Halloween Preparations At My House

I can’t say we are Halloween crazy over here, but with three kids I create a little bit of a Halloween atmosphere at our home (I use most of the same decorations year after year). Costumes have already been picked out – this year 1 Raccoon, 1 Hermione (Harry Potter) and 1 knight.

I snapped this picture of my oldest (Frida, 9) the other day when she was playing with the closest to a rat that we have here – our spoiled hamster!

The “kitshy” Halloween tree has been decorated. Still going strong after eight years, I believe. (All things are handmade by artisans).

I also brought out some of the stencil drawings I made last year, on old book pages, if you remember. I keep hanging them on the branches I decoupaged and that you have seen me use as a display for all kinds of  holidays. When it works it works!

A simple wreath on the front door. And a few decorations in the front. Nothing to write home about — but good enough.

 I am still looking for a good cookie/pastry recipe to stick to every year. Perhaps just simple stenciled cupcakes. (Michael’s sells stencils by Martha Stewart).

Here are some other inspirational Halloween decorations I have come across recently.

Paint some plastic animals in flat, black paint. Cut some pushpins and hot glue them on the animal faces. Use a marker to make some pupils on the eyes. I must say that I would jump every single time I passed these spooky creatures at my house! (Inspiration via Sweet Paul).

Spray paint some branches and decorate with black ravens. Simple and dramatic.

 Now I realize, for the first time (!), why I should bring home some old bird cages from the flea market!

And give the chandelier a spooky makeover! This I must try at some point.

Any fun Halloween traditions over at your home?

Warm hugs!

 Images: 1-8 via Splendid Willow, 9, Martha Stewart, 10 via Sweet Paul, 11-13 via Better Homes & Gardens.
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  • tinajo says:

    Haha – fun stuff! I had no clue there was Halloween trees! :-)

  • I’d say your decorations are definitely worth writing home about! I love that wreath especially…very chic and in the spirit of the season at the same time!

  • Greet says:

    Hello dearest Monika,
    First of all I love that picture of Frida!! So cute!! I love the name Frida! Scandinavian name isn’t it?
    Your decorations for Halloween are gorgeous! Well chosen! I didn’t know that there exist Halloween trees! Here in Belgium kids do celebrate Haloween but not as much as in the US i think!
    So happy Halloween to you and your family!!

  • Halloween is not really a big deal here in the UK but I have been so inspired by some of the pretty decorations I am seeing out in blogland. I really really love your wreath!

  • Charlotta says:


    Halloween is so much fun, but I feel as if I have to shake it into my locals. Have already organized a Halloween Disco at school and we are off to good friends in Stockholm to co-host a spooky party over the Halloween weekend.

    As for decorations this year I am thinking of spraying some bare branches black and decorate them with home made bits & bobs. We made ‘trolldeg’ (no idea in Engl) and will paint these and hang.
    The kids insist on skelletton outfits every year, with the exception of last year when Oscar wanted to be a zombie.. :)

    I love your decorations and agree that ‘if it aint broken..’. Looks great darling. x


  • Charlotta says:

    P.S. Glömde ju säga att Frida är jätte fin. Lika vacker som sin mamma!
    Till och med hamstern ser glad ut. Happy home!! xx

  • Your daughter is so pretty, looks like Halloween is in full swing in your beautiful home. It is so much fun and I must say I really miss when the kids were really young and got excited over making our house “scary” and buying decorations to celebrate the season. Now, all they care about is the bottom line…candy:)

  • Victoria Athens says:

    What incredibly charming and creative decorations…and Frida is beautiful.

  • Franki Parde says:

    Those photos were “Bootiful!” YIKES..did I really say that?!?

  • Sherry Hart says:

    So funny…..I can remember saving a photo of those branches you did years ago. And now I “know” you :). Love your halloween decor!

  • both of my sons always loved dressing up and carving pumpkins. but that is about it. we are not fans of halloween so never have i decorated. does this sound absolutely fundamentally old fashioned: i don’t want anything around us that invites horror or darkness so i ignore the holiday and can’t stand the idea of children begging for candy. it’s like i’m halloween’s scrooge!


  • Delishhh says:

    Monika – so cute – Love the tree and love the black sppoky creatures with the white eyeballs. Frida is so cute!

