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If you need reminding, I can tell you that it was IN our wedding vows to be the most popular house on Halloween night. And oh yeah – my husband made an insane Halloween costume in six days and won the costume contest at the parade last year. We talk about Halloween for every day of October, and September, and by the way – have you seen our house? It’s decorated!
Even though we sometimes pull costumes together on the last possible day, or in my husband’s case – six days before Halloween, we do decorate and plan our house in advance. We also get inspired to cook up some fall recipes to add to the overall theme of the seasons, and to bring out our favorite smells, tastes and sights of Halloween. Our kids are big fans of the holiday, just like we have always been. There are five ways we make Halloween come to life in our house for all of October:
1. We decorate, of course! We have a growing collection of decorations from our childhoods, and from our time together. Sometimes we buy decorations at the dollar store, to stick to a budget, or even AFTER Halloween for next year. I know that sounds strange, but you can get decorations at 50-75%, or more, and if you’re a patient person, like I’m not, it will be so nice to be ready for the next Halloween! We especially like glowing things, like the pumpkin above, as well as witches and skulls.
2. Costumes, of course! This is the biggest one, and sometimes we dress up all through October just for fun (well.. the kids do) and other times, we’re getting it all together right on Halloween! Either way, it’s a good time.
3. “We” craft or DIY. I put the “We” in parentheses, only because this is more what my family does, than me. The kids do crafts and decorations at school, or with Cassidy. “We’ve” (They’ve) been known to make luminarias out of plain paper lunch bags and votive candles. They might write “BOO” on the bags, or something to that effect. Another fun idea is to blow up balloons and drape sheets over them. If you place the tied end of the balloon at the top, you can insert a safety pin through the sheet and the tied end of the balloon to suspend the “ghosts” from the ceiling. They’ve also done tombstones, made out of Styrofoam, and spooky silhouettes made out of chalk. Black lights and fake spiders are also popular, as well as anything to do with leaves – making leaf art and playing with leaves too. There are just a million things you can do with leaves in October.
4. Candles! What could be better? So warm and inviting and SO delicious-smelling. I was so excited when I learned that American Home™ by Yankee Candle® brand products had launched at Walmart in the Home/Decor section.
Sure enough, we use the candles as decoration and to enhance our home during the month of October as we get ready for Halloween. With fragrances such as Buttercream Frosting, Ginger Apple Pie, and Pumpkin Apple Harvest, I can’t get enough! It’s so convenient to find the Yankee Candle® brand products in Walmart, so close to home, and the American Home™ line has affordable pricing. I was able to buy plenty to decorate my house, and make it smell great. They smell good enough to eat.
5. But don’t eat them. Make pumpkin stew instead! This recipe is strong in my family. I think we have three generations who love to make it, and maybe that will be more. Basically, cooking pumpkin IN a pumpkin is a wonderful way to celebrate.
Note: Recipe is VERY flexible. It can feed a small party or a very large family, so you might have leftovers! If you like one vegetable, rice, meat, spice, etc., substitute or increase/decrease levels. It is hard to go wrong.