Happy spooky season, witches! Decorating for Halloween is one of my favorite traditions to do with my little girls. This year, Nova helped me decorate and it made it even more magical.
It’s our first year in our new house, which for me is my “no pressure” year. I give myself the first year to not care too much and just use what I already have to decorate. And then in a few years, when we’re more settled in I will go “FULL HAM” as Emma likes to call it and will take it up a few notches. But for this year (maybe even the first few) I’m just kind of getting to know the spaces and having fun decorating with stuff we already have from our last house. OK … let’s jump in!
Sticking bats on every possible surface is such a FUN and high impact Halloween trick. I love it! I will forever love covering my pink door with bats!
Here’s my DIY garland along with a painting our girls made! I’m so proud of them for making such a big painting.
When in doubt, add bats to everything. Easiest and cutest decor for Halloween! 🙂
So, funny story. On the day our house was being finished painted, we shot these photos and so it was like they were still painting the side of the house and we were already hanging spiders to the front … we couldn’t wait!
Boo! Our cuties like to help me with my work every once in a while, and decorating their home spooky is a good job for them. I should have taken photos of some of Nova’s decor, but it keeps changing every day. I let her go crazy with a tub of decorations, so there is basically a spider or a pumpkin in every nook of our home.
Our book collections are something I have been building up for years. Every year, I add a few more spooky and fall season books to our shelves.. I do the same thing for Christmas and also Lunar New Year. I have found it’s a really special tradition for little kids to have these seasonal book collections. Traditions are EVERYTHING.
Pick a Pumpkin, Vampire Bite, The Little Kitten, Vampirina Ballerina Hosts a Sleepover, Swep, How To Make Friends With a Ghost, You’re My Litle Pumpkin Pie, The Scariest Book Ever, Oscar Seeks a Friend, Leif and The Fall, Fiv Little Pumpkins Came Back, Trick Or Treat in Tennessee, Ghost Afraid of The Dark.
Here’s a painting by my mom, Elizabeth Chapman, in our entryway.
OK … that’s it for now! We are definitely still unpacking boxes and getting settled in, but I am glad I took an afternoon to decorate anyway! I am definitely someone who struggles with wanting everything to be done now, and I remember this feeling from when we moved five years ago.
Most of our home feels miles from where I want it to be, but it’s important to zoom out and remember that those changes take time. Childhood magic and holiday magic does NOT require a fully renovated home to take place … you can do it in a house that still has lots of unpacked boxes. Just in case someone else needed to hear that. XX! Elsie