My Annual Fall/Halloween Debbie Downer Rant

10.11.2013





My opinions today may be unpopular.  Based on what I see as I drive around Dallas, I could be in the minority with my ideas regarding fall and Halloween decor.  I've noticed that over the last 15 years or so, the way homeowners approach Halloween has changed drastically.  When I was growing up, all people did was put out a pumpkin or a jack-o-lantern.  


And, I really think that was enough.  However, if I were going to do more, I think these examples are lovely.  I appreciate a much more minimal approach to fall and Halloween decor.  I like holiday decor that is natural and uncontrived.  And, devoid of plastic, rubber and nylon.  


A friend recently sent me this link to an interesting but somewhat disconcerting article about how much money Americans spend on Halloween.  I knew that we had gotten excessive, but the article put it all in perspective for me. 








Now, I'm getting to the specifics of what I don't like to see this time of year.  INFLATABLES.  So very sorry if I offend anyone here, but I believe that inflatables should not exist.  Maybe I'm a Debbie Downer or a Halloween Scrooge, but that's what I think.  I posted about this last October, and many of you agreed.  Your comments were very amusing.  


So, just for fun I have a "Which Would You NOT Choose?" below.  If your across the street neighbor installed an inflatable for Halloween, which of the below would you be most horrified to see?  For me, #1, #5 and #7 are the most appalling.





And lastly, congratulations to Kim for winning the ginger jar!







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25 comments :

citygirlarts.com said...

Hi! You are so right on with this topic. I live in a section of town that the entire city flocks to for Halloween. The decorations are horrendous and we can't even get out of our driveway because of the cars parking everywhere. Way toooo overrated! Thanks for your refreshing point of view!
Leslie

A Flair for Vintage Decor said...

I agree...and love the images of the white pumpkins with white flowers...so simple and pretty! Take care, Caroline

Raina Cox said...

I'm grateful our neighborhood HOA is positively German in its ruthlessness.

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

#9 is in my neighborhood.

Kristin@bliss-athome.com said...

I'm with you. I guess I'm unpopular too ;) I like tasteful and simple. Love your examples. xo Kristin

Kathysue said...

Could not agree with you more, same with Santa blow-ups there is nothing sadder to me than to see Santa deflated every morning and all day long on peoples lawns. Of all the tasteful decorations people can purchase I have never understood the amount they will pay for these items. You are definitely not alone in your attitude and it is an opinion of a lady with class and style, so you are NOT Debbie Downer,
xo Kathysue

Kristen Alcorta said...

I absolutely HATE inflatables - for any holiday! Going to say it: tacky!
That being said, I understand the appeal they have for kids -- my son begs to have one (not budging from my stance, though!).

Dana tkach gault said...

Oh my--I agree with you, and Raina said it well: I AM German and simply cannot tolerate the K-Mart-exploded Halloween decorating style! I realize small children love it, but my kids--now young adults--grew up with arful, subtle autumn tones and classic decor. I have been known to shred yards of while fabric into strips and tie it all together to make 100's of feet of webbing that we turned into a two-story spider web woven through the palo verdes in the front yard. One giant furry spider, and the the neighborhood kids line up for an annual photo. No inflatables here! Just home-made, classic Halloween with lots of dollar-store crows and owls perched on walls and planters and even the utility box on the side of the house. We light a ton of battery-operated candles in votives on trick-or-treat night and place them all over the yard, and finish it off with dry ice fog. Mostly black and white with gray, and one large orange pumpkin. The surprise is that our house is the favorite, with nary an inflatable ghoul chariot in sight!
Thank you for letting me and my Halloween snobbery find like-minded (and clearly exceptional) companions!

Jessie said...

Great post, Jennifer. Not a fan of inflatable Halloween decoration as well. I prefer Halloween decorations that are more classic and minimalistic. I think people put up these inflatables mostly for their kids so it's understandable.

Jessie
www.mixandchic.com

Karena Albert said...

Oh Jennifer they are all dreadful. I cannot believe the money people pay for all of this (sorry)crap!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Linda Pakravan said...

Yes, inflatables are ghastly. There is no escaping them in my town.

Suburban Charm said...

I would have to agree with you...I am more of the mums and pumpkins kind of Halloween decorator...I subscribe to the "less is more" theory for most of my holiday decorations!

Andrea said...

LOL on the inflatables! You are hilarious!! I absolutely LOVE all of the classy pumpkins you have pictured here, I am going to Pin away! The other thing we saw everywhere in certain neighborhoods in Dallas was people turning their front porches into veritable pumpkin patches with every shape, size, color, and variety of gourd you can possibly imagine. I can only imagine that would cost a fortune!

XOXO,
The Glam Pad

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

So desperately hate in flatables. Every year at Halloween or Christmas, I tease my husband about getting an inflatable for our yard. I pretend that its my fondest desire. He has figured out that it would be inflatables over my dead body so it doesn't scare him as much as it used to.

Debra Phillips said...

ok, first i must rant about the 'debbie downer' reference! :-)

christmas has been ruined with inflatables, now this?! nooooooo!
debra

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

The inflatables aren't loading but that's OK cause I am totslly with you on this. I love to see (and do) some simple mums, pumpkins, gourds and a wreath. Natural elements are always the best and prettiest, I think. You are not a Debbie downer. I used to decorate for Halloween (with a LITTLE bit) but since my kids are grown and gone I just do Fall decorations.

Maggie said...

Amen! Thanks for ranting so I don't have to :)

Donnamae said...

Well, you are not a Debbie Downer in my book! Couldn't have said it better myself! I think all Halloween needs is pumpkins, mums, and a few other natural embellishments!
So get on your soapbox anytime you want! ;)

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

SO true, Jennifer!! Halloween used to be simple and fun...the entire holiday has gotten out of hand. I guess it is a good thing my kids are grown so I don't really have to participate beyond handing out candy. I guess I am also a Debbie Downer!! By the way, all the inflatables are dreadful but 1,5,6 and 7 are truly awful!

Have a great weekend!! xoxo

Kathleen DiPaolo said...

I was going to pop one in my neighborhood last year! Then, I thought God might be a little mad with me:). Love you!! K

therelishedroost said...

No inflatables for me! My daughter came home from college last night and she and her sisters carved pumpkins! I like all different pumpkins and lovely mums and greenery.. with an occasional fake crow-LOl!
Great post, have a good weekend!
Karolyn

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

I feel the same way....all of these are horrible...its hard to choose one... What ever happened to old fashion pumpkins!

Henhurst Interiors said...

I am with you, Jennifer. Those things are hideous and why anyone would put such an eyesore in front of their house is a total mystery to me.
Have a great weekend,
Phyllis

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

You are a trip! Thank you for saying this out loud!! i don't care what holiday it is, unless it's a moon bounce for your kid's birthday party it shouldn't be blown up and put on your lawn.

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

I need to Instagram a photo of my neighbor's front yard for you....you would die!!

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