October 25, 2016


Frights and chills

  Spooky thrills

      Candy and nuts
      Seedy pumpkin guts
Tricking for treats
      Treasure bag of sweets
      A floating apparition
      Imaginative night vision
Zombie, werewolf, vampire
      Witches' cauldrons lit afire
      Creepy ghost and spectre
      Hooded Reaper—soul collector

~Terri Guillemets, "Halloween Night"

I decided to use my grandmother's sterling silver tea urn
for this arrangement. It is one of my prized possessions
and many, many years old...over one hundred years.
My darling witch was a gift from my parents.

You wouldn't believe
On All Hallow Eve
What lots of fun we can make,
With apples to bob,
And nuts on the hob,
And a ring-and-thimble cake.
~Carolyn Wells

I was over the moon happy with this darling little
crow print....there is something so perfect about crows in October!

From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties

And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!
~Scottish saying

May Jack-o-lanterns burning bright

Of soft and golden hue

Pierce through the future’s veil and show
What fate now holds for you.
~Author unknown

Bring forth the raisins and the nuts-

Tonight All-Hallows' Spectre struts

Along the moonlit way.
~John Kendrick Bangs

When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam,

May luck be yours on Halloween.

~Author unknown


  1. The tea urn is beautiful. I love it. Your mantle is perfect for Halloween fun. I also like that owl. ;):) Blessings, xoxo, Susie

    1. Oh thank you Susie! The owl is actually a vase...I should try to arrange something....it's just fun to decorate for Halloween isn't it? Hope you are havine a great week so far! Thank you for stopping by today! Hugs!

  2. This is great! Love the poetry you included. Each detail on the mantel is fun to look at. I really like the black crow against the newspaper picture! The silver tea urn and the old witch are wonderful treasures! Have a Happy Halloween!

    1. So happy you enjoyed this Liz! Halloween is fun and brings to mind many wonderful childhood memories! I wish you a very Happy Halloween also! So happy you dropped by today! Hugs!

  3. So many Halloween treasures to admire, Betsy! Your home looks lovely all dressed for the spooky night to come. Enjoy your day. ♥

  4. Thank you Martha Ellen! Yes, it was such fun to put together...just whimsy! Hope you are ready for the little ghosts and goblins! Have a great week! Hugs!

  5. Oh! That is one of the cutest mantles I have seen this Fall. I just love it and mostly because it has things from your family that you love incorporated into it. Where oh where oh where did you get that garland? I am just plain smitten with it!!!! xo Diana

    1. Hi Diana! Thank you! I bought the banner off Amazon! I love it too! Precious! I try to always mix in family heirlooms with new fun holiday items! Hope you are having a really good week! Hugs!

  6. Things that go bump in the night, indeed! That's a great arrangement. -Jenn

    1. Hi Jenn! Thank you for visiting today! Enjoy your day!

  7. All great shots but that last one, wow, I love it the most.

    Happy Oogie Boogie Week.

    1. Hi there! Well that's a new one...oogie boogie week! Love it! Thank you for visiting Estelle's today!

  8. Wonderful mantel and I love the pumpkin man on the goat. :)


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