Kids with food allergies, I got you covered.

I’ve been gluten free for almost 1.5 years. In that time I have learned a lot about hidden gluten, cross contamination, and manufacturing of food. It’s not easy, but it is always necessary for me to be informed so I don’t fall ill.

For example, I can eat a butterfinger but NOT a seasonal themed one. Why? They add gluten to the seasonal ones. Why?  I have no idea but that is just one example.

I’ve been decorating for Halloween for about 14 years. My display attracts quite a number of kids and I love the energy it brings to my little corner of the neighborhood.

This year, a local mother who has 2 children diagnosed with EOE posted about the teal pumpkin project. It was the first I had heard of it, but I knew immediately that I was going to participate.

I can’t imagine what it must be like to come to a house decorated like this

Halloween collage1

Just to realize that the treat bag has nothing in it that you can eat.

So count me in for supporting kids who have allergies and helping them feel like they’re included.

Teal Pumpkin

And for those naysayers about this effort?

It’s TRICK or treat you idiots.

No one is taking anything away from your snicker mouth stuffing kids.

What we are doing? Helping all children have a fun and safe Halloween.

Halloween, the daytime

One of the challenges of setting up for Halloween is having the display look good during the day and night.  I try to make all the elements come together at night for a creepy display but then some things are lost when I try to take a picture of them.

So here is how some of the display looks during the day.

Dolls in the graveyard

Ebola Skeletons

Grumpy Granny

Rats

Entrance to sidewalk

Ma Legg

The most comprehensive place to see photos of my display can be found on the Halloween forum, not my blog. I also have a few video’s on my Pinterest page.

The Halloween Prop Unseen

Last year it rained on Halloween. A lot. It rained so much that many of my electronic items were taken inside not to be put out that day. Sigh.

It was the first year I got into building with motors. I had this idea to have dolls spinning in the graveyard like they were playing. I ordered the motor and built this spinning platform AND IT WORKED.

And then it wasn’t even seen.

So here it is and I hope this year it’s able to get it’s creep on. They’ve been waiting.

Halloween 2014- What’s new

Or also titled:

“What I’ve purchased and no I can’t help myself and yes my husband knows.”

I have my regular hit list of places that I go to each year. Sometimes I use a Halloween Forum threads to help find products as well.

So what did I get this year?

Mercury glass tends to be expensive but I got these at Big Lots. The Skull was $8 and the balls were $5 each.

Mercury glass tends to be expensive but I got these at Big Lots. The Skull was $8 and the balls were $5 each.

I got this Skeleton Cat at JoAnn fabrics.  It was on sale and I was able to use a coupon.

I got this Skeleton Cat at JoAnn fabrics. It was on sale and I was able to use a coupon.

Pumpkin Gutter Tool

We carve between 6-8 pumpkins a year. My husband is in charge of the guts so when I saw this, I grabbed it because there are only so many scoopers we can break before it’s time to upgrade.

These guys were at a local grocery store. I've also seen them at a few other places. I'm going to incorporate them into a tombstone.

These guys were at a local grocery store. I’ve also seen them at a few other places. I’m going to incorporate them into a tombstone.

These were on sale at CVS.

These were on sale at CVS.

These two are a knock-off from Grandin Road.  They are much smaller than the originals and don’t have the head movement but they do talk to each other, mouths move, and eyes light up. Since they were on sale for $20, I’ll take a downgrade in features.  I plan on using them on a tombstone set up somehow.  You can see a video of the originals here.

Grave Zombie

I got this guy at Menards. His head turns, eyes light up as he moans and groans. Kind of like me in the morning before coffee.

This came from Spirit Halloween.

This came from Spirit Halloween.

Reaper

The reaper came from CVS, I already owned the mummy but I thought they made a cute couple. I would have to say this item was the deal of the year. If you open up a CVS card then you got a $10 off coupon so he came to $40. Considering his eyes light up and he has multiple sayings as his mouth moves, he’s a best value. Go. Get one.
If you want to see a video, then go here. This kid is really into Halloween and I couldn’t resist watching his videos about Halloween. Start ‘em young is what I like to say.

Grumpy Granny

This grumpy granny came from Walgreens. She lunges forward rocking in her chair saying multiple grumpy Halloween things like “Get off my porch, I don’t have time for Halloween.”  She made me laugh. I have an Instagram video of her.

Prop Motor

This doesn’t look too exciting yet but it’s the motor I’m going to use to build a flying crank ghost. I got it from Fright Props. You should check them out if you really want to up your game.

BodySkull

I got this guy at Jewel, a local grocery story. He’s sort of silly in that his eyes light up and he moves his mouth while singing “I ain’t got no booooody.”  but it made me and the kids laugh, so you know, purchased.

Spinning Doll

And finally, we have her. She’s a nice addition to the doll theme. I have a few ideas on how I might add her to the graveyard. She came from Spirit Halloween and she rolls around talking on a roomba looking thing. She’s fantastic.

I also have a few more 3ft dolls, but that’s for another time.

Now, let’s go do something with this stuff….