Excuses aside, I did get a few of my favorite pieces out in time for the holiday.
I put out this handy door mat as a prompt for the more nervous or shy trick-or-treaters.
I made this wreath several years ago. All the pieces are store-bought, but I put it together. Isn't it fun?
I especially like the purple glitter spider. Because nothing says 'Halloween' like a sparkly arachnid, you know?
This last piece is my absolute favorite Halloween decoration of all time. My Big Martha bought it years ago. She says it's a Halloween depiction of me. MBM displayed it proudly for years, and when I got a house of my own, she passed it on to me.
I put it on the mantel. Besides being a beautiful decoration, this witch is also functional. A tealight candle goes in the bottom, and a wax potpourri tart goes in the cauldron to fill the air with a great smell. I always go with a fall scent (apples, cinnamon, etc.).
Of course, I could always put some eye of newt and tongue of snail in the cauldron and get a true Halloween effect, but I don't think that's what My Big Martha had in mind when she bought this. Eye of newt just isn't that functional in the TMI household. Trick-or-treat!