“October proved a riot a riot to the senses and climaxed those giddy last weeks before Halloween.” ― Keith Donohue
There is something in the air; an anticipation that the last week of October brings to our neighborhoods and even our senses. In Jacksonville; from the smallest of modest homes, to the largest of grand riverfront estates; the spooky and whimsical decorations present to us a sneak glimpse to the excitement of All Hallow’s Eve as it approaches. Porches are decorated with pumpkins and fall flowers. Cobwebs spread a thin blanket on boxwoods, trees, hedges and iron gates. Skeletons, graveyards and spiders display across the yardfronts, beckoning us to look, but daring us to step closer.
Not only is this a holiday for the children, but the adults seem to enjoy the indulgence and participation of the sinister evening it as well. Though Southerners are known for their hospitality all year long, front doors open upon this night to eeriest of strangers who are extroadinarily unrecognizable.
Here are some clever ways to decorate your home for this wicked night.
Fill lanterns with candy corn for an illuminated treat display.
Dried beans and twine to fill hurricanes.
Gourds of all shapes and sizes add interest to this fireplace hearth.
Let your creativity flow in pumpkin carving.
Use dry erase markers to spook up your mirrors.
Have a great front porch? Let your imagination go wickedly wild!
Photos courtesy of:
Elizabeth & Beverly Sleeth’s Annual Pumpking Carving Contest at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Sleeth.
Mrs. April Blackwood Young