Halloween Decorations 2007 — Part Three

October 15, 2007

Our piano is in a very central location in our home. So I use it for display space when I need it (read: Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas). When it’s not display space, it holds a good lamp and a few books and whatnot.



I had three ravens in my Halloween box this year, picked up around last Thanksgiving in the clearance bins at Michaels. And I thought some black branches on the piano would be an excellent way to show them off. So Sunday afternoon (yesterday), I took the older three kids for a walk to collect branches.



We didn’t have to go very far. Our across-the-street-neighbors had a perfect pile on their curb, waiting for the village to pick them up on yard-waste day. We spray-painted them black, with an accent coat of bronze in a few spots, and put them in a ceramic urn. (What is it about urns that feel appropriate for Halloween displays?) We filled the urn with pebbles to weight the branches down and attached the three ravens. We added our creepy skull — the first Halloween decoration I ever purchased — and a few votives.

It looked great and stark I lived with it for a few hours before I knew I wanted more stuff in the display. So I took a roll of wire mesh — used last Thanksgiving as a table runner — and hung it down the wall. Then I framed a drawing Ralph had just finished of himself and his siblings in the Halloween costumes they’ve decided to wear this year — a mummy, a witch, Mrs. Frankenstein, a werewolf and a jack-o-lantern.




Olive cleverly thought to add a plastic spider to a branch. The spider creeps me out every time I notice it. And Ralph (who was getting pretty excited about this display) added a few books from the Unfortunate Events series, which he felt were gloomy enough to be worthy of the branches, plus a couple more candlesticks. Then we were satisfied.

There is a 100% chance that this display will change in big and small ways everyday until we take it down, but I’m glad I’ve got a few shots of how it looked the first day.


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1 kathylynn October 15, 2007 at 1:44 pm

I love the Halloween decor!

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2 tiffany October 15, 2007 at 2:13 pm

What a fabulous display. I’m in love with the ravens in the tree, but I’m swooning over the framed original art. So perfect. Thanks for sharing so many great ideas!

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3 Anonymous October 15, 2007 at 2:40 pm

These are all such wonderful decorations, I have to a lot of work to get my display done this year!

you should enter your house in this contest – it’s sponsored by the company that makes all those life size figures and the inflatables. http://www.gemmy.com/contest

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4 paperseed.wordpress.com October 16, 2007 at 2:03 am

Wow, nice set up! Spooky!

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5 Tip Junkie October 16, 2007 at 8:10 am

I love your Halloween display! It’s very mystical in the candle light. You set the mood perfectly with out beeing too spooky for kids.

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6 Melissa October 16, 2007 at 1:58 pm

I just browsed through all your Halloween decor… so fun! I love the black branches with the ravens! I don’t really decorate for Halloween. I’ve got one little one that gets really freaked out easily :S

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7 brandi July 8, 2009 at 3:16 pm

What is the name of the black book that you used?

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8 Heather Bell September 20, 2011 at 1:31 pm

I just cut a bunch of branches off of my tree and was thinking of what to do wtih them. Now I know!!bellesbazaar-heather.blogspot.com

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