A few weeks prior to the party, Anna and I went on an "adventure" behind the house. There's a small stream that we crossed to get to these spooky branches. As we were pushing them back across the stream, I thought I was going to have to send Anna to find Doug to rescue me. She crossed with no problem but I started sinking and with each step got deeper and deeper with only reeds to grab onto. At one point I was in at mid-thigh. It was a little scary but it was worth it as we loved the front door decorations.
We had quotes from authors and from the books throughout the house. The theme was the magic of Halloween through authors and I loved the line, "Books are Portable Magic" from Stephen King.
Each area represented a different author. We had The Invisible Man, written by H.G. Wells.
Excerpts from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving.
Edgar Allan Poe and The Raven tablescape inspired by Brooklyn Limestone
Bram Stoker's Dracula and the children of the night...
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne...the pumpkin in the center of the table under the "octopus lights" (ornaments with strips of text from the story) was supposed to have octopus tentacles carved into it but I just ran out of time.
I wish I were still that flexible!
One of my favorite activity sheets had the families come to me for pictures. I'm normally chasing people around to snap a few photos but this meant they searched me out. So cool!!
Check out that AAARGH!
Okay, so John totally got into the swing of things. He showed up as "V" from "V is for Vendetta".
He disappeared for a few minutes and then came back as this scary gorilla at the back fence.
A little while later we noticed he was missing again. He eventually walked back in as "Uncle Sam". He was a real riot.
I had the kids join me for a reading of Frankenstein, a parody of Madeline. It was pretty funny.
The last activity was the Frankenstein Feel Box in the cloudy playroom. You know the whole brains, intestines, eyeballs, ear thing (aka wet sponge, spaghetti, peeled grapes, and dried apricots).
Hope you all have a boo-tiful Halloween!