Not like anyone cares about my Halloween shenanigans halfway through November, but I'm going to get these dang photos posted so it's not hanging over my head.
Beautiful Medusa descending the stairs. In the reading nook underneath, there are oodles of fairies and butterflies floating overhead. The girls love to nap and dream in there. More photos soon.
I really like this deep purple variety of morning glories...they're called "Grandpa Ott".
See the pretty purplish candy cane pucker they make when they close?
Bowling for Barbie. Or Bratz. Those dolls aren't good for much else. It's satisfying to knock them over with a bowling ball.
Good old fashioned "bite the apple on a string".
That game is harder than it looks.
After years of starting seedlings, I finally got a moonflower to bloom.
The spinner board is covered with vintage beauties in costumes. This is from a game I made called "Halloween Hullabaloo".
It's hard to explain this when people aren't playing, but you stand on either side of the pumpkins facing your partner. You have a butterfly net, and toss 3 rubber bats to each other, trying to catch them.
My sloppy scoreboard. Let's see, we played all sorts of stuff...darts, tic tac toe, mini golf, bowling, archery, vile vials, bat catch, ring toss, costume contest (my friend Laura the well-loved-doll won!), Halloween pictionary, movie guessing game, spider sumo wrestling (don't ask), broom races, and the rest is a blur.
My pogo stick. What? You don't have a Halloween pogo stick? Why not?
Hear all the ladypeople cackling?
I'm going to eat that pie pumpkin soon. Mmmmmmm.
See all the paper bags on the table? Those were my Tricks or Treats. Throughout the evening, everyone got one trick and one treat. If you were good, you got things like pumpkin scented lotion, or a small painting. If not, well then.....a rock, a broken calculator, or a scorpion in a jar for you!
I set up a not-so-ambitious mini golf game.
I'll have to put more thought into that next year.
But hey...can I get points for the empty pumpkin can buried in the ground for the hole?
The Arabian Nights room, waiting for guests. We finally hung all those lanterns! More photos of that later, too.
Food. Because hey...it tastes good.
Adam was a love to grill chicken and shrimp and veggies and whip up margaritas.
We made rice bowls with black beans and a bunch of veggies. And a sage-y pumpkin sausage soup that I could eat every day if someone else made it.
"Vile Vials" game...I filled a dozen beakers with a variety of smells, and you had to guess what was in them. This one was hard, apparently! The best score was 6 out of 12, by our resident soap maker, so she's used to sniffing stuff. I had things like wintergreen, patchouli, lavender....I should have used vinegar, nail polish remover, motor oil, and nasty stuff. Maybe next year.
I spray painted some tall candle holders black to make "pumpkin stands". I need to repaint those red drums. I just dread using industrial paint stripper to get the stuff off. It smells terrible, and will take your skin off if you're not careful.
Boy, that was fun. Sniff! Only three hundred and forty eight more days until next Halloween.