Hope you’ve been staying safe and healthy during this pandemic. Halloween is always such a fun time of the year and although this year was very different we made sure we went the extra mile to have fun with it. We usually don’t put up the decorations at the beginning of the month but thought why not start the celebrations earlier this year. We’ve both been spending so much time at home working and socially distancing so it was nice to enjoy the decor throughout the month.
When the pandemic hit, we started planning more elaborate date nights that turned into monthly parties. It’s quite a bit of planning so we would alternate months to give time for planning and execution. The fiancé had October which worked out perfectly because it’s also my birthday month. He did such an amazing job planning out all of the details of the party, everything from food, drinks, decor, lighting and even our costumes.
Most of the decor were from Dollarama and they really transformed the space. Out of them all, I especially love the wall bats and spiders. They were such a great price and came with so many in a pack! The Philips Hue lights (Philips Hue Go Bluetooth & A19 Smart Bluetooth LED Light Bulb) gave such a cool shadow effect. Those lights are so great when setting the tone and mood of the space and can be changed to any colour. Once we turned it to the purply tone it instantly gave a spooky vibe. We live in a 1 + den condo and we did quite a lot to the place as you can tell. We try to utilize the wall space, light fixtures, our bar cart and the doors.
Our “costumes” were from Old Navy and since we were staying in it was so comfortable to party around in our onesies. Both of them glow in the dark too so that was a bonus. The one I’m wearing was from the men’s selection and the size small fit well.
I LOVE it when the food and drinks are themed. My sister came by to join our Halloween party so the fiancé made us a Halloween punch and started with a charcuterie board (I’m a total cheese lover) with some mummified Pillsbury croissant sausage rolls. They were delicious and great for kids and adults.
For the punch, he put frozen lemonade, cranberry juice, frozen cranberries, ginger ale, vodka and pineapple juice. It tasted so good.
There was no shortage or treats with lots of chips and chocolates but in addition to those I also picked us some treats from my friend at Fugly Food. She’s based in Toronto and makes delicious treats. We had these after our dinner! If you’re in the Toronto GTA area, check her out. For dinner, we kept on theme so the fiancé made us these jack-o-lantern stuffed peppers. They turned out so cute and again, great for both adults and kids. The peppers were stuffed with taco-seasoned ground beef, rice and cheese.
Then at the end of the night, we carved a pumpkin. Our previous tradition has been to meet up with my family and carve them together at my parent’s house and putting them on the front porch for the evening trick or treating. This year we had to break tradition so we carved it on our own and left it until the evening when we had a bit more time to wind down. I picked an intricate The Nightmare Before Christmas design while watching the movie. It was really fun but I knew it was not going to be easy. We picked up a large pumpkin from Reesor’s Farm earlier in the week with a goal in mind to carve something intricate. I didn’t think that I could actually do it but was so happy with the way it turned out. What do you think?!
Although Halloween was very different this year we still had such a great time! I put together a short YouTube video to show you the full decor because pictures don’t do it justice. Take a look and it could give you some inspiration for next year.
Hope you’re enjoying your week. Can’t wait to show you our Christmas decor. Thanks for reading!