Fun Spooky Spaces
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Okay, let’s create some spooky Halloween spaces. Halloween can be a fun time to dress up, decorate and eat yummy seasonal foods. I wanted to share with you how we decorated for own “Spooky Spaces” for a fun dinner party and created a healthy, seasonal meal to go along.
Here we go. I have an older son that certainly would not mind finding creepy things around every corner of the house, but I have two younger ones that would be afraid to sleep if they knew Mr. Shaky Bones was at our dining room table.
I wanted our guests to arrive and see some Halloween decor when the entered. We made this little “Spooks Tower” to greet them in the entry way.
We created the tower by using these foam balls.
I used a small clay pot as the base for my tower. I love these guys! There are so many uses!
I sprayed it with texture paint first.
I let it dry completely, then spray painted it black.
I wanted it to look a little older…a little more interesting then a shiny black pot.
I set it aside and then started on my spooks. I used Liquitex Basics Acrylic paint to paint them. You can find this brand in the paint aisle at Jo-Ann’s. I used very simple basic designs.
The bottom ball is black with simple skeletons, a turquoise ball with fall flowers, plum colored ball with large copper polka dots and then topped it with an orange jack-o-lantern.
I made the little witch hat from black card stock paper. I used a dowel rod to stack them. I filled the vase with foam from the floral department for stability. I inserted the dowel rod into the foam then wrapped a thin strip of burlap around the tower. The final touch was adding green moss into the vase. I hot glued the moss down and added hot glue to the burlap and in between the foam balls.
Next we tackled some artwork for our dining room.
I had extra wood in the garage that was cut square and perfect for some artwork. My daughter and I used a mix of orange, red, and yellow paint- also the BASICS Acrylic from Liquitex- to create the first layer.
We let that dry then taped the board with this Chevron “Shape Tape” by FROGTAPE.
We then mixed up some BASICS black and white paint to create the pattern. We used these foam-widgets to paint the stripes.
I wanted to use this for texture and to give the stripes a softer affect. We dabbed the paint alternating between black and white to create the gray.
I found this silhouette of a witch from “Martha Stewart” to use as the witch for my art.
I used this in my art projector and outlined the silhouette.
I then used black BASICS acrylic to fill her in. I wrote “All Hallows Eve” with acrylic white paint and then hung the board with an orange wired ribbon that had a burlap texture.
I love how this turned out and it was fun creating this with my favorite girl. She was proud to help and was genuinely helpful!
So, for our table decor. I wanted to create a spider web tablecloth. I purchased some white cotton fabric and this black dye from Jo-Ann’s.
I started wrapping bands in the center to give it a “web” affect.
I like the way it turned out!
I had an old candelabra from my Grandma. I chose not too polish it…much creepier.
Our menu is a seasonal salad with pomegranates, spiced walnuts, goat cheese and dill, fresh dilly bread, and curried pumpkin soup. For dessert I am having the guests make their own caramel apples. That will give us all something to do for entertainment that is fun and delicious. Here is a link to the recipes.
Pomegranate Salad http://126.96.36.199/autumn-pomegranate-salad/
Dilly Bread http://188.8.131.52/dilly-bread/
Curried Pumpkin Soup http://184.108.40.206/curried-pumpkin-soup/
Old Fashioned Caramel Apples http://220.127.116.11/old-fashioned-caramel-apples/
I have quite the affection for place settings. I make them and use them all of the time. They are so fun and your guests love them. Often they take them home as a little memento from the evening.
For this event, I decided to make bats.
I used glittery black card stock paper and cut them out into the shape of bats. I wrote each guests name with a fine point brush and white acrylic paint.
My crafting partners helped tape the toothpicks onto the back and insert them into the apples.
So simple, spooky and cute.
Knowing that after the meal we would be making the caramel apples, I decided to let the apples serve multiple purposes. They served as part of the place setting, table decor and contribute to dessert!
I believe we have quite a variety in our decor and ideas. I hope you found something that encouraged you with your Halloween crafting plans. Find more inspiring ideas here http://bit.ly/
As always, I love feedback and want to hear all about your plans, ideas, and answer any questions. Spook up some spaces in your home!