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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

My Love Affair with Halloween

My favorite time of the year is upon us. Yes, I'm talking about Halloween. Any time I can work Halloween into one of my books, I do. Protective Custody, for example, begins with a murder on Halloween night!

So it should come as no surprise that I have quite the collection of spooky decorations. Or that I do up my house big time for the holiday. My husband is floored that our attic is packed with more totes full of Halloween decor than Christmas/Hanukkah decor! So without further ado, here's a sampling.

This little display is in my office.

I love that this lighted pumpkin is carved top side forward instead of the usual way.

The jack-o-lantern below has fiber optic lights strung through the straw hair and around the hat, eyes, mouth and nose.

 I fell in love with the wreath on the right. The witch has so much detail from her multi-colored tulle broom to her pointy shoes and frizzy hair!

This is the front entrance to my house. I have a mini graveyard complete with tombstones and a spooky fence.

Here's a closeup of the guy guarding the door. When I brought him home from the store several years ago, my son asked my daughter what it was supposed to be. Without blinking, she said, "That's Mom right before we have company." That moniker has stuck!
 This grim reaper hangs from the dining room chandelier.

And this little guy is animated. He plays Great Balls of Fire as he plays the organ. His eyes light up and his hands actually move along the keys.  He's an old family favorite.

And this lovely lady hangs next to DH's computer desk.

This is another animated decoration. He sings Hot, Hot, Hot. His eyes light up bright red and his mouth moves.

I hope you've enjoyed my tour of my Halloween props. Everything goes up October first and comes down November first. As I decorate, I can be heard singing It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

I hope you and your family have a happy, safe and spooky holiday!


MaureenAMiller said...

OMG! Wynter, can I come "tour" your house? That is perfect. You must have so much fun at night.

...I bought a pumpkin. LOL

Wynter Daniels said...

Come if you dare - and bring your pumpkin. Bwahaha!

JB Lynn said...

Looks like you have a spookily good time. I don't even have a pumpkin.

Marcelle Dubé said...

What fun! I love Halloween, too, but can barely manage a pumpkin! Great post, Wynter. Thanks for sharing.

Rita said...

These are great pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Clare London said...

What fabulous decorations! We don't celebrate it as enthusiastically over here, though we love our bonfire night with fireworks. And of course the kids have adopted Trick or Treat, with the promise of sweets! :)

Wynter Daniels said...

Well, Clare, you can always start a new trend;-)

Toni Anderson said...

Wynter--my kids would love your house. I have some ghosty lights, a pumpkin and pretty authentic looking plastic skeletal remains... I'm afraid I still miss bonfire night.

Shirley Wells said...

OMG! I love those props and the fact that you have them around for a whole month. (Love your daughter's comment too. :))

We do very little for Halloween in the UK although I think it's slowly catching on. I do love Bonfire Night though.

Wendy Soliman said...

I can't believe what a big deal halloween is here in the States. My hairdresser mentioned something yesterday but I said I thought it was for the kids. Hell no, she told me. I've been invited to loads of parties - all of them costume dos. That told me!

Wynter Daniels said...

The bonfires sound like fun! I understand that Halloween sales figures are second only to Christmas sales in the US!

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