This Oregon home becomes a haunting showplace every year when Halloween comes to town.
WhenAleta Breese decorates her Oregon home for Halloween, she doesn’t just toss a few jack-o’-lanterns around and add in a couple of witches. Oh, no! Beginning the first week in September, Aleta turns her house into a hauntingly beautiful showcase complete with a colony of bats flying across her dining room wall and two life-size black-winged skeletons overlooking her entryway. At every corner and on every surface, a creepy yet chic scene awaits visitors. Tables and chairs are shrouded in black fabric. Crows gaze out with beady eyes, and smiling skulls stare out from eyeless sockets. “Spooky is my thing,” Aleta says. “No gore allowed.”
The Breese home provides the perfect backdrop for such decorating delights. An open staircase in the entryway lends itself well to long drapes of orange-and-black garland, and light-colored walls and trim allow the seasonal decorations to pop. The high ceilings and tall windows let in an abundance of light to play off the festive accessories.
Aleta has accumulated her collection of Halloween trimmings over the past several years, picking up vintage items at flea markets and finding fun accents at local stores. “I find pieces everywhere and all through the year,” she says. “I’m really selective, though, picky even. If it’s not antique, vintage, or artist made, it has to look the part.”
Aleta deftly mingles those seasonal accents with her everyday decor. A chippy white birdcage takes on an autumnal look with the addition of a plump pumpkin inside. Cloches and plate stands display papier-mâché figurines. Glass jars and vases hold miniature pumpkins or candy corn.
And when Halloween is over, Aleta is ready to start on her next project, turning her once-haunting abode into a festive and inviting Christmas showcase, as was featured in Country Sampler’s Christmas 2015 issue.