I originally wrote a post for Memory Monday (yesterday) all about decorating for Halloween. Apparently, the blog didn’t like it and gobbled it up for good. I’ve never completely lost a post that was actually posted to typepad. Very strange.
But I’m moving on and I’ll just share what we did to our porch over the weekend. It’s modest, but there is a story behind it.
I used to try and decorate the door of our apartments and our first home for the holidays. It was pretty simple, just a wreath or a door hanging. Most were bought at the grocery store. We really had no room in our budget for seasonal décor but I still tried to make it fun for our young family.
Somehow as the years have passed, I have lost my motivation to do any sort of holiday decorating except at Christmas – and that’s only because my daughter is JUST like Buddy the Elf (from the movie ELF) and LOVES Christmas! My son and hubby really don’t care much about all of that stuff. In fact, a lot of holiday decorations bother my son (autism). So I’ve just let it go. I got rid of a lot of my old decorations when we moved because they had seen better days. I decided that I didn’t want to have to store all those “things” all year long.
But my poor daughter has really missed it. She just wanted something on our porch to represent Halloween. It doesn’t help that I live right in between two families that go ALL OUT for Halloween. I’m not exaggerating – they could be featured in a Martha Stewart magazine, it’s that good. Every time we have pulled up to our house for the last few weeks, my daughter has let out a little sigh. I overheard her telling people that she wished we could at least have a pumpkin on our porch. (In my defense, we usually do go to the pumpkin patch at this time each year so we do have pumpkins.) Anyway, my hubby even noticed her longing and encouraged me to take her shopping for some decorations. I followed his advice and Riley and I went to Target over the weekend. Note to self – Target has very few decorations left the week before a holiday.
So it isn’t fancy, but she was thrilled. We had so much fun working on the porch together. We kept the decorations friendly and fun so that they wouldn’t bother Alex. In fact, he quite likes them. He told Riley that they were “amazing!”
strands of pumpkin lights with Halloween tinsel garland
fake light up pumpkins that actually look pretty neat in the dark
So do the pumpkin lights. We also hung up some mini glow-in-the-dark bats but I didn’t take a picture of them up close.
It is sweet to see how much joy a few little decorations brought my daughter. Totally worth it.
It’s fun to be festive!
Now to figure out what to do for November. Thanksgiving decorations aren’t quite as fun. lol!