Despite several unrelated emergencies on Friday that necesited some projects be cut from my to-do list, the party did in fact happen and I hope our guests had fun. As expected we had loads of trick or treaters and passserbys that got to enjoy the decorations too.
I don't go too overboard on the interior decor - I would have liked to do a bit more but ran out of time. I did a few little things like dress up the mirror, mask some of our paintings, light some candles and of course play some spooky music.
I serve mostly normal food but I made a few Halloween treats to sprinkle in the spread.
Witches fingers and eyeball caprese were borrowed ideas. Bloody panna clottas and blue blood punch were my own creations. I think everything looked and tasted pretty good but I have to be honest - not many were brave enough to eat them. Not sure why - maybe they were just too gruesome to eat? Yea, thats the ticket.
Finally it was time to race into our get ups. Then we had an impromptu photoshoot on the stoop.
As you can tell, we decided to go with a more conceptual costume this year than specific characters. While the result ended up looking like a cross between Sweeney Todd/Mrs.Lovett and the Thénardiers (the characters in Les Mis who sing Master of the House) - the plan was just to be a play on Victorian ghosts haunting the house. Whatever people thought we were, I was happy with how it all looked. Its always fun to dress up. Fun fact: We had our costumes made by someone on etsy.
I don't want to post photos of our guests out of respect for the privacy but we had some great characters join us including a family of swiss yodelers, a toddler disco king, michael meyers, snow white, a pirate, charlie brown & lucy and few other gems. But the stars of the show were definitely the hindu gods Ganesh and Kali.
As a result of the funny looking people inside our gate as well as the decor, our house was pretty popular with the kids and adults.
Some people even wanted to take photos with us and/or our guests.
The day went by in a flash. By the time the candles were burning low, everyone had come down off their sugar high and it was time to wrap it up. Til next year!
Now that Halloween is over, its time to start thinking about sugarplum fairies and jolly St. Nick!