Sometimes when Eric gets home I immediately thrust Gigi into his arms, dive to find my keys, and while running for the door I shout vague instructions about caring for our child. I then get in my car, blast my bad music, and start driving aimlessly.
This scenario doesn’t mean I don’t love my husband or baby. Sometimes I just need to get away. And by sometimes I mean at least once a day. Usually I don’t have anywhere I REALLY need to go, so I’ll just point my car towards the nearest caffeine and then take it from there. I’d say more often than not I end up at Joanns. There’s always something that needs surveying at Joanns.
Earlier this week, on my little evening getaway, I was searching for some inspiration (yes, at Joanns) to spook up my porch. Over the past few years I’ve been horribly disappointed with my Halloween decor, but to me it’s really hard to find. Why is it that Halloween decorations seem to fall into two categories: 1. Shabby Chic or 2. Terribly Disgusting. Why can’t there be any middle ground?!
Obviously I’m happy to make my own, but sometimes I’d like a base to start from! Moving on. I ended up leaving Joanns empty handed. I can’t remember the last time this happened. Eric almost died from shock (or was it happiness?).
Disappointed and a bit disillusioned, I stumbled into the giant Halloween party store that sets up camp next to my local Joanns this time of year. After getting sufficiently creeped out by the teenagers chasing each other with fake chainsaws and the mechanical zombie crawling after me on the floor…I was able to find a few things for my porch.
I have some Ikea lanterns hanging on my porch that I’ve really wanted to spruce up. During the summer they had some ivy in them, but for the last few months they have been empty. I tend to spend a lot of time on things that are edible and giftable, but my house kind of suffers from neglect. After an embarrassingly long time wandering the store, I decided on some fake giant spiders. They were $2.50 each and I already had some web (used for my Fancy Halloween hats!). I also picked up this fake raven, and a tiny pen that looks like a broom (JEALOUS of my pen, aren’t you?).
I guess I could have just posted some pictures of my “Spooky Porch” and been all understated about it, but then that wouldn’t have been much like me, would it?
Now I just need an absurd number of pumpkins, and I think I’ll be set on the porch. But there’s still a whole house that needs haunting! Any suggestions?
Also what are you being for Halloween? I CANNOT decide on Ginger’s costume, but I’m really leaning towards a lil’ devil. Is it wrong to dress my 1-year-old daughter as Beelzebub?