Reposted: Halloween Decorating

This is a repost from last year, but I loved our framed pictures so much, I’m posting it again in case you can use the idea!

Happy Halloween Decorating!


Spooky portraits: so fun to make with the kids.

How we made them: On one particularly sick day, we laid around the house making spooky faces in the camera. The kids sat with me at the computer while I made them ready for printing. I had originally thought of framing them in these frames from IKEA, but since we were all too sick to get out, I drew a frame into photoshop inspired from the IKEA one I love, inserted the photos, and printed the whole thing out! Voila. Instant framed decor for Halloween!

**Other ideas if you don’t have a printer:

  1. Purchase some mix and match frames from a local thrift store and paint them black
  2. Swap out some already hung frames on your wall, and fill them with spooky faced for just this month
  3. Trace out a simple frame on poster paper and have your children help you paint it black


And since we had more than enough spooky photos of the kids, I printed out the extras, and we had fun coloring in spooky embellishments in marker and crayon…like pirate eye patches, cat ears and sharp teeth. It’s like dress ups without the mess on the floor!


Halloween floral arrangement: Hardly floral! We spray painted some dead branches from outside, adorned with glittered butterflies and black crows (which I did purchase earlier in the month). The spray paint was a hit…and even though the kids just watched me, they wanted to turn everything in the house black after watching the transformation. Good thing we ran out of spray paint!


Bats in the doorway: Oh these took minutes…and cost near to nothing..but they really look great as they hang in our entry way. Something about the silhouette factor. These were made with construction paper and string we had on hand.

If you have any fun links of kid-friendly Halloween fun, do share!

Happy Spooking!

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  • Julie

    Great ideas! I love the spooky portraits.

  • Christine

    those bats are adorable! what a great (cheap!) idea.

  • Laura

    WOW!!!!!!!!!! So I haven’t been checking blogs for a few months and all I can say is WOW!!!! you have been doing so much and have had such exciting news!!!!! You really are amazing with all that you have accomplished in the past 3 years (let alone 31 years :))!!! Now you will have a fabric AND book next year??!!! All the hard work you have done will be paying off again and again and I couldn’t think of someone that desearves it more!!!! I am so excited for you, so happy for you, so amazed with all that you have done!! Congratulations!! I can’t wait to hear more (and see more) as you write your story (and by the way you are looking ABSOLUTELY beautiful!!!) xoxoxo

  • Janet Thaeler

    The framed pictures are great (you are ambitious!). I love Halloween the most because it’s so theatrical. I always get Martha Stewart’s Halloween issue (and web site).

    There’s new Halloween music called Count Crow Spooktacular. It’s updated classic and it’s fun – not really scary. It makes me want to have a Halloween dressup party for my son’s birthday party with a cake walk. But my son says no :(

    Count Crow is giving 10% of sales to help kids with cancer. See or listen at disclosure: I’m working on part of their PR campaign (but I’m glad I found out about it, because it’s really good).


  • kaylovesvintage

    we love Halloween..
    nice little blog you got

  • lori

    Love this idea, thanks for sharing! I’d love to make these. Which version of Photoshop do you have? thanks!

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