Not Just Witchful Thinking
"When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen.
the moon laughs
'tis near Halloween"
There is no doubt that 2020 has been pretty horrific and the last thing anyone wants is more fear! We don't know about you, but wearing masks doesn't seem to have the same appeal as it has in the past. So as we head into this Halloween season, our hocus pocus focus will be on preparing our not-so-haunted house for a frightfully fun holiday with our precious little ghoulies!
To bring about some good old fashioned fun, we decide to return to a time when the spookiest sound you heard on Halloween night was that of children's laughter and your neighborhood friends squealing with delight.
Growing up in a small town, the Craigs spent many a All Hallow's Eve treating all of the little ghosts and goblins in the small Texas town of Wortham to sweet sugary surprises. Little ones dressed in ensembles of cute, colorful costumes and adorable adornments.
So it no surprise that the first Halloween decoration we used for our home 31 years ago was the cheerful 1967 jack-o'-lantern lantern from Dwayne's childhood.
Some our most precious Halloween memories are those of Kelsey and Kaylee growing up in Wortham's neighboring town of Mexia, home of the Mexia High School Blackcats. We don't know who was more excited for the thrill of trick-or-treating, the girls or us. We were giddy with excitement as we waited for the time our cuties to go door-to-door, neighbor-to-neighbor to show off that year's costumed characters (they are the daughters of theatre directors, after all) and collect their candied loot.
Fangs of the Memories
A hand-sewn Halloween quilt from Dwayne's grandmother, invitations from past parties, and photos of previous costumes and celebrations are a few mementos we set out to remind us of all of our happy hauntings throughout the years.
Cirque De Mystique
Lily and Layla love our Halloween circus collection from Pier1.
Let's Get This Party Startled
We hope our Halloween witches come true as guests are able to goblin up goodies at our jovial jack-o'-lanterned tablescape.
"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."
- Anne of Green Gables
A Little Extra Faboolousness
As is usually the case, our October decor demonstrates our love for all things extra! You'll find an abundance of orange and black banners, pillows, candles, paper fans and lanterns, and pumpkins scattered throughout the house. You can never have too much Halloween, right?
One of our most cherished collections is the Department 56 Halloween Village. Each year SugarMama and Poppy add a piece when we visit T. Charleston's Books & Gifts at The Grand Village Shops in Branson, MO.
We hope your Halloween is simply spooktastic and filled with so much frightful fun that we are able to forget the stress and worries of this year if even for a short time.