2014 Halloween Roundup

Halloween has come and gone, dear reader, but I still have some holiday spirit to spare, so here is a photo roundup of my spooky decor and costume fun!

 Purple taper candles are replaced by black as a companion to Jolly Roger Marc Antony

Purple taper candles are replaced by black as a companion to Jolly Roger Marc Antony

As with much of my home decor, a bunch of the fall and Halloween decorations you see are from T.J. Maxx, Target, and my local party store. My strategy for easy-peasy holiday decorating is to pick a color scheme you like as well as a few images you enjoy. I also lay the base decorations for fall/harvest in September so I can easily add a few Halloween-specific things in October. This also makes switching back to fall/harvest simple. My harvest colors are purple, green, and orange usually using any kind of pumpkin or squash as well as lovely fall floral. I add the black in for Halloween and I love ravens, owls and "olde tyme" witches. I'm also a huge fan of vintage Halloween postcards from the '50s and '60s.

 The addition of a glittery black pumpkin, a Jack-o-Lantern and two spooky silhouette votives gets my mantle Halloween-ready

The addition of a glittery black pumpkin, a Jack-o-Lantern and two spooky silhouette votives gets my mantle Halloween-ready

 Black roses join other faux fall floral on the entry console for a no-mess arrangement

Black roses join other faux fall floral on the entry console for a no-mess arrangement

 Fall vases and a wacky pumpkin man add charm next to the antique radio

Fall vases and a wacky pumpkin man add charm next to the antique radio

 An assortment of squash and lovely purple mums add color to the bar. They also last a long time without much upkeep

An assortment of squash and lovely purple mums add color to the bar. They also last a long time without much upkeep

 Vintage postcards are an easy DIY with a few pieces of cardstock and print-yourself PDFs available on  Etsy

Vintage postcards are an easy DIY with a few pieces of cardstock and print-yourself PDFs available on Etsy

 Fill any clear vessel with small harvest squash, pine cones or other fall colors. I love having pieces that can do many seasons and styles, everyone does double duty at Chez Betty

Fill any clear vessel with small harvest squash, pine cones or other fall colors. I love having pieces that can do many seasons and styles, everyone does double duty at Chez Betty

I know it sounds crazy that I (as a costume professional) don't usually get into the costume part of Halloween, but it's the truth. Maybe because I spend all day sewing costumes for other people, but whatever the reason I don't usually make myself anything. This year, however, I got the inspiration early and created one of my favorite costumes to date... Miss Frizzle of the Magic School Bus!  I loved the books and TV show as a kid and it was such fun to recreate her Solar System dress with fabric from Fabric.com and a pattern out of Vogue's Vintage collection. A few well-placed snaps keeps Liz in place on my shoulder and a bit of paint turned a Goodwill clutch into a school bus purse!

 No costume shop is complete without a Halloween Costume Contest!

No costume shop is complete without a Halloween Costume Contest!

 

So what did you kids get up to on All Hallow's Eve this year? Tell me all about it in the comments or with #BettyBetaTester. Keep those requests coming, on social medias or bettybetatester@gmail.com