Friday, October 30, 2015

Last-Minute Halloween Ideas

Hello, friends!  Thank you so much for stopping in!  I know this is down to the wire, but because Halloween is tomorrow, I thought might be fun to share a few last-minute ideas I am implementing for the evening's festivities.

Spookiness in the Parsimonious Kitchen

When decorating, you can never go wrong with a festive or seasonal vignette!  I have taken away my boxwoods and flowers and created a little Halloween Ghost town right on the kitchen countertop.  Here is my process:

I began by setting this spooky cloth from The Dollar Tree.

A grand yet dilapidated little castle is set as the main feature.  I can't believe I found this at a local GoodWill for less than $10!!

Closer look.

Smaller structures of a mortuary,

witches' shoppe,

a spooky ghost station,

and a smaller castle

are added to complete the scene of the town.  All from The Dollar Tree.

I love that the castle is animated, and that it lights up!  Not bad for GoodWill!  In the following video clip, I have the lights dimmed and the clip also shows the lights and animated ghost (you may have to view on a pc):

Skeletal friends sit and chat

while lit pumpkins look on.

Here, I've opted to add a few spiders here and there

and over the tops of the buildings.

Another option is to drape the structure with cloth and place the spiders over it.


A Gothic cake plate full of macabre munchies has been added.

There are marshmallow brains,

spooky skulls,

and creepy spider candies.

To see my recipe to create these creepy eats, you may visit the post on my blog Parsimonious Pabulum here.

My Halloween treat jar will hold anything that is leftover (though with my brood and my terrible sweet-tooth, I doubt it, ha!).


A recent find from HomeGoods is this enormous skull bowl....I will likely use it to pass out candies

from here in the foyer.

Pretty cool!  It's very heavy and large and it only cost me $20!  Not bad.

Do you have any last-minute preparations in mind?  Are you planning next year's spooktacular?  When I took my kiddos out to buy their costumes, our final destination was Party City...and let's just say it was a madhouse.  That, I guess, is to be expected.  I did, however, see something that I thought was so unnerving that I have never seen!  Perched just above the fitting room was this 7-foot gargoyle.  The eyes glow, it growls, the wings move, it blows smoke and emits the evilest music.  I have never seen anything like it!  Yipes!

You can see an example of it in action in the following clip:

I can't decide if I like it for next year or if it's just toooo creepily evil!  What do you think? 

Here's wishing everyone a very happy and safe Halloween! 

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  1. OK that gargoyle is just too creepy evil. YUCK. It gave me the willies. I liked your town... until you added the spiders (smile) - spiders are just gah!!! We don't celebrate the holiday anymore since Alpha Son is out of the house and we live too far out for treaters. *Sigh* - no excuse to buy candy. Wah! You always do such a great job giving me ideas!!

    1. It definitely freaked me out when I was in the store, I've never seen anything like it! Really creepy! I completely agree about spiders, I can only tolerate the fake variety, real ones scare me to death! Thanks for popping in!

  2. Oh that haunted town is awesome with all those ugly creepy crawlers, hihihhhiiiii! I love Halloween stuff and you got some terrific ones, I love it all!!!
    That electric Gargoyle gave the creeps, but fun ones, though, lol..
    Have a great week sweetie.

  3. LOVE your Halloween town!! I adore villages!! I have one for almost every Holiday!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by!!


  4. This is very creepy! Well done! Hope you had a fun holiday.

  5. So fun! I love a touch of spookiness and the kids love it too. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  6. Such a great collection of decorations! I love the little castle.I'm sure everyone enjoyed coming to your home with all of your "trick or treats"……………….
    Happy weekend

  7. Those are wonderful ugly creepy crawlers! Thanks for sharing these stuffs. Well done!

  8. How fun! Love to decorate for Halloween!