October 21, 2012

Halloween: Decorating Gone Wild

I love decorating my house for the fall.  As seen in the following photo, I went all out this year…NOT!

What happened was that I had joined several linky parties in early October, including THE POLOHOUSE FAVORITES ON THE FIRST: FALL DECOR.  

I decided that my fall decor would include the pumpkin topiaries, which I copied from a Southern Living magazine article on fall decorating.  See my post HERE.  

After publishing my post, I received several very nice, polite compliments about my topiaries.  But I think everyone just felt sorry for me, because the more I examined them, the more ridiculous I felt they looked.  

So about a week later, I redid my front:

I ditched the orange wreath and pumpkin topiaries and added a new white pumpkin wreath along with some zinnias on either side of the front door.  I also planted some yellow mums and added lots of pumpkins, squash and other fall foliage.  I'm much happier with it now:

When my children were little, we had ghosts, spiders, skeletons, cobwebs…you name it, we had it.  But a fall theme is much easier than Halloween, so I've gotten lazy.  No ghosts or goblins at this house.

HOWEVER…… Let me share with you a house in Dallas that goes ALL OUT for Halloween.  You won't believe it!

This house was built in University Park (a small township within the borders of Dallas) back in the 1940s.   Valued at almost $16,000,000 on the tax rolls, it's one of the most expensive houses in Dallas.  But I digress.

Below is one of the gates that leads to the property.  The whole place is gated to keep out the riffraff (like me).  Fortunately I can slip my camera through the fence and take fairly good photos.  Love the huge cobwebs and spiders:

I saw the workers as they were building the straw house below.  Unbelievable!

Is that the Cat in the Hat?

They even added Spanish moss to the trees.  (It doesn't grow naturally in Dallas!)

Ghosts everywhere!

Gotta have a graveyard...

Happy Halloween!


  1. They certainly did go all out! I'm not into scary things myself.
    Your fall porch decor looks great, but I liked your pumpkin topiaries. Love the idea of the mini white pumpkins on the wreath.

  2. Wonderful halloween decorations! Great work!

  3. Love your Fall decor. I too love Halloween decor.

  4. Wow, they did go all out! I forgot to post and link-up to Favorites on the First, darn it! It has been too busy around here.

    I like your porch and wreath! :D

  5. Actually, I liked your first look, but then the second is really cute..just a bit more casual in arrangement and colors. Gosh, the house with the Halloween decorations is great. Either they must be doing a charity event, or else have a slew of grand kids. This is the first year I've decorated for Halloween in a long time..foyer and kitchen, and I'm tired of it already. I'll leave the foyer, but will change the kitchen hutch this week. If the grands lived near here it would be more fun.
    Happy Fall,

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