Thursday, October 4, 2018

bats in the window- a Halloween Family Tradition

I'm here to share one of my family's  
most loved Halloween traditions with you-

hand cut paper bats 
in the window

It's no secret that I love holiday decorating.
I also love spending time as a family as we pull
Halloween items out of the storage bins
to make our house spooky.

Kids excitement about decorating 
is just as much fun as the decorating itself!

Joy comes in the simple things
and the most joy is found in being with family
as we make our home a fun and comforting place to be.
There is much joy in decorating with
the simple things as well.

Bats hand cut from black cardstock
certainly qualify as simple.

Paper bats only require simple things:
black cardstock, a pencil, scissors and a pattern.

Download the bat pattern here.

Cut out 1/2 bat.
Fold a piece of black cardstock in half.
Line up the bat template on the folded side of the cardstock
and trace the pattern using pencil, so the lines will show up.
Then have your kids cut them out.
Or cut them out while your watching
Hocus Pocus with your family.

Then tape them up in your windows or on the wall.
If you have natural spiderwebs in your windows
they are the perfect Halloween touch!

I have had these bats in my Halloween decorations for years.
I hang them up in my windows and 
take them down and store them until the next year.
I have used them year after year
for the past 10 years or so.

The best view is from the outside of my home!

At the end of the season,
take the bats down and store them for next year.

The character of these bats,
with parts torn from removing the tape and bent edges
make me so nostalgic.  
I think I will always have paper bats hanging in
my house at Halloween!

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