Tuesday, October 25, 2016

31 Days of Halloween: Hair Raising Front Yard Decorations

Ever since we moved into together (and probably even before then), Rick & I have wanted to build a graveyard display for our front yard . Three years ago, we finally bit the bullet & built a few headstones. Ever since then, we have added to our collection. Last year I made a few simple ghosts to hang in the trees & this year Rick built a headstone with a red glass inset. We will be adding to our display all this week, culminating with the final look on Halloween night! Don't worry, I definately be posting picture on my Instagram if you're interested! 

Check out a few of my favorite front yard displays! If you could, what theme would you chose for your front yard?





The Beginnings of Our Yard

Monday, October 24, 2016

31 Days of Halloween: Pumpkin Patch Festivities with the Family

On Friday, Rick's parent's, niece, sister & brother in law came into town for some fall festivities! We decided to take them to Pumpkin Pickin' Paradise to pick up the last of our holiday pumpkins & to take some adorable pictures with Baby Nora! 

After wandering through the maze, spooky house & enjoying a homemade spicy pickle, we headed out to Loveland to go to Osbourne Family Farms! We thoroughly enjoyed the short drive through the Northern Colorado countryside & Osbourne Farm couldn't be more charming! This is also where Rick purchased a 100lb pumpkin for $40.00! You should have seen the look on his face as he loaded it into the car! Pleased as punch! 

You couldn't have asked for a better fall day for pumpkin patching! If you are still looking for some fall fun or you still need pumpkins, be sure to check out these great local options! Both are free to enter & you absolutely can't beat the prices! 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

31 Days of Halloween: Easy Breezy BOO-tiful Covergirl

When I was a kid, my mom made all of our costumes for Halloween. None of that store bought nonsense at our house! Every year she would ask us what we wanted to be for Halloween & my brother & I would say the Universal Monsters Wolf Man or the Little Mermaid! She would always oblige, and because of that, I have some amazing memories of my one of a kind Halloween costumes! She & my dad worked so hard, but at the end of the day, no matter how tired she was, she would come home, sit down at the sewing machine or in front of the glue gun & bust out a mermaid tale or a giant mutant turtle shell. I'll always remember that. I hope when I have my own kids, that I can do the same, though I'm sure I won't measure up to my mom. Just like her costumes, Terrie Lynn Walker was truly one of a kind.

The last Halloween before my mom passed away, she came up to visit us for a weekend & I still needed to find a few pieces for my costume. We went to the ARC & as we were perusing the aisles, she asked me what I was planning on being for Halloween. I replied, "1973 David Bowie." Silence. Then she looked me right in the eye and said, "Why can't you & your brother just be something simple?! What about a generic vampire or a spooky witch? 1973 David Bowie!!! Are you kidding me with that?!!" And to that I replied, "What can I say, mama? You set the bar pretty high." She walked off, muttering under her breath, but eventually returned with a pair of brightly colored spandex pants & a sparkly, iridescent top. That was my mom; she might not always understand what you were doing, but she was sure going to help you accomplish your goal.

So, as I was trolling through Pinterest recently, I can across these Cover Girl ads that made me smile. They're nothing special, but I thought it was so charming that CG would put out some simple tutorials for Halloween makeup. In a time when most costumes are store bought, rented or over the top, these looks are wonderfully simple. If you don't have anything planned for your costume & the elaborate makeup looks I posted earlier this week don't strike your fancy, check out Covergirl! These looks are all five steps or less & you can buy everything you need at the drug store (except for the costume contacts & can use it in your every day life! You just can't beat that! And you know that you'd definitely make my mama smile! You can find a few more looks & useful products over on CG's Pinterest page. Which look is your favorite?




Saturday, October 22, 2016

31 Days of Halloween: Spooky Mantle Inspiration

I sure do love a spooky mantle this time of year! Your mantle is the perfect place to create a creepy tableau this Halloween season. It's also a good place to pick a theme if you happen to have a bunch of decorations that go together. I never go out and buy new decorations for my mantle; I just work with what I have & try to come up with something that makes me excited to look at! And if you don't have a mantle, never fear! You can build just as nice of a display on a shelf, bar or bannister. If you need some inspiration this year, take a look at some of the monstrous mantles below!  



Here are a few shots of this year's mantle.  I think I will probably add some spooky spiderwebs later this week to complete the scene. I've also asked if Rick could edit our wedding photo to make us look like zombies, but that may have to wait until next year. I think my favorites pieces are my phrenology bust & chalkboard with a little shout out to "An American Werewolf in Paris" (and Kat & Marshall over at Boys & Ghouls podcast, of course).  

Friday, October 21, 2016

31 Days of Halloween: Spine Tingling Music Videos

As Halloween draws nearer, I like to start getting in the mood by listening to & watching spooky music videos. Now, there are a ton of really dark, creepy & gross music videos out there, and if that's what you're looking for, you go for it, man! Marilyn Manson & Aphex Twin will welcome you with open, pasty white arms. But for my money, I like to walk a very thin line between fun, spooky & atmospheric. Here are just a few from my stack of favorites to whet your appetite!

1. WHALE- Yellow Ostrich

2. Heads Will Roll- Yeah Yeah Yeahs

3. Wolf Like Me- TV on the Radio

4. The Ghost of Stephen Foster- Squirell Nut Zippers

5. Pompeii- Bastille 

6. Dearly Departed- Shakey Graves ft. Esme Patterson

What are some of your favorite music videos this time of year? I would love to check them out! If you're still hungry for more,  travel back in time to check out my 2013 Halloween music video post

Happy Haunting, friends! 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

31 Days of Halloween: Emma Pickles & Costume Makeup Tutorials


I have watched Emma Pickles on youtube for several years & I am always amazed at the makeup looks she comes up with! She isn't afraid to look gross and scary & when she shoots for a look, she goes in 100%. I mean, she makes her own bald caps, for pete's sake!  She is ambitious with her costume makeup, but she explains each step well & makes these amazing displays look attainable. If you're still looking for something to be this year & you live near a costume shop that sells good quality makeup, give these playlists a watch! You still have ample time to get some great ideas from Emma Pickles!

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