Alice in Wonderland is one of the best fairy tales ever to let your imagination go to the darker spectrum of things. Which is probably why there are so many gothic interpretations of it. So I present to you, our Alice in Wonderland Halloween Decorations.
I had this particular idea for our Halloween front porch decor for this year, since the day my older daughter decided she wanted to be the Queen of Hearts for Halloween last Fall. First she wanted to be Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. But then too many viewings of Tim Burton’s version of Wonderland led to a fascination with “Off with their heads!”.
She was the Evil Queen from Snow White, now this.
A little bit of a Gothic Wonderland – our Alice In Wonderland Halloween Decorations
How the decorations all started, was that I basically dragged my husband and my kids to a mini forest by our home. We took home a whole bunch of old branches that had already broken off of their respective trees.
Then after we dragged these branches home, much to the perplexed look of our neighbors, I covered them with fake red roses and tied them to our porch with fishing line.
The black chandelier was an old cheap chandelier from a thrift store that I painted black. Which for the record was a spray paint disaster (think bubbled up paint), but because it was for Halloween it added to the creepy, old effect.
I then added some gothic decorations, skulls, and you can never go wrong with bird cages and crows.
Alice in Wonderland Halloween Decorations – The Steamer Trunk Tea Party
Then on my Kijiji score of a vintage black steamer trunk (whose hinges are broken and who I haven’t been able to find a spot for in our home). I did an Alice in Wonderland Halloween Decor Vignette, using a variety of symbols from the story.
- the white rabbit
- a Gothic looking Alice doll
- Cheshire cat Jack O’ Lantern (which makes it’s viral appearance on the Internet every Halloween)
- Teapot (of course!)
- Painting the roses for red for her majesty the Queen of Hearts
- The Mad Hatter’s hat
- A clock and of course something to drink.
- The fabric under it is leftover red velvet from my daughter’s Queen of Hearts cape, and a piece of fabric that we got as a sample at BlogPodium from Tonic Living.
And at night we dragged out the Christmas lights and blasted a red light onto the porch.
This reads We’re All Mad Here but it went all around the pumpkin, so taking a photo of it was challenging.
And last but not least, the characters.
NOTE: I have removed the majority of my DIY Halloween costumes on my website.
I do however share portions of specific DIY’s for Halloween costumes. Such this Queen of Heart’s Cape. No sew. All fabric glue and scissors. Seriously.
What can I say? We’re all mad here.
Looking back upon this Alice in Wonderland Halloween Decor years later, it’s still one of my favorite Halloween memories ever.
GilitNovember 3, 2013 at 7:03 pm
You make me wish I celebrated Halloween. That pumpkin and those costumes are amazing! Didja pull out the sewing machine after all?
AlexNovember 7, 2013 at 6:36 pm
Hell. No. Heat N’ Bond and fabric glue. You know seeing your Instagram and your sewing skills in effect I know I need to have an area to practice doing this.
GilitNovember 7, 2013 at 6:44 pm
I wouldn’t call them “skills” just yet… If you can make that without sewing I can’t even imagine what you’ll do with sewing
thousandislandsmamaNovember 3, 2013 at 8:51 pm
Look at you go! I love the attention to detail…and you are so right, Alice is a truly wonderful story.
AlexNovember 7, 2013 at 6:37 pm
Thank you!! I am a late bloomer to Alice. As a kid my interest was in Star Wars and my fav fairytale was Sleeping Beauty so needless to say I can’t wait til Maleficent comes out.
saigewisdomNovember 3, 2013 at 11:49 pm
so great Alex, that Cheshire cat pumpkin is perfection. I definitely did not do anything close to meeting these standards – there’s always my next life. xo
AlexNovember 7, 2013 at 6:39 pm
Oh I never expect anyone to do this. My husband can’t stand Halloween but he just goes along with whatever is in my brain b/c I love it. Easter on the other hand…not going to see a Bunny Mantle here.
Green Door HospitalityNovember 4, 2013 at 8:41 am
Really turned out fantastic Alex!!!
AlexNovember 7, 2013 at 6:39 pm
Thanks so much Kenley!! 🙂
Victoria • Restoring our VictorianNovember 4, 2013 at 9:34 am
That. Is. Awesome. And you KNOW I mean that.
My favorite is the trunk set up… It is so perfect, and so obviously from Alice.
The black pumpkins are fantastic. I guess you will tell us what you painted them with?
AlexNovember 7, 2013 at 6:42 pm
The entire time I was doing this I kept thinking how much better it would look on an Old Victorian Home. Because the ‘burbs, well they lend themselves to Christmas commercials ok. But Halloween needs a dose of historical gothic decor.
Damnit. The paint. Rustoleum Flat Black spray.
ChristineNovember 4, 2013 at 9:29 pm
Totally AWESOME Alex!!! Every little touch is perfect!! Adore!
AlexNovember 7, 2013 at 6:45 pm
Thanks so much Christine!! 🙂
Danielle from StorypieceNovember 12, 2013 at 8:43 pm
I LOVE this theme! All of the details that you put into it are incredible and create such a spooky effect without being your traditional spiders and witches. Well done! I hope your girls are starting to get into all of this as much as you are.