Why I never forget Thanksgiving

Why, because of Halloween, of course!  I’m always appreciative of these two holidays falling within proximity of each other because they share a good portion of the décor.  The warm colors, fallen leaves, and gourd-based accessories are easily shared between the two events.  Even (more permanent versions of) jack-o-lanterns can be turned about to their featureless sides.  All those orange candles?  Still great!  Check these out!


A beautiful fall floral and dried display outside a barn.  Appropriate for any harvest-time celebration. 



Pumpkin plates can share your favorite of each of these holiday foods.  Ours held candy for trick-or-treaters during Halloween, and now displays some seasonal gourds for Thanksgiving!



Pick up this cute set of stacking boxes from Oriental Trading!  One side of each is printed with a thankful message, but turn them about for perfect Halloween containers.

What other décor do you love to reuse?

Quick and Easy Day of the Dead Costumes

deaddaySo my attempt at Han Solo and Princess Leia costumes failed with an overwhelming week prior to Halloween.  We didn’t even make it to the main party we usually attend, and we missed our friends bunches!   We did make it out for a short trip to another party on Saturday, but I struggled to come up with a last minute costume for each of us.

Climbing into the costume closet, I returned with all the pieces of black clothing we owned and proposed a fitting Dia de los Muertos theme!  I printed out these decorated skull images (or calaveras) and mounted them on cardstock and construction paper to create handheld masks for each of us.  With a little coloring, they really popped!  A few flowers borrowed from Ophelia completed our costumes.

The outfits were a big hit (and they go really well with the black and white floor at my friend’s house!  Heehee!).  I’ve seen a lot of similar costumes created with makeup and really incredible styling, so that’s another option you could go for!  I liked this option for us because we didn’t have the makeup available, and we didn’t run the risk of scaring the host’s 8-month-old daughter.  It’s also interesting to learn more about Dia de los Muertos!

How was your Halloween?

Cute Halloween Finds

Well, the holiday is almost upon us!  Nick’s family always sends a cute, fun-filled package for him to enjoy since they’re far away, and I wanted to share a few of the adorable items included!  To the best of my knowledge, these come from Target’s dollar section or from dollar stores.


Cute mini-stockings with a Halloween theme!  They’re just about 3-4 inches long, perfect for little snacks and candies.


Pumpkin bells – just like their Christmas cousins – jingle and look jolly with jack-o-lantern faces.  They’re making a great appearance with some soy candles and snacks on my dining table, but they’d be equally charming on a Halloween wreath.

What are your favorite frugal Halloween decoration finds?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

It’s October!  Fall starts, squash and pumpkins are in season, cooler days, maybe even some snow!  And finally, Halloween!

I often get comments from my non-costuming friends that Halloween must be an easy holiday for me… just head into the costume closet, pull something out, tada, set for Halloween!  Oddly enough, nothing could be farther from the truth!  Because so many of my costumes are tied to sources not in the mainstream, they’re typically not recognizable to the general public (ah, the downfall of cosplay!).  Not to mention that even if I’m doing something recognizable, I admit to a bit of fussiness and perfectionism in the creation of it.  i mean, I’ve been creating costumes and competing for over ten years now… I guess I just can’t help myself a little!

Last year I wore one of my favorites, Sophie from Howl’s Moving Castle, to my elementary school.  It was a success, but not as Sophie… Everyone thought I was Laura from Little House on the Prairie!  Oops!  I can definitely see where the resemblance might be:


Can’t really argue with that!  And being that those were some of my favorite books from my childhood, too, I decided I was perfectly willing to accept that conclusion.  Funny how things work out!

This year Nick and I are planning on Princess Leia and Han Solo; pretty recognizable characters!  I still find myself fussing over details (let me tell you, the ordeal of finding a very soft-handed fabric for Leia’s dress… well, I can’t really complain since it was on the search for this fabric that I ran into Mondo and Michael C.!), but I’m also willing to let things go!  For example, Nick’s costume is mostly altered secondhand clothing; more information about the process will come out as I continue working on them.

What’s your plan for Halloween?