The fiendish minds here at Shelterrific Laboratories have chosen the finalists in the Target Halloween Spooky Decor Contest — now you get to vote for the winner. Check out the finalists, then choose your favorite below.
Cheri’s Eek! Entryway:
NOW, VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE:
Voting will close on Sunday, October 25.
A weird yet fond memory from my childhood is the occasional after-dark drives we would take down nearby Sleepy Hollow Road. The name was close enough to “Spooky Hollow” for us, it was wooded and winding, and we loved nothing more than to imagine all the creepy things out just beyond the glow of the headlights — while we were safely in the car, of course. If that sounds appealing, the folks at Drive I-95 have cooked up a whole triptik of spooky stops in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Connecticut, and Maryland. These require getting out of the car, but if you’re traveling in the area and like a good scare, this could be lots of fun. The trip starts at PA Exit 22 for the haunted house at the Eastern State Penitentiary and ends up at MD Exit 85 – Aberdeen for a little something called “Don’t Expect to Enjoy This.” I couldn’t find the list on the Drive I-95 site, so it’s excerpted after the jump. –Mary T. Click for more scares. (Warning: most of the sites load with sound.) (more…)
I love food this time of year. Heavenly spiced cakes and hearty stews hit the menus and seasonal pumpkin treats are everywhere. The typical sweet potato pie is a mainstay at most Southern Thanksgivings, but the folks at The Sweet Potato Project want you to eat it all year ’round by ordering Sweet Potato Pie from Addie’s Fine Foods. The recipe was created by Mississippi resident Addie Simon back in 1966 — it was the only dessert she could stomach while going through chemo and radiation treatments for cancer. Not only does she feel her pie is “a true blessing in providing her with a healthy dessert alternative rich in cancer-fighting nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C and beta-carotene,” when you order your own for just $15, you support the Children’s Heritage Foundation. While it doesn’t take much to convince me to eat a piece a pie, supporting a good cause while taking down a tasty dessert is like the whipped cream on top! –Erica P.
As we are truly celebrating Halloween this month at Shelterrific, I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for every cool bit of ghoulish decor I can. A friend recently made a bunch of these adorable ghosts in no time flat using just four items: a white balloon, a sharpie, monofilament line, and white tulle (she actually used white and off-white). I thought they would be perfect as a super easy, kid-friendly holiday craft — just blow up the balloons, draw on your favorite spooky face, and cover with two roughly cut half-yard lengths of tulle (it’s fun to shred them around the base, too). Tie around the base of the balloon with monofilament line, and then hang. I can just imagine these hanging at different heights in a giant picture window, or perhaps hiding among trees with some twinkle lights to illuminate? –Megan B.
Birds of a feather flock to this entry from Dana! Will we receive more entries, or nevermore?
Dana writes: “This year was the â€œYear of the Crowâ€… I found some great crows at the Dollar Store and I ended using them everywhere! The first pic is of my built-in China cupboard, with a glitter skull (from Target!) and my dollar store crow and spiders.”
“The next pic is of my dining room table with my sticks-n-crows (it was hard to photograph…)”
And this year I actually put some decorations on top of my kitchen cupboards — I was inspired by the cat silhouette I found at JoAnns, and of course I had to use a crow somewhere. The other pictures are just other Halloween touches around the house.”