Halloween is almost here, are you ready? This has always been my most favorite holiday. But, believe it or not, it’s not the actually day that has me all giddy, it’s the excitement that leads up to this day. The change of season introduces yummy jewel-toned colors to our palette. The crisp-cold air fills the night’s sky and the moon appears to glow bigger and brighter than ever before. The costumes!!!! Chatter about Halloween costumes is everywhere and I’m a sucker for a good costume. Pumpkin spice lattes…need I say more about that! The movie “Hocus Pocus” never gets old! And, my number one reason for loving this holiday…the decorations! A fabulous Halloween porch, hands down, makes this holiday the best holiday ever! Just about everyone has some type of decoration, even if it’s a few front porch mums.
My Not-So-Haunted Halloween Mummy Door
Since my kids were little they’ve begged me to dress our home up “spooky”. Now, I like a good spooky home, I do! But, I don’t do spooky all that well. Blood, guts, loose limbs, hairy spiders, and creatures popping out are just hard for me to embrace. I was once talked into watching a scary movie the night of my friend’s birthday dinner (thanks A.R.) and I didn’t sleep for weeks. So, I chose to go with a semi-spooky, not-so-haunted Halloween mummy door this year! It’s probably the spookiest I’ll ever get…and yes, I understand that it’s far from spooky. LOL
The Evolution of My Fall to Halloween Porch
I transitioned my summer front porch to fall over Labor Day weekend. If you missed that post click here to see what it looked like before it evolved to my Halloween porch. As I mentioned in that last post, I like to invest in front porch accessories that carry a long and versatile life-span. All of my fall front porch accessories are still in place, all I did was add a few things. New to the porch is the vintage ladder and fall wreath to the right, the black jack-o-lantern pot containing the cabbage to the left, the turkey vulture on my bar cart, the “Trick or Treat” pillows and banner, the black and orange lights, and the large skulls that flank the porch. Besides those few extra accessories I made one major change, and that was wrapping my door to look like a mummy.
My $20 “Spooky” Door
The door was quite easy and, might I add, CHEAP! I used 2 rolls of burlap ribbon from Michael’s Craft Store. They were each $9.99. Lucky for me, I found a 50% online coupon. BTW- Michael’s always has online coupons that are scalable from your smart phone. Simply cut the ribbon the width of your door and secure the ends with tape to the edges of your door. I used electrical tape because it’s black, blended well with my door, and won’t take off my door’s painted finish. The eyes were also really easy! I purchased 2 sheets of white foam and 2 sheets of black foam from Micheal’s. Each sheet was only $1.00. I had a large oval serving bowl that I used to trace a perfect oval for the eye-whites. I used a large round dinner plate to trace the black pupils. Once everything was cut I hot glued the black and white pieces together and then hot glued each eye-ball to the pieces of burlap ribbon. Be careful to not hot glue the eyeballs to the door!
This is what it looks like at night. Pretty scary, right? LOL
So, when the great fun is over and our tummy’s are full with all the candy one could possibly consume in a night, I will “deconstruct” this fabulously haunted porch. All things haunted will be stored away till next year. The ladder will stay till Thanksgiving, but the vulture, skulls, banners, lights, and black pot will be gone. I’m still deciding on the bar cart. I’ve gotten more use out of this gorgeous cart than I ever thought I would. The problem is that it snows here and I want to keep it in good condition. So, that will probably disappear until next spring.
Are you considering something somewhat haunted for your front porch this year? Are your kiddos begging you for blood and guts? This inexpensive and super cute not-so-haunted Halloween mummy door might just be the perfect middle ground. Show them these pictures and see what they say! I’m betting they’ll love it!