Easy Halloween Mantel

Easey Halloween Mantel

I’m not one to go all out with Halloween decoration but it’s one of Cory’s favorite holidays and if it were up to him, our whole house would be decked out in spiders, skulls, and spooky stuff year-round. So when I came home from Target with a few decorations for a Halloween mantel, he was so excited! I was hesitant on it being too spooky and not cute/fun enough but have to say, I love how it turned out!

Since I’m a full-time working mom, I try to keep my holiday mantels simple and affordable and thanks to the Target Dollar Spot, I’ve been successful! You can see my Valentine’s Mantel here and like the good blogger I am, I didn’t even take pictures of my Easter/Spring mantel but it was there. There’s always next year, right?!

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Ninja Turtle Pumpkin

After pulling out all my fall decorations, I realized I had a chalkboard pumpkin but couldn’t think of what to write on it. Since I have it beside a chalkboard sign, I didn’t really want another saying on it so I asked Cory to draw the standard jack o’lantern face on the pumpkin.

Wrong.

Cory had other ideas and this is what I got…

Ninja Turtle Jack o'lantern

A ninja turtle pumpkin. Bless his child-like heart.

Ninja Turtle Pumpkin

He was so proud of his artwork, there’s no way I could erase it. And I do have about 99.9% control of the decorations in the house so .01% for him is the least I can do, right?

Ninja Turtle Chalkboard Pumpkin

Plus, I don’t really decorate for Halloween other than a wreath on my door and “trick or treat” sign you see so I thought it would be fun to leave up ‘ole Donatello at least through Halloween.

Donatello Jack o'lantern

Since it is sitting in the window between our kitchen and living room, I did have him draw the jack o’lantern face that I originally asked for on the other side so the kitchen would have a little Halloween decor too.

Donatello Pumpkin

Do y’all have husbands like mine? I can’t be the only one married to a 12 year old at heart, can I?

By the way, I love that 12 year old heart with everything I am and I wouldn’t expect anything less than Donatello’s face instead of a jack o’lantern :)

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Not So Happy Halloween

Not so happy Halloween from Hampton Batman. 

Dog Costume Batman

We don’t make a big deal out of Halloween around house since we don’t have kids and normally aren’t at home for Trick or Treaters but I do like to dress the dogs up. This picture is actually from 2011 but one of my favorites of Hampton. I often wish our dogs could talk just so I could know what they are thinking. The pissed off look on his face says “Get this stupid costume off me. Now.” 

Dog Costume Superman

Dog Costume Batman

The dogs really aren’t fond of wearing any kind of clothing but that doesn’t stop me from buying them things like this…
Dog Halloween

And they hate every second of wearing them, which I expected but darn, are they cute!

Dog Halloween Shirt

Dog Halloween Shirt

So, moral of the story is my dogs hate Halloween and hate me for making them wear these god awful too cute to pass up costumes.  


Happy Halloween and may your day be filled with more treats than tricks. 

Halloween Front Porch

I realize I don’t actually have a front porch {I wish I did} so this is more like my Halloween front steps. Porch or steps, I love the way it turned out for the second year in a row.

Halloween Front PorchBy the way, do you recycle your decorations? Some people like to get all new stuff every year but not I. When I find something I like, I add to it, not replace it.

I call this my first successful deco mesh wreath and you can read all about it here.

Halloween Deco Mesh WreathHalloween Front PorchHalloween Pumpkin TopiaryIdea from “A Diamond in the Stuff”

I made this topiary last year after seeing the idea on Pinterest. Of course. The original had “Boo” but we needed something with our house number on it and I already had the wooden numbers laying around. I had to take it apart and touch it up this season and I also replaced the bows. I’m loving the stripes on the ribbon!

Halloween Pumpkin TopiaryHalloween Front StepsHalloween Deco Mesh WreathHalloween Front DoorHalloween Front PorchHope y’all enjoyed my Halloween front porch and have a happy Friday!

This post is linked to Inspire Me Please Weekend Blog Hop at House of Rose