Decorating for Halloween, Mice on a Staircase

Welcome to the 91st Metamorphosis Monday!

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there seems to be a mice/rat infestation going on around Blogland.

Halloween Rats on Staircase


I bought these a few weeks ago but just had a chance this weekend to open them up and play today. My staircase has gone through an interesting metamorphosis.

Martha Stewart Rats for Halloween Staircase


With the light in the entry on…

Halloween Rats on Staircase


Here’s how the staircase looks with the lights off and just the front porch lights on. I love it this way! I need to move to Ohio and decorate a staircase there for my grandchildren! I would love to see their faces when they came home from school to this staircase.

Halloween Rats on a Spooky Staircase


I love Halloween, it’s always so much fun and so many laughs!

Rats Playing on Halloween Staircase


You can’t have mice without a mouse hole. lol

Halloween Rats, Staircase


Yikes! Even the candy isn’t safe!

Rat after candy on Staircase


I hope these guys are reusable because they are really making me laugh each time I go up and down the stairs. Update: They came off easily after Halloween so they can definitely be used again.

Halloween Staircase with Mice and Pumpkins and Rats


Lighting the way to the front door for Halloween night…

Halloween Night Light


If it isn’t raining on Halloween night, I think I’ll move this outside to the outlet that’s near the front door.

Have you been decorating for Halloween?

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  1. Love the rats as long as they are fake. that's the only time they are cute. Fun halloween stuff.

  2. Nothing real Halloweeny but everything FALL! My daughter has al my ghosts and witches now. I kinda miss them now:):) LOVE your steps, and yes, the rats are all over blogland right now:):)

  3. Christi @ A Southern Life says

    What a fun post. I think my message on the fridge would be "Beware, contents may cause unwanted consequences!" Love the rats on the stairs. Too cute!

    Christi @ A Southern Life

  4. Momma Button says

    Love the rats! I put them on my stairs yesterday!! I'm lovin' Martha Stewart this year. I love how you've decorated your stairs.

  5. Though I don't celebrate Halloween, I do think those little mice silhouettes are pretty cute! Thanks for hosting!:)

  6. Hi Susan! Oh, how cute! Those little mice are darling and I'm glad they're just stick ons! πŸ™‚ I've seen them on another blog too.
    Love all of your little Halloween touches.
    Again this week, I'm stretching my Met Monday post. Hope you won't fire me!! Now your kitchen looks like it would be perfect for my Heart of the Home Party on Wednesday! I hope you'll come.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia πŸ˜‰

  7. I've been reusing the Martha Stewart rat silhouettes for a few years now with no problem. I just have to put a new double-sided sticky dot thing on the back every year (the old ones are removed pretty easily).

  8. The rats are too funny on your stairway Susan!!! So cute!
    LOVE the little night light too.
    Happy decorating to you.

  9. Susan. . . this is adorable! Your home is so beautiful, so warm and welcoming. . . like an English country estate. These little bits of whimsy are an adorable touch of fun!

  10. Karen- The Graphics Fairy says

    Those Rats are so much fun! What a clever idea for a staircase!! Thanks for hosting.

  11. One Cheap B*tch says

    I just love your mice! And that refrigerator chalkboard is just lovely!


  12. I just love those rats on your stairway….so cute
    I love all the decorations you have out for Halloween
    Thanks for sharing!

  13. This are kind of cute especially since I know they won't be getting under my feet!

    Thank you for letting me join you this week!
    bee blessed

  14. ~Country Lady~ says

    Ohhh, I do not like mice or rats…but yours are so very cute. Thank you for hosting this delightful weekly event.

  15. Confessions of a Plate Addict says

    Oh, Susan! How fun is that!! One question…is it driving Max crazy? lol Happy week!…hugs…Debbie

  16. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Debbie,LOL I haven't noticed when he's going up. Since they aren't moving, I don't think he pays them much attention. πŸ™‚ The candy bowl was in his way. When he comes down the stairs, he likes to stay right up against the wall. So, I moved the candle bowl to the other side. πŸ™‚ I haven't paid any attention when he's going up…I'll have to watch him and see what he does. πŸ™‚

  17. Diann @ The Thrifty Groove says

    All of these Halloween decorations are just too much fun!

  18. Susan,
    Your stairs have metamorphosized! Wow! What a great idea.
    And the fridge, and the nightlight..looking good!

  19. Silhouettes are a great idea. I made some evil eyes for my octagonal window this year. At night when the light shows through black posterboard, it's a great effect. I just bought a mousetrap cheese board. I think you may need one, too.

