Haute Halloween

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I’m conflicted about Halloween style. I think it can quickly move to the realm of hokey and overly crafty—rubber eyeballs in a punch bowl, fake fingers in soup, dyed bright orange carnations; it’s just not my style. It doesn’t mean that’s not fun for some people, I just prefer an understated approach. Halloween with a bit more finesse and less, well … plastic.

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But I also believe that when you have kids, the holiday season is more about celebrating as a family than having the perfectly decorated house. So I try to find ways to compromise. When I hit Cost Plus World Market with my girls they fell for these plastic skeletons—I mean, two little blondies dragging full-size skeletons through the aisles of baskets and votives, how could I say no? Those bags of bones now hang at the front door entry; cobwebs and bats adorn the garden gate. Spooky, silly fun on the outside, but on the inside it’s Halloween, mommy-style.

Here’s my attempt at eerie elegance, compliments of a trip to the flower mart, Trader Joe’s and an hour in the middle of my garage having fun. Let me know what you think.

Here I draped cotton spider webs over willow branches and reeds:

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Yes, that’s the dog’s bed on the lower right and no, the unicorn is not part of the decor.

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This is my Halloween mantel décor. I actually grew that little guy on the end in my garden! My one and only harvest of kabocha squash.

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Dark and moody flowers tickled my fancy this year. The dahlias are from Trader Joe’s—only 4.99 a bunch (cheaper than wholesale!).

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The girls used stencils to make these cuties.

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LED Lights are your friends—I found a whole slew of them in different sizes at Cost Plus.

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