(Trick or Treater Cemetery out Front)
(Trick or Treater window display)
Pics from the Halloween Party 2009:
(Drunken open jam at my Halloween party 2009--that drunken pirate who can't play the tambourine, stole a bottle of rum on his way out!)
I begin my personal holiday season (October) in July. This is the month when I begin costume design because for the right costume, it can take some piecing together and collecting. I don't purchase ready-made ones. No, I invent mine! This year, I'm putting together a pure white Steampunk Victorian era costume with steampunk jewelry spray painted white. I'm going to do a ghostly white face and the only thing of color on me will be my vibrant long curly hair. A steampunk ghost. I have the white lace fingerless gloves, white hose and shoes, and I bought the hat above to wear it with it. Now, I just need an event!
(Gypsy costume sewn together at the last minute--I prefer having more time to prepare)
I get into the horror mood because summer here in the Southwest in July and August is miserable. So, I retreat indoors to write horror and watch horror movies. While I write horror, I listen to Nox Arcana to get in the creepy mood and I darken the apartment. I am officially hyped for October!
Come September, I've not only hit "Spirit Halloween" store a bunch of times (to the point of being a stalker), but I have written and put in the queue lots of posts so I can enjoy the month out and about doing as much as possible. I've refined my costume, I've set my reservations, and I'm all ready for October to just freaking happen! The very last day of September is the online virtual blogger zombie walk event and then October is finally here!
This October expect plenty of interesting posts on all subjects creepy, plenty of Dale the Doll's possessed antics during the month (I will replay the background on why Dale is possessed on October first). Be careful, as he tends to find blogs he likes and becomes obsessed. If you see him following your blog, try not to show fear. He can smell it when he stalks your blog, I mean, comments on your blog. I also have plenty of weird events planned for that month that will involve videos, vlogs, photos and crazy tales. I know I usually do some horror fiction flash stories and I will probably do that too.
Do you have plans for October yet? On my goal sheet is: Zombie walk, costume party, corn maze at night at the country farm October festival, staying in a haunted house, UFO hunt, themed movie marathon such as "Halloween" movies marathon, Zombie movie marathon, 1950s SciFi movie marathon, Haunted House movie marathon....
So, it's only 3 months, but it goes very quickly!
I L-O-V-E Halloween! I am thinking about getting a Halloween tree this year and just keeping it up until after Christmas. I asked the kids what they wanted to be the other day and they got all upset like they didn't have time to decide! Can not WAIT!ReplyDelete
Melanie; I'm reminded of a term our doctors use, "delightfully demented," and I think that it suits us Halloween folks. I have a whole ritual for going to Spirit Halloween shop for the first time after Labor Day. I go out to lunch across the street at my favorite Chinese place and once I'm fed and contented, I go to the shop and wander very slowly. I study every item and soak in the atmosphere and nibble on candy corn that they usually leave out in a dish. My favorite places are the back area where they have the life-sized animatronic Michael Myer. I embarrassingly get very turned on by that damn machine! Then, I cruise through the lingerie stuff because I think a gal should buy costume stuff for year-round, if you know what I mean. I'm the only person I know who thinks of Spirit Halloween as a place to get my home year-round decorations and year-round clothing.ReplyDelete
I have to say that I am sad you live across the country from me. That sounds like a perfect day to me!ReplyDelete
Orange, orange everywhere soon :)ReplyDelete
I'm sad about it too. When I was plotting my great escape from the marriage, I was actually planning on moving to Front Royal, VA, but my son got engaged and I realized I was going to be some day the kind of grandma who would chase fairies around the garden with the grandkid(s) and I didn't want to be across country. I am working diligently to make it as a writer so I can do a half and half life--half the year back east, half the year out west. I'm one determined stubborn redhead, so I know I'll make it come true.
I'm a redhead and orange should be a no-no, but I doooooo so adore it and wear it, as well.