  20. Love the staircase. I really like that owl on your fridge too! Very cute. Thanks for hosting.

  21. tales from an oc cottage says

    Oh! Those are cute! I know they are supposed to be "creepy" but they look look like they should be singing "Cinder-relly, Cinder-relly" in a Disney movie!

    m ^..^

  22. I guess if I did not have real rats and mice to contend with, I would find those cute, but I do and so I don't…..
    I do fall decorating around here, not into Halloween, but do love pumpkins, sunflowers, straw bales, wheat, and fall leaves.

  23. the cape on the corner says

    love the rats on the stairs! soo cute. do you think it ruins the paint or anything on the stairs when you take them off. i don't have white risers so i don't think it would look as cute if i did it.

    i have a birthday giveaway going on if you would like to enter. stop on by!

  24. The rats look sort of cute but since I have a rat-phobia, there won't be any at my house!!!! I like cute ghosts & witches rather than scary!!! Everything your way looks great!

  25. Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick says

    LOVE them Susan — all of it! I couldn't resist posting my mice too. πŸ™‚

  26. Oh Susan! Every time I see those mice I want to rip the carpet right off of my stairs so that I can do that too! Just so cute! Maybe next year??? πŸ™‚

  27. Susan (My Place to Yours) says

    Susan, you do enough Halloween decorating for both of us! You're obviously having fun. I'm not into that, but I have to admit that the rat silhouettes are a cute idea. πŸ™‚

  28. Love the rats. Years ago I cut mine out by hand before Martha had them ready made. Everybody at my Halloween Party loved them. I forgot to remove one of them until a guest found it months later! Too funny!

  29. Yvonne @ StoneGable says

    When the cats away the mice will play! Now where IS your cat?
    I love these meeses to peices!

  30. Tamara Jansen says

    That is just cute as a button! love the rat idea πŸ™‚

  31. I love the rats!! I purchased them this year too, couldn't resist! I don't have wonderful stairs like yours so mine are scattered around the kitchen baseboards!! Your house is adorable!!

  32. β™₯ Sonny β™₯ says

    Love the fridge art..
    thanks for hosting this party for us.

  33. Even thought I'm not a big fan of Rats and Mice….those are CUTE! You have such a good idea and arrange things so cleverly. Happy Fall Ya'lL!!!

  34. Your stairway looks fabulous!! How festive! Joining Met Moday again, thanks for hosting!

  35. My little girl (who was looking over my shoulder while I looked at this) wants to know where the cat is?

  36. Brambleberry Cottage says

    You've done such a fantastic job arranging the mice, Susan! Living on a farm, in a remote area, I have enough of the real thing running around the barns, so I think I'll just enjoy your faux rendition. πŸ™‚

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  37. Purnima@a creative project says

    Your house looks amazing..Very cute lights!!!

  38. Pam @ diy Design Fanatic says

    Love those cute little rats & the mouse holes! Just darling!

  39. Your mice are too stinkin' cute !! I love them playing on your stairs (especially the one getting ready to raid your candy bowl)! Your front door is equally as fun. Love it all. And, thanks for hosting such a great gathering. *Becca*

  40. Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish says

    You guys and these mice! Makes me wish so bad I had wood stairs!! Or stairs of any kind!! Too cute! Thanks for hosting!

  41. Your stairs looks great. I wish I didn't have carpet on my stairs so I could do this. Thanks for hosting again.

  42. Laura @ Just For Love says

    Oh my gosh, those are SO adorable!! My stairs are carpeted…shucks! Thank you for always being such a lovely hostess : ) Have a wonderful week!

  43. Vintagesouthernlife says

    I don't celebrate Halloween…just do fall things but I think your rats are so cute.

  44. Oh Susan they look so very cute…especially the one in the candy bowl. These lil mice really caused a stir this Halloween season. Yours look great, I have to jazz up my stairs now:) I have the mice as you know, but they need to get into a little mischief!!~

  45. I'd LOVE to have those fun mice on my stairs… problem….I have no stairs…..somehow adding a second story so I can have stairs with mice on them might not be something my hubby would go for….you think?! So cute though! Toni

  46. A Hint of Home says

    I've seen those before. They are just too cute!
    Love the pumpkins on the stairs with the mice.
    Your front porch looks great, too!

  47. Fifi Flowers says

    LOVE the mice on the stairs!!!

  48. Those rats are so cunningly made, and the positioning going up the stairs and into the candy is delightful. I have to admit, I'm rather creeped out by rats, so it's not a theme I care to try. Kudos to the bat (I think) on the door, tho, I'd do both that and the owl on the fridge.

  49. Low Tide High Style says

    Wow you are all set for Halloween! I love those little mice silhouettes…too cute! And that chalkboard is darling!

    Kat πŸ™‚

  50. Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating says

    Love those stairs- how cool!

  51. The Decorating Diaries says

    Those rats are adorable. That's something I never thought I would say. Love it.


