Which is fun, on one level: “Wow!” the girls will say as we stroll past a house with plastic tombstones in the yard, fake cobwebs stretched across the windows, orange lights along the roofline and an inflatable witch and ghost standing on the porch, “This is a really good Halloween house!”
On another level, it’s problematic: They want to know when we’re going to put our Halloween decorations up.
I can’t exactly tell them that, um, I don’t really think it’s tasteful to put that much plastic, made in China crap all over your house. How about just some pumpkins and chrysanthemums?
So, instead, I hem and haw: “Well, you know, we don’t really have a lot of Halloween decorations…”
“Then you can buy some at the store!”
“I’ve got an even better idea,” I finally think to say. “Why don’t we make some decorations?”
And so, over the past few days, the girls — with Alastair’s and my help — have transformed our house into a tasteful, understated Halloween wonderland by creating half-assed, rudimentary Halloween decorations, using the simplest of materials. (In keeping with the proud Baby Squared tradition of half-assed crafts using rudimentary materials.) See the pictures below – and prepared to be inspired! And completely underwhelmed!
And, I know, I am violating my own no-more-than-one-slideshow-a-month rule. But this just lends itself so well to it. And it’s short, I promise. And funny, I hope! Please forgive me. In the spirit of Halloween. And also please forgive the fact that some of these decorations are a little hard to see, because they’re in the windows, behind the screens. I just wanted to show them “in situ” so you get the full effect. Enjoy!
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The upshot is, the girls are happy. I’m happy. Our house looks a wee bit…er…cluttered / strange. Especially the front door. But at least it doesn’t look like a pop-up Halloween store vomited all over it.
Closer to Halloween proper, we’ll get some pumpkins, carve them, and call it a night.
Of course, then there will be the issue of Christmas…
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