By LaReeca Rucker
I spent a lot of time decorating for Halloween this year. I enjoy decorating and being creative, but it’s something I haven’t gotten a chance to do very much in the past two years because most of my things were in storage. I moved home to work on my master’s degree, and put most of the items I owned – enough to fill a three-bedroom home – in two storage units.
So for two years, while working part-time at a newspaper, studying for the graduate classes I was taking while earning my master’s degree in journalism, and teaching college courses part-time, simultaneously, (which is no easy feat), all of my “stuff” was in storage, including my animated Halloween monsters and many other items I have collected over the years as seasonal decorations.
This year, I was not only ecstatic that I had found a house I adore on a Zen-like property, I happily decided to get my own storage shed so I would have a place nearby to keep all my holiday decorations and the occasional vintage furniture purchase I have been prone to make.
I’ll share more about the Halloween decorations in a future post. In the meantime, you can find me on Instagram if you want to take a look at my 2016 Halloween costume and scary party foods. One of my reasons for taking a number of pictures of Halloween decor this year is because I wanted to reboot my blog, one I’ve had in various forms for more than a decade, giving it a new look. I’ll also post more about that later.
Halloween is over now, and that means you have to decorate for Thanksgiving and fall. I noticed this year that the local dollar stores had many fall decor items on their shelves, but it was all removed before Halloween. So I never got a chance to really think about decorating for fall until the merchandise was gone.
But fall decor is versatile. You can use it in September before Halloween month. You can usually use a lot of it during October to compliment your Halloween decor, and you can use it afterward for Thanksgiving up until December.
If you’re smart, you can recycle some of your Halloween pumpkins to use as fall decor if you didn’t cut them. If you cut them, they usually begin to rot the next day, so recycling isn’t an option.
Have a plastic jack-o-lantern that looks like a pumpkin? Turn it around, and chances are no one will know it was a Halloween decoration originally if you can creatively hide the pumpkin’s menacing face. I have one on my front porch at the moment that is among four pumpkins that descend in size down my steps. From the road, it just looks like another orange orb.
It’s also wise to look in thrift stores for seasonal decor, especially if you are buying items for Christmas in July. I picked up this wreath for $1 in a thrift store years ago, and I usually put it on my front door each fall.
I guess some people oppose thrift shopping. I’m not sure why when the idea is that you are being “thrifty.” You’re saving money. You’re being eco-conscious by recycling items that would otherwise contribute to the creation of more landfills and pollution. You’re being conservative, innovative and creative. Why not purchase something cheap and turn it into something that looks like a million bucks?
In the future, I’ll try to share a gallery of other fall decor pics, and since I just finished decorating for Christmas, I’ll have a post about that soon.