October 15, 2011

Halloween Open House ~ Tour, Tricks & Treats

Welcome to the second annual Halloween Open House at Rook No. 17 where you'll get a little peek at how we've haunted the halls of our 1893 Victorian this year. 

First, please enjoy some hospitality...
(looks like we need to put some meat on those bones)

TRICK:  Owls?

TREAT:  Owl Deviled Eggs

TRICK:  Green Goblins?
TREAT:  Pistachio & Blue Cheese Grapes

TRICK:  Terrariums?
TREAT:  Chocolate Terrarium Cakes with Marshmallow Moss & Fondant Toadstools

TRICK:  Skulls?

And now, the tour...

(slideshow runs just over 2 minutes)
(Music:  Frost Waltz, courtesy of Incompotech.com )

Below you find links to tutorials for making some of the vintage inspired decorations seen in the slideshow.  Most were made on the cheap -- with supplies purchased from the dollar store.

Click HERE for a tutorial for making this glittering Skeleton Crew from dollar store supplies. This year I mounted the skulls on glass candlesticks from the dollar store.

Click HERE for a tutorial on how to make this Family Tree wreath. Plus, you'll find a free download for the vintage photo mattes.
These little skeletons from the Dollar Tree can be posed fairly easily and look pretty cute in their party hats.

For a tutorial on making the Black Bird Blocks, click HERE. The tutorial for making the folk art pumpkins is HERE. Both projects use supplies from the dollar store.
Click HERE for the tutorial on making this Edgar Allan Poe inspired piece.

Thanks for coming!

This post has been shared with the Fall Mantel Party @ Debbiedoo's.



  1. you can't see me right now...but if you could, you would see a middle aged woman on her knees...bowing to you. amazing...and the music on the video...so perfect...it is all perfect. LOVE!

  2. You know I love your Halloween decor - even if I almost did sit on a pumpkin/gourd thing last year, it was not personal and certainly won;t happen again (do not throw Jeff a party!). Hope to see the spooky goodness in person!

  3. I absolutely LOVE it! How fun it must be to decorate every year, with the perfect backdrop of an old home to work with!

    (Ps-- what music did you use for your slideshow?)

  4. Thank you for all the kind words and compliments everyone!

    The music in the slideshow is called "Frost Waltz". I found it through a very nice royalty free music website. Here's a link: http://incompetech.com/m/c/royalty-free/

  5. Awesome Halloween decorations!
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  6. Amazing tour! I love your decorations! Great details and just the right amount of spookiness :)

  7. OMGoodness, I wish we lived next door to each other this very SPOOKtacular!!

  8. Jenn - your Halloween decor is amazing. My favorite is the skeleton on the film reel. Love it. Fabulous job decorating for this fun holiday.

  9. Wow ! I love it :)
    Great Job

  10. This is so awesome. Your home is perfect for this idea. I can't believe those mason jars are filled with edible treats. Your very talented.

  11. OH my girl, this totally rocks!~ I love Halloween and you have got this gig down! thanks for sharing at my party.


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