‘Twas The Night Before Halloween…

Halloween is my favourite time of the year πŸ™‚ Unfortunately noone in England seems to celebrate it… except for me!

I’ve been having a Halloween party every year for the past 7 years, with the exception of this year because of wedding plans, honeymoon and moving country I’ve just had too much going on to plan something big. I did see my best friend, my Mom and a family friend though and we had a lovely pre-Halloween dinner (on the Saturday) while watching Paranormal Investigation Live (which seems to be the replacement for Most Haunted Live). I have to say, we laughed more than anything but it was fun to have on in the background while we chatted and ate together πŸ™‚

I decorated the dining room with orange lanterns, a candelabra that’s been in the family a long time, and some general Halloween decorations and cobweb tablecloth.

Here is the lounge (couldn’t get it all in one shot), I didn’t put all of my decorations up this year to keep it more “homey” and autumnal rather than spooky and cluttered.

Several years ago my Mom and I made some ghosts to hang around the house, and they’re still going strong now! Keeping an eye on the guests and having a good time πŸ™‚

These are really simple to make and so effective! You can give them any expression you want and it’s a great project for children πŸ™‚

To make the “floating” ghosts you will need:

White cloth (we cut up an old bed sheet)
Aluminium foil (kitchen foil)
Black marker or felt tip pen
Needle and white thread (adult supervision here!)
White tac (or blue tac…we ran out of white)

First tear off some aluminium foil and scrunch it into a ball. This can be any size you want, depending on the size you would like your ghosts to be. Then cut the white cloth into several circles – we used a dinner plate to measure each circle (use adult supervision with this, or have an adult do the cutting).

Next, draw on your funny ghost faces – one face on each circle of material, a little bit away from the center – if you put your aluminium foil ball under the cloth, in the middle, you can see exactly where the face should be drawn.

Next, place the aluminium foil ball under the cloth, in the center, and sew them together at the top (adult supervision or assistance here), making a couple of knots to hold it in place and leaving a length of cotton free to use as a hanging thread.

You now have a ghost! Attach him in doorways or on picture frames, or anywhere you like with white or blue tac (or tape if you prefer). They swing and twirl really nicely in doorways πŸ™‚ You could give your ghosts a scalloped or zig-zag edge to the material instead of the clean lines of the circle too!

Last, but by no means least, is a discovery I made last year when my then-fiance (now husband) took me Halloween food shopping on the air base. What I found were Pillsbury ready-to-bake sugar cookies with cat shapes in them! We bought a box to try and they were delicious! So this year I went and grabbed a couple of boxes of the cat ones but also tried the pumpkin and ghost cookies too. They’re such an easy addition to a Halloween table and so tasty – I like them fresh from the oven when they’re still a little bit gooey in the middle. Yum πŸ˜€

The plate of non-cookies in the first picture are Marks & Spencer Wicked Whoopie Pies, which were new this year. I’ve got to say they were way too sweet for me, but my Mom loved them and ate almost a whole plate of them lol!

The cats got a bit stretched..well, I suppose cats do like stretching a lot!


Something Witchy This Way Comes

Last night I heard small footsteps, running on the stairs.
But when I looked outside my door, nobody was there!

I crept along the landing, crouched down on the floor,
Do my eyes deceive me? I found a little door!

As I reached to touch it, something happened – strange indeed!
I started to get smaller, not much bigger than a weed!

Through the door I ventured, whatever would I see?
A row of lovely lanterns, to guide the way for me!

I went along the pathway and then into a wood,
There hung a sign to warn me, but it did no good.

Just like a little cat, curiosity did take hold,
So onward did I venture, feeling rather bold.

There I met some dragons, keepers of the way,
They looked me up and down again, then told me not to stray.

I walked around a mystic pool, with lanterns all around,

Then from my little vantage point, the Haunted House I found!

I met some other travelers, walking the same way,
They told me to come with them, to a party there that day.

In the Haunted House’s garden, some witches there were brewing!
I stepped a little closer, to find out what they were stewing.

The hostess came to greet me, with her guardian giant frog!
She said inside the cauldron was the party-goers grog!

We went along some fairy steps, that led up past the pool,
I dipped a toe into the water, it was so nice and cool!

The party then got under way, a Halloween witches ball!
We danced and laughed and made good friends, a fun time had by all.

It started to get very late and “I must be on my way”,
The witches and the little cats were so sad to hear me say.

The magic of the little door – a Halloween witches spell,
I raised my glass to toast new friends, then bid them all farewell!

I made my way back through the wood, along the twisting path,
Remembering good times I’d had, I gave a little laugh.

The tiny door came into sight and through it I did crawl,
As soon as I was home again, I then got very tall!

I hope you liked my story; this Halloween Blog Party post,
To all my new found friends on here, I give a welcoming toast!

Magic and laughter fill the air, as leaves do start to fall.
I wish you Happy Halloween! Best witches, one and all!