Hello witches, goblins, and ghosts [insert evil laugh]…
“REDHEAD’S HALLOWEEN FOYER & DIY SPOOKY BRANCH”
[insert bat flying by and cat meows in the distance].
I must warn you.
This is the spookiest post I’ve ever done.
Your nails will be trimmed by the end, I promise.
Even my kitty, Sylvia, left the room!
If you scare easily, I would run for the hills, while you still can.
[whispering…] GET OUT!!
[insert screams of terror here]
Okay, maybe it’s not that scary.
I have to tell you though…
this was a challenge.
It took quite a bit more time than anticipated, but well worth it I think.
When I began to think about Halloween, I went back to my childhood.
I thought about all of the trick or treating, the candy, the shuffling of leaves on the sidewalk,
the soaping of windows, you know…normal Halloween stuff.
Then I thought of my brother, Bobby.
My brother LOVED Halloween.
Incase you didn’t know, Bobby passed away in Oct. 1995 from the AIDS virus.
If you would like to read my story about him, you can find it here: “My Only Brother”.
So, when I decorate for Halloween I’m always thinking of him.
He loved everything spooky.
I remember specifically when we would go into Spencer’s as kids and he loved the black lights.
Now that you know where my inspiration came from,
I hope you will enjoy it even more.
I’ll try to explain a little so maybe you can try some of it.
The “DIY Spooky Branch” was so fun and easy to make.
Once I found the branch I was dreaming of, I spray painted it black.
Then I added the lights and the bats from the dollar store.
Next, the silver tureen.
I found it at a thrift store and the apples we picked a couple weeks ago from a local orchard.
This added more of the natural element I love to use when decorating.
No one said we have to decorate with just plastic crap for Halloween.
Try incorporating things from your yard, or the farm.
One of the challenges I faced was the lighting.
I wanted a “lantern” look, but with something unique that wouldn’t look like everyone else’s.
I started messing around with my photography lights and took off the umbrellas.
Then I remembered the vintage light bulbs I received from Nostalgic Bulbs.
I thought the “Vintage Beacon Tube” would look so spooky and reminded me of a test tube.
So, I added those and then wrapped some “cages” I had from cage light fixtures we never ended up using.
(you can visit my shop “here” to see them-I have 2 left)
I couldn’t believe how well it all fit together.
Most of you don’t have photography lights, so a floor lamp would be a great alternative here.
The black bulbs which actually light up purple I have had for years from the $1 store.
I popped those into a couple lamp bases for a spooky glow.
Lights really do play a key factor in pulling this together.
It looks great at night.
(reminder: be careful with the black light bulbs because they get very hot-do not leave unattended)
You won’t believe this, but I’ll prove it in the next photo.
Sylvia, our kitty, decided to come and lay right beside the “witch painting” a dear friend of ours made.
Can you see her?
She liked the candles.
Those didn’t stay there long.
Before I go, I have to admit that, yes, I did write on the wall and the mirror.
I used black eraser board markers for the wall spider web so it will wipe right off.
Then I used Valerie’s white Halloween make-up crayon on the mirror.
Our girls loved this when they got home from school.
They were shocked that I wrote on the wall.
We only live once, lets write on a wall once in a while.
If it’s not okay in your house…
then, GET OUT!
[insert evil laugh]
[insert evil laugh]
[insert Sylvia flying by with bat wings)
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