Leaf Peepin’ for Halloween Creepin!

We don’t have much in the way of seasons here in Arizona – we have hot, and Satan’s butt-hole hot. We do get some fall color, and even snow, at higher elevations (where we live is north of Tucson, and we tend to see snow 5-6 times a year – we also have several Mullberry trees in our yard, that do change to a lovely shade of gold), but it’s just not the same as being surrounded by all the rich, warm fall colors, all the time.

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We do take frequent trips up the mountain, to help quench my leaf peeping lust, and if, like us, Autumn’s glorious ambers, crimson and rust shades are often harder to find than a virgin in a vampire movie, there’s always craft stores like Hobby Lobby and Michael’s, who offer amazingly realistic replicas (however, the more realistic, the more you’ll probably have to shell out for that Autumnal authenticity). Even Dollar Tree and big box stores will no doubt sell some stems or picks, and of course, there’s always the good ol’ internet, where you can even purchase boxes of real, Autumn leaves, to be delivered to your door if you’re nostalgic like I am (I have not personally used any of these ‘big box o’ leaves’ sites, so I can’t vouch for what exactly might be in each box. The one listed is from Brooklyn, I believe, so it could be leaves, could be hot dogs, could be body parts. Just sayin’.)

Craig, wrangling a specific red leaf I had to have, in 2009 I believe, up on nearby Mt. Lemmon.

Craig, wrangling a specific red leaf I had to have, in 2009 I believe, up on nearby Mt. Lemmon.

I love this! Spray paint maple leaves and add googly eyes. Or, buy silk, velvet or plastic leaves from craft or dollar stores, if you're not lucky enough to live in a wooded area.

I love this! Spray paint maple leaves and add googly eyes. Or, buy silk, velvet or plastic leaves from craft or dollar stores, if you’re not lucky enough to live in a wooded area.

Gorgeous Autumn Forests , wooden sculptures from discarded trees and trees dripping with light might give you some inspiration and help set the mood.

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And, you will probably not be as happy about Fall foliage as this mischievous mutt!

Glitter the edges of leaves, or make a magical mask (I would use faux foliage for anything going on the skin). The gorgeous glowing mason jar DIY is coming up!

Glitter the edges of leaves, or make a magical mask (I would use faux foliage for anything going on the skin). The gorgeous glowing mason jar DIY is coming up!

Find the tutorial for that mason jar candle holder, and some other festive fall mason jar ideas here (and I would not use real candles, just to be clear. Safety first, especially if you have kiddos).
More beautiful ways to prepare your home for fall and because not everyone is into spooky and scary for Halloween, here’s some pretty decorating ideas, and more fall leaves in decor. These lace string lights say they’re summer, but I think they could be just as pretty for fall, with the right colors.

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Peep the amazing Autumn leaf art by artist Joanna Wirazka (top photo), save special leaves in resin jewelry (bottom, right – for larger leaves, you could make paperweights for creative holiday gifts), or try this technique for rose beads (I would test it with leaves that aren’t special or sentimental, first).

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My favorite, are these roses made from fall leaves, whether alone or by the dozen, which would look fantastic in a DIY faux tree bark vase, some of these glittering acorns and maybe a few sunflowers or lotus pods tucked in.

My favorite find of the day! This gorgeous lotus pod wreath, at Cost Plus! This takes you from now, through Thanksgiving.

My favorite find of the day! This gorgeous lotus pod wreath, at Cost Plus! This takes you from now, through Thanksgiving.

Now, nobody wants to eat fall leaves (well, I’m sure someone, somewhere does, has or would, but why not some of these undoubtedly tastier recipes that celebrate another fabulous gift trees give us – nuts (and some maple recipes thrown in for Craig who is a fan of maple, another sappy offering. See what I did there? I know – I think I’m hilarious)!

Buttery Cayenne Pecans

Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler

Pumpkin Maple Chex Mix

Spiced Pumpkin Seed Brittle
(I know, not a nut or even tree related, but too tasty to exclude!)

Get the recipe, and apple rose tutorial, in our blog "AN APPLE A DAY".

Get the recipe for this apple walnut tart, and apple rose tutorial, in our blog “AN APPLE A DAY”.

Maple Pot de Creme

Honey Cashew Morning Buns

Pecan Pie Cobbler

Sweet Potato Pie With Pecan Crust

Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

Cinnamon Honey Almonds

Pecan Pie Cookies

Paleo Honey Mustard Roasted Nuts

Caramel Pecan Ice Cream Sandwiches Cake

Pistachio Guacamole And Cashew Salsa

Pecan Cheesecake Squares

Pecan Pie Macarons

Chocolate Tart With Chili Spiced Cashews

Cinnamon Roll Almond Butter

Maple Syrup Cocktails

And, I think any of these sound even better with some pickled cherries and Bourbon Caramel Sauce , which is why I included them (hey! Cherries come from trees and good bourbon is aged in wooden barrels, so see…as the seasons turn, so do I)!

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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

An Apple A Day

Oh The Tangled Webs We Weave

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 swords or fluffy ostrich, would also be a nice touch and striking contrast if you wanted to add some of your orange and umber leaves to your arrangement.

Children Of The Corn

Dem Bones!

Have A Bloody Good Time

Halloween Haunting On Any Budget

Candy corn adds a festive, and fashionable, touch to decor when done well.

Candy corn adds a festive, and fashionable, touch to decor when done well.

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.

Watermelon Kegs Are So Last Summer!
Try a pumpkin keg, instead!

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.

The Cute, The Creepy And The Terrifying

Fun, pom-pom pumpkins and ordinary branches from your  backyard would make a pretty centerpiece or foyer decoration.

Fun, pom-pom pumpkins and ordinary branches from your backyard would make a pretty centerpiece or foyer decoration.

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!

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Images: pinterest, funfamilycrafts, decor4fall, homeworkshop, parentmap, countryliving, facebook, personal, (previously referenced in additional links).

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