One summer evening as I shared an al fresco dinner with my “roommates” (Anthony and Teddy, who lives in our guest house) on our backyard patio, we remarked on the inherent spookiness of our old Victorian. The perfect setting for a Halloween party would be our 100 year-old house, we summed up, and with Halloween being a mutual favorite holiday, it was quickly decided that we’d have to start a yearly tradition. Many friends were invited, and my wheels started spinning.
Now that we’re moving quickly into the Christmas season, I thought I’d reverse and share a few of the highlights from our DIY Halloween party. This year, I really only got any decent photos of the decor, but the company was excellent as well. There was a choreographed Mortal Combat performance (courtesy of a ninja’d Teddy and his friend Lun), many creative costumes from our friends, a cozy bonfire, laughs and memories made. Next year, hopefully I will be able to capture more of that on camera. But for now, here are some of my favorite shots from the setup.
First, I got a few pictures before night fell. Good thing – because I have a lot of difficulty getting a good photo out of low light!
Then, after night fell, I did my best to get some of the same shots after dark.
And last but not least, the food was inside. Luckily we were able to spend time both inside and out because it hadn’t quite gotten bitter cold just yet. Plus, many of our guests planned accordingly and wore warm costumes. It’s a good thing, because I don’t think the 50+ people that showed up would have even been able to breathe if we had all squeezed into our little house! Talk about a fire hazard! But, those who did venture in were treated with an assortment of, well, treats!
I had so much fun planning and setting up this party, and can’t wait to do it again next year!