Pumpkins, Goblins, and Ghouls: More Scary Decor

Oct 29, 2008 by

Although tricksters and treaters are right around the haunted corner, you still have time to make your home frightening! Here are a few ideas from my home to yours, and tomorrow, I look forward to sharing ideas on how to carve your pumpkin (and keep it fresh for several days) — without using a knife!

Stacking together your collection of pumpkins on the mantle creates an easy yet dramatic Halloween ambiance.  Better yet, once the goblins have fled, you can make a few adjustments to make the mantle perfect for Thanksgiving.  Apothecary jars hold pumpkins (and persimmons, which look like baby pumpkins), while the chalkboard painted old books hung on ribbon make an inspired reappearance (from the first installment of Repurposed Tricks & Treats) for a shifting swag.

Who says all pumpkins have to be scary?  This pumpkin couple is ready to travel in style for Hallow’s Eve!  A vintage tweed hat for the man and a fur collar for the lady (borrowed from a vintage sweater) make Mr. and Mrs. Pumpkin the most fashionable couple on the block!

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  1. Oooh! Finally a use for the apothecary jars left over from the candy buffet from my wedding! That mantle display is absolutely fabulous, Grace! And how’d you come up with such a brilliant idea as using books as a swag? I bow down to your upcycling supremacy :)

  2. Jon

    Really, really cool! The his/her pumpkins ready for a night on the town is the perfect blend of cool and class. You are so creative. Happy Halloween!!

  3. It’s good to not cut them up- you can save them for decorations for Thanksgiving :) The top photo is so cheery!

  4. that mantle display is perfect-what a brilliant way to decorate for the holiday and fall season! hope you’re having a fantastic week!

  5. Grace,

    What a sexy couple! I have a stack of old suitcases that I should do up like this for the scary day!

    Your mantle is the BEST! Love, love the lopsided, stacked pumpkins and especially the one on its side.

    You rock! Ciao amica,


  6. Love the glowing effect of the lettering in this photograph. great job!

  7. Ok, I’m officially in awe. How do you do this?? I love the chalkboard painted books and the travelling pumpkin couple is cracking me up!!

  8. I found your blog via your flickr comment and wow! Im totally taken by your blog with its amazingly beautiful photos and wonderful ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Grace

    Thank you so much for your warm words! My husband is sad that I took down the mantle post-Halloween, but at least it is captured in photos and your nice comments!

  10. I was just talking with my coworker about this last week at lunch . Don’t know how we landed on the subject really, they brought it up. I do remember having a wonderful chicken salad with cranberries on it. I digress…

  11. Thanks again for the blog. Awesome.

  12. I love seeing this piece getting great attention right now in the blogosphere,

  13. ! Im totally taken by your blog with its amazingly beautiful photos and wonderful ideas.

  14. very nice blog.

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