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Halloween Decor, Mathis Style

Posted On November 6, 2014| 1 Reply

Since the stores are busting at the seams with Christmas decorations, I thought I needed to hurry up and post my Halloween Decor blog! I love Christmas, but it feels like it comes earlier and earlier each year.

With Natalie’s birthday being at the end of September, I wait until October 1st to drench my house in orange and black. Skeletons, witches, pumpkins, rats….we have it all. My mom always decorated for Halloween, so it seemed natural. The kids get into it and it’s fun to switch things up a bit. Over the years we have accumulated several bins worth of ghoulish decorations. And yes, my bins for Halloween are orange, black and purple, so they are easily spotted in the garage. My bin system will be covered in a later blog, promise!

Here is a look at our Bootiful house: (I took the pictures at night for a spookier effect!)

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I potted pumpkins instead of mums. I kill mums. Every. Year.

 

 

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Love the tombstones!

 

 

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Burlap bags of dried weeds screams fall, right?

 

 

Some how I missed getting a picture of the giant spiders I hang near the garage and they are already packed away, because it is NOVEMBER! Next year I promised Noah that we would have skeletons in the yard, ghosts in the trees and a fog machine. Watch out neighbors, my boy has big plans!

The inside is what I love most…..

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Every year I frame a picture of the kids dressed up. It’s fun finding the perfect frame and we all love looking back in time. I cannot believe we have 10 years worth of pictures.

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I love crows! Not in real life, of course!

 

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Our dancing Frank & Wicked Witch and the broomstick floats around the floor!

 

The dining room ends up looking a little fancier than the rest of the house:

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A frightful place to dine!

 

 

The kitchen:

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Halloween ornaments adorn my old gate above my sink.

 

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Mr. Crow looking for something to EAT.

 

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Spooky table decorations, rats keeping us company while we eat and a furry 8-legged pal hangs from above. Boo!

 

 

 

 

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Random little decorations. Frank and Ghostface race each other during breakfast!

 

 

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We have several of these hanging above the island!

 

 

 

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From September-February, there is always a candle burning in the kitchen. It’s crazy how many we go through!

 

Every year I switch out the plates and cups for the kids. I love that they still get excited about using the ‘vampire blood’ glass or the plate with the bats. Makes eating your veggies easier! Pottery Barn Kids has some cups on sale right now. Check here.

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We have several ‘pose-able’ Halloween peeps hanging around the house. When the kids were little, they loved making them dance or scratch their head. Let’s just say that as they get older I sometimes have to PG the positions they choose. My babies are growing up!

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This Halloween ‘advent’ calendar is the highlight of October. If I am on the ball, it is hung up and stuffed by October 1st. Most years, it appears sometime the first week of the month and gets stuffed along the way. As you can see, the pockets are small, very small. So, the treats are not big. Many days it is a small candy or quarter. Sometimes a dollar folded up, a pencil (not hidden in the pocket, but they still have to wait until THAT day to get it) and several pockets are filled with slips of paper that lead them to a wrapped gift (small), a coupon for lunch of their choice at school, or a later bedtime. Easy stuff that they think is awesome! I bought it at Pottery Barn years ago and during their post-Halloween sale! Sadly I do not think they make it anymore, but several are floating around Ebay.

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My decorations don’t match, they may seem a little gaudy or cheap, but pretty soon my kids won’t care if they eat off of a witch plate or if their mosaic owl artwork is hung up. At that point, after I have shed a few tears and most likely tried to guilt them into liking that stuff again, I will leave the bins in the garage and decorate with glass pumpkins. For now I love my ‘Halloween On Crack’ decorations and pray that my glass pumpkin days are far, far away!

A boo to you and you and you and you!

Live Creatively,

mamaSig

 

 

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Trick-or-Treating with the Mathis’s

Posted On November 5, 2014| 1 Reply

Tricks and Treats….We love Halloween!

Halloween started early for us this year. We celebrated at the Magic Kingdom with Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and again on the Disney Dream with the Halloween on the High Seas cruise.

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2014, with Mickey.

 

We have been munching on mini candy bars and dreaming about the Great Pumpkin for more than a month, but we were still very excited when the 31st finally rolled around. Trick or Treat night is always very fun for us. I hate that the night goes by so quickly….but there is always next year, right?

Lord knows I love a theme, including costumes. Here’s a look at costumes from years past….

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2005, our little lion.

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2006, woof-woof.

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2007, Spidey & his spider.

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2008, fireman & his trusty dalmatian..

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2008, Disney with Tigger and Pooh.

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2009, HRH Natalie & Sir Noah.

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2010, Little Red & the Big Bad Wolf.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can’t have the Big Bad Wolf and Little Red without the Woodsman & Granny:

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2010, Woodsman & Granny.

 

Jeremy & I got to dress up twice that year…Rock Star Party!

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2010, Rockstar & his groupie.

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2011, Hermione & Draco.

 

 

Jeremy and I joined in the Harry Potter madness and Professor Snape and Moaning Myrtle!

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2011, Professor Snape & Moaning Myrtle.

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2012, Angel-Girl and Ghostface.

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2013, Zombie cheerleader & FB player.

 

 

 

And Jeremy took home the trophy for Best Costume for his Slash portrayal at our neighbor’s 80’s Costume Party!

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2013, Slash.

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2014, Anna, Morph Man & our hotdog!

When the kids were 5 and 3, the Great Pumpkin started to visit on Trick or Treat night. In exchange for their candy they would receive a bag full of Halloween goodies. Before this, their candy just disappeared without them noticing. Now, before you get upset, know that they can keep 20 pieces. 20 pieces just about fills a quart-size baggie. They have never once questioned this and are always excited to spread out their treats and carefully pick their 20 faves. And to be honest neither one of them has ever eaten all 20 pieces….it usually goes in the trash around Easter! Before doing this we weigh their bags. This year Nat’s weighed three pounds (she lasted an hour in the rain) and Noah’s was four pounds for 1.5 hours of begging. Not too shabby! Sometimes we send the candy to work with Jeremy, sometimes we mail it to our amazing troops serving overseas and one year we sold it back to a dentist! This year most of it went to Idaho with Gramma Dortmund to share with Grandpa!

Here’s a look at the first time the Great Pumpkin visited:

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Looks like he brought a Princess book and Chapstick! Seriously look at my babies….where has the time gone! I would love to squeeze those cheeks again.

Here they are excited to open their Great Pumpkin gifts this year. I must say I scored big points for these bags….when opened they sing Ghostbusters! SCORE!

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Over the years the Great Pumpkin has brought iTunes cards, books, jewelry, movie gift card, gum, stuffed animal, DVD, hair bows….easy stuff, but stuff they will like and use. I (I mean the Great Pumpkin) usually spends less than $20.

I hope your treats were yummy and your tricks were sneaky!

Live Creatively,

mamaSig

 

 

 

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