Post, YouTube Video and photography by Rain San Martin
At the end of August, I begin the prep work of setting the fall foundation. The porch is sprayed down. Spring / Summer decor is stowed away. Windows washed to make way for DIY Spooky Silhouettes. Come September 1st, I get autumn fever, which puts a spring in my step! This is when my husband and I do our annual pilgrimage to Michaels for an afternoon date-night.
A Pumpkin Spice Latte & Double Cappuccino at Barnes and Nobles officially kick off the season. With anticipation we walk through the outdoor Jefferson Pointe mall to our Halloween Headquarters. Michaels is bustling with customers excited to pick a few well-made spooky and whimsical pieces from this years freshly stocked treasure trove! Because our home is intentionally uncluttered, and we have a budget, we do not over-buy. This makes the trip more freeing. The isle that struck us was the packed 1940's Farmhouse Vintage-Inspired Halloween decor. We also got a couple of year-round Gothic staples for our home.
This years, 2020, picks from Michaels include:
*A festive mid-century vintage inspired sign that reads, "When black cats prowl and pumpkins glow may luck be yours on Halloween." Upon a closer look, we observed most of the Halloween decor we purchase for our home was by Michael's private label Ashland.
*Trick or Treat hanging sign.
*Scarecrow from Michaels, 2020
To top it off we drove to an epic sized Spirit Halloween store! There my husband got a high quality Circus Ringmaster jacket, top hat, and cane. This could easily work for a Neo-Victorian Gothic / Halloweenie Circus look.
Putting Up Decor
The slate has been cleared and cleaned. A few new seasonal decorations are joyfully purchased. Now is the time to put on my mid-century Retro Halloween apron. The fun colors are in black, orange, and white, in a pattern of owls, cats, Jack-o'-lantern, and moons. From the basement I pull out the autumn bin, along with fall foliage, and additional pieces stored on the basement shelving. In this years video, you'll see our 10 year-old son Orion and I dive into the decor and discuss each piece.
Our favorite decorations from previous years include:
*2 Raven sculptures. (Michaels)
*Boo pillow from the Johnny Appleseed Festival.
*Fall Bucket List and Fall Gatherings Sign from Bloom'n Things (now in Shipshewana, IN, seasonally in Glenbrook Square, Fort Wayne, Indiana).
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*"Scream" by Ty Beanie Boos, which we named "Boo" (Originally bought in Michaels) https://amzn.to/2EeBR6X
*Spooky, Spooky Little Bat (Finger Puppet Board Book, originally purchased inside Barnes and Nobles) https://amzn.to/2mGL7Yg
Black card stock
(for DIY Spooky Silhouettes and back of my DIY Vintage Halloween sign banner)
Darice GX-2200-02, 8.5"x11" (50 Sheets), Black
This Vintage Halloween Banner has gone up for the last few years on our mantel. Here is my DIY Vintage Halloween Banner tutorial:
May you have a magical fall season!
If you haven't seen it already, you can view my video here.