The Screaming Room | Halloween Haunted Movie Theater

It's that time again!  With just a few weeks to Halloween, it was time to decorate for Halloween. This year we went with a haunted movie theater concept. I present: The Screaming Room @ Windsor Terror Cinemas

I was so fortunate to team up once again with my friends at Lowe's this year. They had some great budget friendly elements to add to the display as well as the raw materials I needed to build the components.  Thanks to them for making it possible to create another fun display!

We went in a slightly different direction this time incorporating some easy to use technology to amp up the creep factor which has given it a whole new dimension.

A few months ago we found 6 rickety chairs and a bookshelf left out in the trash.  I knew it would make the perfect movie seats and box office once they were painted black.  I used plywood for the movie screen and large movie poster backing, and some naturally weathered boards for the other signage.  The LED blinking skull (the same one I used in my dead dinner party dining room set up) made for the perfect accent on a handprinted marquee.

Want to recreate this in your front yard?  Here is the materials I used:

It's a fun little set up during the day.  Nothing too scary and a sweet Halloween scene to stumble upon as you walk past our home.  But at night is when it gets a lot more fun.  Once the sun goes down, the winds start howling and the shows begin.

We used a large sheet of plywood and painted it white to create a movie screen.  Then we used a digital movie projector and some creepy video downloads, created a spooky matinee for our all our skeleton audience members.  It really adds a whole new element to our display that is a fun surprise for everyone. To see it in action, head over to my instastories where I'll be sharing a few clips all week long.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Lowes but all opinions expressed are my own.

Dead Dinner Party | Halloween Dining Room

It's October 3rd and you know what that means! It's all out Halloween prep mode around here. I won't be putting up my exterior decorations until middle of October but I couldn't help put a little spooky fun inside so I could join in the Halloween Home Tour fun (scroll down to the bottom to see lots more fabulous Halloween homes). In case you are wondering, both of the kids just love their "skellies" and say 'hi' to them as if they were an old family friends.
dead dinner party halloween dining room
This dinner party is so dead,  alternate title: Me, waiting for my kids to finish eating would be fitting here. Feel free to add your own captions.

disclosure: Lowes provided the supplies for some of the items in this post but all of the opinions expressed are my own.

candles and skull halloween centerpiece
The centerpiece was super easy. I arranged a wooden board with taper candles, 2 fall berry garlands and a bag of plastic skulls using hot glue.  It set the scene and required no special arranging skills.

I hung the male and female victorian style talking silhouettes over the wine stand and they made the perfect artwork.  And yes, they do talk which is totally fun when the living guests arrive. Aren't they perfect?

My favorite element was definitely this LED skull light that blinks a bit to give it that abandoned neon sign look (you'll be seeing it again in my outdoor decorations).  I decided to embellish it a bit by hanging it in front of the chalkboard to make a bigger impact and then hanging more of the berry garlands around it.  It makes the whole dining room glow when all the lights are off which is especially eerie.

A few finishing touches like these skeleton fish filet, my free printable halloween wine labels and a bunch of cockscomb picked up from the corner bodega completed the look.

I hope you enjoyed a little party to celebrate the start of my favorite month.  For lots more inspiration, stop by all the lovely inspiration on Ella Claire's Halloween Home Tour.

Ella Claire | French Country Cottage | So Much Better with Age | Sweet Rose and Wren | My Sweet Savannah

Inspired by Charm | Happy Happy Nester | The Wicker House | Zevy Joy | Nina Hendrick Design Co.

Paint Me Pink | Brooklyn Limestone | Clean and Scentsible | Twelve on Main | The Happy Housie

Finding Silver Pennies | Nest of Posies | A Burst of Beautiful | Kelly Elko | A Blue Nest

Sagehill Cottage | Taryn Whiteaker | Town and Country Living | Tattered Pew | Live Laugh Rowe

Fall Refresh Tips [Sponsored Post]

This post is sponsored by affresh®. I received product and compensation, but all opinions are my own.

