How To Decorate for Halloween Without Going Overboard

How To Decorate for Halloween Without Going Overboard

Simple, elegant and affordable ways to decorate for Halloween.

The humid summer air is slowly turning into cool and crisp bursts of wind. Colorful flowers like impatiens and begonias are being replaced with yellow and orange mums. Yup, fall is here.

As the countdown to summer resets, our list of things to do around house includes transitioning our house from summer to fall. For many of us that also means breaking out the Halloween decorations. If you want to show off your festive side but would prefer your home not to resemble that of Morticia Addams, then these tips are for you.


(Not So) Spooky Steps

Your steps are probably the easiest thing to decorate. If you want to go basic, you can buy a few pumpkins and you are all set. Want to take it a step further? Add a few lanterns for an elegant effect.


Party Porch

Porches were made for Halloween decorations. OK maybe I am exaggerating, but they are the perfect spot for seasonal decor. Focus on one corner of your porch and pick one large item as your focal point. Some ideas to get you started: a cauldron, broomstick, pumpkin topiary or a hay bale.

Ghastly Garden

Mums are a fall classic that are an elegant addition for your curb appeal. In addition to planting mums you can find other garden decorations like flags and signs on sites like Etsy and Amazon.


Dressed Up Door

A simple wreath will tie the look together. You can make your own or buy one from Michaels or Etsy.



Eerie Entry Table

Creating a frightening foyer is as easy as picking a theme. You can go with colors, like orange, black and/or purple, creatures like bats, skeletons or witches or just an overall Autumnal theme. This is the first, and sometimes only, thing guests will see when they enter so you can show off your Halloween spirit without even touching any other room in the house.

Frighteningly Fun Fireplace Mantel

If you have a fireplace then you have prime real estate in your home for a Halloween display. Candles, mini pumpkins and simple garland are affordable touches that go a long way.


If you are looking for a house to buy or rent and then decorate, please call me at 914-215-2025.

Or if you are tired of decorating your home every year and might want to downsize, please give me a call at 914-215-2025.

Or if you really like to decorate and do not have enough space, please call me at 914-215-2025.

Thanks, Chris

The Imitation Game-Already an Oscar contender-To be released in November

Telluride: Weinstein Company Jumps Back Into Oscar Game With Strong ‘Imitation Game’ Screening

The Imitation Game Movie New Pic (1)

On a day chock full of World Premieres here in Telluride, The Weinstein Company which has used this festival for North American launches of The King’s Speech and The Artist, and saw both goTelluride Film Festival 2014 Lineup on to win Best Picture Oscars, just might be on to another major Best Picture contender after its first public screening of the Alan Turing biopic, The Imitation Game. Of course it is easy this time of year to go into just about every film that hits the Fall Festival circuit as a potential awards player after a large drought of Oscar- quality films for the first eight months of the year, but this one just has Academy Award pete_hammond_300x100nominations written all over it.  Not just in the Best Picture race where a slot seems likely, but also directing for Norwegian helmer Morten Tyldum (Headhunters), debuting screenwriter Graham Moore, and certainly the stunning lead actor performance of new Emmy winner Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing, the brilliant British math nerd who cracked the code of Nazi Germany’s military maneuvers , but also led a complex, and ultimately tragic, personal life.  Also sure to get strong consideration is Keira Knightley, as good as she has ever been, as a colleague of Turing who becomes so much more.  Although she has lead billing with Cumberbatch, producers tell me they plan to put her in Supporting Actress and that seems appropriate unless the actors branch who votes on these things disagrees, but the thrust of the film is really Cumberbatch.

After the premiere screening at the packed Werner Herzog Theatre on Friday night, I moderated a 15-minute discussion with Tyldum, Moore and producers Teddy Schwarzman of Black Bear Pictures, and Bristol Automotive’s Nora Grossman and Ido Ostrowsky. Cumberbatch was listed in the official Telluride program as coming to the festival, but I am told he couldn’t get sprung from a current production commitment. Ostrowsky and Grossman had learned of Turing’s remarkable story and optioned Andrew Hodges’ definitive biography on him.  That led to a meeting with self-confessed computer nerd and Turing aficionado Moore which resulted in his blacklisted script that not only brilliantly covers Turing’s obsessive career, but also personal travails and gives what might have been a dry story real emotional punch. Another Best Picture winner to which it could be favorably compared to is Ron Howard’s A Beautiful Mind, but this film seems to have article-0-18E076C100000578-398_634x490even more humanity in the way Turing’s life is portrayed. “This was a much-beloved screenplay that Hollywood studios didn’t want to make. AndThe Weinstein Company logo it was one of those opportunities where a studio  says ‘no’ and it becomes available to be made completely independently. And that’s what we did,” said Schwarzman, who described why they brought in a Norwegian director who had never made an English-language film. “We tried to find a leader who understood the thematic significance of this film, and the importance from a historical standpoint and who could hopefully provide some greater themes to the movie as far as just not all the amazing accomplishments of Alan Turning, which from our standpoint are exceptional, but also tackling the ability to be different, and to accept being different and to do great things by that self-confidence. I think when we met Morten Tyldum, he encapsulated all of that, and then we really had the beginnings of a movie.”

