Dem Bones!

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday, even as a child, I’d take Halloween over Christmas or my birthday. And, I knew it was approaching because my “parents” would bring out “the skeleton” to decorate.

It was the early 80’s, and this flimsy cardboard, sickly green, jointed skeleton was my favorite decoration. No matter where we were, it wasn’t Halloween until that kelly green guy, with the flocked, black accents and red eyes, went up on the door.
It wasn’t too many years later I was hanging it, because I was taller (it was probably about 5′ tall) but still – that meant my favorite time of year was in process.
It became the official sign of the season.
It finally gave way, as we all do in life, many years ago. It just collapsed into some bizarre pile of tattered paper “bones” and memories. Considering my childhood, it’s far and few that I have a good one (memory, that is). That silly paper skeleton was one.

Me, to poor Craig, every blessed time!

Me, to poor Craig, every blessed time!

Even through I’m often labeled “goth”, skulls and skeletons aren’t really my thing. I much prefer bats. But, because of that stupid, green Halloween decoration, I have a soft spot in my heart for them.

To be honest, I enjoy messing with people who don’t know me very well (religious, door-to-door types, come to mind).

One skull...or two?

One skull…or two?

I have been known to answer the door to those religious “pushers”, holding my black cat and a bloody prop knife. However, I would invite them in for tea or coffee, if I had these cool sugar spoons and some skull sugar cubes to offer them.
(No offense to any religion, but after I tell you I’m not interested a couple times, and you continue to push it, all bets are off.)

Now, if you’re “chillin'” with a more “lively” bunch, these skull ice cube molds, might be a bit more festive. Especially in some of these skeletal bar basics (like glasses and shakers). Maybe with The Skeleton , which is a cocktail made with Root Beer and Kailua – interesting concept.

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Nutella mini cakes (yeah, I said Nutella), or even the skull-tastic unborn (eggs, FYI), could make the night, or next morning, a little less bone-chilling.

Bones, BTW, are made by sticking a mini marshmallow to each end of a pretzel stick, then dipped in white chocolate or almond bark.

Bones, BTW, are made by sticking a mini marshmallow to each end of a pretzel stick, then dipped in white chocolate or almond bark.

Glitter skulls are readily available at craft and dollar stores - wait for it; we're going to tell you how to make them, too. And, they do make an impressive display.

Glitter skulls are readily available at craft and dollar stores – wait for it; we’re going to tell you how to make them, too. And, they do make an impressive display.

I love this! Grab a foam skull or even ceramic from a craft store and use it as a vase. Pick the flowers, choose adornments like bats or ghosts on a stick, and make an elegant,  yet eerie, centerpiece or accent.

I love this! Grab a foam skull or even ceramic from a craft store and use it as a vase. Pick the flowers, choose adornments like bats or ghosts on a stick, and make an elegant, yet eerie, centerpiece or accent. Feathers, like peacock or ostrich, could also be super gorgeous in your arrangement.

This skull themed mirror is also classy and creepy. I’d leave this up, year ’round, in our house – but, we’re those people, remember?

Google "skull cameo" for some of these beauties! I think all three (well, four) are beautiful, although I must say I'm partial to the actual skull (bottom picture). The "set" (top right), would be a lovely his and hers style gift for a wedding, anniversary or just a fun couple, who adores Halloween!

Google “skull cameo” for some of these beauties! I think all three (well, four) are beautiful, although I must say I’m partial to the actual skull (bottom picture). The “set” (top right), would be a lovely his and hers style gift for a wedding, anniversary or just a fun couple, who adores Halloween!

A few more bare bones decorating ideas! Stores like Party City, Target and even Cost Plus have an assortment of skeletal animals, so Mr. BONESjangle can have a fur(less)ever friend, too!

A few more bare bones decorating ideas! Stores like Party City, Target and even Cost Plus have an assortment of skeletal animals, so Mr. BONESjangle can have a fur(less)ever friend, too!

Find some ghoulish outdoor decorating ideas and Martha Stewart, the crafting Queen, demonstrates those glittered skulls and a few other cranial crafts (the treat bags are super cute, while the treat bag labels are a bit more sinister. Don’t forget to check out all of her Halloween decorating ideas, which are grouped by theme, if skeletons aren’t your thing – no bones about it, she has some awesome ideas!).

If you’ve bought a bag of bones or other plastic parts that seem a little too pristine, learn how to age plastic to give them an aged, more antique feel.
Glowing, skeleton hands would be intense if you don’t plan on having much additional lighting, and while not skeletons, per se, undead pumpkins could easily be altered to be a little less zombie and a bit more bony.

It may risk my basic bitch, Halloween who're license being revoked, but I'm not really a Nightmare Before Christmas fan. Tim Burton's work is either a hit or miss for me, and NBC was a miss. I do think the characters are adorably cute though.

It may risk my basic bitch, Halloween whore license being revoked, but I’m not really a Nightmare Before Christmas fan. Tim Burton’s work is either a hit or miss for me, and NBC was a miss. I do think the characters are adorably cute though.

Fabulous eye art.

Fabulous eye art.

Watch a Nightmare Before Christmas makeup tutorial and these Skeletons, and other Halloween nail art designs are adorably frightening.

Check out these 5 spooky skull discoveries and if this all seems a bit too scary, here’s some humorous headstones and eerie epitaphs to lighten the mood.

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While we’re at it, check out all our past #FreakyFriday blogs, for more Halloween decoating, makeup and other inspiration! And, don’t forget to follow #GlitterFantasy on ALL our social media, like Twitter, Instagram and especially Facebook , for even more exclusive, daily content.

Won’t You Be My BOO?

The Great Pumpkin

Oh The Tangled Webs We Weave

Children Of The Corn

Have A Bloody Good Time

Halloween Haunting On Any Budget

Spooktacular Halloween Beauty
This will surely have additional parts, as I find more and more spooktacular Halloween makeup ideas and tutorials.

Hair Raising Halloween
All about the day of ‘do.

In The Spirit
This is our BOOziest Halloween blog! Everything from DIY, black sugar/salt rims, to the verdict on dry ice being safe and even some skeletal stirrers.

Scary Mary, Quite Contrary
My #1 Halloween pet peeve as a cosmetologist and MUA, this is a concern for the health of you and your family.

The #TealPumpkinProject – whether you or a loved one has a food allergy, just hate sugary treats, or if your family is vegetarian or vegan, this is a must know.

All these blogs have additional links, to other Glitter Fantasy posts – for example,

The Great Pumpkin

has a link for tons of pumpkin recipes and

Won’t You Be My BOO?

has some awesome scary stories, in an additional link. Make sure to check them all out, and get your Halloween fix, Glitter Fantasy style!

Images: pinterest, clotheshorse, YouTube, partycity, personal.

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