If you followed my blog last October, then you know Halloween is the holiday where my husband Nick takes over the decorating. As you can see from the photo, the front of our house is very small; in fact, we joke that the kids don’t even need to come up to the door, they can just stick their bags out of the car window and we can drop the treats in from the front door. Unfortunately this means Nick doesn’t have a lot of canvas to work with, so adding new things becomes difficult. However, rest assured this does not stop him from shopping for new supplies each year, and adding even more spiders, snakes and rats to the house:
Guess these little fellas got a bit too hungry waiting for the Halloween candy.
The Grim Reaper’s been a mainstay for several years now, although his victims have been known to change.
Bluckeys are also an important part of the scene. For those of you unfamiliar with the science of Halloween decorating, bluckeys are little plastic skeletons. I recently learned (from Nick, of course) that the term bluckey comes from the blown plastic used to make the skeletons and the word buckey, which is what the more anatomically correct skeletons you may recall from biology 101 are called. These three bluckeys are a repeat performance last year, still busily attempting a break in:
I like the one on the bottom, who looks like he’s annoyed by the rat on his head, but can’t currently spare a hand to get rid of it.
Last year these bluckeys were engaged in an honorable duel, but this year the one in back appears to be planning an ambush. Our neighbor recently shared that her four year old daughter refers to the sneaky one in back as Susan and the unsuspecting one in the front as Nick. Which of course made us ask ourselves, "just what does she think goes on around here?"
Also new this year, the addition of eyeballs to a few of the skeletons:
As this is a garden blog, I’ll end by asking your opinion of grey skeletons as a foil for chartreuse foliage.