I was always a little relieved that we did not celebrate Christmas because my mother is a collector, and I know that the tree ornament collection would have been mind boggling. Have you seen all the iterations on Christmas tree ornaments?! There was this wonderful little store on Main Street in Sarasota, Florida (my home town) that was run by two wonderful gay men; while they carried all sorts of fun and homey stuff they had this amazing collection of really sparkly, gay, funny Christmas ornaments. A gay Christmas tree guys! You could even have a gay Christmas tree. With feathers. We even had some family friends that had four separate Christmas trees, each with a different theme, one always devoted to the Florida Gators. Clearly ornament collecting and tree decorating is not for the faint of heart.
My theory is that because my family is Jewish and decorating for Christmas was out of the question, we went gung-ho for Halloween.
What kind of Halloween party do you like to throw (what, you aren’t throwing a Halloween party? What’s wrong with you?)? My Halloween party, like most of my social gatherings, is chock full of food. What can I say, I’m a Jew; if there aren’t tons of leftovers after a party then it was a total failure.
A party isn’t a party without lots of finger foods and cocktails, and I’ve found some great, spooky-themed ones for you:
Martha Stewart is, of course, the queen of Halloween. Starting in September I spend hours on the Halloween section of her website, looking at party ideas and craft ideas and food ideas and generally getting pretty excited and pretty overwhelmed.
I’m going to start the Martha ball rolling with some easy Halloween crafts, some of which I’ve done myself, some of which I want to do. The key word here, again, is easy:
This one is super easy! I made tons of these last year. All you need to black construction paper, a white pencil, some scissors, and some double-sided tape. Of course now that I have a real black kitty they will probably have less of an effect. I saved most of them and so plan to put them up all over the place, although I’ll have to set them out of reach of Dexter.
I totally forgot to add pumpkins to my list of fun Halloween stuff, so during Halloween Month Sundays will be Pumpkin Sundays. I’m starting things out with lots of random, funny pumpkins culled from around the internet:
These are all from the website ExtremePumpkins. The links below each photo take you to the page which has tutorials on that particular pumpkin.
Friends, it should not surprise you to learn that my favorite month of the year is October, nor should it surprise you to learn that my favorite holiday is Halloween. See following obvious facts:
With all this presented evidence it should also not surprise you that for the entirety of the month of October, this blog will be Halloween central. I was inspired partly by my Dragon*Con Countdown from summer 2010 and partly by Pensive’s Halloweeny and lovely blog (evidently being a Countdown to Halloween Blogger is a thing? I guess I need to get on that!) I have a tentative weekly schedule planned, just to give these blog festivities a theme. Please forgive the alliteration, I know it isn’t right but sometimes I just cannot help myself:
Morbid Martha (Stewart) Mondays: Presenting amazing Halloween crafts by Martha Stewart, some of which I have done, some of which I hope to do this year.
Terribly Tasty Tuesdays: Halloween food ideas, or maybe just cute pictures of other people’s Halloween goodies.
Wicked Wacky Wednesdays: Wednesday will be a wildcard day. Maybe I’ll write about the history of Halloween. Maybe I’ll tell stories of some of my favorite past Halloweens. Maybe I’ll just post a bunch of videos of pets in costume. I don’t know, but I figured I should give myself a freebie.
Thrilling Thursdays: This will be entertainment and media day. I’ll write about some of my favorite scary and/or Halloween themed films, books, and other media. And since haunted houses fall into the realm of “theater” in my opinion I’ll also try to post some information about some local ones, if you’re into that.
Freaky Fridays: Costume ideas for humans and animals, and although I might show some pictures of cats in costume please do not mistake this as my backing the idea of cats wearing clothing. Cats are dignified creatures and should never be forced to wear clothing, unless it is for my vicarious photographic pleasure.
Saturdays and Sundays: I haven’t exactly planned the weekends yet because I don’t always post on weekends. If anyone has any ideas let me know. Otherwise these will be my “these posts don’t really fit into the Halloween theme but I want to tell you about my life anyways” days. So, you know, if you aren’t into me as a person you can skip it.
So hopefully I can stick to this schedule and hopefully you like it. If there is anything I have left out or anything you would like me to add please please please let me know! I want to make this the happiest Halloween blog ever and that will take some help from you!
Oh and one more thing, I’m considering really playing with the idea of a “dilettante” and maybe reconfiguring the themes of this blog a bit. Of course it will still be delightfully nerdy, but I’m hoping to have some input from you. So if there is anything you are interested in, or anything about which you want me to write, please let me know. I will elaborate on this in a later post but I just wanted to get the wheels rolling!
Happy Halloween Month everyone! 30 days until the blessed event!