My favorite season - fall - is here! Bring on the sweaters and pumpkins and falling leaves. We spent a lot of time this summer away from home. Most of that time was spent in the sand on the Jersey Shore but we also did a few family weekends away that included Washington, DC (such a great place for young kids!) and Sesame Place (where Oscar liked to look at but not come close to any of the characters). We had a blast and made lots of great memories but all that time away has meant neglecting our home in Brooklyn. I'm glad we had a chance to spend time as a family but there is a bit of catching up to do to get settled back into the routines of autumn. (Anyone else dreading the evening homework shuffle?) Summer vacations behind us and school starting up again, I'm turning my attention back to the house and looking forward to all the wonderful things that autumn brings - school events, pumpkin picking and Halloween!

With that in mind, it's the ideal time to put a little extra care into your home. Here are a few fall home refresh tips.

1. FRONT DOOR DECOR |  September is the perfect time to take a look at your entry way and give it a little seasonal twist.  Your front door greets you every time you return home so make it something that makes you happy. Start with removing any annual plants that might have lost their luster.  Change out summer themed wreathes and door mats.  Add fall appropriate plants, gourds and door hangings. This can last you all the way to the start of winter so doing it September will allow you to get the most use of it.

2.  CLEAN YOUR APPLIANCES | Now you've refreshed the outside, time to give some attention to your home appliances.  For me, the most used appliance in the house is the coffee maker.  Thanks to a full time job, 2 kids who enjoy a pre-dawn wake-up, PTA obligations and everything in between, my life runs on caffeine. I know I am not alone! But I do admit I don't clean the coffee pot anywhere near as often as I should.  I don't enjoy my house smelling like steamed vinegar so I put it off.  That's why I was so excited to partner with affresh® - they make specialized cleaning products that make getting your appliances clean easy and quick for an affordable price.

Of course I had to try the Coffeemaker Cleaner Tablets - a drop in tablet that does all the work without any of the smell.  My coffee maker has a covered reservoir so I let the tablet dissolve (it's like a tiny bath bomb!) in the pot first and then poured the mixture in. (Follow the directions on the back of the box for your type of machine.),  Then I ran the brew cycle once with the mixture and once with plain water.  No odor and a clean coffeemaker just in time for another steaming pot.

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3. STOCK THE PANTRY| What exactly is your fall menu is might vary but I like to make a grocery store run just to stock what I know I'll need ready for fall recipes.  For us, that is hot cocoa and marshmallows, chicken stock for soups and stews, tomato paste and pasta for sauces and beans for chili and Pasta e Fagioli soup. Stocking up on these items now makes it so much easier to feed the family as we cook a lot more at home in the fall and winter months.  This would also be a great time to start trying out a few inspirational recipes you might want to serve at upcoming holidays.

4. GET READY TO ENTERTAIN| As the temperatures drop and the nights get longer, we all move indoors to see our friends and family.  Don't neglect to prepare for those visitors and save yourself the last minute run around at the holidays! If you have overnight guests, take stock of your linen closet and make sure you have extra sheets and blankets for those special people staying the night. This would also be a good time to pick up some local treats to share with those visitors at farmer's markets and local farms.  If you like to throw dinner parties, make sure you are set with dishware, flatware and tablecloths (or use inexpensive craft paper as table runners instead to make clean up a breeze) .

5. COZY UP INDOORS |Take a look around your home and add some cozy texture.  Warm faux fur throw blanket,  great smelling candles or a new dining room centerpiece can make a space feel so much more comfortable for those longer nights.  (If you were looking for a sign from the universe to click 'add to cart', this is it!)

6. PRINT YOUR SNAPS |  If you are like me, you took hundreds of photos over the summer (and the spring and last winter) that live only in the digital ether.  Take this time to pick your favorites and update a picture frame or two.  Especially for those of us with small children, they change so much in just a year's time, make sure you are making use of those great snapshots.

That's it! Once you have completed some of these back to the routine tasks, you'll be able to enjoy the magic of the very best season. Now sit back, have a cup of coffee and watch the leaves fall.


