So, first of all, my real mantel is dominated by the hubby's tv (and usually something like the Backyardigans is on). Not the most fashionable thing, and it doesn't inspire me to decorate it at all. So here is my real mantle with it's sad little pumpkins. I should really get a little more ambitious.
The black candle holders I picked up at a consignment shop probably 10 years ago for about $5 total. I love them and move them around all the time. The glitter pumpkins came from Hobby Lobby. They were 12 for $6. Love that! They are the same pumpkins that are on my real mantel. The small Boo sign ($3) and the long Happy Halloween sign ($6) came from Hobby Lobby as well. The crows are from the Design Mecca of Dollar Tree. However, they have been complimented on over and over! The black glitter skull came from DT as well. The orange finial was a yard sale purchase earlier in the summer for $2. The owl pillow is from Kirkland's - $6! I just had to have him and although he doesn't match 100% - who cares! The framed Boo and Spooky are just little things I made on Microsoft Word and printed. They are put in frames I already had. Whew! That was a lot! But I think it makes a fantastic impact for around $25.
But, my cute little helper is the best decoration of all!