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We recently hosted a little Halloween party to celebrate the season of fright.  Halloween provides a great creative license to tap your inner child.  My family might say it is a wee bit freaky just how seriously I embrace this holiday.  Today I am sharing a few details just in case something inspires you and your season of spook.

If you like the chalkboard quote above you can make one too!  Start by obtaining the base chalkboard jpg image – available here for easy (and free) downloading!  Then pop over to Pic Monkey’s online photo editing software (free!) and upload your chalkboard base file.  Use the base as your canvas for adding your chosen text and frames.  For a detailed tutorial on the process pop over to Lucy’s Craftberry Bush blog for a step-by-step guide to chalkboard graphics.  I made this in about five minutes which included printing, framing and hanging it up for our party!  Or, feel free to send me an email message and I will share this file with you.

The creepy decor…

Remember my suitcase project?
New look for the night of fright.

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A ghost floated above the festivities.

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I made this creature with a styrofoam head I purchased at Hobby Lobby ($5) and four layers of cheesecloth.   I applied each cloth layer, brushing a coat of liquid starch over the cloth from the chin up.  I inserted a screw-eye (hook) at the top of the head and threaded fishing line to suspend the ghost.

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I perched my spray-painted pumpkins upon the mantle and hung my haunted banner.

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And, created a pumpkin tower.

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I decorated the guest bathroom with motion-activated talking psychic skulls for the startle effect!

Mixology Station

Since this was an “adults only” party, I set up the bar as a mixology station, complete with a variety of test tube shots and beakers.  Mason jars were brimming with olives and cherries.

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Wine station topped with another burlap table covering!  Apparently I stocked much more red wine (left) than white (right)!

Freaky Food!

A sweet spot was brimming with candy, pumpkin roll cake and monster cookies.

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I converted this bat candle stick to a lollipop display.  Too much sugar?  Perhaps…There was “real” food as well, thanks to my lovely friends.

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A friend (pumpkin chef) made this hearty dish!

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The Halloween Playlist!

Ghosts That We Knew, Mumford & Sons

Mad World, Adam Lambert

Shiver, Coldplay

Ghosts, The Head & The Heart

Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked, Cage the Elephant

Gravedigger, Dave Matthews

I Will Follow You Into the Dark, Death Cab for Cutie

Thriller, Fall Out Boy

Ghost of a Chance, Rush

Scar Tissue, Red Hot Chili Peppers

Tea Party, Kerli

Through Smoke, NEEDTOBREATHE

AND, the best part of the event was the creative magic our guests brought with their clever costumes and the gift of their laughter.  Seriously, what is a party without fun friends?

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wicked goodie bag

I made these (same chalkboard method I mentioned) cards as an insert for the guest’s parting gift bags.

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I love the magic of this season… and any excuse to celebrate creativity.