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Easy Halloween party decorations plus a free printable

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There are spooky things lurking about the neighborhood!  It’s Trick or Treat Season!  Come with me while I put out the party decorations and sneak a few Hershey candies from a special Halloween Variety Bag I picked up at Wal-Mart.  I’ve got some very easy DIY Alien Egg Sack decoration you can throw up in minutes, a fun candy monster activity for the kids, yard games, and even a fun “Park Your Boom Here” printable.
Park your broom here porch vignette

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DIY Creepy Halloween Sign from recycled fencing

I enjoy making something from things that would normally make their way to the dump.  It’s like free stuff.  That’s why when hubs shortened our wood privacy fence last summer to give us a better view of the open fields and rising sun I latched on to a couple of the rickety pieces.  They sat outside all year weathering even more than they already had to make a perfect project for Halloween decorating. 
He cut the tops off leaving perfect little arrows still attached to the top rail of the fencing.  The little grands and I have used several of these ready made arrows for individual projects.  The little grands saw them as pointy hats and feet that just needed Snowmen and Santa bodies painted.  I saw one particular piece as a Haunted Halloween Sign board.
fence pickets
The only supplies I needed to transform the recycled fence pickets attached to the 6 foot cross bar were:
  • hammer
  • drop cloth
  • spray paint
  • craft paint
  • paintbrush
  • zip ties
First I used a hammer to remove some of the arrow shaped pickets.  The cross piece that normally supports the fence worked really well as my sign post – and it was already attached!
fence pickets salvaged
Next, I lay the sign post with the pieces left attached on a drop cloth.  I use an old plastic shower curtain as a drop cloth.  It’s a good size and heavy duty enough to stay put on the floor unlike those light weight ones you can purchase in hardware stores.  But you use whatever you have handy to protect the area where you paint.
fence picket paints
I took several cans of spray paint in different colors and sprayed some random blotches on the arrow shaped boards.  I had white, green, and red but it doesn’t really matter what color you use as long as the words you will paint show up bold.

After the spray paint was dry I used a small paint brush to roughly scribble on some Halloween locations.  I also squeezed some paint straight from the container for some frightful lettering.  I wasn’t looking for neat or perfect.  Rather I was after spooky and creepy.
DIY Creepy Halloween Sign
I allowed all the paint to dry thoroughly before standing the sign post up next to our chain link fence post.  Several long zip ties worked perfectly to hold the sign in place.  You could also use duct tape. I think it turned out pretty cool, if not creepy for a free project.  

What Halloween locations would you add?


Fun Fall Activities Across The US, UK and Canada

I love the golds, oranges, reds and purples of the season as well as the smells that shout FALL!  In Texas it is pretty hot through the summer so with the cool fronts ushering in Fall we start road tripping to Fall Festivals all around.  We've already been to a couple of wonderful events and are looking forward to picking pumpkins soon.  Our Social Fabric community of bloggers were asked to share some of their favorite local things to do during the Fall season. There are so many amazing places I want to go. From haunted houses to pumpkin patches, they are sharing the best from across the United States, UK and Canada.  Grab your map and fill the car up with gas because it's going to be a Fall Celebration. #Fall4SoFab


Fall Family Fun in North West Texas Small Towns

When we moved from the Dallas suburbs to a rural community in Northwest Texas I knew there would be cultural shock.  I totally took for granted the access to lots of things to do.  I miss that and so have spent some time researching and scouting out fun things to do during the beautiful fall season.  After all, fall is my favorite time of the year to do stuff with the family.  The nice thing about rural communities is that it’s like a little family reunion at every event.  People greet each other with bear hugs and smiles that tell you they really ARE happy to see you.  I like that.  Here are 10 fall weekend activities in the area of Texas where the Panhandle meets the Red River in the rural towns of Vernon, Quanah, Childress, Crowell and Floydada.
pumpkins stacked in antique cart


Dutch Oven Cooking at Copper Breaks State Park-Texas Parks and Wildlife

We were excited and privileged to attend a hands-on workshop on Dutch Oven Cooking in the Texas Copper Breaks State Park in Hardeman County.  Horse trainer and cowboy musician Larry Hannon lead the workshop.  He and his wife Sharon create and conduct workshops for schools, civic organizations, the Doss Ranching Center and Copper Breaks State Park.  It is such a fun learning experience.
Dutch oven cook Larry Hannon

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