DO YOU DECORATE FOR HALLOWEEN? I don’t, normally. But this weekend my partner and I are hosting a costume-party for about 30 guests. My job is to make the interior of our 1826 Victorian house look really spooky for the event. The only problem? It already does. Still, I figure a few jack-o-lanterns, some crawling arachnids and maybe an illuminated skull, like the one up top (borrowed from friends Michael and Despina), can’t hurt:
On the entrance hall table, a trio of jack-o-lanterns, carved by my friend Herminio, are prepared to greet the guests. I raised the center pumpkin on a cake stand, and then covered both stand and table with cheesecloth. Black spiders, found at the dollar store, complete the ghoulish scene.
In the music room, ghosts at three windows (click photo to enlarge) are itching to dance to a CD that friend Jim Guidera has made for the occasion. On this CD are tracks from Lady Ga Ga and others, intermingled with appropriate screams — including actress Janet Leigh’s famous one from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psyco.
Of course no Halloween party is complete without a severed, frozen hand. I made one last year (above), and floated it in a bowl of red blood (a/k/a Hawaiian Punch). It’s time to make another this weekend.
How are you decorating your own house this Halloween? Got any tips or tricks to share?
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