I don’t have kids, so decorating the house for Halloween never made much sense to me. Sure, I’ve always welcomed adorable trick-or-treaters with bowls filled with candy, but that was as far as it went.
And then, this year, everything changed. I still don’t have kids (that hasn’t changed), but I’ve gotten into crafting and home decor in a big way. I’ve discovered a passion for visual art, and I’m starting to develop this deep desire to decorate my surroundings in ways I’d never even thought about before.
When I mentioned to my husband that I was interested in decorating for Halloween this year, he was surprisingly supportive. So much so that he even offered to carve a pumpkin. Which, of course, meant we had to buy a pumpkin — another first for our family.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Decorating started with a trip to Pier One Imports.
I’ve always liked the store, but now that I’ve discovered my new fondness for pretty home decorating stuff, I adore the place. I picked out some adorable Halloween items, like a glittery black tree and some ornaments that are so darn adorable, I could squeal each time I walk past them (and often do; don’t judge).
As promised, my husband carved the pumpkin. Unfortunately, since we know nothing about pumpkins, we didn’t realize that once carved, they only last a few days. Ooops! So here’s this lovely little fella — named Tobias Pumpkin The First, in anticipation of more to come — who didn’t quite make it to Halloween.
But that’s okay. We’ve got photos, and his memory will live on.
This year, we’re having friends over for a Halloween party, and I’ve got the menu already figured out. I don’t mind telling you that I’m really looking forward to making little hot dog mummies wrapped in crescent roll strips.
I’m also hoping to convince hubby to carve another pumpkin before Halloween. Tobias Pumpkin The Second needs to make up for his brother’s embarrassing early arrival.
So, what about you? How do you prepare for Halloween?