Be­witch­ing BEAUTY

This Ore­gon home be­comes a haunt­ing show­place ev­ery year when Hal­loween comes to town.

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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.

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