Sunday, October 14, 2007

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like....Halloween???

I did it. I caved in. I have no excuse. The only explanation I have is that whenever I go to the store with this

one of us usually ends up getting what we want. And it is usually not me.

I am weak.

So when my son had to walk down the Halloween aisle at the Jewel today, I could see it coming. My years of throwing a couple of mums in a pot and putting some pumpkins on the front steps in an effort to decorate for fall were about to come to an end. My son is 5. He no longer believes that potted mums are all that exist in the world of Halloween decorating. For years I have been telling my kids that I just don't think we have the right type of power outlet at our house to support one of those giant, blow up, outdoor decorations. And, I think they've actually believed me. For years I have also been telling them that I don't know where you can find all that blood and gore clingy stuff for the windows and the fake cobwebs for the bushes. I've said I've never seen that stuff at the store. And really, I don't think I've lied, because I really have never seen those things at the store.

Because I never go down the Halloween aisles at my local Wal*Mart and Tar*Zjay.

Halloween has just never been something I decorate for. I am not a fan of the gore-y, bloody look and screaming, motion activated props have never found their way in to my shopping cart.

I prefer to think of my pumpkins and mums as more of my tribute to fall than actual Halloween decorating.

But again I say, I am weak.

So we have decorated for Halloween around my house this year.

And it is lovely. Can Halloween decorating be lovely?

Or should I say it is scary? Yes, it is scary.

Very scary.

Very scary, that I have actually done this to my house, that is.
It is just not me. I look at other peoples' houses and think "Oh look, they decorated, HOW CUTE!" or "That house looks great." But, I have never actually had the desire to scary up my own house. Never. Until today.

It is not a blow-up on the front lawn, and it's not fake cobwebs on the bushes. It is not yellow caution tape across the front door or even a motion activated, screaming, headless figure.

It is however, the best compromise I could come up with, with a 5 year old.

So it is Halloween in the Dining Room.

And Halloween in the Living Room.

It is Halloween across the whole front of my house.

And it looks even better on the inside.

Oh yes, it sure does.


Jennifer (Jen on the Edge) said...

My girls would KILL for some of those inflatable decorations. Kill, I tell you. I keep telling them we don't have room in the house to store those things and my older girl finally said, "Mommy, they're not blown up when you put them away."

ValleyGirl said...

Hallowe'en has got to be my LEAST favourite day of the year. I'm just not a fan of gross and scary.

Out here in the middle of nowhere, we can at least get away with not decorating (or even buying candies for trick-or-treaters, because there simply aren't any), but this year, with Peanut being in school, we will NOT be able to get away with not having a costume for her -- which in turn means we'll have to have one for her little sister -- and we'll also have to bring them into town so they can go to the town Hallowe'en party as well as do some door-to-door trick-or-treating. I tell ya, this is one observance that's a pain in the butt when you live out in the middle of nowhere!!!

Family Adventure said...

OMG, is he the cutest thing ever? I am impressed you've been able to resist him for as long as 5 years!

Anyway, your decorations look very scary indeed. Very boy-appropriate. I am sure he is thrilled. Almost as thrilled as you will be on November 1st, right?
- Heidi :)

chrissy said...

I love the inflatable kitty we have in our yard, hubby found some sort of deal. And yes it does fit nicely with a few other fall decorations in a tote!! Aren't you happy you gave in, the decorations are scary but not gory!! Good job!! Very Scary (NICE)!

missbecky75 said...

I love the decorations! Luckily, my 5 year old hasn't shown a big interest in the whole Halloween decor yet. We went down the Halloween isle for the first time this year as well. He mostly just checked things out. There was a candy bowl with a hand that came down on you when you reached into the bowl - he was curious about it and a bit freaked out, but he kept walking by it and watching it move. I think this year his brain is finally starting to make the connection between imagination and real life. Anyway... didn't mean to write a book here. I do; however, LOVE the decorations!

PS> I've also come up with at least eight reasons that I need those bins in the laundry room! I can't wait till we get the shelves up! =)

Becky (Boys Rule My Life)

Louisa said...

Interesting to know.