Halloween Wine Labels | Free Printable

It's the most wonderful time of the year!  Time to get ready for the most fun, obligation free holiday - Halloween.

I'm kicking off the holiday prep by participating in the Ella Claire party with a new free printable that could not be easier to use in your Halloween soirees big and small.  Halloween Wine Labels that can be printed on label paper and stuck right onto a store bought wine label.

You can scrub off the existing label like I did (word to the wise: the back label is oddly easier to pull off than the front) or just plop this label over the existing.

Halloween Wine Labels Pinot Noir
Halloween Wine Labels Free Printable

I've just started on working this year's Halloween projects and this was the perfect warm up.  I hope you can put these labels to good use and have a good scare with friends.  Don't forget to share your party pictures with me!


Thanks so much to Kristen Blog for inviting me to be a part of the fun. The deadline really got my creative side in gear just at the right time.  Check out all the amazing free downloads beings shared today by some of my favorite bloggers.

Flying Bat Cake Topper by Ella Claire | Halloween Labels with Faux Rust by Finding Silver Pennies | Haunted House by My Someday in May | Trick or Treat Tag by Boxwood Avenue | Vintage Inspired Halloween Greetings Postcard by Live Laugh Rowe

Trick or Treat by anderson + grant | Bats- 2 Sizes by So Much Better with Age | Black & White Halloween Cupcake Toppers by Cherished Bliss | Trick or Treat Stickers by Zevy Joy | Soul Taker Drink by My Sweet Savannah

Vintage Crows by Paint Me Pink | Hocus Pocus by Lolly Jane | Halloween Wine Labels by Brooklyn Limestone | Black and White Halloween Gallery Wall by Taryn Whiteaker | Vintage Halloween Treat Bags by Town and Country Living

Halloween Paper Rosettes by Happy Happy Nester | Wizard School Acceptance Letters by Nina Hendrick Design Company | Monster Mash by Clean and Scentsible | Trick or Treat Halloween Banner by The Happy Housie | Happy Halloween Treat Bags by On Sutton Place

Vintage Style Animal Skulls by Twelve on Main | Skeleton Paper Cones by My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

4 Must Have Pieces for Your End of Summer Parties

We are half way through summer which means the blogging world had moved directly into fall decorating but I'm still firmly planted in the current season. With several more months of warm weather left, stores ready to start clearing out their summer merchandise. It's the perfect time to update your outdoor space for fabulous end of summer parties and early fall soirees.

There are a few key items that make great functional adds for outdoor entertaining and will reap rewards for years to come.

1. Moveable prep areas

Versatile counter space whether it in the form of a potting bench turned bar or a rolling outdoor cart is so key. It can serve as a great BBQ station, a s'more fixings bar, a mimosa bar or just a place to put some extra snacks down. This folding cart is a steal if you are short on storage space.  If you have a little more space and want something more substantial, this rolling potting bench/bar cart is a great add.

2. Fabulous serving pieces

Ok I know, I know. Using paper plates makes outdoor entertaining clean up so much easier. I get it. But adding some beautiful serving pieces really elevates any party and it's so worth a little bit of extra clean up. These melamine plates are so pretty I couldn't resist buying a whole set for my beastie's birthday.

3. Mood Lighting

You may notice I have a slight obsession with outdoor string lights. It's true but it's such an easy way to make a space feel festive as well as add the function of lighting the night events. It took me way too long to put them up but now that I have them myself, I know they are totally worth it. Whether you go with something more durable like these heavy duty strings or you simply cover your backyard in candles, you can't go wrong with ambient lighting.

4. Varied Seating
This one might seem obvious but it's often overlooked.  Even for a party with a small guest list, people like to mix and mingle around the space.  You can invite them to do that more easily with multiple gathering/seating areas scattered throughout your space.  While an outdoor dining set is key, don't stop there.  Think about how guests will use the entire outdoor area and put seating throughout.  You can build that into your outdoor space by creating wide deck stairs or low retaining walls that double as seating, or simply buy a few extra lounge chairs and benches to create conversation areas. This wicker bench is on sale and it would work well in almost any outdoor space.


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