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Friday, October 31st, 2014

Happy Halloween!

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Here’s to a fun and safe evening this Halloween everyone!

Watching Claire and Phil from Modern Family arguing between scary insane asylum and “AwesomeLand” decorations this week got me thinking about Halloween decor. In my neighborhood it’s bananas — there are giant spiders scaling the houses, and webs, gravestones, walkers and skeletons all over yards and porches. People throw themselves into Halloween so much that it got me thinking of how to keep the fun spirit of the holiday alive year-round, in a way that’s not so scary. Here are some Halloween-inspired elements deconstructed and turned into playful decor.

1) Candy colors. These bright hues cheer up any room and add a big element of happy.

2) Skeletons. The mention of a skelton reminds me of a favorite David Sedaris story, where he buys his partner Hugh a full-size human skeleton model he’s been wanting, but deeply regrets his own generosity after Hugh hangs it in their bedroom. I’d use this soft skeleton shawl as a throw to add some personality to a room though!

Thomas Paul Shawl - Skeleton

3) Gourds. I love the organic look of gourds hanging from the trees, and spying my feathered friends enjoying them as a birdhouse or feeder. There’s a helpful DIY guide for making your own gourd birdhouse over at instructables.com

4) Orange. Call it persimmon, apricot, tangerine, or by some other mouth-watering name. It’s a color that enlivens a space. According to the interwebs, orange by any name is mentally stimulating and represents creativity and happiness.

"Baby" wallpaper by Aimee Wilder

5) Creepy dolls. Just kidding. This is whack. That thing’s going to come and get your while you sleep!

photo by Daniel Marbaix

Is any of your year-round decor inspired by Halloween? If so, please share it with us in the comments section.

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Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Spooky Architecture

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All of this Halloween brouhaha and the terrifying Haunted Houses of today have me longing for good old Norman Bates and his dear old mom. My friend tried to tempt me to join him at one that was “Hostel meets Saw” last week and believe I’d prefer a Thai prison. Anyway, here’s my list of favorite classic spooky homes from TV and the movies. I’m afraid this will really show you my age. Please let me know any you would add in the comments section!

The Munster’s House. The Munsters also had that cool creepy font, and a kid with the best widow’s peak of all time, Eddie Munster.

Next we have The Addams Family. The show gave us a theme song that you can’t get out of your head once it’s in there. On a related note, it told us “their house is a museum…” Yes. A museum full off all kinds of weird stuff, like a fish with a leg sticking out of its mouth:

Of course, no list would be complete without the aforementioned Psycho House, which sat atop the hill from the Bates Motel.

I never actually saw The Amityville Horror but I remember Eddie Murphy talking about it in his stand up. This lovely Dutch Colonial doesn’t exactly scream “Get Out!” Well, except, you know, it screams “Get Out” literally.

More recently, I could see why any uninformed buyer would be interested in the fabulous house from American Horror Story, though once you move in, you never leave. I suppose it’s a bit Hotel California in that way. I haven’t given the new season a try yet, as I like being able to sleep with the lights off.

So those are 5 of my favorites. Please help me add to the list in the comments section, and have a fun and sugar-fueled Halloween.

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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Extreme Halloween Decor

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This weekend I was heading over to take a walk on the newly paved Atlanta Beltline in Inman Park and passed by this insane Zombie house in the Old Fourth Ward. I stopped dead in my tracks, part scared, part in awe:

The way they were positioned, I felt I could practically see them staggering. Is this an homage to a famous scene in a zombie movie? Is the homeowner in charge of makeup or special effects for The Walking Dead (filmed here in A-town)? No one was around to ask, but I was seriously impressed.

The costumes were rather remarkable as well – they clothes are ragged, dirty, and not exactly stylin’.

I really don’t know what that gross red guy is about – some sort of tribute to Vlad the Impaler? The cast of  The Vampire Diaries only live a hop skip and a jump from this house, but this looked gorier than that show ever gets.

Where does one acquire all of these parts? The irony is, this is such a contemporary, unadorned, streamlined minimalist house; I imagine they have way more things in the front yard right now than they do in the entire interior!

I don’t think there’s any way I could go knock in this door if I were a trick-or-treater – could you?

How nuts do you go with the Halloween decorations? I have to admit I don’t even have a pumpkin going on at the moment. Do you have any houses in your neighborhood that can compare to this one? Let us know in the comments section!

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Monday, October 31st, 2011

Happy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween Everyone! What are you going to be giving out tonight? I’ve loaded up on Kit Kats, which is dangerous, because they are my favorite, and they may all be gone before the first trick-or-treater gets here.

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Friday, October 30th, 2009

Flickr Faves on Friday – Happy Halloween Eve!

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I admit it. I forgot all about blogging some flickr faves on Fridays. I’ve been trying to hard to come up with a costume all day. So enjoy a stress free lovely shot of some unmutilated pumpkins compliments of flickr member anadelmann, and have a spooky weekend!

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