Yes, folks, the eyes have it this year, too. Little Dollar Store finds make up the cutest flower bouquet, if you like that Addams’ Family decor. I like Halloween, even if no one else in this household does. I enjoy the kids and like to hear them comment on the eerie sounds coming from my haunted house. Last year I dressed up a little like Morticia, black with crow feathers. My hair was long last year, so no wig necessary. My greeter was Clyde the Crow. He has made an appearance again this year. I was not in costume like my neighbor, but it was fun. My neighbor from yesterday’s post makes all her own costumes. I can not sew and do not even own a sewing machine. My mother was the seamstress.
This is one of the light standard decorations that my neighbors attached to the poles. I got all the corn stalks and corn from the farm and bundled them up for the neighbors to hang.
The winds got to this display, but it is still looking fine. The heads were purchased last year and hung on the poles by themselves. This year, we added the corn stalks to make a scarecrow. Well, sort of anyway.
The one I put up in front of my house had a scarecrow that I purchased. I posted it on Tuesday for my squirrel post. As you can see here , the squirrels were very happy to get the corn. A bite is taken out of the ear, and now, no corn is left on any of the decorations. The squirrels made the association of corn stalks to corn, to a free meal.
My theme was black crows, ravens and mice. I painted the pumpkins rather than elaborate carving. I did have some carving for night-time treaters, but most of the kids are small and come during the daylight hours.
This pumpkin was black until a huge raven flew by and down came raven droppings. The two above, were a bit classier, ala Morticia Addams. I used white pumpkins with classy braided, black trim and silver sequins.
I carved openings in the two pumpkins below and inserted candles. Sorry, no night shots because our neighborhood gets no break during Halloween. Kids come continuously.
The nesting raven also had a candle inside and coordinated with my door wreath, which I will get to in a minute.
I used regular black house paint, gloss and matte. BTW, painting on pumpkins is not a lot of fun. The depressions make it a real pain if you want an intricate design. You can see I sort of gave into the pumpkin. It would have been too time consuming to be more careful with the brush.
The moms liked the pumpkins.
Inside the door is the foyer. Here is what I had when the door opened. The vine wreath was spray painted, pulled apart a bit, and then became a home to nesting ravens. I have it on the outside door this year.
The foyer was decorated with a little dark bling. I painted the pumpkins black and pewter. I cut out ravens from black museum board, they decorated windows and a twig wall hanging I made.
The twig wall hanging was made by tacking branches together with brads and twining the edges in a frame. The cutout mice were purchased, but I made more of them myself. It was a bit difficult to do this by hand, but I made so many architectural models before, I knew it could be done. Here is the mice chirp recording that was like yesterday, put on a loop with the ravens and crows, squawking for the kids entertainment. I used my iPod and wireless speakers. The kids were looking all over for the animals. So cute.
My paintings below were done just for Halloween. I thought more people would get the reference, especially since a raven was beside the prose. Alas, only a few literature aficionados got it. I should not have used the text speak I guess.
The acrylic paint had an additive to make it three-dimensional. I made the frames and hung them for the kids and parents to see.
Inside I had more painted pumpkins. I also painted leaves pewter and black and decoupaged them to a real pumpkin. The big faux pumpkin was painted to look like a gourd. I really like this one. The lily painting on the sideboard is on of my works. It is a study for a 3 foot by 3 foot oil painting I am working on.
Nothing fancy, but I brought in garden foliage and placed them in a vase. I used spray fixative to keep the little seed heads intact, since there was no time for proper drying.
And in case you thought I forgot about my dollar store finds, here is what I made with some faux flowers and plastic eyes. The tablecloth is actually black trash bags. They worked out great.
A little black spray paint goes a long way when you want to Halloween up the house.
And as I get ready to retire, here is an appropriate image of my very creative neighbor’s foyer decoration. She has this very pretty witch over a mirror.