It’s no secret Halloween is among my favorite of holidays. I just love decorating my home with all the ghosts, goblins, skeletons, and other bone-chilling props I’ve collected over the years - plus, all the wonderful pumpkins and gourds that grow in my garden each autumn season. I especially love the Halloween decorations from our Martha Stewart Living line at Home Decorators Collection. It’s so much fun to come up with different ways to display my candy - this year, all sorts of delicious Hershey's treats!
Last week, I hosted a special Facebook LIVE showing a few of our favorite ideas from this month’s issue of Living, including a mouse house, and a treasure chest full of chocolate. If you missed our special show, you can still watch it by clicking on the highlighted link. Enjoy our photos.
For this Halloween Facebook LIVE, we decorated our Martha Stewart Living “Turkey Hill Kitchen” at my New York City office. We filled it with lots of decorated pumpkins. http://www.homedepot.com/c/SPC_BRD_MSL_Kitchen
On the counter, we decorated this cheese board with pumpkins – one hallowed out and filled with scary mice.
These sweet little mice are available at crafts stores and made from acrylic or rubber. Use our Martha Stewart Metallic Paints available at Michael’s – you’ll love them. https://www.michaels.com/martha-stewart-crafts-metallic-acrylic-paint/M10198346.html
The first step to making a “mouse house” is to hollow out the pumpkin and remove all the insides – the flesh and fibers can go to the chickens, while the seeds can be roasted and enjoyed while decorating.
Use an electric drill with a one and a half inch drill bit, and make holes around the pumpkin – watch our Facebook LIVE from last week to see how I did this. This great idea is from our October issue of Living.
Remember, pumpkin will be shredded and scattered while drilling, so have a towel on hand to wipe up any messes.
I showed how to coat he holes to prevent rotting and extend the life of the pumpkin. Watch our Facebook LIVE to know what I used – it’s something you already have at home.
Then, just fill the holes with mice. Secure them with hat pins, and place the pumpkin on an adult table or the kids’ table.
Look how great the mice look! And next to the mouse house is our Martha Stewart Living Stacked Skull Container – also available at ‘Home Decorators Collection.
These can easily be used to decorate for family gatherings, and last minute parties.
Decorating for Halloween doesn’t have to be time consuming. Here is a simple arrangement using pumpkins and painted rubber snakes – they look so life-like and frightening.
Just place them on top of the pumpkins or draped on the food.
This friendly snake is slithering through our olives and atop our cheese.
The snakes and rddent creatures are available at craft stores. We also painted them with Martha Stewart Living Metallic Paints.
I love this giant skull overflowing with delicious candy by Hershey’s – Kit Kats, Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups, and Hershey’s milk chocolate! Delicious handfuls of treats all over the table to enjoy. https://www.hersheys.com/en_us/home.html
I love to fill “treasure” chests with candies – there are lots of Kit Kats and snack sized milk chocolates to go around.
The skeleton is also from Home Decorators Collection and part of our Martha Stewart Halloween line.
Our Haunted Raven with skull is just one the items you’ll find at Home Decorators Collection! Place a big chocolate bar in its mouth to give a menacing look.
And a skull on the plates – a perfect touch for those buffet tables.