It's no haunted house, but we definitely put in some extra effort. (And, since we're the only ones on the block who decorated, we clearly have the best yard by default.)
My favorite part of our little outdoor set-up are these cute little pumpkin lights we picked up at Target.
Brad's extra touch was this gargoyle tombstone. It was one of those moments where I turned around for a moment and then it was in our shopping cart. While it doesn't really fit into our theme, I think it actually looks pretty cool on its own with the arm creeping out. Besides, it could always be worse. It could be a Beyonce. (Side note: the husband directs music videos and the mannequin arm is from a shoot he just finished. The other 3 destroyed mannequins he used are still in my garage. Naked. And they stare at me every time I build in there. It's kinda creepy. So, just in case he's reading this and wants to get them out of my man space, I would not be opposed. Just saying.)
We also had a trip to the pumpkin patch last weekend and picked up a few little beauties. BTW, in Los Angeles, a pumpkin patch is a tent in the Sears parking lot. It makes me miss the days when you could get one off of the vine. But, we still had a really good time picking out of pumpkins.
When I was younger, we never used to carve pumpkins in our house. I painted quite a few pumpkins in my day, but the only carving that was done was for school projects. So, since I am an inexperienced carver, I left the carving up to Brad and left mine alone on the front. I figure that this way I can keep them on the front doorstep until Thanksgiving as a "fall" decoration... or at least as long as they last. Brad's turned out awesome, though. I was really impressed.
I helped out a little bit with the pumpkin adventure... I helped spoon out the guts. I hate being wasteful, so i roasted up the pumpkin seeds while he carved. They were the perfect fall snack.
And, we weren't the only ones getting festive this weekend. Piper
was forced into wearing wore her awesome bat costume just long enough for me to take 100 pictures. Her ultimate favorite toy is this black and purple bat that my mom got her last Halloween, so this year when I spotted the black and purple bat costume, it was fate.
Our cat, Leto, dressed up, too... as a black cat. Man, she nailed it.
What did you guys do over the weekend to get ready for Halloween? Carve any pumpkins? Stock up on candy? Is anyone else the only one on their block to decorate for Halloween?