~ Halloween... Salt Lake City style ~

                                 Some folks just go all out for the holidays, don't they ?? !!!
I made this picture just as large as I could, so that you can see the many details that went into this Halloween display in Salt Lake City.
Notice the sails on the windows, the chain above the entry, and the ships lanterns.

The pirate theme for Halloween, is right on the mark.
I'm sure a lot of thought and a lot of work went into getting
this Halloween display, just right. 
 My sweet husband and I went to Salt Lake City this past weekend.

We wanted to have a little getaway, and enjoy the Fall weather, and just spend time together before the holiday season begins.

We had so much fun together!

We drove around the old neighborhoods and took pictures of great old houses.
The blue house above is just scary looking, but it were renovated, it would be gorgeous.
Looks a bit Halloween~ish now though.......
 One of our views on our drive.
Old houses, old neighborhoods, and old buildings make me smile.
I just love old stuff!!
 Gorgeous mansion.
 Same old mansion; different angle.
 Salt Lake City temple.

 Salt Lake City capitol building.
 Downtown Salt Lake City  ~~ City Creek Center.

We shopped at City Creek Center, and ate lunch at The Cheesecake Factory.
It was our first time eating at The Cheesecake Factory.
      Our daughter had gone to The Cheesecake Factory in Ohio, and she told us that we would love it. We did!
We had their grilled chicken tostada salad, and split a slice of pumpkin cheesecake.
If you've never been to The Cheesecake Factory, be warned... they serve huge portions and one dish easily can be shared!

We also got a jump on our Christmas shopping at City Creek.
It's a nice feeling to have a bit of shopping done already.
 It's turning cold here.
It was just 33 degrees this morning, and that was the thermometer on the porch.
Once you stepped off the porch, it was even colder.
My sweet husband snapped these pictures of the moon last night.
They are not super clear, however, if you look to the right of the moon, you will see what looks like a tornado funnel.
It was just a really neat cloud formation.
 Just a few seconds later... it had disappeared.
So glad that he got the picture of it, when he did.

On the way back home, we stopped by Costco, and stocked up on Halloween candy.
Last year, we had over 150 trick or treaters!! What a surprise that was after only having less than a dozen trick or treaters when we lived at the homestead.
     Last year, our daughter had to make an emergency candy run, because we had more trick or treaters than we had planned on.
   This year, we are ready for them..... I think......

Wishing you all a great rest of your week, and a Happy Halloween.
Just think, in a few days, it'll be November!!!

Attitude of gratitude ~
~ Feeling thankful for these last Fall days.
~Grateful for an amazing husband. I am so blessed to be married to my very best friend! He indulges me, and doesn't mind me asking him to stop the car just so I can snap a picture. What a guy!!!
~Feeling grateful that all the winterizing around here is done. I just have to plant garlic this afternoon, then that will be the last Fall chore on my list. Oh... and straightening the storage room, but that shouldn't take long, or be too bad.


  1. What a nice post! I am so glad you shared all of those photos of your trip. Everything looks awesome. That house with the pirate was creepy but really a good job.
    It sounds like you had such a nice time.

  2. I love getaways with the hubs- so much fun! The pirate decorations are so cool- I imagine that did take a lot of planning..but the end results are terrific.

  3. Wow! 150 trick or treaters? In all the years we've lived here, I think we've had only 1. One! This year we might get another, as a young girl lives with her grandparents across the road. The temple looks a bit like a's huge! There are so many places I'd like to see some day, but for now, I'll enjoy them from the lens of others. :)

  4. Hi Kerin~

    I loved seeing all those old places in SLC! My granddaughter spent six months at Primary's so all those old houses and building are so familiar to me.

    The moon shots are incredible . . . and a little spooky...

    We always do a, Trunk-or-Treat in our little community, so we never get Trick-or-Treat kids, I kind of miss seeing them in all their cute costumes.

    Last night for mutual, my Beehives made mummies out of big candy bars. We wrapped them with cheese cloth to look like mummies and put a cute tag on them that said, WRAP yourself up in the Lord's work. It was really cute and actually made me think of you and all of your wonderful, Attitude of Gratitudes!

    I love the Cheesecake Factory . . . oh my!


  5. Sounds like a fun getaway. I've never been to Salt Lake City. I agree that big blue house would be great fixed up.
    Not doing halloween this year so didn't get any candy - not a big fan of the holiday. We will be out all day and then going out to eat.

  6. Sweet post . . .
    Love the huge gorgeous mansions . . .
    Love the Halloween house . . . the scary blue one too . . .
    And your gratitude and sweeet love for hubby . . .
    I hope you have enough candy treats for the children . . .
    Happy Halloween . . .

  7. I love old things, too, and I love seeing the huge houses. I'd love to see inside them! The Halloween decorations are quite creative. Have fun with the Trick or Treaters!

  8. Hi Kerin. Salt Lake City is a beautiful place. We stopped by there a few years ago when going to Yellowstone. Your sweet hubby got good pics of the moon. I find those hard to get. Love the Witch post card poem. Of course you knew I would!..Happy Halloween my friend..Judy

  9. Happy Halloween to you! Salt Lake City is a beautiful city and a fun place to explore. My husband grew up there and we hope to move back in a few years if all goes as planned. Enjoy your weekend!

  10. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip with your hubby. You were certainly able to get lots of good shots while you were there...I love old houses too....and the one decorated for Halloween is a bit scary but I bet they had lots of fun decorating.....

  11. What a lovely trip, Kerin! The houses are gorgeous and that Halloween ship one was great.

    Happy Halloween :)


  12. Always good to get away.
    We love the Cheesecake Factory!

    Happy Halloween!

    M : )


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