Ever since I was a kid I've always loved Halloween! I used to set up crazy haunted houses in my basement... not just on Halloween but any time of year. Here's a classic picture of me as a kid playing Jingle Bells (I zoomed in an read the music) while wearing a mask and devil horns. Riiiiight.
Here's me in high school looking awfully dorky showing off my fake spider web for one of my haunted houses. I still think it'd be kind of creepy to walk through dangling fishing line in the dark! At the time I really wanted to do special effects for movies when I grew up.
Katrina, on the other hand, was far less excited about Halloween as a kid! Partly since her family didn't celebrate it, but also because with her birthday being so close to Halloween she ended up having joint costume parties and often felt overshadowed by the holiday. But since she married me, she's trying to embrace it a little more. She came up with a plan for some spooky decorations to Halloween-ify our house. When I took a few cans of black spray paint to the garage to paint our brass chandelier she gave me a box full of decor to paint black as well.
I was able to paint everything black except for the feathers. AtHomeAlterations tip: Don't try to spray paint feathers. We might have been able to dye them but Katrina ended up finding black feathers at Michael's and that was so much easier. She came up with three projects and I have to say, I'm super impressed!
I would have never though to do this, but Katrina stacked a mirror, an upside-down square tray, an upside-down serving bowl, and Halloween plate from Target to create a center piece for our dining room table. She added a small vase with black liquorish and some tea light candles, brushed metal candle holders with black taper candles, a few black and white bowls filled with metal pipe clasps (that we use as napkin rings), and some antique vacuum tubes that warm my electric guitar playing heart. She also sprinkled those plastic bugs I pray painted black around the centerpiece. We agreed that the centipedes are the creepiest. The best part about this centerpiece is that we only spent $5 on it! The spiderweb plate from Target and the plastic bugs were our only purchases!
We originally bought this bird cage to hold cards at our wedding. We debated selling it after the wedding - since we never plan on raising birds - but decided to keep it as decoration. Usually there are happy white birds perched on top but Katrina traded them for some mean looking crows. She also filled the cage with the extra white feathers we couldn't return because I opened the package to paint them black and a few extra black ones. The feathers were $2 and the two birds were $5 for a total of $7 on this bird cage decor!
Did you notice three styrofoam cones in the picture of things I painted black? Katrina's master plan for these cones was to make some min trees covered in black feathers. She saw a large one at HomeGoods but didn't want to pay $25 for it. So we searched the neighborhood on one of our walks for pine cones and acorns. It has hard work - especially in the dark! We didn't find any acorns so she substituted crab apples since we have a million of them in our yard. I spray painted the pine cones, crab apples, and cones and Katrina went to work making trees. She set them all on a tray we owned already with a black napkin atop. Admittedly we're both not sure what to make of the final product but for creepy Halloween decor, it definitely does the job! Total cost for this vignette: $7 ($2 for the bird, $2 for the feathers and $3 for the cones with coupons from Michaels and Joanne Fabrics)
Total Halloween Decor Cost: $19
You can find our other autumn decor on our porch. Did you do any fun decorations for Halloween or have some last fall pictures to show off? Link a photo or blog post in the comments to share! Winter is next and Katrina can't wait for Christmas!