One of the things I enjoy most about holidays is taking pictures of the way people decorate their yards and houses for the occasion. From the simple to the elaborate ... it's always fun to see the creativity and imaginations that go into the decorations.
Yesterday, I drove around Vicksburg, and captured some Halloween decorations that caught my eye (you can click on the pictures to see the details, if you'd like).
I found this little guy downtown, perched on some bales of hay, his jaunty little smile welcoming visitors to our fair city. Isn't he precious!
And speaking of precious -- just look at these little fellows who were nestled in a flower bed around a mailbox ...
This little black cat was on the other side of the mailbox, along with a rusty old wheelbarrow ...
This old house is on a quiet tree-shaded street, and I can always count on its owner to come up with pretty decorations. I love the stacked pumpkins on the steps, surrounded by the mums and plants.
If you follow my blog, you'll probably recognize the next two houses which I've featured in past posts. This house reminds me of a little ivy-covered English cottage. All it needs is a thatched roof!
I love the pretty red door on this house, and its owner displays the flag year-round.
Gotta love the stone lions masquerading as Frankenstein.
I love the simplicity of the leaves and raffia on this front porch.
There's just something about vines and lamps and topiaries and little tables on porches that I can't resist, and this one had all of those -- plus a picket fence railing!
There are several things I like about this blue house, too -- its unique windows for one thing. Notice how they are flush with the bottom of the fascia board.
I like the front door, too, with its haphazardly-hung lace curtain, and patriotic garland left over from the 4th of July, or Memorial Day.
I couldn't get a picture of the front of this house because a car was parked in front of it, but the side porch is what caught my attention. It just seems to beckon to you to "come sit a spell."
Here are some of the other houses and decorations I saw ...
Click on the next picture to see the neat jack-o-lantern collection on the steps ...
I loved this cute little scarecrow ghost that was standin' on a corner watchin' all the cars go by ...
When I'm out taking pictures, I always seem to find some lagniappe, and here's my lagniappe from yesterday ...
This is a cross on the roof of the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation in Vicksburg. I just happened to look up and see it and was so glad I did. It was beautiful against the brilliant blue of the sky.
And I couldn't pass by this pretty lantana plant without capturing its flowers before they fade away for the winter ...
I hope you enjoyed my Halloween tour, and will join me for my Christmas tour. It will be here before we know it.
The word lagniappe, as defined by Webster's, means "something given or obtained gratuitously, or by way of good measure."
"Time never turns backwards
Its old charms to give,
In photographs only
Can yesterdays live."
~ Edgar A. Guest
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