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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Happy Halloween !

HI Everyone!
We've been getting ready for All Hallows Eve. We love to decorate for this 'spook'tacular holiday.
The walk to our house is a long way...especially through the woods..... our long drive goes by. We use torches along the drive to light the way for those who dare the trek. Once at the 'haunted' House we have seating set up all around. Today I'll focus on our Kitchen Porch.

The table will be set more buffet style and the fare pretty simple.
I still haven't decided on the edible delights yet...............................

Blood Soup (tomato soup)
Hannibal's Delectable Stew (Beef Stew)
Freddy's Skewers (metal skewers with meat and veggies)
Lady Finger Sandwiches (hotdogs)
Ghostwiches  (white bread with PB & Jelly cut out with cookiecutter shape of a ghost)
Whodovoodoo Chili (chicken chili)
Zombies Brain Food (spaghetti and sauce)
Werewolf  Bites ( hamburgers)
Moldy Veggies ( celery, carrots, radishes, cauliflower, etc for dipping in a Blue Cheese dip)
Eyes of Newt (olives)
Fungus Soup (Cream of Mushroom soup with mushroom bits added)
Deviled Eggs
Fried Demon Skin (saratoga chips or pork rinds if you dare)
Dirt Pie (oreo and chocolate pudding concoction that when done does look like dirt)
Worms and Bugs (Gummi candy)
I'm really not sure what to serve the ghouls, goblins, and monsters that come. They always eat whatever is served..... I hope you don't find my suggestions in bad taste...hehehe.
Drinks vary..depends on the crowd. They can bring thier own 'poison', but I always have
Witches Brew (punch)
Vampire Juice (Creme Soda)
Swamp Water (Mountain Dew)
Dark Water (Cola)
We usually set up the tailgate of the pickup as the 'Bar'. We have games too.........................................
Pumpkin Seed Spitting
Apple Bobbing
Vampire and Werewolf (played like Duck Duck Goose)
Pin the Wing on the Bat
OMG What  Is It (you fill plastic bags with items. Place the bag in a brown paper sack so it can't be seen.
                             They reach in and try to guess what it is.  I've used ham, eggs, cotton balls, bolts,
                             cooked rice, jello, press on nails, even pickled pigs's so much fun and the
                             faces are priceless.)
Volleyhead (volley ball is decorated as a head)

Well, you get the idea.....we are monster mash central :)
Here is a close up of our table...............................................................................................................

The plastic Pumpkinman is vintage 1960's. the other ceramic and metal
decor is from Home Goods and the Dollar Store.
For serving I'll use my vintage Mochaware mugs and plates, bean pots, and serving bowls. The white-glazed terracotta pumpkin will serve stew or soup.

I'll also use these hand-painted plates.

 When Trick or Treaters come, Jim'll be all ready..................................................................................

 See, I got Jim to dress
and his partners, Punkinhead..our garden help...and
Peter the Greeter.

We'll be sure to have plenty of candy. These plastic and ceramic containers will be filled with more candy. They sit on an old oaken barrel I topped with a pre-cut round from Lowe's and covered it with a plastic tablecloth I found at Wal-mart. I change the covering seasonally.
The pine hutch, which I stained to match the cedar siding of the house, has vintage Amber bottles usually sitting on the top shelf year round. Inside the open cupboard are seasonal what-nots. For this occasion I've added votive pumpkin heads and houses with candles that we'll light at night for the great glow. The drawers will be filled with goodies too..maybe toadstools (meringue) or other creepy candy.
I love this vintage inspired woodcut Pumpkin Miss. Her hat and the cat are flocked and the little bucket can hold candycorn.

This  1950's glider was great find. The elderly couple that was having the yard sale was just about to pack it in the for the day when Jim and I turned in. I fell in love with a vintage oil lamp the Missus had and bought it and while Jim was talking to the Mister he asked Jim if he'd like the glider cause he didn't want to drag it back in the garage. Jim said we probably couldn't afford it, but he'd help him put it back in....well, he picked up his end and started to drag it to our truck. Jim asked what he was doing and the Mister said it was free.

