From the Front Porch

Happy Sunday from the front porch.  Thanks so much for sharing your day with us!

We had our family Halloween party last night and while we’re tired this morning, we had the best time. 

Everyone dressed up in costumes, ate from a spooky themed menu, bobbed for apples, participated in the “gross out cups” game and danced to the Monster Mash. 

I was fully prepared to be one of the nuns from Sister Act but a spooky party requires a spooky costume according to the littles so I was on Team Zombie for the night ?

Not waiting until Halloween to have the party gave us all a chance to relax and enjoy being together.  In the past, we’ve had to rush through dinner to trick or treat before sundown and deal with itchy costumes.

This Halloween party felt like a win-win because we didn’t have to deal with any of that ?

DIY Medusa 

To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t going to share Medusa or as the kids have renamed her Mona. I thought it might be too creepy for an actual blog post. 

It’s been such a big hit though.  I’ve decided to share a mini post on how S created Medusa below for those of you looking for something that’s spooky but also easy to create at the last minute.

We bought a foam head at the craft supply store and spray painted it with Krylon Color Max spray paint in Citrus Green. As always, make sure you read all the instructions completely and spray in well ventilated area. 

Next S added the store-bought black and green hair with a hot glue gun. Be sure to use caution and care as the glue gun will be extremely hot.   

While the hot glue was drying, S painted rubber snakes she bought on Amazon with craft paint.  

Then she used a glue gun to attach the snakes to the hair.

Once the snakes were in place, S used a face painting kit to apply Medusa’s makeup. 

Before finally, hot gluing a set of glow in the dark fangs to Medusa’s lips.

Then we placed Medusa on these DIY Milk Glass Cake Stands and added black paper crinkles around her neck for an easy centerpiece display.

On a side note, having this creepy head resting in the front seat on the way to the littles house was quite the adventure. I’m so glad I didn’t get pulled over ?

A Few of Our Favorite Halloween Inspired Posts from Around the Web this Week…

This Harry Potter inspired home tour is a fun one! Plus, there are 24 other home tours for you to visit as well.

One of my cousins sent me this post which feels equally spooky and fun!  3000 carved pumpkins though…wow ?

5 Things You Need to Host a Halloween Movie Night has a lot of great ideas from food to drinks to entertainment ideas.

I sent this post to my sister for the littles and they were bananas over the idea!

This Witch’s Tea Party inspired tablescape is so pretty you almost forget it’s Halloween inspired!

A Halloween Home Tour that is more festive than scary.

This was SPOT on for Team Crowned Goat, What to Be for Halloween Based on Your Enneagram, so now I’m curious to see if it is for you too!

Did you know there was a Halloween Capital of the World? 

Chip and Jo are at it again! If you haven’t heard about their latest project yet, this post shares all the details.

29 Best Fall Festivals and Fairs Across the US according to Country Living

Fall Pumpkin Carving Tips 

What to Do When You’re Feeling Uninspired 

Quote of the Week and Free Printable…

On the Menu this Week…

**(Just as a sweet reminder the person that makes the menu doesn’t eat beef or pork so keep that in mind when you see this feature each week, wink wink)**

Week of October 14 – October 20

Monday – Gluten Free Spinach Mushroom Breakfast Skillet with Eggs 

Tuesday – Enchilada Style Baked Chicken with side fiesta salad

Wednesday – Chipotle Shrimp Cobb Salad with Jalapeno Corn Vinaigrette 

Thursday – French Onion Soup  with crusty bread

Friday –  Greek Nachos with Herb Tahini Sauce and grape leaves

Saturday – Grilled Chicken Margherita and side salad

Sunday – Mussels in White Wine Sauce with side of linguine

Sweet Treat to Try This Week…

40 Halloween Desserts That’ll Thrill Everyone at Your Holiday Party 

Here Are a Few Halloween Inspired Finds We Spotted online at Target and Amazon This Week…

**(Affiliate links have been provided for your convenience. You can read our full disclosure policy here)

Ghost Mug 

Welcome/Out of Candy Sign

Pillow Covers 

Crow Feet Serving Bowl 

Pumpkin Carving Kit 

Party Plates 

Poseable Halloween Skeleton 

Taper Candle Holder Set 

Happy Pumpkins Set 


Linen Napkin Set in Gray Stone 


Hocus Pocus Tee 

If You’ve Missed Anything from the Archives or on The Blog Lately, Here’s a Peek at What We’ve Been Up To

Embracing Fall Home Tour 

Fall in the Field at Renningers Mount Dora

DIY Halloween Trees 

Easy DIY Halloween Decorations 

Glow in the Dark Candy Bucket 

52 Weeks to a Simplified & Organized Home Challenge

If you’re part of our 52 Weeks to a Simplified and Organized Home Challenge,  we’re completing Week 41 Attic and Basement and looking forward to working on Week 42 Holiday Travel Plans. 

*** Keep in mind, if you’re new to this challenge or have gotten behind for whatever reason, simply pick up on the current week and start again.  You don’t have to be perfect, just don’t stay stuck! This challenge is all about making progress no matter how big or small. ***

TCG Housekeeping Notes, Dates to Remember & Upcoming Posts…

October 22 – National Make a Dog’s Day  All month long, Subaru of America, Inc, has partnered with The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA®) as part of its Subaru Loves Pets initiative, dedicating the month of October to supporting the well-being and protection of animals across the country. 

This year they’re focusing on pets that are considered harder to adopt with special needs such as senior dogs, amputees, visually and hearing-impaired dogs, and dogs with birth defects and physical challenges.

Contact your local Subaru dealer for more information on food drives, adoption drives and how you can best support this worthy cause. 

While I know dogs are not perfect, all three of our dogs have been rescues and I can honestly say, they have given us more love than we could have ever imagined.

We hope your Sunday is peace filled and relaxing.  We can’t wait to see you back here next week!

Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. What a fun post, CoCo! First, I think this is the prettiest photo of you ever; I WANT your hair!! And that sweet smile!❤️

    It sounds like the party was a blast…smart to do it early. So many people juggle the weekend before Halloween, and the very day. The Medusa is way too cool, very elaborate and detailed. Great job!

    I love your compilation of recipes, I Pinned a few. The chicken enchilada casserole looks like a winner here as I follow a low carb plan as does my son who loves to pop in for meals. I also followed the food blogger.

    Hope you have a great week, my friend!


    1. ha ha We definitely had a fun night celebrating the spooky house with them. I’m usually not into Halloween but those cuties wore me down something fierce, scar tattoos and all 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

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