    Here are some great pumpkin cupcakes with Maple frosting for you – delcisous and fun to make with your kids – http://delishhh.com/2010/10/01/pumpkin-cupcakes-with-maple-frosting/

  • So fun…I know that your kids have to just love this.

  • Priscilla says:

    What fun you have with your children. I love that you have included them.

  • Monika, I adore your Halloween decor. It makes my lonely pumpkin look pretty pathetic! Frida is too cute with the hamster and all of your other touches are just the right amount. xo

  • Jessie says:

    Monika, love all your Halloween decor especially the decoupaged branches and the feather wreath. They are simple yet beautiful! I also adore the Halloween inspirations you found such as the dramatic black branches with raven and the bird cages with spider webs!

    Lovely post!

    By the way, I am hosting a fabulous giveaway. Come by and enter for a chance to win a stylish travel bag (worth $75) by Scout when you get a chance! Don’t miss out!

    Have a great week!


  • Joe Clarke says:

    Frida is beautiful! Your decorations are simple, stylish and unique.

    Happy Big H!


  • Helena says:

    Du har väldigt “splendid” smak för färg o form på Halloween prydnaderna! Tjusigt!
    Jag tycker din dotter har väldigt vackra ögon…!

    / Halloween hälsning Helena

  • Willow Decor says:

    Hello Monika!
    Great Halloween ideas! I love the Halloween tree!! Btw, Frida is adorable!! Hope you are doing well.

  • Good morning, Monika!

    Wow, your daughter is gorgeous! I love her beautiful hair! Awwww… she seems to be a really sweet girl.

    Now, your house is looking so FUN! I love your ideas and decorations. Nothing too much, just perfect!

    I hope everything is great w/ you!


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  • I had to come back here after I read your comment on my blog! It’s funny, but I did think about you when I was preparing that post. Actually I thought of you and Michele (Hello Lovely Inc). I know she loves that style and you, because you’re from there. I can’t get enough of the cottages you can find there. It’s amazing, huh?

    So nice to hear from you, Mon!


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  • Spindelnätet runt lampan (sista bild) var en kanonkul idé. Vad använde du?

  • Aww, Frida looks like the nicest witch ever!! She is so beautiful, and so stylish! I love her pink glasses! I wear a red-pink pair myself 😉

    I LOVE your Halloween decorations, I am saving all these ideas for the future!! Halloween passes by without much note here, but I can see it is slowly seeping into the UK (until recently there wasn’t much hullabaloo about Halloween in the UK) and I am sure by the time I have kids, Halloween decorations will be a must… ironic as it falls very near Diwali, the (Indian) festival of lights! I can imagine I will be running around doing one kind of decoration after another! Ha, fun image.

    Lots of love to you, sweet Mon!

    Meerkat xx

  • Kicki Ek says:

    I love your Halloween stuff! And Frida looks absolutely gorgeous!

  • veronique says:

    Halloween fun! … looks great … love the branch with the black birds.
    only a small week to go and it’s spoooooky time … every year we celebrate halloween in a little cabin in a forest, big camping fire, lot’s of crazy goons and marshmellows … kids and adults.
    great post and inspiration!

  • Suzanne says:

    LOVE the urn with the branches
    and the ravens! That is just my
    speed when it comes to Halloween.
    Since my kids are 13 & 16 the
    decorating isn’t as important to
    them as it used to be, but there
    are certain things that we have to
    pull out or “it wouldn’t be Halloween!”
    Enjoy these years of wonder.
    xx Suzanne

  • Tracey says:

    Oh my goodness what inspiration I have found!!! I want to cover a branch with newspaper, paint a branch black, find some crows, bake some scary cookies, rip up an old book for it’s pages and hang a wreath up on my door!!! Love it all!!

  • designchic says:

    Just the perfect decorating for Halloween at your house, and your daughter is beautiful!! Must get to work over here…

  • Eddie Ross says:

    Your tree looks so cute! Love those cupcake stencils too. We have to get some of those for Halloween parties.
    Thanks for the spooky inspiration.
    xo E + J

  • Your daughter looks adorable. You’ve definitely gotten me in the be-witching mood Monika.

    Boo! : D Deb

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