While cruising around the web I ran across this thread at MillionTalks.com showing off some pretty nifty Halloween cakes. Some are gory, some are cute and all look pretty damn tasty. Recipes included.
Halloween Home Haunts
I absolutely love the fact that people really get into decorating their yards and houses for Halloween. I make it a point every year to drive around and see what everyone has done. It’s not exactly close to Christmas in terms of popularity, but I certainly think the fervor to “make it scary” beats the pants off of Rudolph any old time.
I’ve collected a few links if you are interested in creating home haunts of your own. I think these are great sites with info that should be passed and shared with as many people as possible. Happy Haunting!
For those interested in going pro, or at least attending an awesome horror covention, check out Haunt X.
Home Haunts – Kansas City
Socreepy just happened upon a terrific home haunt in my neighborhood. It’s called the Sweeney Family Horror and John January and family have done it right. In addition to decorating the yard in a very gothic, haunted fashion, there is an entire history built around a tragic night in the house. It happened many, many years ago but the scars definitely remain. Is it real? It is not my place to say. What I will say is it’s brilliant that trick-or-treaters and passers-by can tune into a local radio channel and hear the entire bloodcurdling family history play out, complete with sound effects.
Visit the Sweeney Family Horror. It’s got great pictures and tips for setting up your own home haunt.
Happy Halloween everyone!!
Adult Halloween Party Idea – The Coven
Throwing a Halloween party for the adults this year? SoCreepy has plenty of experience to share. One of the ways to make your particular Halloween party stand out is to give it a theme. I posted earlier about the Slaughtered Wedding Party Halloween theme, but this one is geared towards Witches, Warlocks, sorcery and magic. I call it The Coven. And really – no offense at all to Wiccans. You’ve surely got better things to do on Halloween.
It’s important to set the mood and because you have a theme, it actually makes it easier to decorate. Make sure that everyone invited is aware of the Halloween party theme and ask theme to plan their Halloween costumes accordingly. As the host or hostess, you need to plan for the most elaborate Halloween costume. After all, you are the head of the coven!
To get the look of The Coven for your Halloween party, here is your shopping list:
– Candles (all types) – you need tealights, pillars, votives and anything else that will burn. Essentially, you need to light the party with mostly candles and it could end up being your biggest expense. I suggest dollar stores for the cheapest selection. Remember to BE SAFE. Do not leave unattended open flames at a drunken adult Halloween party. So, make sure someone will be responsible for keeping an eye on the candles – and don’t leave any of them next to something flammable like curtains.
– Witches cauldrons – these are cheap and they can hold anything – food, drinks, candy, body parts. Plastic ones are available just about anywhere during the Halloween shopping season.
– Spider webs. What kind of witch doesn’t have the place decked out in spider webs? Hang them high across your ceiling and in corners. Remember to keep them away from your candles. Put the little plastic black spiders in them and around your food table. It’s a nice touch.
– Buy glass canning jars at the grocery store and label them – eye of newt, snips snail puppy dog tails – that kind of thing. Fill them with anything cheap and gross you can think of: from actual nastiness available at your local butcher’s counter to plastic eyes, bugs, rats, etc. Fill some with water and food coloring (your choice) for variety. Set them out around the house – tables, shelves, mantel, etc.
– Broomstick parking. Cheesy, I know. But funny. Section off a corner of your house that people can see and label it “Broomstick Parking”. Line up various broomsticks (decorated if you wish) as if many people are already there. For a fun activity, have a Broomstick Decorating Contest. A good prize? A Swiffer
– Hanging fabrics. Think Stevie Nicks. Hit your local thrift store or fabric store and just hang swaths of fabric around. It creates a rich, closed-in kind of environment. Not all witches live out in a shack in the forest, you know.
– Pentagrams. Your party is not complete without a pentgram somewhere. My suggestions are in glow-in-the-dark chalk on your driveway, painted on an old sheet and hung up on your wall and painted on your bathroom mirrors in lipstick.
– Incense or other good smells. The Coven should really smell good (or really, really bad). After all, you’re cooking up potions and spells all the time. Give your Halloween party guests a smelly good time!
– Dry ice and glow sticks. Okay, I’ve never been able to do dry ice very well, but it’s totally cool and a great effect. I suggest some cauldrons set around with dry ice and different colored glow sticks in them. They look great, but will require someone checking on them periodically as they begin to melt. Also, never handle the dry ice with your bare hands. Trust me on this one!