31 October 2011

Happy Halloween!

I don't love Halloween. I know that's un-American and stuff, but it's the truth. I don't get excited about putting on costumes (and I'm pretty sure people wouldn't give me candy even if I did), and I'm not a fan of the orange and black color scheme.

But I definitely love seeing all of the kids who come by in their cute costumes, and I'm trying to embrace Halloween a little more. So I've been on the lookout for non-orange decorative items that will also work for Thanksgiving or can find extended life in a fall display. And that's how these twig pumpkins ended up in my life (from Crate and Barrel last year):


For height, I put one on top of a grey ceramic vase I picked up at TJ Maxx a few months ago for $5. In front of the fireplace, they add a little seasonal interest and balance out the garden stool and peace lily on the other side.


Then I bought four sassy ceramic pumpkins like this guy (from Hobby Lobby):




I love that they can stay out for the next month and maybe even work their way into a Thanksgiving tablescape.

Switching gears a little...we have also picked up some classically, kitschy Halloween items. There are these light-up ghosts that we put in the front windows (which I bought at Target year on after-Halloween clearance, and which are a hit with neighbor kids):


They didn't photograph well, but you can imagine how spooky they are in the dark:


Their red eyes mean business:


For purely decorative purposes, we picked up some candy corn:


(Although for decorative candy corn, they sure do need to refilled frequently....)

They are part of a larger tribute to candy corn (decorative and otherwise) in the entry...


...with these reusable candy corn decals (also Target after-Halloween clearance):


So that's a look at our first dip in the baby pool of Halloween decorating. It wasn't so painful, and we look forward to adding to the collection over the years.

Solar update: Yesterday afternoon (day 11) our solar panels reached a bit of a milestone: 300 kilowatt-hours generated, of which 101 kWh went back into the grid.

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