Halloween Is History
Halloween 2021 is in the history books, and I have finally recovered from the mad dash that is this haunting season.
The past couple of months have been a bit hectic and, due to some last-minute requests, my presence was more offline than on.
Most of my time was focused on a Trunk or Treat event for the car dealership my husband manages.
In addition to procuring 9000 pieces of candy, drafting the digital media announcements, and arranging a selfie-style photo area – I decorated two cars for the event.
The set-up for each car was fairly simple and I hope that these ideas give you some inspiration.
Ghost Stories For Skellies
First up, was my car that I titled Ghost Stories. It featured a family of skellies and their pets in their graveyard bed reading spooky tales after a night of trick or treating.
This display is super simple and, providing that you have some skeletons hanging around, can be assembled at the last minute.
The robes on the parent skellies are from our costume closet, while the littles are decked out in toddler costume pieces.
I swiped this kiddo skeleton duo from our yard display, where they pose as living ToTs.
I lifted the faux book from another prop, and I cut the title and ghost from felt. You can fashion a book-look with corrugated cardboard and grab the ghost pattern from our Haunted Library.
The tombstones are inexpensive, thin plastic. I rarely use them, but they were the perfect size and lightweight, which worked well for this display. In a pinch, you can cut your own from felt or cardboard.
Mr. Skellie is sporting an extra pair of my reading glasses while the comforter and pillows were snatched from a guest bedroom.
Crazy For Kitty
As for the hubby’s car, I have to admit; that this took me much longer than I anticipated.
I loved this cat kit I found on Amazon, but it wouldn’t arrive in time.
Unfortunately, I was already committed to it, so I decided to craft the cat.
Besides, what’s better to do in the ninth hour than spend more than the original $15 price tag and take a week to make a cut file? Am I right?
In addition to the facial features (eyes, nose, teeth, etc. ), I also fashioned paws and some bone fish that I placed in a galvanized tub and labeled “KITTY.”
A Costume Fit For A (Last-Minute) King
Other highlights of the season included sending out nine scare packages (see past examples here and here) and two last-minute appeals. One request to decorate a photo studio for a downtown trick or treat and one to make a last-minute cape to complete a king costume.
The week leading up to Halloween was a frenzy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I was dreadful at documenting all the things. But even though I was not hosting any events this year, I still made sure to sprinkle some spooky vignettes into my decor. So before all the ghoulies get tucked back into their graves, I took a moment to capture some pics.
And, just like that, Autumn edges closer to winter, and our attention turns to Christmas festivities.
I hope you had a frightfully fantastic All Hallows’ Eve and that you are making wonderful plans for the rest of 2021.
As for me, I’m doing what I do every year at this time – planning for next Halloween.