Since I graduated from elementary school, I haven’t been much of a fan of Halloween. Having kiddos, though, made me appreciate the holiday in an entirely different light. (Really, I appreciate every holiday in much more depth…an opportunity for themed crafts? Sign me up!)
I just decorated our mantle and shelves for Halloween, and I still love the little wreath the girls and I made about three years ago, when they were a little more than 2 1/2.
I bought a package of foam pumpkin shapes from the dollar bin at Target. I asked the girls what kind of expressions they would like…a smile or a frown…and I cut some shapes from black felt. I let the girls sort through my button collection to find three sets of two buttons. And I cut a green leaf from some scrap foam. The girls were able to glue the findings in place, and I attached them to a small grapevine wreath I found at the craft store. I added a little bit of polka-dot ribbon to finish the look, and this little creation has been adorning our den each Halloween since. I love the different expressions on the pumpkins’ faces!
Even more than our wreath, I love our collection of Halloween family pictures. I didn’t set out for this to become a tradition…the girls’ first Halloween I just happened to take advantage of a neighbor walking by and I asked her to make a picture of the four of us. Now, I make special arrangements to have someone take our picture. I love adding a new photo each year!
I had the idea a couple of years ago to paint wooden frames to display our family pictures. I bought these unfinished frames at the craft store for $1 each (usually less a 40% off coupon!). The girls have helped me paint the solid grounds, but the finishing touches I leave for me to enjoy. I love coming up with a new frame theme each year.
I guess you can say I’ve gotten into the Halloween spirit over the past five years. As long as the girls are content to wear adorably cute (not-so-scary) costumes, this might even become one of my favorite holidays.
Do you decorate for Halloween?
MandyE is mom to 5 1/2-year old fraternal twin girls. She blogs about their adventures, and her journey through motherhood, at Twin Trials and Triumphs.