Halloween Inspiration

October is my favorite month of the year. I just love the brisk cool of fall, how the shadows get deeper and the sunlight and the leaves turn gold. The spooky sound of a blustery breeze blowing through corn stalks thrills me. I love October so much that I’ve become excessively poetic; in only three sentences.

Lion's Tail (also known as Wild Dagga) grown in Spy Garden in 2012; a perfect plant for October!

Lion’s Tail (also known as Wild Dagga) grown in Spy Garden in 2012; a perfect plant for October!

October in Missouri is chock-full of possibilities for fall fun…Pickle some yard-long beans to look like spooky, pickled snakes (or worms)? Or hunt for paw paws and then see what they taste like (Iโ€™ve heard a cross between a banana and a mango)? Baby’s school served homemade paw-paw ice cream last week (I missed out on a taste)! I found a paw-paw tree near Wildhorse Creek but haven’t gotten the chance to actually harvest any; maybe next year?! We could prepare something with the pounds (and pounds!) of persimmons falling from trees in our yard? Hunt for edible mushrooms? Visit Owls and Orchids at the Butterfly House or Spirits in the Garden Friday nights at the Missouri Botanical Garden? Apple picking at Eckerts? Celebrate the 100th year of Rombach’s Farm? Cheering on the Cards in the playoffs (WOOooo!!!) is a no-brainer!….How about visit to Hermann’s Oktoberfest? A haunted tour of Lemp Mansion? A walk down zombie road? Or how about…

Get some xrays?

Get some xrays?

Personalized...

Personalized…

Decor!

Decor!

The xrays weren’t exactly in the name of October fun; Spy Sister got in a car wreck a few weeks ago and broke her nose! OWWWww!! Not to worry, she is fine.

See? Here's Spy Sister taking selfies in the ER. HAhhHAHahhaha

See? Here’s Spy Sister taking selfies in the ER. HAhhHAHahhaha

You might think that I like Halloween so much, surely the kids would need new costumes every year? Not so! I love the tradition of using our homemade Halloween costumes more than once. How many uses can we get out of the pumpkin?

A little Spy

A little Spy

The pumpkin is just some orange fabric circles with an old towel sewed in between the layers (toastier and sturdier!) and then black fabric sewed on for the face.

Baby wearing the pumpkin costume (with modifications of eyelashes and bow!) and hand-sewn leaf-barettes

Baby wearing the pumpkin costume (with modifications of eyelashes and bow!) and hand-sewn leaf-barettes

Baby will likely wear this pumpkin one last time this year. And maybe next year she will fit in to…

This anatomically correct skeleton costume!

This anatomically correct skeleton costume!

The skeleton? When it is too small to be worn, I think I will hang it up and use it as decoration! I painted it on a pair of black sweats; using acrylic paint and outlining each bone with white puffy paint. The back is also painted. I used illustrations from an anatomy and physiology textbook as a guide.

For the Spy this year (and the past several years), he opts for my husband’s old Marine Corps gear…

The Spy's go-to costume

The Spy’s go-to costume

I am a big fan of…

Skulls for decor.

Skulls for decor.

Apparently so was Cezanne (source of image)...

Apparently so was Cezanne (source of image)

And Picasso! (source of image)

And Picasso! (source of image)

As an art history major (in 2005) I actually wrote a 30, yes THIRTY, page paper on the Picasso painting above. I donโ€™t recall a single point I made in the paper but apparently the still life has been engraved in my mind, as I always recreate a version of it in my Halloween decor! So just remember, you need a skull in case you need to jazz up your still life!

Skull Decor

Skull Decor

I also love making eyeballs out of radishes and green olives…

Comme...

Comme…

ca!

ca!

Eyeballtini

Eyeballtini

These radish eyes are also great to add to veggie trays!

We have almost always followed the rule of; thou shalt only wear homemade Halloween costumes.

Except this one year when the Spy was the swamp-thing

Except this one year when the Spy was the swamp-thing

But two-month old Baby made up for it with this hand-sewn cupcake costume by www.crissypenuel.com

But two-month old Baby made up for it with this hand-sewn cupcake costume by http://www.crissypenuel.com

It's also fun to just have random costume dress-up things hanging around in October

It’s also fun to just have random costume dress-up things hanging around in October

Hope you are inspired to share some of your favorite October/Halloween tricks and treats!

Hope you are inspired to share some of your favorite October/Halloween tricks and treats!

4 thoughts on “Halloween Inspiration

  1. narf77

    Although we don’t participate in Halloween much here in Australia (too far flung methinks) we love peeking in at the rest of you hurling yourself into preparations and doing all the work. Wouldn’t mind sitting back with one of those eyeballtini’s to be honest ;)

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