When the world is wrapped in slumber
And the moon is sailing high,
If you peep between the curtains
You’ll see witches riding by
It was this poem, printed on a sweet vintage style Halloween card from my mother that inspired my Vintage Halloween Bash. I grabbed my witches hat and broom to fly back in time bringing some old school charm and whimsy to the evening. I wanted this party to feel classic so Matthew bought me a fantastic book on vintage Halloween traditions and games and we wove them into the evening, creating a magical night. You set the tone with the invitation of course, so I mailed out vintage inspired cards with a hand written invitation inside. We played vintage fortune telling games, had food with the flare of days gone by, and partied into the evening.
We kept it classic in an orange and black palate. I spent the month of October crafting away, draping dip-dyed tulle around and placing crows and owls on the fence to keep a vigilant watch. I crafted hand-painted paper bags into a Cemetery Luminary and modge-podged tissue paper into floating ghosts with led lights tied inside to glow into the evening. We must have cut out a million bats; hanging them in flocks around the house and from the chandeliers casting eerie shadows on the walls. Pumpkins with holes drilled through them were stuffed with lights and glowed away on the porch. You can’t have a vintage Halloween without a Scarecrow so we propped up an old one that was gifted to me from my Grandma to make sure the crows stayed on the fence.
Here is the full breakdown of everything good.
Donuts on a String
Bobbing For Apples
Guess how many Candy Corn
Chestnut Tree Fortune Telling
Bouquets of Flowers Infested with Bugs
A Paper Bag Luminary Cemetery
Tissue Paper Glowing Ghosts
Cobwebs and Tulle
Black (olive tapenade) & orange (roasted pepper) Crostini
Deviled eggs with chili peppers and poppy seeds
Blue cheese plate with rosemary and olive “bugs”
Prosciutto wrapped asparagus
Trick or Treat Stew – with elk, yams and parsnips
Brussel Spout Salad with pistachios and bacon
Two-tiered marshmallow cobweb cake
Maple Glazed Bars
When black cats prowl
& Pumpkins gleam
May luck be with you on Halloween!