Sooo, with a little sanding and black spray paint we have a glider :) It didn't have cushions, so I bought 2 of those big body pillows they sell at Wal-mart in a green flannel. With sun they have lightened to a pale green, but I sometimes use a throw, like the one shown, with some fall colors to cover them. I do bring them in when it rains or for the winter...they are not waterproof.

Well, I'm gllad you all could stop by. I have some little Halloween Treats for you before you go...............

You can click on these vintage images and then copy them to use in your own spooky decor! 

Now today I'm joining 

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Now why don't you join me for a little fly by on our brooms to all the other Goblins, Ghouls, and Witches
for a spell and see thier bewitching tablescapes and magical tranformations of decor.............. 


Dandelion and Daisy said...

What time does the party start???? Sounds like fun! This is the first year, in forever, that I don't have any children or grandchildren to Trick or Treat sad! On the up side, I guess I'll get to stay close to the fire and hand out candy to the visiting ghost and ghouls. You really scored with the glider, nice! Thanks for visiting today. I just wrote Alphabet Monday on my calendar for next month, I keep forgetting and it is a fun party. See you in November!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Sure looks like you're ready! How fun, love the vintage images, they are really neat-have fun:@)

Anonymous said...

What fun decorations:))

Happy Outdoor Wednesday!!

Have a blessed rest of your week!
happy Halloween~~~

Kay Ellen

Donna (Timeless Settings) said...

Wow, you've got great Halloween things!


xinex said...

OMG, that menu sounds scary. Love your decor, you do go all out, don't you? How fun!...Christine

Alycia Nichols said...

It's all so cute! WhoDoVoodoo Chili sounds fantastic!!! I know everyone will enjoy and appreciate your decorating efforts! Have a really great and safe Halloween!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Melody you are going to have the best Halloween party that I've ever heard of! I love your hand painted dishes and the white pumpkin tureen.

My Mom had a glider like yours..that brought back memories as I loved sitting on that in the summer as I read my books.

Thanks for the cute clip art!

Happy Halloween!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

This looks like the place to be for Halloween in your neck of the woods -- hope you have a howling good time!

Michelle Jamieson said...

What a FUN post! I'm visiting Tablescape Thursdays for the first time, considering joining in and adding a tablescape post of my own, but I'm having too much fun reading all the wonderful blog posts instead! I'm going to follow you - looking forward to seeing more posts going forward!

Shelley said...

Love all your neat decorations but,that little girl punkinhead is my favorite...where ever did you find it? Anyone who shows up at your home for Halloween is bound to have a wonderful good time....blessings

Entertaining Women said...

I'd need to make the trek up that road numerous times to be able to justify your amazing menu! Everyone is going to have a great time at your Halloween feast! Thank you for sharing your amazing plans. Cherry Kay

Donene said...

How fun! I love your menu! It sounds simply ghoulish!! Thanks for your nice comments!

Diann said...

Totally fun! I just love it all!

LV said...

What time does all the festivities begin? I will try to find my broom and be right over.

bj said...

Oh, what a cute party this will be. I love all your decorations and I know visiting kiddos will love it all.

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

Wow, your trick-or-treaters have to be BRAVE to get to your door! But, they will be richly rewarded by your wonderful decor and welcoming table! Thank you for visiting my table this week, too!

Barbara said...

What a beautiful setting! I just love those vintage images too. Happy Halloween!

Susan from The T-Cozy said...

Happy Halloween!

Lindy said...

What a fun time you have planned! And your menu -- wow!

Anita said...

Honestly Melody, I saw nothing in this post but the mochaware!!! Oh my. LOVE it. I need to find a butter dish. I broke mine a couple years ago. Looks like you will be having a lot of fun there!!

Dreamgoddess said...

I am total awe of your menu! Sounds like you have a fantastic party planned.

Anonymous said...

Great memo for Halloween. Love teh vintage cards.

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Wow, Melody! You do go all out for this occasion. And what a "spooktacular" feast you put on.

Thanks for linking to my party. It's great to see you linked up! I look forward to seeing what you link up next time.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage