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Welcome Mat: Add frightful visions to Halloween Contest

Jeanine Matlow
Special to The Detroit News

Add your frightful visions to the Halloween Photo Contest

Leslie Hardy and Chris Proper make a great team, especially come Halloween when they decorate their Ferndale home for the occasion. Their “Zombie Christmas” theme features last year’s Christmas tree covered with body part ornaments, a rewired chandelier and a fireplace made by Proper. “Christmas comes earlier every year,” he quips. Do you go all out for Halloween? Is your house decked out with an elaborately frightful display? We want to see it. Share your spookiest Halloween decoration photos with us by Monday. Submit your photos to: http://detroitnews.com/halloween/. The scariest vignette will win a free Halloween decor book. Happy Haunting!

Zombies take over Christmas at Leslie Hardy and Chris Proper’s home in Ferndale.

Now that the weather is turning nippy, enjoy

a family game night

Game night may be a great excuse for a gathering, but you shouldn’t have to stash away your stuff when the party’s over. That won’t be necessary with the attractive assortment at Pier 1 Imports like this snazzy Tic-Tac-Toe Game Set that retails for around $50. A Stacked Wooden Dominoes Game Set, a 5-in-1 Game Box and a Black Dragon Chess & Checker Game Set are among the other options. Game night never looked so good. For information, go to pier1.com.

Get ready for game night.

Check out

the latest trends

in event design

Emerald City Designs, the Special Event Group presents Love, Romance, Details…Oh My! at their studio in Farmington Hills on Nov. 3 from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. See the latest trends in event design created by owner David C. McKnight and his talented team while sampling beverages provided by Blanc de Blue and enjoying sweet treats provided by Love & Buttercream. Admission is free. RSVP to events@emeraldcitydesigns.com or call 248-474-7077 to reserve your spot. 24590 North Industrial Drive.

Learn latest trends in event designs Nov. 3.

Valspar has suggestions

to color your home

For 2017, the color experts at Valspar have curated a collection of 12 essential colors to renew your home in the coming year. Their diverse selection, which includes the moody hue Twilight Purple shown below, was inspired by culture, fashion, design, nature and technology. “Choosing a color for a project can be challenging when options are endless,” said Sue Kim, Valspar color strategist through a press release. “So, we’ve curated a collection of 12 livable hues to give consumers choice and confidence in discovering and expressing their own style.” Available at Lowe’s, Ace Hardware and other independent retailers. Color names and shades vary slightly at each retailer. For information, go to valspar.com.

- Jeanine Matlow

Twilight Purple

New lecture series on old mansions to be at Alger House

Your Old Mansion, a new tour and lecture series, will be held at the Alger House, one of the finest estates on Lake Shore Drive in Grosse Pointe. Join historians, artists, craftsmen, architects, interior designers and restoration experts to explore the intriguing legacy of old homes. The first lecture in the six-part series, “For the Love of Old Houses,” on Nov. 6 from 2-4 p.m. will be moderated by veteran journalist John Gallagher. Attend one lecture for $15 or pay $75 for the series. The Alger House is part of the War Memorial, 32 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms. To register, go to grossepointeartcenter.org.

Russel A. Alger House, "The Moorings".