul-de-sac in front of her home with a huge cauldron of punch over dry ice so it appeared that she was brewing up some poisonous stew of sorts.  Another house always left a big bowl of candy on their porch for the trick or treaters.  I've never really understood that concept of leaving a bowl of goodies out for the kiddos.  Not that I speak from personal experience or anything but it was always a First Come, Only Served type of deal.  You can bet there was always a race to see who made it to that house first.   And of course there was the lady who handed out apples every year.  We never ate apples for fear of chomping right into a razor blade, but we did have a fun time seeing whose apple rolled furthest down the street.  One year Lauri had a broken foot, but no way did that keep us from trick-or-treating. My Dad, with Lauri in costume and in the back seat,  drove alongside me as I walked house to house carrying two pumpkins so I could collect her treats for her.
So, for me, October is a special month, a special time of year, a special season of sisterhood.  

I have fun with Halloween decorating. Today I'm sharing some fun Halloween candles and a sneak peak at my Halloween tablescape I'll post tomorrow along with a few pics of my outdoor decor.

I love candles any time of the year but it's fun to have some themed for the season.  I got a slew of Halloween candles from Zest Candles.    On one side of my buffet I used two skull taper candles and a big skull candle placed in a skeleton hand stand I got a few years ago.   The skeleton tapers are only $15 for a box of 12!  I saw a pair similar the other day for more than that.  

 The lamp shade on the right of my buffet is also a pendant you can hang and comes with an attachment to include a bulb.  I love this!  It's a Heritage Lace piece which you can get at Priscilla's Lace and Linens.  Click Halloween Linens to see her fun collection.

Love these 'drip' candles below.  Zest Candles carries them in several colors.
These Spider luminary candles are my favorites!  

If you've been around here much, then you've already met Trevor, he is part of my Halloween display.

Now, let me introduce you to Marcus the Carcass. He resides at the Dead End Cemetery in front of the house.  I hope he likes the special treat I gave him for supper.

Hope you all will come back tomorrow to see my dining room decorated for Halloween and a I'll introduce to two more ghoulish Halloween friends.

Show and Tell Wednesday at Blue Cricket Design
Making the World Cuter
Three or More Tuesday at The Gypsy's Corner
Hodgepodge Friday 
Flaunt it Friday at Shoestring Decorating


  1. Love it! I was thinking of ditching my Tablescape Thursday virginity by posting a Halloween tablescape....but I didn't realize they were already being posted!

  2. Where's Miss Haversham when you need her! I'll be back tomorrow. Thank you for stopping by my post. Come visit any time. Cherry Kay

  3. Oh Nancy, your decorations have made me smile! I love 'Marcus the carcass'! The cobwebs are very creepy...I know they MUST be false as your home is always so spick and span! Poor Trevor looks horrified - I hope he doesn't get nightmares lol! The creepy candles are wonderful too...there's not so many 'nice' things available in the UK for Halloween - but I'll keep looking!

  4. Your Halloween stuff is cool!! I love the warmth of the candles!

  5. I am an October baby too and grew up w/5 very close October baby girlfriends. Can you imagine? LOL! I can fully appreciate your love of Halloween. I don't really do much Halloween decor but sure do hold some very special memories like you of fun times trick or treating. I remember one lady always gave out pennies. Sometimes we would get a few sometimes only one. LoL! Oh the joy of dumping your bucket upside down at home to see what all you got! Great memories and I so enjoyed reading about yours!

  6. Nancy I enjoyed reading about your family and in particular the bond with your sister. True that if a birthday falls near a holiday it becomes more special (mine is near Valentines and I had heart shaped cakes) when is your birthday my dear?

  7. Nancy,
    This is wonderful. I love the lamp shade and the candles, but you did a fabulous job on your cemetery. It is great! I bet the kids love that you decorate. Mine always love it. Make sure Trevor gets a drink of water he looks kind of drawn up and thirsty!LOL

  8. Nancy, what a scary and fun Halloween you have put together in your home. I love the names you have given to your characters. Fun Halloween memories. Joni

  9. I love all of your decorations, too cute!

  10. I have yet to pull the halloween decorations out, but this week for sure! Thanks for the inspriation.

  11. Nancy, you have done a wonderful job as always. Halloween is such a fun "child like" adventure. Zest Candles has a great selection. I got the "drippy ones" in purple. Love it!

  12. Spooktacular Halloween decor!!! Love it!!!

  13. Very spooky! Really cool ideas. Oh how I wish I could set my cemetary up this year! Maybe next year.....


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