Get Your Ghost On

October screams loud and clear with a spooky “ba-ha-ha … decorate me!” And plenty of us South Bayers listen and do as the spirits command.

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    Valerie Sartini


This creative and colorfully decorated home in east Manhattan Beach (above) makes me smile. It’s fun and whimsical with a nod to Tim Burton. And look at all the texture—spot-on design work!


To get your own home in the spirit, place a few large hay bales around your front door or entryway. Decorate them with scarecrows, pumpkins, black crows or anything that suits your spooky fancy.  Hay bales ($14.99) available at International Garden Center, 155 N. Sepulveda in El Segundo.



Inside, switch the palette of your floral arrangements to the reds and oranges of fall. Add some unexpected pops of color for interest and depth.


Get creative with heirloom pumpkins by arranging them in your fireplace and allowing them to spill out onto the hearth, adding a colorful and unusual focal point. Heirloom pumpkins available at Grow, 830 N. Sepulveda Manhattan Beach.


Sometimes homemade costumes are the most fun. You don’t have to wrestle with a needle and thread to create something original. Here a staple gun and fabric turned these two goblins into a pink die and Tootsie Pop .

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