Tyldum said he is not particularly a fan of period films, but the theme of the importance of not following the norm and being different really won him over in taking on this project. Also drawn to the film was Harvey Weinstein who picked it up after seeing just 15-minutes of footage. “It was good to have someone coming in at that process and to push us to do a little bit more because we have lived with this story for so long,” said Ostrowsky.  Weinstein came to Telluride for the premiere, but when I asked him afterwards about it, the-imitation-gamehe really deferred to the filmmakers praising their work.  He’s obviously high on this one’s Oscar prospects  and also told me he expects big things in the awards season from the December release of Tim Burton’s Big Eyes which stars Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. The Imitation Game opens November 21st.  This is a significant date for Weinstein as both King’s Speech and The Artist opened the same week in 2010 and 2011 respectively.  Since both won Best Picture it looks like a good luck date for The Weinstein Company. I would be surprised if this one doesn’t firmly put them in the 2014 race.

At any rate Tyldum is happy with the Telluride debut. “It’s now off. It’s not our film anymore. Now anyone who’s seen it and talks about it, it’s their  film,” he said. Moore added that he hopes  people take from it a portrait of a completely singular and unique man. ” He was treated very badly and his life ended very sadly, but he deserves to be celebrated,” he said.

Highly recommend new play at the Westport Country Playhouse

I spent a wonderful evening last night at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Connecticut seeing John Tillinger‘s new production of Alan Ayckbourn‘s play, “Things We Do For Love.” The play was preceded by a cocktail party for the LGBTcommunity of Fairfield county, LGBT Night OUT. It was a great way to meet new friends and to celebrate community in a beautiful setting. We highly recommend this show to everyone.



So much to do in Fairfield county-Westport Country Playhouse

The Westport Country Playhouse, a not-for-profit theater, in Westport, CT., serves as a cultural nexus for patrons, artists and students and is a treasured resource for the State of Connecticut.  There are no boundaries to the creative thinking for future seasons or the kinds of audiences and excitement for theater that Westport Country Playhouse can build.

There current production is Nora
Ingmar Bergman’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House
Translated into the English language by Frederick J. Marker and Lise-Lone Marker
Directed by David Kennedy

July 15 – August 2, 2014

Nora has the perfect life, a happy home, and a healthy marriage. But when a mysterious man from her past appears, her idyllic world is suddenly turned upside down. A story of love, blackmail, and the little lies we tell, Nora is a sexy and stunning adaptation of one of Ibsen’s most psychologically penetrating works.

We had the pleasure of seeing Nora at  the Westport Country Playhouse. Just another reason to consider living in Fairfield county, Connecticut. If you are interested in looking at homes to rent or buy in Fairfield county, please call Chris Maroc, 914-215-2025.

Things to do near Stamford, CT-Caramoor Center for Music & the Arts

This is so much to do within 30 minutes of Stamford, Connecticut. Here is one wonderful destination to visit for music, art, house and garden tours and educational classes.

Caramoor is the legacy of Walter and Lucie Rosen, who established the estate and built a great house as its centerpiece, filling it with treasures collected on their travels. Walter Rosen was the master planner, bringing to reality his dream of creating a place to entertain friends from around the world. Their legendary musical evenings were the seeds of today’s Summer Music Festival, held annually on the estate. What is now known as the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts was originally created by a foundation established by the Rosens to operate the estate in perpetuity. Lucie Rosen once said that people feel they have gone to another country and another time when they visit Caramoor. Because the Rosens were touched by this, by the obvious pleasure their friends took in Caramoor’s beauty, they decided to leave their home as a legacy for all to enjoy after they had gone. It is to the vision and energy of this inspirational couple that thousands owe their enjoyment of Caramoor each year.

We had the pleasure of seeing Patti Lupone at Caramoor a few weeks ago. Just another reason to consider living in Stamford, Connecticut. If you are interested in looking at homes to rent or buy in Stamford, please call Chris Maroc, 914-215-2025.

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