Missing Halloween? Haunt Your Thanksgiving Instead

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Moving from the East Coast to the West Coast I’ve learned a few things. One truly awesome discovery was that warm days and crisp autumnal nights pretty much start at Halloween in SoCal. Then they go on…and on…and on, with yellow leaves still clinging to some trees at Christmas.

With this extended “fall,” I came to the happy conclusion that just because Halloween has ended (sob), all the fun definitely does not have to stop. In that spirit, here’s how to creep things up for your most terrifying Thanksgiving ever. Enjoy, my phreaky phriends!

HAUNTED HARVEST WREATH

Everybody and her sister has a wreath up around Thanksgiving, so get on the bandwagon (or inside the hearse)…with a Halloween twist. We found this adorbs owl wreath at Home Depot.

HOCUS POCUS, PILGRIM-STYLE

What goes with New England pilgrims? Authentic old-timey witches, of course! These look like they flew right out of Salem Village to your front yard. Add some harvest pumpkins and a haybale, and you’re good to go.

CARVE MORE THAN TURKEY 

It’s that harvest thing again. Pumpkins and gourds are popular all the way until Christmas (back off, Ho-ho-hoboy, we’re Halloweening over here). So put out a few Thanksgiving jacks for seasonal flair.

AND YOU THOUGHT TURDUCKEN WAS WEIRD 

Ever had alien? Tastes just like chicken! We wrote about this incredible Alien movie chest-burster chicken from Eat the Dead, but it’s worth a second look. Still gross, still delicious, and there will definitely be more at the dinner table to talk about than that shiftless loser your cousin is dating.

HAVE YOUR SKELETONS PULL DOUBLE DUTY

Deliciously creepy! This 12-ft. Home Depot skellie was featured in a New York Post article. Home Depot no  longer carries a 12-footer, but you can repurpose any skeleton to fit a Thanksgiving theme.

SET A CREEPY TABLE

Skeleton cutlery, drinking glasses and dishes will serve up a side dish of scary for Thanksgiving. Make or buy creepy place settings, too: write guests’ names in goth printing with a calligraphy ink pen.

DRINK (AND EAT) UP, WITCHES!

“This isn’t over yet!” – Pumpkin Spice Everything. Yes, it’s still heeeeere and it will keep brewing, baking, and finding its way into such weirdness as Peeps or kale chips for another month before Peppermint Everything takes over, so enjoy.

BIRDS OF A FEATHER 

Crows are a harvest creature (one farmers don’t usually like, but Halloween enthusiasts love). And owls are no newcomers to the dinner table in such guises as salt shakers. In the living room, add a few feathered-friend throws and you’re good to go.

It’s easy to keep it creepy while celebrating the changing seasons. If you loved this, just wait until Christmas, when we’ll ring in the season in festive (or is that festering) style? Watch this space.

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