I’m all about the Halloween group costume. Last year we did Peanuts and this year I nerded it up big time! Let’s just say when you’re a nerd and your son is named Wesley, this costume is practically mandatory.
And for the non-nerds out there, no, we’re not the family from the Incredibles. We’re not anyone from Star Wars.* Nope, this costume is straight-up Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Matt makes a pretty awesome Picard, Wesley’s the cutest little Crusher on the planet (#momBias), and I’m supposed to be Beverly Crusher, I just don’t have the hair for it.
Let’s take a closer look at Wesley’s iconic ugly sweater, shall we?
If you really want to be technical, the bottom stripe is supposed to be more tealy-blue, but I DIYed this puppy on the cheap so my options were limited.
I think my son only smiles when he has a stick (then bawls when I don’t let him bring sticks into the house).
Our daycare’s Halloween Party was today, and apparently once his teacher said “Wesley Crusher from Star Trek” there was even some recognition (so I think they would have gotten it if they had seen us all together). We went to Halloween/Birthday party over the weekend and only 1 person there got it. #nerdProblems
*These were all actual guesses. I also had a co-worker ask what we were doing for Halloween. When I responded that I had a Star Trek family costume planned, she asked if Wesley was going to be the “bear thing.” My new tagline may be “May the force be so Number One.”
Have I ever mentioned Halloween is possibly my favorite holiday? I’m not into horror movies or haunted houses, but costumes + candy? Count me in!
Now that we have Welsey in our lives, we decided to rock the full family theme costume. Matt is a huge Charles Schultz fan (and St Paul happens to be his home town) so we went with a Peanuts theme.
Oh my god, it is so hard to get a good picture of everyone when there’s a baby involved….
One of the best things about this group of costumes is that it is super simple (and cheap!) to throw together. Plus, you can easily mix-and-match characters depending on kids and genders. We chose to go with Charlie Brown, Linus, and Lucy. Matt thought I should be Marcie (because glasses), but she’s less iconic* and would probably work much better if you had someone dressed as Peppermint Patty.
If I was a good blogger, I would have had our costumes done a month ago, and a DIY post up in early October, but I am nothing if not a procrastinator. Seriously, I’m just impressed I wasn’t still finishing them up on Halloween. I did take some pictures will working on them though, so I’ll have a DIY post up next year…. and hopefully a whole new set of last minute costumes shared on Halloween (we’re tentatively planning Star Trek for next year–Wesley Crusher, Beverly Crusher, and Picard).
*Even as Lucy I think only one person at the office knew who I was supposed to be. I even had a “Psychiatric Help 5[cents]” sign up at my cube. Keep in mind, St Paul has sculptures of the Peanuts characters EVERYWHERE. My boss thought I had just bought a new dress, because apparently wearing a bow on your ass is totally trending as everyday wear….
I cut zombie hands out of black poster board and taped them to the porch windows. Then I tacked up some “creepy cloth” I picked up from dollar store (I had another idea in mind for it at first so didn’t buy enough for the porch so it looks a little wussy… next year I’ll pick up a bunch of cheesecloth instead) and topped it with some Halloween lights I got on sale at Joann’s.
Poster board: 50 cents
I didn’t do much in the entryway. I was sooo tempted to try the floating candle ceiling, but I opted for sanity this year. Instead I found that awesome skull candle holder on clearance at Michaels since it was “broken.” I added an LED tealight (love these instead of open flames).
Skull candle holder: $3.50
I put more effort in the bar because booze. I topped it with a leaf garland (Micheals) and a battery powered string of wire globe lights (Target). For a festive Halloween flair I painted laser cut craft wood pieces from Michaels and hung them from the top shelf.
Leaf garland: $3
Halloween cutouts: $1.50
And of course, the food spread. It’s lacking in food in the picture because the cats would go after anything unguarded so we had to wait until the very last second to put anything out. Schmutz still managed to make off with a tortilla chip and Spencer pilfered a turkey-cheese pinwheel that some of our guests brought. The tablecloth I picked up wasn’t labeled and ended up being round instead of rectangular. Oops. The pumpkin bucket was from target and cage-like candle holders were more Michaels clearance (they’ve got all their fall stuff at 70% BEFORE Halloween).
The bookcases flanking the table got a general fall treatment that will get left up through Thanksgiving. The gourds were from Target and moss vase filler were all from the dollar store. The garlands were more Michaels clearance. I already the vases and branches.
Cage candle holders: $6
Pumpkin bucket: $3
Leaf garlands: $6
Glass candle holders: $4
Craft moss: $1
That’s it. The entire house got a festive air for right around $50 and the majority of the decor is reusable for next year.
Isn’t Pinterest fantastic? And doesn’t it make you feel completely inferior? Yeah… Not everyone has endless time on their hands for crafting and that’s ok. I’ve compiled a list of (mostly) simple projects you can use to decorate your home for Halloween and fall without losing your mind. Pick a couple depending your crafting ambition and you’ll still probably be more decked out than your neighbors. While a few of these are more involved, most can be accomplished with scissors, glue, and paint.
Decorate with Silhouettes
You can cut out a bunch while binge-watching Netflix. Win, right?
Rock Your Entry
Have some big branches from yard cleanup? Hang on to them, add some fake ravens and voila! If you don’t have branches this scale you could wedge smaller ones in planters to give them a little more height (and distract from the plants that are dying off with the frost)
Don’t have any planters? You can make some with cheap jack-o-lantern pails and stone effect spray paint (or go wild with any color you want, but I like the muted and vaguely creepy look for Halloween myself)
So yeah, I linked to another round-up, but there are tons of options for Halloween/Fall door wreaths.
Ok, so these are for decorative jars, but the effect would be pretty cool for on candle holders too, right?
Or use a small pumpkin for a candle holder and drill that puppy.
Have a little extra time (and are a Harry Potter fan)? You can DIY a floating candle ceiling! More work than some glue and a coat of paint, but spectacular! You can also nix the night sky and keep the backdrop solid black.
Dollar store skeleton + dish + candle holder + paint = awesomely creepy dish. You can use it for party treats or candles, either way it make a big statement on your table.
Ok, these are also a little more work but how cool are they??? One or two would still make a big impact if you don’t have time for a whole cluster and most of the supplies can be found easily on the cheap.
Spooky village anyone? They found the Christmas village pieces at the dollar store and then just painted them black.
Think a Little More Fall
Halloween Decorations are all fine and good, but want if you want to feel fall festive for more than a couple weeks? I try and use mostly things that are generally seasonal rather than holiday-specific (and then bring in a few holiday-specific items as needed). For fall these barely need tutorials–a cluster of gourds and mini pumpkins, sprays of branches and (fake) fall leaves, groups of cozy candles. But if you’re ambitious you can step it up a bit too.
Add a little bling with a garland of fake leaves and glitter paint.
Stack pumpkins or gourds in vases for more sophistication. So Simple there’s not even a tutorial needed.
Toss some corn (beans, split peas, etc) into the base of your candle holders for some added color and texture.