This is Halloween!

It’s autumn, that beautifully hued season of fun and frolic. A Harvest and Halloween Handbook – the “Hot New Picks in Design” award winner from Amazon is ready to rock your world with recipes, party plans, decorations and everything you need to enjoy a happy Halloween!

How do you feel about teenage trick-or-treaters? I shared my views in this article in Celebrity Parents Magazine.

This year I am loving using medallions in centerpieces.

Be sure to check out my Pinterest boards for more holiday inspiration – this October over 113,000 people have visited!

Happy Halloween from 5 little pumpkins sitting on a gate!
An owl that hitch-hiked home with us from Florence, Italy, plaid Ray Bans and the tiniest pumpkin from our garden – ready for autumn!
With grandkiddos arriving soon , I shopped for a Halloween centerpiece. When I couldn’t find one I liked I hauled out a kit that had been in storage for a couple of years and had fun playing with candy, frosting and petrified Peeps.

The following cute images were taken at a few of my favorite haunts.

On a recent trip to California to see my aunt and cousin and pay respect at my uncle’s memorial service, my sister thought a trip to Disneyland would cheer everyone up. Now I have not supported Disney Corp. after their CEO threatened to stop filming in Georgia because of their pro-life laws. I thought it would be a very long time before I returned to a Disney park but I wanted to support my sister and I caved. We had a lot of fun.

First stop on arrival in Orange County is Roger’s Gardens in Newport Beach; known far and wide for their holiday decor.

Cartloads of pumpkins
Embellished masks for costumes
Vintage and contemporary decor
And more pumpkins
And as the gardens become more enchanted…
A white rabbit appears to show you the way to Wonderland where you are greeted by
The Queen of Hearts who welcomes (?) visitors
With her Jabberwocky who guards Halloween treasures
Lumiere’s buddies
And treats
A look at an artisan piece as we depart to our next destination.

After a visit with niece Amanda, dinner at California Pizza Kitchen and a good night’s sleep we Ubered to Disneyland

Disney designers are the pros at Halloween decorating.

The Haunted Mansion is dressed up as the Nightmare Before Christmas every fall. More colorful and less macabre, this is a favorite holiday haunt for many visitors, including yours truly.

Fortunately, the only occupants of this “hearse” were more Jack-o-lanterns.
Nothing says Halloween like a wave/mountain of smiling Jacks.
Coco’s Dia de Los Muertos is a colorful Latin American nod to Halloween.
Cindy’s daughter and children made the day even more enjoyable.
Recently landed at Disneyland – this Star Wars ship and characters
Cindy’s son and family gave us a tour of the new Star Wars area
While waiting for the Main Street Electrical parade we found a few more Halloween decorations to oogle.
Sitting on a corner we had front row seats to the parade. We were even kissed by Pinocchio! A bright ending to a rainy, fun day at Disneyland. Disney photo.
Back home, the market greeted guests with a stack of happy jacks. Up next – Gardner Village and Black Island Farms with the grands…
Gardner Village in Salt Lake City celebrates Halloween

The shops at Gardner Village are all ready for Halloween

Look who I found on a witch hunt! My daughter and her family finding all of the witches on the list to get a snickerdoodle cookie from the bakery for 50 cents.
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A red fox joined us on the hay ride to the pumpkin patch
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Back at home and almost ready for Halloween!

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