DIY Halloween Decorations

I am going to start this by saying that I CANNOT believe that it is Halloween already. Where did this month year go?! I had so many big things planned for my blog this month, but then life got in the way. I'm going to nominate October as my favorite month of the year so far. 
Lots to share with you!

So today is Halloween and I am just now posting pictures of our decor. I don't know why I didn't start this weeks ago, but now that it's too late, I'm going to throw all of my 2013 Halloween decor into one post. 

This hutch has been serving as my makeshift mantel for a couple of months now. Our fireplace is located in a weird alcove thing under our TV in the family room, so I've really been missing a mantel since we moved into this house. I styled the hutch using lots of different layers this year. My husband used to make fun of me because he said I would make this look like a shrine on every holiday. I made sure not to put my Ikea Ung frame in the center this year for that reason. I layered gold mirrors and used accent pieces to add depth. One of my favorite pieces, though quite simple, are the two black lamps. I took their existing shades off and screwed in Edison bulbs for a spookier effect. 

The skeleton poster was made quite by chance actually. I realized that we had this paper rolled up in a closet. We purchased it from Beverly's craft store quite a while ago, but never knew what to do with it. I happened to have a piece of black foam board that literally (LITRALLY) fit the paper perfectly. I used gold pins from the dollar store to secure the two together and it turned out great! I'm also going to go out on a limb and say it was free since I had everything already laying around the house!

This is one of the side tables in our living room. Nothing too fancy, but a cute touch of Halloween. The bottle is from Ross and filled with candy corn (my fave) and the purple glitter skull is from Big Lots. Table and lamp both from Home Goods (my other fave).

This is our wooden box of candy. I tried to come up with something more creative than my purple plastic Halloween bowl to hold our candy in. Here it is. Totally inconvenient, but cute and rustic looking otherwise. 
Also, this used to be overflowing. Oops.
Last, but not least, we finally got around to buying/carving pumpkins two days before Halloween. I'm not real big on the whole Jack-O-Lantern thing. I also don't really enjoy carving pumpkins, no matter how hard I beg my husband for the experience every year.  

As per usual, I jumped onto Pinterest and found a really easy pumpkin carving technique. My husband and I put our own spin on it by pre-poking holes using tacks since we realized that we weren't talented enough to free-hand it. We used multiple sizes of drill bits to create similar, yet contrasting patterns in our three pumpkins.  

I've been spending a lot of time on Pinterest lately. Probably too much seeing as it took me weeks to write this post. So maybe you can jump on over to take a look. I feel like my 126 well-organized boards will keep you entertained for a while. 
Happy Halloween!
I hope you and your family have a safe night. 

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