Monday, October 29, 2018


This set of skeletal taper candles is now 50% off at World Market. The taper candles were one of the few things I added to my collection this year.

Michaels and JoAnn now have Halloween at 70% off. Good deals on last minute shopping. Carved my great pumpkin contribution last night. Placing it tonight.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Yard Display in Portland

Yesterday we took a public tour of this mausoleum in Portland, Oregon. Not all of the mausoleum is open to the public so it was a real treat to see sections of it dating back to its opening in 1901.

Across the street was this yard display.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Around the house

The sunny fall days will change over to rain next week. I wanted to get a pic of the scarecrow with the leaves changing. He still needs lighting.

The final squash count! A little preview with a section of the mantel revealed.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Dollar Tree Solar Lights

Discovered these cute solar lights at Dollar Tree. They will hold a charge for a little over 24 hours. Nice warm orange glow.

Removed from the stake the lights fit in a candlestick holder. The serpent candlesticks are from the 2017 Target collection.

Experimenting with the lights in the corn stalks. The lights need to be charged only the solar panels are hidden on the back. Using clips might be the solution for easy removal. Charge during the day and replace at night.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Witch House 2018

Our favorite local yard display. Next week I will try to get night photos with all the lighting. More photos in the 2018 Halloween Album on Flickr.

Monday, October 15, 2018

The Pumpkin Patch

Gorgeous fall day at the pumpkin patch yesterday. Vince Woods Farm is still my favorite family run patch. This was the first time we had been on a weekend. It was crazy busy. Picked out 2 good size carving pumpkins for home and 2 smaller pumpkins for The Great Pumpkin Project. Bought cornstalks and gourds to go with the old hay bail. The porch decorating is still a work in progress. Next project is hanging lanterns.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Halloween Sales

Christmas is taking over the seasonal departments at most stores. Michaels Halloween is already 50% off with not much left on the shelves at my store. The Martha Stewart pieces I had hoped to buy were all sold out. There were still a few of the hanging bug ornaments. World Market is at 50% off on the Bug vases that would pair well with the ornaments. Picked up this wall hanging on sale at my local Fred Meyer store. It was only $7.

Fred Meyer this year had corn and millet growing in big tubs. Nice concept if you want a living display on your porch for the season.

We were traveling last week in California. Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween party at Disneyland and Halloween Horror Nights at Universal studios. Mr. Old Fashion Halloween is teaching the History of Haunted Attractions class again this fall. We had to do some field research.

Last Friday we were at Paramount Studios for the VIP day tour with a break for dinner. We came back for the after dark tour that takes place on the back lot and in Hollywood forever cemetery. I do highly recommend the after dark tour if you can still get tickets. A lot of walking quickly in the 2.5 hours! More on the adventures later.

Plans and Radio Show

Taking photos of the faux pumpkins that haven't been carved. Picking them up at post Halloween sales, Goodwill, and garage sales. Ge...