Saturday, October 10, 2015

Hello, Fellow Halloween-iac!

Yes. I'm that crazy woman who held up the line in front of you at Target last summer, demanding to see the manager so I could wail, "Where's the Halloween stuff already? It's mid-July! All you've got back there in "Seasonal" is BBQ mitts! What is the matter with you people?" 

If you're a fellow Halloween-iac you understand. Welcome, my friend! Please take a seat!

I've been notebooking this year's event since mid-summer. What fun to go down into a cool, dark basement by myself to cackle away over spooky plans while everyone else basks in the sun, iced drink in hand, on the deck out back. Slackers! They don't know what they're missing!

This time, I'll be hosting everybody for a Halloween kid-centered lunch party. (Saturday this year! yay!) They'll gather at the "Bone Shake Shack,"* a grandma-concocted enterprise constructed of cardboard boxes, but "owned and operated" by a family of bony 'n shaky skeletal figures. The three oldest kids will perch on these custom painted counter stools to munch on a scary lunch and sip the shack's signature "Spooky Shake." 

I'll stash three extra little ones at a smaller table alongside, but they'll enjoy the same repast as their older cousins. I'm hoping weather cooperates so I can set up outside. That way, masked "human skeletons," ("Grandpa? Grandma? Is that you?") can creep about quickly to snatch an eyeball cookie from the kids' table and disappear back into the woods as rapidly as you can shout "BOO!"

Once lunch is cleared, a handsome tray, laden with creepy appetizers and Ghoul-tinis will appear. That'll keep mummies (oops! I mean mommies!) and daddies busy so grandma can have even more fun with the kiddoes. We'll invite everyone to stroll about, admire, and purchase from our clothesline Halloween Art Show.* The kids and I have been creating inventory for a few weeks now. We've got pumpkin pictures 'n more in several exciting media: potato print, cut and paste, and tempera. "Shop your brains out before the zombies get here!" we'll advise our spirited shoppers!

Then, on to a mini-Halloween carnival.* I've got a few purchased and several original games of skill in the making. When the carnival spirit starts to wane, my little guests can enjoy their prizes while I host my first "Spelling Bat" for their parents! Yep, that's right! A Spelling Bat! (Hello..."bees" are gone - flown home for the winter!) My competitors better "bone up!" though. They'll need to conquer some tough ones if they plan on reaching into my icy prize bowl for mystery denomination cash solidly frozen into spidery cubes!

Spelling Bat Word List:

  • Ghoul                           Eerie                       Zombie                Mummified
  • Extraterrestrial              Cauldron                  Werewolf             Vampire
  • Specter                        Haunting                  Macabre               Frankenstein
  • Cemetery                     Spine-tingling           Grim Reaper         Skeleton
  • Ichabod Crane              Ghastly                    Bewitching           Jack-o-Lantern
  • Frightful                        Crypt  

And don't forget "Spooktacular" (Hey! It's Halloween! What the heck! Toss in a few made up words, too!)    

(Keep in mind that the longer Ghoul-tinis are poured, you'll need more and more words that get easier and easier, - like BOO! - otherwise you'll end up with a bunch of first round losers! That's no fun!)

Ooops! Almost forgot! (Zombies got my brain!) If you'd like a set of your own folksy party counter stools, spray paint 24" wooden ones you'll find at Wal-Mart for about $15 each. Then use acrylic paint to decorate. Tie lengths of Halloween print ribbon here and there and invite your guests to "seat yourselves!"

* More on these events in future posts! Promise to come back and see? There! That's the spirit!


  1. Ohhh I love it - what fun and ghoulishness. The stools are super!!!!!

  2. Not my favorite time and I do not decorate. I think those that go all out and spook up their yards are a little crazy. However, I admit I do enjoy seeing their crazy more than a little.


  3. Hello, sounds like your place is where to be on Halloween. What fun! I love the stools and creepy appetizers. I am sure you grandchildren will have lots of fun! Have a happy weekend!

  4. These stools are so cute! I's going to be fun to visit your party in cyber world after the Big Day ! :)

  5. Love those stools! I can't wait to see how everything turns out!

  6. WOW totally LOVE the stools J! and from one Halloween-iac to another i am SO excited to see what else you have in store! so hey where do i get my ticket to go to the carnival?!

  7. I love those stools but then I love everything you do! The kids are going to have the best Halloween yet!

  8. Now I know whose fault it is that decorations are out so early. LOL It sounds like your grands are going to have another one of those spectacular holiday celebrations. Are you keeping score at the spelling bee? I can't wait to hear all about it. :-)

  9. Sounds like so much fun! I too am a Halloween-iac and can totally relate to being in the store in July wanting to see Halloween products. Our big blowout party will have 150-175 guests this year. It will be crazier than ever. Have a great party with the kiddos.

  10. What a fun filled party
    We like to plan ahead everyone wants decorations early as to put party plans into place you have to know what is going to be on hand :)
    have Fun

  11. Hmmm, some interesting possibilities here. Our grands will be here all day on the 30th; I think we'll do a little decorating for the occasion. Thanks for the ideas.

  12. Your Halloween lunch party sounds like so much fun for the little ones. The stools are great! What talent!

  13. I wish I would have been able to see this before last weekend when I had some of my little ones.. such great ideas!! I will use some of them next year. You are so awesome

  14. What a fun Halloween time at your house, love the stools. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  15. So beautiful! I'm pinning to my Halloween Crafts board. I would love it if you could share this with us at Funtastic Friday. The party is still going on!

  16. You are so clever -- and such a fun writer, too! I absolutely love all of your ideas.