Saturday, 26 October 2013

Halloween Tea Party

It is time my mysterious friends to leave for the annual Halloween Tea Party, a ghoulish get together for you and I and a few more moonlit chums. A small gathering of only the most elite shadows and fantastical characters. Let us take a stroll, look at the time, we must leave now.plague church
To the churchyard for the precious ones, remembered by stone and flower. Souls and spirits tag along but hush your excitement for some still choose to rest and the few that like to party grasp their dusty invitations in crooked hands. They smooth down their lacy gowns and step forward with boots polished and a glint in their gauzy eyes.
tomb headstone angel
Chilling air that swirls around grass and daisy edged tomb comes to meet our legs, twisting around them like a cat looking for attention. Come along, come along but please be quick for the witch and her coven they will not wait to start the party and their cottages are at the bottom of the village.
I smell them before I can see them. A dark, stifling mustiness that fills my head full of visions of cauldrons brewing contents like the most stagnant of pond water. Knock, knock, hobble, creak - the owner comes to greet us at the door. Welcome all on the All Halllows Eve, come inside my small abode.
plague cottages
Step forward, come in. Do not be afraid for this will be a glorious party.
halloween cottage
Inside is the most colourful array of frothing potions and fireworks. Glitter springs through the air cascading over us and bubbles of magic pop over our head leaving droplets of wishes and promises of mystical futures. The most frivolous of pumpkins dance and jump, too excitable to stop and talk. We all shuffle in.
Welcome to the Halloween Party
By the glow of the Jack O'Lantern I reach for the jug of tickleberry juice, a reddish hue that stains your lips and smells like honey and lollipops. Warted gourd stew in a huge pot occasionally bubbles up and splatters the stove with bright green. It smells delightful and a hungry warlock's tummy rumbles like a ghost train passing on ancient tracks. I should grab a bowl before it all gets eaten up.
Join us for the Halloween party
A collection of potions for the occasion are displayed in frosted jars and bottles, neatly labelled by Agnes the Home Witch, meticulous and created following the book of 'Spell Casting for Shindigs and Masquerades' - a copy of which I have and cherish dearly. A bottle is open and the spell explodes out and whizzes around the room, coating all the otherworldly gatherers in a film of party fever.
witches potions
Pumpkins make the most awful racket at parties, they get so carried away in the moment. Hopping about the room, they annoy the spooks and with a woosh of a shroud are suddenly swept away under the table with the dust and scolded. The skeletons find this most amusing and fall about laughing leaving a collection of bones - no matter they'll pick them up later.
munchkin pumpkins
Chatter, chatter, catching up and reminiscing on times gone by, 'so you departed in 1610, how lovely and how have you been since?' Glowing eyes spark with devilish glee and too many bottles of Hobgoblin have clearly been drunk already.
pumpkin witch
Pumpkin treats filled with oozing globs of tree sap, an explosion sensation and one to savour by candlelight.
fizzy pop and cakes Time for the bogeyman's lament and the witches cackle and throw spiders that scuttle in desperation up the walls and into damp corners. Stardust tickles my nose and an almighty sneeze turns into a friendly apparition who smiles and waves - another party spell I presume.
glitter ghost The members of this household have certainly been busy for all supernatural tastes have been accounted for. Grasshopper bites, a delicacy are offered. Take your pick. Green for sweet and crunchy or mottled sour for the tangy loving Fright Harbringers - that will keep them happy and stop them terrorising the goblins.halloween grasshopper treats Fairy lights twinkle and flash, games are played and 'pass the head' is won yet again by one of the pumpkins. Macabre misfits move slowly and nod to each other, no words required by these types.
Have you had enough cake? Surely another piece of frog springer would be hard to refuse.
Halloween party table A tiny group of small witches are starting to get tired, yawns of gappy, rotting teeth with the most terrible of hounds breath. One starts to have a tantrum, it must be nearly witching hour now. Time to think about pond bath and resting in one's hay crate.
pixie witch Fire torches are extinguished and just the Jack O'Lanterns remain, glowing, warding off midge flies and dragon beetles. I take a rest on a huge misshapen arm chair with springs that protrude and snag my cloak.Jack-o-lantern
Suddenly a scream raises my attention, a course of fear pushing its way through my veins more than any walk through a quiet cemetery would. Wary faces stare, not blinking and bones are still. Hush.
horror mask In walks the Boo. A frightful crypt keeper. Anti social and ready to turn any party into an ending of  horror and despair, enough to send a witch fleeing broom in hand or a spook jumping down the drains. Hide.
evil face
 I sit as still as possible watching his menacing face with blank eyes, no soul or no remorse. Will he see me?
horrible sack mask
Lips curl, froth explodes and a huge box of Halloween poppers bursts open with the force of an almighty thunder clap. Even the stars in the sky shudder and I hold onto a werewolf to stop myself from joining them.
The Boo has gone, reduced to nothing more than a hessian sack and a few teeth. There is nothing more powerful it seems than a Halloween party and as the quiet subsides, the pumpkins are back dancing and I'm going to join them.......
Halloween Party
Happy Halloween to all and especially to A Fanciful Twist and our party friends. Please have a look at the other parties and enjoy the wondrous sights. 


