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Fall Finds at Cracker Barrel

Cracker Barrell Autumn wreath

Biscuits would be enough.

Biscuits would be enough to make me want to visit Cracker Barrel.

But the old-country-store-style chain, with 645 stores in 44 states, also has a gift area, with a variety of fun, seasonal gifts and treats. And fall is no exception! I visited Saturday and took some pictures of items I thought you would enjoy.

 

 

 

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Halloween Shopping at The Christmas Attic (Video)

I purchased these striped candles and black glitter candelabra; couldn’t resist them!

Don’t let the name throw you off.  Yes, The Christmas Attic in Old Town, Alexandria (Virginia) has Christmas decorations all year (the entire top floor is dedicated to Christmas ornaments and collectibles).  But they have beautiful things you would enjoy year-round, including some pretty fantastic Halloween decorations and items.

I love Old Town and spent some time here while waiting to go on a Ghost walking tour recently.  I found

  • Spooky books
  • Halloween ornaments
  • Halloween candles, light sets, and candlelabra (I purchased some of those!)
  • Halloween headbands and witches hats for the glamorous witch 🙂
  • Glittery skulls and skeletons

and much more.  If you like to poke around shops, you will be enchanted with this store.

Location: 125 South Union Street (corner of Union and Prince Streets), Alexandria, Virginia. Phone: (703) 548-2829.

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Favorite Halloween Finds at Oriental Trading Company

I just got the Oriental Trading Company Halloween catalog and thought I would share my favorites. All items are available for sale at http://www.orientaltrading.com

This spooky fireplace mantel scarf is 8 feet long and retails for $9.99. Rather elegant!

Vampires are cool right now, aren’t they?  Now everyone in your office can have a pair of fangs.  And what a photo that would make for your blog! 🙂  Get 72 gl0w-in-the-dark fangs for $4.99.

I love taper candles, but  I don’t like the wax they drip all over my table and mantel.  And have you ever had one fall over at a party?  That’s the kind of scary I don’t like on Halloween.  So I think these electric taper candles are pretty ingenious.  If I were having a party, I’d definitely invest $4.99 in a pair of these.

Can we all agree that the stretchy spider web stuff you buy by the bag in drug stores does not look scary?  It tends to ball up like white cotton, and when it rains, it’s just a mess.  But this creepy cloth has that authentic haunted house look and appears as if it would be a lot easier to work with.  $3.99 for four yards, what a bargain (also available in other sizes and gray color).

There were tons of other Halloween decorating items.  Check them out!

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Halloween Shopping at Merrifield Garden Center (VIDEO)

Merrifield Garden Center (corner of Gallows Road and Lee Highway, just outside of Falls Church, Virginia) is a lovely time to visit any time of year.  If you love Halloween decorations, I recommend you visit. You’ll find

  • Pumpkins (59 cents/pound)
  • Mums and pansies
  • Halloween decorations
  • Harvest-themed decorations
  • Holiday lights and candles

 

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3 Fun Places to Buy Pumpkins

Mary with pumpkins at Merrifield Garden Center

Wow, are there ever a lot of pumpkins out.  Must be fall! 🙂 Here are three local places that are selling pumpkins (going rate for the big ones seems to be about 59 cents per pound), as well as plants, apple butter, and Halloween decorations.

If you’re picking a pumpkin to make a jack o’ lantern (the big ones aren’t any good for pies), then look for one that sits well, and doesn’t have any soft spots. Medium-sized ones may be easier for kids to carve.

Pigboy Willy’s Pumpkin Patch

Witches for sale at Pigboy Willy's Pumpkin Patch

I had to stop here because of the name.  I asked the lady at the stand about the origin of the name, and all she could say was that it was an old family story.  The pumpkins are arrayed on the parking lot in the corner of Pan Am Shopping Center on the corner of Lee Highway and Nutley Street in Fairfax, Virginia.  I like the witches. They were plenty big and would decorate an entire door, or add a bit of color to a Halloween party, and they were only $13 each.

Cox Farms Vienna Market

If you don’t feel like driving out to Centreville, you can get some of the pumpkin patch experience (for free) at the Cox Farms stand in Vienna, Virginia (2599 Chain Bridge Road). They also sell fresh, local apples, honey sticks, cider, pies, and preserves.  There are also hay bales and wooden playground equipment to climb, as well as wooden cutouts for photo opportunities.

Merrifield Garden Center

On the corner of Lee Highway and Gallows Road, in Merrifield, Virginia, you can find — not just pumpkins — but pumpkins in all kinds of shapes, colors, and sizes.  So if your taste in pumpkins runs to the hip and eclectic, you should make this your pumpkin patch stop.

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