Trick Or Treat

We’re clearly too old to go trick or treating tonight.  So we enjoyed our own version of it last weekend by treating ourselves to a stroll around a historic downtown neighborhood in search of some tricked out Halloween decorations. To be honest we didn’t find that many (wait til Christmas when everyone goes bonkers) but we did stumble upon a handful of subtle and stylish autumn arrangements worth sharing. Let the virtual house hopping begin…

This little pumpkin + mum arrangement reminded us of our own front steps… if only we had the amazing door, classic columns and wide stairs to go with it.

This house taught us to not stop at a simple autumn wreath when you can do a little spooking through the window (this awesome ghost was actually painted on the back of a rolling shade that must get hung every October- such a great DIY idea).  Boo to you too.

And upping the ghost ante a bit is this house, which nicely balanced the whimsical kitsch-factor of Halloween decor (the spider and the ghost) with a nice collection of classic autumn accents (the plethora of pumpkins- including the mini ones lining the transom window above the door).

And before we leave the Halloween theme for good this year, here’s the pic Jenn requested of our hand carved jack-o-lanterns all lit up and ready for all the little candy-hungry neighborhood ghosts and goblins.

Happy halloween everyone!  Be safe out there tonight… and eat Snickers and Reece’s til you’re blue in the face.

Comments

  1. says

    Just wanted to say that I love how you took pictures around Richmond of the homes for Halloween…I miss the good old days of walking around the fan as a kid! p.s. please eat a couple of the Ukrop’s Halloween Rainbox cookies for me since we don’t have Ukrop’s in Baltimore.

  2. says

    Thanks for posting the Pumpkin House in Kenova! That’s close to my hometown and we used to visit there every year. Makes me a little homesick, but full of great memories. Have a great Halloween!

  3. Amanda says

    Hey – always lurking, you know….I am cooking up my after pics to send to ya’ll (rustic modern moodboard, that’s me)….

    Anyway, saw the pumpkin house and thought I’d tell ya that it IS in my hometown and ya oughtta see it in person! It is incredible! On Saturday night, you had to wade through people to see it. They have one wall off to the side that is set up with carvings of orchestra instruments and it plays music and the respective instrument lights up when it’s part is played (if that makes any sense in writing.) It is really fantastic to witness and makes our town feel a little cooler than it actually is. =)

    Thanks for the nod my way!

  4. YoungHouseLove says

    Oh man, Jenny, we totally missed out on the Ukrop’s Halloween cookies this year. I guess we’ll just have gorge ourselves on their regular variety now.

    Staz and Amanda, glad we could show your hometowns some love. My grandma actually lives in Huntington, WV (where my Mom grew up, went to Marshall, etc) so I’m surprised she’s never taken us to Kenova before. I guess we’re never really there around Halloween – we’ll be spending Easter there next spring, though. And as for the orchestral arrangement Amanda mentioned, you can see it on YouTube here.

    Hope you all had great Halloweens and are enjoying November so far. Happy fall!

    -John

  5. says

    I like the idea of blending chrysanthemums in with the pumpkins. Its a good decoration for the fall season, kinda tying Halloween in with Thanksgiving.