Happy Halloween to all! The eve of All Saints’ Day has finally arrived and I am just tickled. I don’t know if it is just me, but there is something about Halloween that just puts me in the best mood. There is an aura around. It’s the ambiance, the whole vibe of the thing. It is almost intoxicating. Almost. That’s what the Pumpkin Spice Punch is for. (Check it out below). But, in truth, I adore this time of year and all the things that come along with it. I might be the only semi-adult out there that still enjoys, with great pleasure, watching “Hocus Pocus” and “Halloweentown.” Both true classics. Even so, I am at that in-between age now. That age where I am quite obviously way too old to go Trick-or-Treating, but I do not have kids to take Trick-or-Treating yet. Oh, and there’s something about wearing a costume (that I most likely slaved over and poured every ounce of my creativity into) to a night club with a bunch of girls dressed up as some kind of sexy animal, that just does not appeal to me. Though I have tried, a few times. So for now, we stay in and have some of our lovely friends over. Because Lord knows I did not work this hard to make my home look ready for Fall, not to show it off to someone!
I love the idea of a dark and gothic theme for Halloween decor. Think “The Addams Family.” It is eccentric and it’s a fun change-up from your typical smiling jack-o-lanterns. Take a peek at some of the things that got me inspired for “Halloween-at-home” this year.
Terrariums are very “in” right now, so it might be something you already have on-hand. If so, fill the inside with some spooky knick-knacks and you are good to go. Place on an entry-way table or even as a center piece on your table-scape. The best part is, once Halloween is over, you can fill it with moss and acorns for Thanksgiving or evergreens and baubles for Christmas.
A pumpkin with a simple makeover. You can go with a matte spray paint or acrylic craft paint. Gloomy but elegant.
Candied apples: the quintessential Halloween snack! And displayed in a fabulously elegant manner.
I love the non-traditional, “Addams Family,” interpretation of Halloween Camille Styles used for her lovely table scape.
Now, how about that Pumpkin Spice Punch I promised?
Courtesy of HGTV! Thanks y’all!
2 honeycrisp apples
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar, or more to taste
1 cup bourbon
3 cups apple cider
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 bottles pinot grigio, chilled
Thinly slice apples, pears and oranges lengthwise, then place in a large bowl. Coat with lemon juice to prevent browning. Add honey, brown sugar, bourbon, apple cider and pumpkin pie spice, stirring gently to combine. Cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours, or overnight. Top with chilled pinot grigio and serve.
I hope y’all have a hauntingly happy Halloween!