Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Day of the Bathroom

Sam got in the Halloween spirit this year 
and added a few new things to her bathroom.
After a trip to Kohl's last month we discovered
some really cool Dia de los Muertos 
bathroom accessories.
 Sam just loved the colors 
so we quickly ordered a set.
A colorful shower curtain decorated with
sugar skulls, cat heads, and pumpkins,
a festive sugar skull rug and 
matching hand towels,
and a nifty sugar skull soap pump.
Our store didn't have the 
Day of the Dead items in stock,
but if we ordered them in store,to be 
sent to our home, shipping was free!
You can't beat that!
A little later on we discovered Target 
also had a few cool Day of the Dead 
items of their own!
These precious little figurines
came dressed in a verity of colors. 
Sam felt they would fit perfectly
into her new theme,
along with this green routed out tin 
candle holder also from Target.
I put an LED candle with timer inside
 to light for four hours every night! 
It creates a spooky glow 
till you turn on the light!
The holder matches her 
green mercury glass pumpkin 
from a few years ago.

Kohl's also had other Day 
of the Dead non bathroom items 
that were pretty hard to resist!
Check out this sugar skull and 
cat LED flashing figure,

this sweet little pillow,
this cool "welcome" string banner,
this bright and shiny table cloth,
and these cute sugar skull bowls!

For now, it will be hard but,
we'll stick to just the bathroom.
But hey, who doesn't need a welcome
banner in their bathroom?
Thanks for stopping by
and happy haunting!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Headless Horseman Snow Globe

From HomeGoods...
to my home!
The Headless Horseman Snow Globe 
with LED lighted jack o' lantern.
It finally makes a frightfully awesome 
debut on the front room table.
After Pumpkin Rot featured the one he found 
on his blog HERE, I just had to have one too.
After a three year search with many dead ends,
we can now add "Snow Globe" to the 
Ozark list of larks in the collection.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Something Old, Something New, and Something Blue!

Now presenting the traditional
yearly photo of the Halloween hutch buffet,
featuring lots of "old" and 
a couple of "new" and even one thing blue.
It's the old blue haunted house cookie jar
we purchased from Dillard's in '02.
One of my first Halloween purchases 
when I started this bizarre collection. 
I had always displayed it on the
old computer cabinet in the past.
However with it gone, 
the jar needed a new home, I found a perfect spot 
on top of the hutch, precisely where the gingerbread 
house resides at Christmas time.
Over to the right we find something new,
 The Hallmark Dia De Los Muertos 
sugared cat head ornament.
What a happy smile and festive face!
It's always fun to incorporate a little more
Day of the Dead celebration into the mix.
Now for this year's piéce de résistance,
a gift from Sam for our anniversary,
and the prize of a frenzied Ebay bidding war.
The Dept 56 "Fearnology treat jar" by G. R. Ruesome 
with google eyes and laughing noise!
It has a high pitched laugh like a crazed lunatic 
when you lift the lid.
Inspired by the ancient art of Phrenology, the 
pseudoscience study of the structure of the skull to 
determine a person's character and mental capacity.  
The "Fearnology" Treat Jar is a fun new take 
on this zany old practice from the Dept 56
"Frankenstein's Lab" collection. 
The ceramic skull is divided into sections with
labels such as "Ghostly Reflective Faculties" 
and "Creepy and Ghoulish Sentiments".
Retired in 2007 and the ugliest thing ever, 
I've been wanting one for the past four years. 
And thanks to my loving wife, 
I can now add it to the rest of the Ozark
 Frankenstein and google eye collection!
Thanks for stopping by and happy haunting!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

New Goodies on the Halloween Pantry

This Halloween the dry goods pantry acquired a few
new additions and inherited a few old ones.
In the past I would decorate the old 
computer armoire with Halloween nick knacks
and a black cat runner.
But we gave it away this year 
in favor a much larger computer desk.
So I had to integrate its items into other
displays. One being the dry goods pantry...
I added in the Fiesta pumpkin candle holders
with skeleton tapers, the Fiesta black cat bowl, and 
the black cat and pumpkin runner.
It sort of has a "Blair Witch" feel with 
the skeleton candles acting like creepy 
sentinels guarding the witch's house.
Not sure I like that.
This wide shot shows the new plate Sam 
and I found at Hobby Lobby this year.
As well as this new country farm themed 
framed picture from Kirkland's called 

"Pumpkins for Sale" by Billy Jacobs.
It really gives the whole scene 
an eerie farm country vibe.
I moved last year's smaller country picture 
up behind the Fitz and Floyd 
"Halloween Harvest Dracula"  
Now it feels like he's out in the country too.

After some thought, I decided to lighten the 
mood of the pantry scene, so I switched the
skeleton candles to 
the dining table with the apothecary candy jars,
and the Dept 56 crows in party hats
and corn taper candles to the pantry.
It now has a much lighter, more whimsical, feel  
and the corn and crows still incorporate 
seamlessly into the farm theme.
Come on, they're crows in party hats! 
How fun is that!

Dracula got a friend to join him too...
the Fitz and Floyd "Halloween Harvest 
Cat and Pumpkin" S&P shakers.
I think they scale better next to Dracula, 
 they looked huge next to the house cookie jar.
So, what do you think?
Would you have kept the creepy, or do you like 
the whimsical Halloween scene?
Thanks for stopping by and
happy haunting!
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