Haunted Forest Recap

It’s a mixed bag, my friends.  Some might say, I failed you big time.  Others might recognize that I did way better with photos than last year, so let’s focus on progress and development….mmmkay?  Glass half full people.

Weather was our main foe this round.  Last year, it was nice and dry all week, this time, we had rain Thursday AND Friday.  So?  This means the bulk of our forest adornments must be put in all at once….on the day of the party..in the mud.  We had a dry party, so there’s that…not cashing in on your rain date is definitely a win.

We used a Paperless Post invite which I have edited for public viewing…

We had about 95 peeps this year, and some of these snaps were taken before and after the party, and some were taken the next day.  Again…just not a lot of time for photos during the party.

As guests arrived up the driveway, there is a table at the entrance to the forest with treat bags.

We pulled out the tombstones we made last year….

And hung the moon…..

For those worried I might expose children to Gnarls Barkley, rest easy…we went with the spooky sounds instead, which I think scared the kids a lot more than the Boogie Monster ever could have, so they were potentially ruined either way.

For safety reasons, the treehouse was off limits, but we styled it up super spooky.

We created a little scene underneath the treehouse with our new gifted butler from our good friend…she loves Halloween as much as we do and I hope we did her proud with him!

I decided to put more than just skelebirds in the cages…this one has ghost bats…..

The other practice moons ended up adorning the bar area.

I’m pretty bummed I never got a single photo of the table spread.  It looked pretty good too…it was heaving with yummy stuff….

Now nothing…no bloody cranberry grape juice with brain ice, no hot spiced apple cider, kettle corn, mini pizzas, mini bagel dogs, carrots, sugar snaps, sun sugar tomatoes, hummus, grapes, manadarins, chips, pumpkin cakes, oreo tower, cheese plate, paté, garlic toasts, and of course…  dem bones!  Photo FAIL!!!!

The Tattoo Station was back again this year…..

….as was a pinata.  We didn’t make it ourselves this year…not enough time.

There’s really no better reminder of our savage animal insticts than watching the melee after a successful hit on a pinata.  That’s SCARY.

So this is one of those funny little things you discover after a party….who took the teeth?  Did they wear them, and did they taste like raw pumpkin?  Who knows.


This year’s movie feature was a series of old Scooby Doo episodes from 1969-1971.  Here’s a theater before and aftermath……

The next night, we had a fire, leftovers and popcorn and the Things choice movie.  Heh. Ven.  New tradition for sure. After the Things went to sleep, the CC and I watched the 39 Steps.

My favorite photo:  The CC and Thing Two kept me company after the party while I was snapping away in the forest, and I got lucky……

Happy Halloween everyone.

Happy Halloween

I think last night’s first annual Haunted Forest was a success…we had 9 stations on the trail for trick or treating….needless to say…all gone!

Can you see the face in the creepy old tree….

I still stink at night shots, and I couldn’t take any photos during the party…too much going on!  I took some before, and this morning…

One of the biggest hits was the hay bale outdoor theater:  We showed It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown with the projector.

I never got a shot of the finished spider before its demise….this morning, the carcass blew in the wind….nothing is as joyful as beating the holy crap out of something with a big stick…

We all had naps today to recharge for trick or treating….now, off to bed!

Dem Bones

…are surprisingly easy!

The Things are super excited about them, and well, I am too.  I’m a sweet and salty combo gal.  Candy?  Not so much….but I’ll knock you over for some kettle corn or chocolate covered pretzels.  We just got some Wilton molds from Michaels and the recommended candy melts…add your own pretzels and looky!

We worked outside all weekend finishing the new steps and stringing spider webs, but now there are tornado sirens going, so I’ve moved to indoor preparations.  More photos when I can emerge from the house without the threat of hurricane force winds…