  52. I love the playful mice (or rats) and how you've positioned them next to the candy dish and such. Great idea, whoever thought of it!

  53. Very cute! As I climbed the stairs I don't know if I would remember the mice/rats are "fake" I'd probably jump each time!

    Love all your fun stuff from Colonial Candle! You are all set for Halloween.


  54. luluslovlies says

    I love all of it, very clever and cute, Have fun on Halloween! XOXO Marilou

  55. Gayle from Southern Thresholds says

    Love the rat display…I wonder if Martha will have a line of Christmas mice as well? I think that would be adorable but maybe just two or three…

  56. Janet - Birdland Treasures says

    The stairs are fantastic – they'd make ME laugh too! Thanks so much for creating "Met Monday" every week – so many wonderful ideas!!

  57. Hi Beth,
    I don't love rats in the house, but yours are lovely. I hope they will not invite the rest of their living family for the Haloween party.
    Wish you a nice time.
    Greetings, Johanna

  58. Cap Creations says

    Awe your stair case is so cute! I love it!

    Thanks for hosting!

  59. Very cute rats, lol. And I love the nightlight with 3 ghosts…Christine

  60. Okay, am I the only one whose skin is crawling with seeing these rats all over the place?? Eeeewwwww! Makes me shudder just to think about it. I don't care if they ARE fake…gross!!

    Now the chalk board on the fridge & that cute nightlight are adorable but you can keep the rodents, thank you very much. LOL ~~squirm~~

  61. Thank you for hosting this every week!

  62. I love all decorations, thanks for hosting:)))
    Greetings from Europe, Biljana

  63. Two years ago a dear friend of mine spotted those rats in the Martha Stewart Living magazine. She then hosted one heck of a party with lots of food and wine and waited until everyone was full of both. Then passed out black construction paper and sissors along with a few patterns she had made and turned the evening into a "rat cuttin' party". We had a blast!! The best part, the following year she changed her decorating theme for Halloween and I was the recipient of all those wonderful rats along with her Dollar Tree black crows. I love them and my friend!!
    The Tattered Tassel

  64. The night light is really cute! Hopefully, the weather will be nice Halloween night.

  65. Dawn-Hydrangea Home says

    Your stairs look adorable!! I think I might have to get those. Might make my dog a little crazy but the kids will love it!

  66. Hi Susan, your home looks spooky good. I really like the rat peeking into the candy dish. (Love the dish btw.) Your huge arrangement on the front door is gorg.

  67. Susan, love your display. I like some others am not big on Halloween decorations but your mice are just too darn cute not to like and the way you displayed them is perfect.

    Thanks for sharing.

  68. I luv the Rats! Too funny! I really luv the Trick or Treat bowl, do you remember where it was from? It all looks great! I live in the South too, I find it a little hard to prepare for fall when it is still so warm outside.

  69. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Hi Laurie,
    Thanks! πŸ™‚ The bowl is from Colonial Candle, also. Unfortunately, it isn't available this year.

  70. cassie @ hi sugarplum! says

    The rats are cute…and a little creepy too! I love the shot reflecting the stairs in the mirror. And nice job having your blog on your laptop in the kitchen shots! πŸ™‚ I always forget to do that!

    Thanks for the party!

  71. LOVE the decal on the fridge!!

    πŸ˜€ Lynda

  72. gnee @ Singing With Birds says

    The new additions to your home are adorable! Thanks for another fun party…

  73. How fun! I've never seen anything like that. They look adorable well as adorable as mice on stairways are with the lights from the porch. I'll have to look out for them.
    Love that night light too! toooo boooy…*s*..
    Your place is just coming up hallowe'en…I'll have to start on the same too.
    have a wonderful day

  74. HuNnY aNd PoPpA LeWiS says

    Eeeeeeeek on the rats on the stairway, lol!!!! Love, love, love the arrangement on your front door!! (and your blog too)

  75. Patricia Torres says

    This is such an awesome idea.. last year.. we stuck bats on the wall… and it looked fab.. have a quick look if you have time.. πŸ™‚

    Your blog is truly inspiring!!

  76. Cute rodents! Is that an oxymoron???

    Seriously, I once lived in a house that had a problem — and I can't bear them, even if they are just cute and fun.

    I do really like the chalkboard on the fridge and all your pumpkins.

    Thanks for hosting the party.

  77. Life with L says

    Oh my goodness! Those are so very cute. I love the little rats…how fun. Great photography and the mirror reflection is wonderful. Linda

  78. Jane @ Going Jane says

    I LOVE those rats! They are GREAT!

