Fall is one of my favorite times of year. My mom has always been a huge decorator when it comes to the Fall and Halloween, so naturally I love it just as much. We have a large yard so I am able to do a lot of decorating outdoors. We use a lot of Mums, pumpkins, and cornstalk bundles to decorate the front of our house. My son is in the above picture with one of our cats, Sylvester and the lamp post lights everything up at night. It looks so pretty 🙂
We have a lot of Amish in our area that sell Mums for $3 each and all sizes of pumpkins, gourds, squash, and other decorating things. We stock up there starting in September. You can get them cheaper than at WalMart or other big box stores and are much better quality. We go out in a huge field of Mums and make our selections. It is usually one of the children that help us. They dig up the ones we pick out and put them in a sack. It’s so much fun talking to them and learning more about how they live. It is so much different than our day to day lives.
My dad cut down a bunch of cornstalks out of the field before harvest that I gathered in bunches and tied around the posts on our front porch. I took my flowers out of my planter pots that I had displayed during the summer and replaced them with the Mums. The Mums are hardy and can take the weather here in Northern Missouri since it is starting to get much colder. We selected various sizes of pumpkins and gourds and placed them throughout.
Here are some pictures of my parents house and how my Mom decorated outside. My Mom is so great at landscaping and gardening. She has taken a lot of time to make all of her flowers and shrubs look so beautiful. The older part of their home was built in the 1860’s and this is where I grew up. They have lived here since they were first married. Can you see the fun ghost window cling decals in the windows?
My son had a fun time helping my Mom add this whimsical crash landing witch to the electrical pole by the road. It looks funny when you are driving by their house.
Of course, we will be doing some fun pumpkin carving to make some Jack o’ Lanterns and other shapes. I’ll share those once they’re finished. How do you decorate outside for Fall and Halloween?