I have a confession. I have never loved Halloween. The main reason is I don't like to be scared. I won't go in a haunted house. I don't like the dark and scary movies are out of the question. It's just no my thing. So I have always looked for happy Halloween items. These jack-o-lantern gourds I found a the farmers market are perfect and they make me smile every time I pull them out of the box.
For many years "happy Halloween" worked for our family of girls and then, we had boys. Suddenly this year the cute little pumpkin has mummies come if out of it's head. The boys decided it added a little drama to the this happy jack-o-lantern and they were so please as they described the gory details about who the mummies were, how they died, and who they had been in their previous life.
Never has my decorating had so much detail. (A huge thank you goes to Fred for pulling the boxes up and getting everything set up.)
The boys decided to help out our happy decor at school in art a couple of years ago making these ceramic things. I still can't remember how the motorcycle guy is suppose to tie into Halloween, but he does so I go with it. I will have to admit that I smiled again this year as I pulled them out of the box. I don't think that was quite the effect the boys had intended.
Tank brought up his ghost lego train and found the perfect spot to display it. He told me all the creepy things that made this train so cool. I smile every time I walk by thinking of my big little boy and how much he still loves to build and create.
Although these bones are not homemade, they make me laugh every day so while I had the camera out I snapped a picture. Someone makes a new and interesting configuration on the shelf each day or I see one the children walking around absently talking with a hand or jaw bone. Loaf was running around with the hands trying to catch Dash all afternoon. I can't help but laugh again... not very creepy this pile of plactic bones, but certainly entertaining. I think next year I might have to chronicle the bone fun.
This year the big boys added two more creations to our creepy Halloween decor. They started taking an art class (Thanks S!) and these were their first paintings. They were so excited to use gesso and paints in new ways. They can hardly wait for the next class and all the things they plan to create.
I can see a shift in my family as the boys get older and as the girls leave home. More action movies are being played and sometimes I walk into a room and am suddenly assaulted by the smell of a locker room. I still don't think I will ever have a scary Halloween, but I think it will be fun to see where our lives go and what changes. Perhaps I will have to call in a Halloween expert, what do you think Queen V? Are you up for the challenge?