  79. This is so cute that I wish our stairs didn't have carpet on them so I could do it too! Very nice by pumpkin light too, adds the mood.
    Happy Halloween Susan,

  80. Carol in Indian Springs Village says

    The rats are cute! I have a 13 week old kitten that would go crazy trying to get those. And on the chalkboard I would write "Enter at your own risk" since my fridge needs cleaning out!

  81. My Ugly Garden says


    Those rat silhouettes are too cute!

  82. Beeutiful by Design says

    So cute! It kind of reminds me of the nutcracker! Jennifer

  83. Cass @ That Old House says

    Hi susan, I can't remember if I have already commented on this post. Oy — middle age!

    LOVE the mice — way better than the real thing. But my fave? That flickering ghost candlestick light — how cute is that!


  84. Graceful Moments says

    I think I would have called them mice…sounds less creepy! Whatever you call them–rats or mice–they look great on your staircase! Your door basket looks wonderful and I see you decided not to change a thing, except for adding a bit of Halloween fun to it and the topiaries! Good for you…it's your door and you know best!!!

  85. Sue Murphy@life as a house says

    The rats are wonderful. I miss decorating for Halloween. All of our little ones are grown and no trick or treaters ventur up our hill.

  86. Hi Susan,

    Your post is adorable – such whimsical rats. I also adore the little theme night light. And thanks for hosting and stopping by — always great to see you at AM. Jane f.

  87. SmilingSally says

    You really cover all the bases, Susan. I love that candy-lovin' rat.

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  88. Oh my goodness, these are too funny. I had never seen these before. How creative. The staircase looks wonderful.

  89. lvroftiques says

    Oh Susan those rats are the cutest!! And I love the fridge blackboard too!Your house looks wonderful! As always *winks* Vanna

  90. Handy Man, Crafty Woman says

    I like those rats; I might have to get some! Thanks for hosting this party!

  91. Oh Susan…I saw those gel rats at Michaels and almost bought me some…but I have no stairs and just didn't know where to put them…but I might have to put some in the kitchen…hmmm
    Thanks for hosting as always and I have a mini-transformation but just love how the red really made my chair pop with all the fall colors. Have a wonderful week, fondly, Roberta

  92. I just love your stairs! The rat after the candy is my fave! The owl on my frige would say " If you give a hoot, you better watch the size of your patoot!" corny but true! HA HA HA!!!!

  93. I just love your stairs! The rat after the candy is my fave! The owl on my frige would say " If you give a hoot, you better watch the size of your patoot!" corny but true! HA HA HA!!!!

  94. Sue (Someone's Mom) says

    I've never seen these…I love them! They are perfect on your stairs. I'd probably see them at night and trip! So cute!

  95. Copycat Creator says

    I LOVE the stairs! That is so cute. I wish I had some stairs so that I could copy the idea! : )

  96. I love your mice on the stairs! They are great! I think I would be tempted to leave them up until Christmas and call them Christmas mice! Thanks for your nice comments!

  97. Tammy@InStitches says

    So, so cute ! Makes me wish I had wooden stairs.

  98. Love these mice! I went right to eBay and am trying to win them for my stairs!! How cute. Love the pumpkins too.

  99. Allison Shops says

    Cute mice! Love the owl too. Stopping by from Note Songs party. I hope you'll drop by Atticmag to see our kitchens – it's a three for one!


  100. Thank you so much, Susan for coming to my party! I love your kitchen and it's so cute all Halloweened up! πŸ™‚
    You are a sweetie,
    Shelia πŸ˜‰

  101. Angie@Echoes of Laughter says

    Thank you for hosting this wonderful party! There is so much talent & inspiration here! Angie xo

  102. What cute cute decorations. You really get into the season and I love it.
    hugs, bj

  103. laurie @ bargain hunting says

    Susan, your H'ween decor is just tooooo cute! Love it! laurie

  104. Hi Susan, your post is darling and I would smile too when I would climb your stairs. This is different and very entertaining. I enjoyed your whole post. Love the saying in the kitchen. You are ready for Halloween and trick or treats for sure. Put a lid on the candy. HA!
    Hugs, Jeanne

  105. Valerie@travelingthrough2 says

    Cute fridge blackboard! The mice are so funny.

  106. Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) says

    Hi Susan, I can't decide if the rats/mice are cute or creepy! I've been thinking of painting a design on my back stairs but maybe I'll try the decals first. I noticed that you said you had to move the candy dish for Max! That's so funny. Isn't is amazing how we change our house decor to accommodate our animals?! Linda

  107. Susan, those are adorable! I must head over to Michaels and hope they still have some in stock. Thanks for sharing.

  108. Love the stairs, where did you find the stickers? I live in East Cobb, Georgia.

  109. Love it! Love it! I think I will keep a couple of mice around for Christmas. I remember my Grandmother making Christmas mice to go one the tree. You have so much talent and Thanks for being a blessing!

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