Thursday, October 27, 2011

Mr. & Mrs. P's Halloween Tips 2011

Halloween is one of the holidays we most look forward to the most in our home. We hope our Halloween tips and ideas inspire you to make your home a little spookier! We will show you how using items you may already have.

Keeping with our "cooking" theme, we opted to be a  butcher and a creepy chef last week! Mr. P wore a black t-shirt, jeans, a hair net and a blood covered apron. We used fake blood to strategically coat the apron and intensify the creep factor. Mrs. P carried out a gothic look with black lip stick and smokey eyes. She purchased the chef outfit and hat online. Her props were a spatula and an old skillet with plastic severed fingers, which were glued on with a hot glue gun.

 The bat clings in the picture above are from Martha Stewart. We love them! They are super easy to put up, very inexpensive and can be reused. At night, we turn on a lamp near the window so that our neighbors can see the bats glowing from the window.

Spiders decals are also from Martha Stewart. We pair a strobe light with these!

In our living room we put three candles in vases and filled them with candy corn.  We already had the vases and candles in our home, so we decided to use them in a different way. 

 We  bought this blown glass pumpkin a few years ago in Marshall's for a great price. We use it for both Halloween and Thanksgiving season. We went to our local fabric store and bought about a couple yards of fabric and asked Mr. P's aunt to make us various sized runners for the tables in our home. The glass votive holders were bought in Z Gallerie for just $3 each! We just love them and use them year round. We put rubber eye balls we picked up in the dollar store to give it's finishing touch.

 Have a bookshelf? Dress it up with spider webs or an eerie fabric we also picked up in the dollar store.

Halloween has gone glam! Nothing says "party" more then pumpkins and skulls covered in glitter! Buy them made or do them yourself with just a few items from the craft store. 

We bought this giant spider on clearance last year the week after Halloween. It looks great clinging to our antique grandfather clock. Make sure to stock up on half-priced Halloween items the first week of November. 

Our used our cupcake stand with pumpkins as our dinning room centerpiece. Great thing about this centerpiece is that is that you can keep it for Thanksgiving and re-use the pumpkins.

 Our buffet table is covered with an arrangement of different decorative pumpkins. One of our favorite things is the wine bottle all dressed up in its witch costume on the left.

 On a budget? Make your own custom halloween candles! We bought a pack of filled glass votives and halloween crystal stickers for under $10. All we simply did was stick the stickers on the glass. Your guests will be impressed!

 Decorate them any way you like! Let your creativity take control.
Last year we were asked to decorate a ballroom for the American Cancer Society's Halloween party fundraiser. The budget was tight, but we made the most of it. For the centerpieces, we decided to revamp regular pumpkins and stick with a black and white theme. 

Spray the pumpkins evenly with white spray paint and let them dry. 

 Use black acrylic paint and paint the stem of the pumpkin with a paintbrush.

 Paint any design you want on the pumpkin. We drew bats on this one.

 We did several different designs.

 Include sayings!

 Don't forget about the front of the house! We love how the purple and orange LED lights look.  We put a light-up spider on the window, which we have had for years. Line up pumpkins on you steps to create a welcoming entrance.

 Light up the path for trick-o-treaters with these pumpkin stakes! Another bargain find in a clearance sale from last year!

 What do you think about our chihuahua carving? Personalize your carvings.

 It looks even better at night!

 On Halloween put some warm water,  glow sticks and dry ice in a bucket  and place next to your carved pumpkins to intensify the creepy factor!

Joey loves his pumpkin!!!

1 comment:

  1. You guys are so creative and amazing. I love the way you work as a team!!! Keep it up!


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