Hope everyone had a nice Halloween weekend. Goodbye my favorite holiday of the year, and hello shelves stocked with Christmas stuff already. Ugh! Here are a few pictures from the “Backwoods Halloween SPOOKtacular” at my mom’s house this past weekend!
We started Friday night with some good ol’ fashioned pumpkin carving!
They all look kinda creepy lined up there with the red back light and the giant cross on the wall…totally did not plan that! SPOOOOOOKY!
This is the famous schoolhouse…a nearly 200 year old one-room schoolhouse that my step-dad disassembled board by board, and then reassembled on his property to turn into a wood shop. He is keeping everything original, really preserving the integrity of this great historical structure. It was the perfect setting for the party, because not only it is dark and rustic, but it is thought to be haunted! I plan on doing a post all about the schoolhouse build, along with some of it’s interesting history, sometime in the near future!
This is a very cool display my mom whipped up with things she had lying around the house…she’s so clever. The red glass goblets and glasses held little tea light candles and looked real spooky all lit up. The primitive tools and magnifying glass give you that “mad scientist” kind of vibe!
A retro orange crock pot made for an excellent Halloween punch bowl. The addition of the broom was to create a “witch’s brew” set up! The (spiked) punch was my Great Grandma Garrison’s recipe and is the BEST punch ever. We froze a rubber glove full of water to create a floating ice hand to keep it cold, instead of normal ice cubes.
Grandma Garrison’s Punch Recipe
Mix equal parts:
- Orange soda
- Pineapple juice
- And if desired, a little plain vodka
We did a lot of displays of weeds, dead flowers (dead roses from an old bouquet), and twigs that were covered in spider webs to really set the mood. This is a cheap, quick, and easy Halloween decorating idea!
My mom uses this old bird bath base as a stand for hanging plants, potted plants, and seasonal decorations like this pumpkin. Great idea for re-using an old or broken bird bath!
The fruity sisters…Andrea as a bunch of grapes, and myself as…you guessed it…a giant banana.
This is the bride of Frankenstein…also known as my mom!
Greg and I near the bonfire…
What is a backwoods party without a ginormous bonfire?! It was so awesome!
Good times were had and great and great memories were made! Can’t wait for Halloween next year…only 364 days to go!