Fall Decorating

It was exciting to see the first winter squash and pumpkin at the farmer’s market this weekend. Pumpkin is one of my favorite things to eat, and also one of my favorite things to decorate with. Nothing says fall like a big, orange pumpkin. I like large pumpkins and also the small gourd-like pumpkins, arranged in neat vignettes around my apartment. And of course, closer to Halloween I like to turn them into Jack-o-Lanterns. But the trouble with Jack-o-Lanterns in an apartment is the fact that they’re inside—the warm, moist air tends to make them turn a bit too soon (though Vaseline rubbed on the cut parts does help keep them somewhat fresh). So my husband and I have made a tradition of carving our pumpkins on Halloween. We roast the seeds and make spooky rice crispy treats and watch a Halloween movie—usually the Charlie Brown classic. And that’s how we spend our holiday. But I do like the look of Jack-o-Lanterns, so that’s where Funkins come in. If you’re not familiar with them, they’re pretty realistic-looking foam pumpkins that are hollow on the inside and thus, carveable. They’re pretty pricy, but they can be re-used year after year. You can only carve them once, so you’ll want to be choosy about your design, but they definitely solve the rotting-pumpkin-in-an-apartment problem. Along with pumpkins, I also like decorating with dried Indian corn and lots of candles. I also have some folk artsy wooden plaques (one of my favorites is a hanging ghost) and wreathes. I also have plenty of handkerchief ghosts and scarecrows. And I like gourds and mini hay bales. I tend to decorate in a country-chic theme whenever I get the chance. One thing I would love to do (I keep saying I’m going to make it, but then time just gets away from me) is a haunted house diorama—a two story Victorian with a graveyard scene in front, shutters half falling off, the whole thing painted in shades of black and gray. Fall is by far my favorite season; I could day-dream about it all day…  

 

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