Happy cheater Halloween decorating! No carving required.

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Happy cheater Halloween decorating! No carving required.

These days with a 14 year old in the house that has no desire to hit the streets for candy (because mom bought a ton and it’s inside a nice cozy warm home)… we’ll be staying home tonight.

And since my boy also had no real desire to decorate either, I took it upon myself to throw up some 5 minute Halloween decorating so the kids would at least feel welcome to knock on the door.

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Faux pumpkins on a ladder

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 Faux pumpkins sitting on a ladder, lit with Christmas lights facing outdoors… doesn’t get much cheaterish than that.

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School-carved pumpkin

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And since we didn’t do any ‘real carving’ except for this one my son brought home from school, (it’s so teenagerish isn’t it?), we’ll work around this Grand Theft Auto carved pumpkin sitting on top of a tall rustic barrel by the front door.

But this would look equally cute if the pumpkin wasn’t carved.

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Candles on plant pots

 

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But a little extra glow is always a good thing to create that special Halloween ambiance, don’t you think?

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Candles were placed inside clay pots of all shapes, sizes and directions.

These candles are sitting on my window ledges by the front door.

And while real candles certainly do the trick, battery operated votives would keep things even safer. 

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An old dirty window looks haunted!

 

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I love the glowy candle behind the very dirty old window! Kinda spooky don’t you think?

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 And here’s the other side of the door.

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Moody leaves scattered about

 

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Leaves always add such a special fall ambiance for fall decorating.

I like to gather them up from the yard, then scatter about. The more the better! 

Fall leaves add a special natural filler nothing else can quite replace.

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And since I also wanted something in front of the garage door, I’m sure this ladder and sticks will look ever so lovely at night… I can hope. LOL

The lights cast a shadow against the sticks on the door, giving off a spooky kinda vibe.

All this to say, I can honestly say I didn’t miss carving pumpkins one bit.

We’ve done our fair share over the years and I think this is just as cute. As long as something is illuminated, that seems to be the key.

So I’ll brew up some coffee, light the fireplace and enjoy the warmth of staying home and the smiles from the happy kids that come by. Bring it on!

And just for fun, here are a few shots of fall in the front yard. I couldn’t resist! Throw in a few pretty leaves and you’ve got me.

pallet garden walkway in the fall via https://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net/

japanese maple tree in fall via https://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net/

pallet wood garden walkway in fall via https://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net/

 pallet walkway tutorial is HERE

fall 2013 photoshoot in the backyard is HERE

Happy safe Halloween, everyone! May your candy leftovers be everything you love.  🙂

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8 thoughts on “Happy cheater Halloween decorating! No carving required.

  1. Perfectly spooky!!

    I still read your posts and find then inspiring.
    Hope you and your son have a fantastic fall. You always have a place to stay in. Pennsylvania if you come down south!

  2. Hi Donna, I let my three kids {6, 9 and 16} decide if we should go out trick or treating in the 30 degree weather, or stay inside with hot cider, donuts and movies. They chose staying inside-yippee! haha
    The women’s retreat sounds lovely and I hope it’s a wonderful, refreshing time for you.
    Your Halloween porch looks just right : )

  3. As a wise woman said on Grey’s Anatomy last night – cherish the ten years of Halloween you get with a child. After that you as a parent are just in the way.

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