Halloween is probably my most favorite holiday. It conjures up some wonderful memories of trick-or-treating with my friends. Getting so much candy, which I loved! Dressing up in some lovely costume that I felt wonderful in, and just being transformed into someone, (or something) else for a day.
To me, Halloween starts October 1, and ends November 1st. I do something Halloweeny every single day of the month whether it be decorating, planning, shopping, cooking, watching scary movies…….whatever it may be, I am LOVIN’ IT!!
You know, it was the baby boomers, like me, that kept Halloween going. I am at the tail end of the baby boomers, but I am still a boomer. Halloween used to be for small children, but it was my generation that loved the holiday so much that we kept it going even as we aged. Because of us Halloween is a big deal. Costumes and parties and movies and decorations. Halloween is a huge money making holiday. We are to thank for that.
The magic potion……..
Gordon and Julie in our backyard.
Our Floating Ghost
I wanted this to take place in our backyard around our fountain. I love our fountain and the landscaping retaining wall that Gordon has built here. I really wanted something that was fun, elegant, classy, and beautiful.
Gordon digging a grave and Gordon uncovering bones.
Actually, we had dug up an azalea bush and replanted it elsewhere and that left this big hole in our landscaping. I got the idea to leave it alone until after Halloween because I knew that there would be something that we could do with that hole. The idea then came to me to add some skeleton bones and have Gordon to do some digging in his tuxedo.
I like the results!
Our Ghostly Fountain
Although a bit hard to see I have added dry ice.
Gordon with the Fountain
Here Gordon is making me laugh.
Gordon The Vampire
This is my favorite time of day, dusk. I love it when it is just light enough to see and just dark enough to “hide”.
Ahh, the vampire potion.
Dry ice added to the “blood” are perfect!
The lighting was easy. I found these beautiful Moroccan lanterns at a thrift store for just a few dollars and I placed a candle in each one. The pumpkins and crows were not expensive either. Most of them I picked up at the Dollar Store for guess what? A Dollar!
I love the black and white theme that I have going on.
A bit of dreary here.
Pumpkin in an old wonky urn.
Gordon and Julie Ghostly Photo
This is my favorite photo of Gordon and myself. I love it! It looks very ghostly. Our spirit photo.
Our Glowing Ghost Looks Eeerily Perfect
Gordon Preparing Our Halloween Dinner
Here Gordon is spooning the mixture into a bell pepper.
Mummies on the Stake
Our mummies are nothing more that little chicken cocktail sausages wrapped in croissant dough and baked in the oven then placed on bamboo skewers.
These are at least, healthy Halloween appetizers.
Cherry tomatoes and large pitted black olives on bamboo skewers. BUGS! Also I pitted some dates and added peanut butter and a raisin for an eye and placed everything into floral ‘frogs’.
Our Bleeding Hearts Table Setting
A ping-pong ball with an eye painted on it floats in our cocktail glasses.
Our Bleeding Hearts, a.k.a. Stuffed Red Bell Peppers
Gordon and Julie Halloween Dinner
Although not pictured here we also have some sliced baguette and some bruschettas.
Throw white tablecloths or white sheets over everything!
The table, the chairs, even the furniture.
The Ghostly Allure of Halloween….