Friday, October 30, 2009
Decorating for Halloween
Okay, so who has the best decorated house this Halloween? This year, it's not me. Not that we ever have the best looking house on the block - one of our neighbors had an actual pirate ship in his front yard last year! There's no way we were going to beat that, but we usually do pretty good.
I love Halloween and I usually get my fix of spooky fun and creativity this month. The kids and I pull out all the scary stuff and make the front yard look like a grave yard. hang windsocks from my trees, put out all the screaming gadgets and the ones that jump out at kids (those are great!). But this year, with a book release in September, I just didn't have time.
While on my way to a book signing a couple of weeks ago, I called my husband and asked him to help the kids get the decorations up. He did a good job, but I think he only put up half. My house doesn't very look spooky.
This year, I guess we'll be that house that just gives out lots of candy. But next year I plan to go all out. I used to have a friend in high school who would get together with her neighbors and create the best haunted house. I've always wanted to do that, and I think my kids are old enough to help now. So, I'm writing it in my planner for next year!
And by the way, this is the time of year I wish I wrote those awesome suspense books or paranormals, but I don't. Luckily, my good friend, Caridad Pineiro does and she has a new book out this week (and have to give her a shout out) called SINS OF THE FLESH. This will be my treat for Halloween. Tomorrow night, I'm going to pass out candy then indulge and begin reading it. Check it out, it's getting great reviews!
And tell me about your Halloween decorations. What do you do to your house? What can I incorporate into my haunted house next year?