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October 8, 2021

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This is the first year I’ve really gotten into decorating for the seasons, mainly because it’s the first year we’ve ever owned a home.

From what I’ve been seeing, most people either choose Fall OR Halloween decor for their home because it’s really difficult to combine the two without it looking messy. However, I think it’s possible and that’s been my goal over the last month – to find a way to visually celebrate this entire season in a way that stays true to the light & airy style that I love.

If you love the same, maybe something you see here will inspire you. I’ve had a lot of fun with this and seeing it evolve from one week to the next. I’ve been pretty frugal in my purchases, too and will do my best to list where I found things.

First, the entryway. The bats on the left are from Amazon and you can find them HERE, but I think a lot of places have these. They have adhesive backs that are safe for your walls, and the bats themselves are 3D. Mine are on a wall that leads from the foyer to the living room and I wanted them to look like they were flying out of the door.

The entryway table itself is pretty simple, just a spooky skull from Target, some spider webs stretched across the mirror, and a few little spiders. I think this area could use a bit more, maybe a few pumpkins for a pop of color, but overall, I wanted it to remain very simple and not too busy. It’s the first thing you see as you walk in and it sets the tone for the rest of the house.

The green pumpkin below is one of my favorites and sits on an end table in the living room. I love that it looks “squashed” and the color is a pretty muted green. I know fall is all about reds, oranges, and yellows, but those are just NOT my colors, so I found a way to incorporate colors I love that also fit with the season.

On the mantle, I added a few silver pumpkins, and a black candelabra. I think you can put stick candles in this but I left it as-is because it looks just a little bit creepy, and that’s what I wanted.

I also leaned a broom against the fireplace, and found that here. I love that it’s neutral with a similar wood tone as the chairs next to it. This one HERE is really similar.

That wraps up the interior, and here is the front porch. I’ve always loved dried cornstalks for fall because they look so seasonal, and they are that pretty wheat color. I bought the mums almost a month ago and they’re now fully bloomed and beautiful. They are HUGE, too. Since I already have green, purple, wheat, gray, and black going on here, I wanted the pumpkins to be white. Another bold color would be too much for my style.

The lanterns are from Pottery Barn and were a splurge. But I think it was necessary. During the summer I had them on my screened-in porch and they are just perfect. The candles are flameless and are on timers that come on around the same time as the rest of the lights. They give off the perfect glow.

We switched out the lights in the porch ceiling to these Sylvania Smart+ bulbs. They are AWESOME. They are vibrant, have the full range of color options, and an app to easily change the colors.

**We originally had some LG bulbs here, but they were not nearly as bright and came with a remote that only had 6 color choices. The Sylvania bulbs are much better for outdoors, but the LG bulbs work nicely in lamps inside.

The little ghosts are hanging from command hooks and look so cute and spooky with the purple light. I just read the description and apparently they have arms that you can bend, which I did not know and will have to do! It also says they are “glow in the dark” but I think that’s only true if you have a light next to them…

The graveyard is small and subtle but I love it. On halloween, I plan to add “fog” with a machine I bought. We have three solar lights that light up the stones, but I need a few more so all five stones are lit. The lights are so important, otherwise, you can’t see them at all when it’s dark.

I kept our exterior somewhat simple and tasteful, but also fun for halloween. I am sure it will continue to evolve but it’s been a fun start!

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