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Halloween Fun

'When witches go riding & black cats are seen...
the moon laughs and whispers... 'tis near Halloween!'

My daughter has been planning a mini soiree with a couple of her friends
 but with so many bugs going around- and my girl herself not feeling so hot~ 
 it didn't look like it would happen. 
But at the last minute
 (literally yesterday in the morning)
she decided to just have a couple of her girlfriends over last night for a little fun.

So we carved the pumpkins
lit the candles,
and put Halloween party radio on Pandora
 while we got the house decorated for a couple hours of
creepiness, scary movies and fun.

I don't decorate the whole house for Halloween.
I'm more of a front porch and living room Halloween decorating girl. 
The rest of the house stays Fallish for a couple more days... 
until I start bringing out the Christmas decorations.

But this year, I have the outside sitting area with the fireplace decorated as well.
I love all those pumpkins I found at Lowes~ especially the little mini's.

We carved the two end pumpkins and put them back in place on the mantel

 while a third found a spot inside the fireplace.

While at Lowes, I also picked up a can of chalkboard paint and used it to create a chalkboard with a chunky gold frame I already had and a piece of wood.

A few coat of chalkboard paint and it was ready for a ghoulish message.

With silhouette cut-out bats and owls from the $ Tree~
and inspiration from Martha~  we put a swarm of bats on the wall

and created spooky artwork with a couple of owls and thrift store frames.
My daughter absolutely loves these little creepy silhouettes
and covered her room with them as well. 

A super quick and super quickly thrown together party~
 but lots of fun for the girls.

It looks like the rain will stay away on Halloween so we will be heading out for a little trick or treating~ 
which means wandering around chatting with my friend Lydia while 
our girls giggle their way from house to house.
Lydia's husband Matt always goes with us~  he is one of those guys that makes a detailed plan
on just where and how and what route we go trick or treating.
 I think we must walk 5 or 6 miles on Halloween each year and our town is hilly~ 
so it's actually a great workout but  I have learned that
I better wear comfortable walking shoes or my feet are paying about halfway through.

I was compensated for this post as a member of the
 Lowes Creative Ideas Network of Creators and Influencers  but the designs and opinions are my own.


  1. It all looks spooktacular! I'm sure the girls had a blast.Warm Blessings!~Amy

  2. Your Halloween spots are AWESOME! So festive and fun and well done.

  3. I love the idea of the lit pumpkin and candles in the's such a beautiful fireplace:)
    Looks like you made the evening memorable..
    I am painting my nails green for my daughter's dinner as I type:)

  4. Looks great Courtney! Yes there is a bug going around and my girl got it as well.She is having a pajama day here at home.Hoping she will feel better tomorrow and for Halloween!It is supposed to be very cold and we are expecting rain or snow!

  5. That is so great, Courtney. I bet the girls had a really good time..Happy Sunday..Judy

  6. Hi Courtney, I always enjoy reading your posts and Your photos are always so inspirational.

    Pearl 13.1

  7. So cute, Courtney! I'm sure the girls had a blast!

  8. Love it all, but especially the bats up the wall and the Halloween poem in the frame!
    ♥ Jil

  9. Loving all your Halloween decor Courtney, especially your wonderful outdoor fireplace:-)


  10. So pretty and cute. I love your post.


  11. Courtney you are one of my favorite blogs that I follow and this post is a good example why!!


  12. The vignette is reminiscent of a haunted mansion! The candlelight is the perfect touch!



  13. It is a great message. We are thrilled.
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  14. Courtney, I love the owl picture and the chalkboard. What great ideas!

  15. Ok Now there is one more thing to add to my I Want This List. I love your stone outside fireplace. It looks just perfect. Thanks for sharing Kathy