Linda said...

I had a great time at your party. I loved the combination of black and white and color in your photographs. Thank you so much for your comment on my blog.. Happy Halloween

Jennifer Michelle said...

I love your party so much! I enjoyed the cemetery, it is so interesting, we just don't have graveyards around here that look like that! And the cottages, I googled them after reading your post. Also love the transition between the spooky eerie cemetery and your sweet and sparkly home decor! Lovely!

Ms Misantropia said...

Great party with one of my favorites, Hobgoblin beer, and a super scary crypt keeper!

The Gossamer Tearoom said...

What a fun and spooky party! Thank you for inviting us! I do love the cemetery and churchyard photos!! Very cool!

Won't you please join me at The Tearoom?

Wishing you a Happy Halloween!


Chrislyn said...

Oh, I think I just stepped on one of the skeletons bones. I hope he won't need it!
I love old cemeteries. Very cool pictures. Happy Halloween! said...

Oh Wow, what a breathtaking cemetary!

And inside, the decor is so perfect. It is exactly what Halloween means to me, sparkle and glow, goodness galore. Your treasures and decor, beyond wonderful! Love it!

Thank you so much for joining in the Halloween magic! love, V

Kelly said...

This is fantastic! Your words and visuals really captured my attention! Are you a writer of books or magazines? You should be! Thank you for sharing! Happy Halloween......

Cobblestone Prims said...

LOOOve it...great pictures...thanks for inviting me...Happy Halloween and BOO to you...
Kerstin from germany

Laura S Reading said...

Even though you scared me half to death - (shhh, don't tell the others) this has been my favorite stop on the aprty trail. your words are melodious and draw me in.

I know I will be back to visit again. It was too much fun!

Chrisy said...

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Ghoulish tale! Fabulous photos of the graveyard!...thank you for having me at your place, come on by and visit mine..if you dare...

Gerushia's New World said...

Wow...those black and white photos are absolutely breathtaking! Such a lovely cemetery. Then....poof, a sparkle of confetti color and shining Halloween goodness. I love the mixture of the black and white with the color photos! A very beautiful Halloween Party!

Gerushia's New World

Haunted Isles said...

Happy Halloween!

Laura said...

I soo loved your party! It was just wonderful and I love that cemetery!

Anonymous said...

Hahahaha. The image and idea of the pumpkins and the skeletons laughing until they fell apart - that tickled me. Very Tim Burton and loveable. :) Also, now I want a HobGoblin to sip, lol. Yum.

Thanks for letting me a part of your festivity. I'm very late on hopping to other parties, but if you haven't visited mine yet, please feel free to drop by any time. Happy Halloween! :)

DREAMER said...

Very entertaining thank you for the fun and I love old cemeteries .....

Thank you for coming by mine :)

Happy Halloween

Xoxo Gina

Denise said...

What a party ! Thank You-

Green Tea and Cupcakes said...

I had a amazing time thanks for the invite. Happy Halloween!!!

Emalina said...

Wonderfully spooooky images, love all the masks and the eerie cemetery!

Happy Halloween!

If you haven't already, do come celebrate Halloween with me at my 2 little parties:

1. Feasting with the ghosts at:

2. Dancing with the witches at:

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Amazing black and white photographs! Great decor! So much planning! Happy Halloween.

Unknown said...

Oh you made such an effort! What a lovely party, thank you so much for having me :)

Happy Halloween :)

Heidi at:

Ricki Treleaven said...

I enjoyed your party! I liked the graveyard tour, and I've never seen a party with so many treats! I really like the name of your blog, too.

Linking from A Fanciful Twist,
Ricki Jill
Art @ Home

Bloomin'Chick Jo said...

(clapping) Bravo! Kudos! What a wonderful and creative post, I loved it! I didn't do a party post this year but couldn't miss out on seeing what everyone came up with :-) Happy Halloween & Pumpkin Blessings!

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