One of these days we will have to eat Chinese food and costume hunt together! (And that is so cute about the fairies - my mom and my daughter made fairy houses in the woods behind her cabin this past spring!!)ReplyDelete
Maybe we should start a halloween google plus circle?ReplyDelete
Well, Barry, my techno-magician, you figure out how and I'm in, sweets. :-)ReplyDelete
Ok I made a google+ circle and put a person named Sharon Day in it.ReplyDelete
I may actually wind up doing a Zombie Walk in September. Can't wait for H-day!!!!!ReplyDelete
Love the pics. I like that you stuck to a theme instead of piling it all on, jumbled fashion.ReplyDelete
I've always LOVED Hallowe'en... my daughter has an equally great love for that celebration... She was married on Hallowe'en Night and had a Costume Wedding! We had SUCH a great time!!!ReplyDelete
Damn! Y'all are such Halloween lovers. I'm soooo happy. That Halloween party I did was a post-apocalyptic graveyard theme, so it was kind of Mad Max meets toxic waste dump. The pool had a green light in it and water jugs coated inside with fluorescent green paint and stickers for toxic waste, giant spiders crawling up the walls around the pool, a huge gas-masked mannequin greeting people with a Viking hat and a cemetery filled with crosses that were fluorescent with a black light on them so it glowed, a wheelbarrel used for ice and beers, and the doll display with a creepy Brothers Quay creepy doll movie playing against the shed and reflecting on the dolls that looked a part of the movie.ReplyDelete
A couple weeks before last Halloween my daughter and I started on a yard scarecrow after being inspired by one of your awesome links. Well, she didn't finish it, so I have saved it and will pull it out in order to get her plenty of time to finish up. We have the materials and the design. Can't wait.ReplyDelete
That was probably from www.Pumpkinrot.com God, I love that guy!!! I can't wait to see what his next scarecrow will be. I always wanted to recreate the one in Jeepers Creepers 2 when the Creeper was a scarecrow at the beginning of the movie. Very creepy and looked like an actual person which is so disturbing. Take pics and do a poem. I can't wait to see it!ReplyDelete
Oh my gosh sis! I am crossing my fingers and hoping that a certain someone's divorce will be long final as well as other attached "issues". I am hoping for Halloween if we haven't found another abode, I am going all out in the current one! I want to decorate and have F-U-N this year and not have to worry about bullshit!ReplyDelete
I need to start working on my Zombie Walk project though now in the event it sucks and I either have to start again or go back to the drawing board! LOL
I REALLY hope that maybe during the month we can go find a nice haunted place to stay for a night or two. Halloween is on Monday this year so the weekend prior will hopefully be full of all kinds of activities!
Crossing my fingers and toes! Ha Haaaaa!
Yes--go to a haunted B&B or stay in an historic hotel that has a city nighttime ghost walk. The fun thing about Halloween is it doesn't have to cost a thing. If you look at something like the movie "Wrong Turn" and then find abandoned debris and use it for a creepy vignette that looks like a scary wooden warped board table and mason jars with creepy floating things and colored water or even a little "killer's lair" setting that has really creepy abandoned items and says a story and you've got something disturbing. Headstones are a blast to make with styrofoam boards you buy at the craft store for very cheap and carve into them and use some plaster of paris or stone texture spray paint and you have some cool stuff. I love a little scene that says something disturbing. The movie "Insidious" has a scene in the "dream world" thing at the end that will have you thinking about creepy disturbing and the movie "Dead Silence" near the end had similar scenes that make you feel like you wandered into a demented man's attic or something. I can't wait until the end of August. That's when Julie and I are working on our Zombie Walk posts. It's going to be the best online zombie walk ever.ReplyDelete
Great costumes! Thanks for sharing. Looks like you have a lot of fun!ReplyDelete
Do I have anything planned for Halloween? Oh the DG has just a few things in the works. LOL!
Good to see so many Halloween people!
Love your costume plans! I'm a bit of a lone Halloween wolf here in Australia. Halloween is acknowledged here but not really celebrated very much. I carve a pumpkin and set up a bit of a Halloween tableau. The evening consists of Chinese takeout, and a fun horror movie... because Halloween's all about fun. My husband and son get right into the Halloween spirit, but my extended family tend to smile at me indulgently as though I'm a touch mad (which I am, of course!). This year I will have you guys to share the experience with so I'm really excited!ReplyDelete
Sweetie, you can live vicariously through us. We will take it over the top. My blog goes insane October and you get to go along with me on some creepy Halloween events with video and pics.ReplyDelete
oh boy oh boy my favorite time of the year!ReplyDelete
I really wish that they had Halloween down here, but they observe that Mexican Day of the Dead thing on November 1 instead. It's always been my favorite holiday going back to probably age four. It's just so much more fun and less impending and potentially bankrupting as Christmas. What I have done every year since moving here has been to make a jack-o'-lantern out of the drinking gourd and leave it on my front gate. People don't really get the reference because I am in a very very rural area, in fact I am the only one in the barrio with cable TV let alone Internet service.ReplyDelete
In San Jose, where there is a higher gringo population, they have a lot of really kick ass parties that you would probably love up in the mountains. Hopefully I'll be able to convince my fiancée into going this year, but the thought of her dressing up in a costume really freaks her out for some reason...
So most likely I will spend my Halloween consuming mass quantities of chocolate and alcohol while watching the most MST3K-worthy horror flicks I can find.
MST worthy horror flicks, that's a suitable H-ween activity. I'd suggest you get some of those really crappy slashers from the 70s that never could stand up to Halloween and Friday the 13th. You know, like Slumber Party or something like that. One of my favorite things to do was get one of those horrible movies and then pause before someone looked like they might be going somewhere that they'll be killed and my friends and I would place a $1 bet on the method of killing "Knife to the throat," "Evisceration with a sword." it was a blast!ReplyDelete