||[Nov. 4th, 2008|12:58 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
I've probably built them up in your head and the results can be nothing but a disappointment, BUT, I did finally upload them, so I might as well show them off.
I CAN HAZ HALLOWEEN! We'll start with the front steps, shrouded in fog...
Yep, I hauled out the fog machine again this year. I still believe it was an excellent investment. I did NOT make the fog chiller. Thought about it again, but didn't make it. I think I'll try to manage it for next year; I suspect it will definitely improve the atmosphere.
But this time, I added... SSHPOOKY MUSIC! Well, not so spooky really, more along the lines of "Monster Mash" and "One-Eyed One-Horned Flying Purple People Eater," but there were some sound effects thrown in there. I'm going to burn the CDs I bought and add more sound effects between songs for next year. And if I can find more spooky music, I'll add that too!
Next, pull back to see... the WHOLE FRONT PORCH!
Those of you who remember last year might recognize the mice I made for the steps and the bats (also hand-made). I switched up the bats this year and hung them from fishing line above the doorway of the porch. The one giant bat I made went on the spiderweb. I added the little luminaries (store-bought paper bags with punkin faces containing a small tea light candle) to help light up the stairs since my NEW light bulb, with its marvelous rotating color palette, was a bit dim for the younger folk navigating my stairs.
I also brought back the orange lights for the handrail and the other orange lights below the giant spiderweb. Next year, I wanna get matching purple ones!
Dark, atmospheric house shot:
SHPOOKY!!! Now for some detail shots.
First, I'd like to introduce you to Bipolar the Punkin. I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeVille...
Dark, atmospheric punkin shot:
What you saw as you approached my steps:
Then, up the steps, you encountered a little bit of atmosphere to the left:
And a little more atmosphere to the right:
Then, FINALLY, the CANDY!!!!
Note the free comic books and the little purple sign hanging from my mailbox that says "SPOOKY!" (both new this year).
Close-ups of my spider in her web (hanging from fishing line - I did a much better job this year; image complete with dead flowers, big creepy egg sac, and a glimpse of the BF):
And, last but not least, my window treatments - bottom ones are handmade, tops bought:
I amused myself endlessly. Well, not endlessly. The BF and I went out for a late brunch at the S&S, then zoomed over to iParty to see if they had any fun last minute bargains. I bought a few things, then we headed home & I started setting up.
I was finishing up my decorations when the first kids showed up, around 6:20pm; last kids around 7:35pm. I should've kept closer count, but I had somewhere between 20-25 kids (weak, I know! especially compared to some of my friends & neighbors). Costumes included a tiny red dragon, an Obama, a McCain (who rapped a nice little rhyme about why I should vote for him instead, when I reported I'd be voting for Obama), Batman, R2D2, and some punk-fairy teenagers.
Most of the pix above look quite bright because I had to use the flash to get the details to show up, but that second picture - the atmospheric one of the house - is really how things looked... dark and orangey. Which makes me think I need to make things BIG in order to be seen in the murky darkness.
I LOVE Halloween. It's MY holiday, more than any others. Next year, if I can figure out how to light each of them, I want to put a graveyard in our tiny front plot so the chilled fog can roll between the tombstones. I skipped the tattered garbage bag curtains from last year and kept the web on the open top portion of the porch, instead of stretching it to the floor of the porch. Opinions on which worked better?