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Tale of Horror Halloween Party
Invite guests to share in a night of literary horrors at an Edgar Allen Poe-theme party. Although the party is on the sophisticated side — in a creepy sort of way — it’s easy to pull together.
The Eyeball Assortment
In this canape platter, the “eyes” truly have it! There’s something for everyone, from mini meatballs to fresh mozzarella-and-tomato bites to a grape-and-prosciutto nibble. Inscribe the clever dish names on silk leaves and display next to the serving dish.
Spooky Still Life
Make ordinary objects a little creepier with a coat of black paint. Just a few simple steps and this discarded tree branch becomes a scary perch for menacing ravens. Find a tree branch (the more twisted and gnarled, the better) and spray-paint it black. Once dry, insert the branch in an urn or pot. Finish by placing a few black ravens on the branch.
Jack-o’-Lantern Flower Vase
Ditch the standard candle and brighten up your jack-o’-lantern with an arrangement of bold-hue harvest flowers. Cut the stems, arrange in a small vase, and set inside a carved pumpkin. A white Lumina pumpkin carved with a skeletal face makes this arrangement extra spooky.
Black Feather Wreath and Decorative Mirror
Dress up a large mirror with a feathery wreath and verses from The Raven for a spooky dining room decoration. To make the wreath, wrap two black feather boas around a wreath form. Knot the ends and tuck them under the feathers; add hanging wire. Attach a removable plastic hook to the mirror and use a black dry-erase marker to write words or phrases from the poem on the mirror. Hang the wreath from the plastic hook. Center a small faux bird in the wreath’s opening and attach it to the mirror using poster putty.
Poetic Place Setting
Continue the poem’s theme in your party place settings by using a black porcelain marker to write portions of The Raven on white chargers. For food-safe chargers, set the ink by heating the plates in the oven, following the marker manufacturer’s instructions. Add a haunting message from the poem to cream-color dish towels to use as napkins. Download our “nevermore” stencil, available below, and print. Use a crafts knife to cut out the text, leaving a silhouette stencil. Attach the stencil to the napkin with tape and use a fabric marker to write the word on the napkin; remove the stencil.
To make the name cards, spray smooth-sided stones with chalkboard paint; let dry. Use chalk to write each guest’s name on a stone.
Men can easily get a bad rep for not wearing a Halloween costume. it can show a lack of planning, confidence, and make one seem rather…dull. Don’t be in the “Dull Club” this year. If you haven’t planned something for tonight/tomorrow/or Monday, try any of these quick, humorous choices:
1. God’s Gift to Women
*Dress yourself in all black, take old wrapping paper and tape it around you, put a giant tag on your head that says “To: Women, From: GOD”
4. One Night Stand
*Cut a hole, for your head, inside a large old box. Attach book, tissue box (or simply used tissues), and lamp/candle.
6. Nudist on Strike
*Wear regular clothes. Attach a large sign to your chest that says “Nudist on Strike!”
7. Cereal “Serial” Killer
* Wear clothes that are kind of rugged and torn. Carry a bloody knife and have blood on your clothes. Attach labels or actual little cereal boxes all over your outfit.
How did Halloween come about? Well, the History Channel says it originated from the Irish.
Celtic farmers used the word Samhain, which means “The End of Summer” to signify Halloween. They believed there was one day per year that represented both the living and the dead, where spirits could rise from the dead. The Celtics lit great bonfires and dressed up in order to repel the spirits from ruining their feature crops.
In the mid-19th century, after a devastating potato famine, one billion Irish came over to the United States, which brought the traditional holiday known as “All Hallows Eve.”
About 40 odd years after Christ, the Romans had primarily conquered Celtic land. Over the next four hundred years the Romans ruled over the Celtic land and certain traditional festivals were combined and inter-woven into both cultures. The first festival was called Feralia, which happened in late October when the Romans traditionally celebrated the passing of the dead. The next festival was to honor a Roman goddess of fruit and trees named Pomona.
Needless to say, when the Celtic traditions came to the “New World,” the concept of Halloween didn’t go over well with the New England Puritans. But slowly it was disseminated into Puritan society and great bonfires were replaced with jack-o-lanterns, spirit dancing/deterring was replaced with dressing up in spooky attire, but no one really knows where/how the candy giving started…
SO the question remains: How did we go from deterring spirits from ruining our crops through rituals to giving candies to little children? We don’t let them in the house, we block them from coming inside, and appease them with bon bons. Creepy. Thought to chew on until next time.