Pumpkin Grunge!

Not too long ago my friend Stevie Rose from Garden Therapy shared her awesome Jack o Planterns, and I was totally hooked on the idea! I mean, what’s not to love about an organic approach to Halloween, right? I know, that’s kind of an oxymoron… Halloween and organic don’t usually roll off the tongue in the same sentence!

Here’s a peek at Stevie’s inspirational creations!

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See what I mean? How can you not be hooked on this idea?

Today I finally got outside to tip all my plant pots out, and clean up the yard for the winter. And here’s where my pumpkin grunge comes in! You see, I had hubs buy two pumpkins the other day just so we could give this organic DIY a whirl! My one modus operandi was to reuse plants I was tipping out rather than buying new.

Here’s a look at Miss Cool & Hip Grunge One…

Gotta love her chopped chive hair!

And this is her Freaky Friend, Grunge Two.

Kind of creepy in a scruffy sort of way, but how about that Mohawk?!!!

Which of the two ‘dos’ do you like best?

I have to give hubs all the credit for their their facial features. He drew and carved them! And then I got to dress them up :-)

Not too bad for salvaged garden wear… ;-)

I’m actually kind of concerned these two might scare the little ones… what do you think?

I’m going to have a happy Jack O Lantern, too! We haven’t carved him yet, but he’ll have a nice big smile that lights up his face with the help of a candle. And we have a big decorative pumpkin that lights up and twinkles with mini lights… much friendlier to encounter!

So what do you think of my Grunge One & Two?

Once Halloween is over I’ll be composting the works, except for the Hens & Chicks. And I might see if the ‘Red Star’ Mohawk will be able to stand up to the winter months. Oh, and the grass of Grunge One’s nose will be given another chance, too!

Isn’t this Jack o Plantern idea fun? Thanks again Stevie for the inspiration! I never would have come up with this on my own :-)

Are you ready for the trick or treaters to be knocking at your door? Just a question… how well lit is your pathway? Click here for a few illuminating ideas on lighting up your pathway in a Halloweeny kind of way!

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Play It Safe for Our Little Ghosts & Goblins

One more weekend before Halloween. And since there’s still time… have you thought about a little extra lighting leading to your doorstep for that dark, scary night?

Here are a few ideas to illuminate your creativity.

Lead the way by lining your path…

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See how effective this can be in the dark?

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It’s amazing how much light is cast.

Carving pumpkins can be as simple as drilling holes to create a pattern…

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But did you guess that these pumpkins are lit with a string of clear Christmas lights. Click here for the DIY tutorial… maybe you’ll find another creative way to incorporate this technique for some additional light.

Lanterns are great for adding an extra glow.

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They don’t have to have a pumpkin theme, but it’s a good idea to define each step.

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Our little Ghosts & Goblins, Princesses and Charmers, are so excited to ring the doorbell, that it’s easy for them to trip up…

I would recommend  placing a large urn, something like this one, at the foot of the stairs rather than on a step as this one is…

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This will really help to define where the last step is. It’s so easy to misjudge when it’s dark, and take a tumble in a hasty exit for the next home on the route.

If you have an arbour, gateway or another pass-thru…

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Ghosted lanterns like this can add a guiding light. Remember, you can use flameless candles to avoid a fire hazard… and I would also be sure to hang things high enough, or construct them in a way that they won’t get tangled in our Trick or Treaters’ costumes.

If you have potential obstructions to be careful of…

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Take advantage of them. Create a little display that can be lit up at night. Imagine how fantastic the lanterns and pumpkins will look glowing in the dark, and there’s less chance for an unfortunate collision along the way.

There are so many great ideas out there. Here are a few more for you along with their DIY tutorials…

Turn plastic milk jugs into a row of lit up little ghosts…

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And empty jars into Jack-O-Lanterns…

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Or Frankenstein and Friends!

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Even these DIY patio lights could shine a light to lead the way…

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I might consider spray painting these orange, but you decide.

In the end there is so much that can be done to create a Halloween scene for the little ones, and still add the element of safety to the mix.

What do you do for extra lighting on Halloween? Do you have any safety tips to share?

 

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