Jack is back! (I)
Beware of the Jack-o-Lanterns, ghosts & a black cat!
Jack is back! (II)
Kevin and I were working on the Halloween outdoor decoration, in the afternoon. While Kevin prepped the tombstones, to keep them from blowing away in the Autumn winds and make them last a few more seasons, I worked on the second trellis and hay bale decoration. Because the glue is not dry, the graveyard is not ready yet. Therefore I’ll post a few pictures of the hay bale decoration.
Next to carving pumpkins, I love collecting ceramic Jack-o-Lanterns. This was the first Jack, we’ve got for the frontyard.
I’m a little pumpkin
Round and stout,
Packed with full of seeds
That you can scoop out!
When I get all carved up,
Then I will be
The cutest Jack-o-Lantern
You ever will see!
When you followed my blog in October for the last couple of years, you’ve probably noticed that I love, love Halloween. This year, we have to begin with the decoration early, because Kevin and I still have to put some hand-made items together.
Ooh, a creepy spider crawls down the web.
Multi-colored lights for this Halloween season
The first Halloween decoration and lights are up.
Today, we’ve started with screwing a trellis to the house soffit and the siding on the front porch. Once the trellis was sturdy, Kevin wrapped multi-colored Halloween light strings around it. Then it was my turn to decorate it with spider webs and glittery spiders. Now, Kevin just needs to look for Charlotte in the attic. And the first decoration will be perfect. But this has to wait until tomorrow.
Camphorweed (Pluchea odorata)
Now that we are getting to the end of August, Summer comes to an end as well. Tomorrow begins the meteorological Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. My favorite season of the year will arrive soon. Even when it takes another six to eight weeks before Autumn shows the first signs here in North Texas, I’m so ready to celebrate the colorful and cooler season with apples, pumpkins, tea, candles and Harvest/Halloween decor. The tent will come back out for camping weekends. Gardening will be so much more fun, when it is not so warm anymore. And we can take the dogs out for a walk and in the doggy park more often, again. Oh, do I love Autumn!
First it looked very bleak for Trick-or-Treat. But when I picked up Katelynn from school, she mentioned something about “Trunk-or-Treat” in her school gym. “… Maybe Sara would be interested in it, since it rains”, she said. Kevin went with the girls, and Katelynn’s friend to the High School. And when it stopped raining, they went Trick-or-Treating in the neighborhood. My job was to get the pizza in the oven and give out candy.
Since Luis barks too much, I had him in the backyard. But somehow he managed to open the patio door and came back in. He was in, but Lexi and the cats were out. Luis ended up in Sara’s room; Lexi came back in; Joshua spent some time in the garage; and Chewbacca kept checking out the backyard, until he got tired of getting “rained on” from the trees.
“Ranger” in front of the Halloween tree.
This year’s Jack-o-Lanterns
Tonight I checked my decoration and lights, before the big day tomorrow. On Halloween, it suppose to rain all day. I don’t know, if we can go to Trick-or-Treat. But we have a Plan B, in case that part falls in the water. I will spend most of the day, carving pumpkins and cooking a good Vegetable Beef Soup. Who knows, maybe I get a little fire going in the fire place.
Skull & Lights
Spooky ghosts fly across the wall.
Today is the last “Halloween Season Monday”. Since I blogged last year, I don’t need to include 2017. If you like to take a look, just click on October 2017 in my Archives list.
Katelynn and Sara celebrated Halloween as a Pirate and a Witch. The neighbors were asking, if they can take the girls to “Trick-or-Treat” with them, since their girls said it would be more fun with more people. They all went to Deerfield in Plano, while Kevin and I stayed to give out candy at home. It was a quiet Halloween for sure. We had only a few kids.
Halloween Decor at our front entrance in 2015
The Graveyard I
Jack Sparrow and the Flying Dutchman (2015)
The Graveyard II
Sara as a lil’ Witch; Katelynn as a Pirate
The foggy Graveyard
In 2016, we went to quite a few events with the kids: Fall Festival at a local nursery, pumpkin farm, 5K Pumpkin Run at Joe Pool Lake, State Fair of Texas, etc. Our October was very busy.
Sara decorates her pumpkin with seeds and stickers.
This pumpkin could make a witch jealous. 😀 😉
I love this photo! Sara looks so adorable. ❤
Sara plays ‘Candy Corn Bowling’.
Katelynn shows Sara how easy it is to feed the livestock.
Sara overcame her fear and fed goats of all sizes.
The girls enjoy the hayride.
Katelynn and Sara are ready to go to “Trick-or-Treat”.
The spell speaking witch
Happy Friday 13th!
Sara’s Pumpkin 2016
Katelynn’s Pumpkin 2016
“On The Fence” Pumpkin 2016
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