I want to share with you all how Joshua & I decorated our apartment door and porch for Halloween! I’ve been meaning to post this for a couple of weeks since we totally decorated the last week of September. I’m sure our neighbors couldn’t tell we were excited for Halloween at all. What can I say, I love October and getting into the holiday mood, and Michael’s had decorations 50% off, lol.
We bought a glass lantern with a fun skull design, a little plaque that says “Come in and sit for a brew,” and an ornamental stack of books that totally gave me a Harry Potter vibe with “Curses,” “Spells,” and “Potions.” Actually, all of the props felt like Harry Potter inspired to me and that was definitely intentional. 😉 #Potterhead We’re nerds, and I feel like Harry Potter-anything is always acceptable. In fact, I just made Pumpkin Juice last night using this recipe and it was beyond tasty! I was pleasantly surprised because “pumpkin juice” doesn’t necessarily sound appetizing. I figured, though, it had to be since the characters were always drinking it!
We also picked up three pumpkins on sale and wrapped fairy lights around the middle one.
Halloween was only something my parents let us celebrate for a couple of years. When I was about seven or eight, they decided to no longer do anything with Halloween, and they would even turn the lights out to avoid anyone coming to the door. They didn’t want to celebrate Halloween because it was such a “dark” holiday, yet we always spent Halloween in the dark to avoid it. #Ironic
Anyway, my husband and I both enjoy Halloween. It’s fun and I get super excited once October 1st hits. Time to enjoy the creepy things, the freaky things, dress up and for once in the year not take things so seriously. 2015 was my first time watching The Nightmare Before Christmas & The Corpse Bride, can you believe it? Also, Halloween is like the epitome of “let’s celebrate everything Harry Potter,” which I’m always down for! We also ordered from Amazon a Harry Potter sign for our door and it’s perfect. We love it so much, we are considering keeping it up all year after the holidays.
Since we started dating in 2015, our tradition has been to watch “The Corpse Bride” on Halloween night. This year, we seriously considered handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, but then we realized we have class that night, which doesn’t get out until 9:15 PM. We will just celebrate around class with watching The Corpse Bride as soon as my hubby gets home from work (early mornings means early evenings, yay!), with glasses of chilled Butterbeer in hand. (Totally making this recipe. I’ve never made it before so I don’t know what to expect. Have any of you made it??) We don’t have costumes for class unfortunately (#thebudgetlife), but it will be fun if anyone else dresses up.
Of course we had to get the $1 decoration tape for “Keep Out, Haunted House” and “Zombie Zone.” It doesn’t go with the Harry Potter theme, but I like it regardless. We wrapped it around our door as you can see in the above picture, and also across our window. This picture was hard to get because we have trees in front of our apartment and in one way or another, there’s always shadows.
In case you can’t tell with the shadows, we hung a broom on the window trim. I think it was initially intended for a witch, but it also goes with our Harry Potter theme. I wrote “Firebolt” in gold Sharpie and drew the Deathly Hallows symbol on the handle to give it a little something extra.
All in all, we are really happy with how our decorations turned out! Our apartment complex is having a decoration contest, so it’s been a lot of fun walking around and looking at what people have put up. I don’t think we’ll win any prizes, but it has still been fun to decorate!
What are you doing for Halloween? Going to any parties? Are you dressing up?
Have a spooktacular holiday! 😉