Halloween Haunting 101: Let’s Have Another Scream

Oh, these awkward pauses in between posts has to end!

I do have legit excuses though. We went through that terrible hurricane by the name of Irma two weeks ago (direct hit!), and we went 11 days without power! I have always been thankful for modern luxuries but good god do you become a cult-like follower of electricity when you’ve gone without for so long!

Regardless! I’m back and have some fun stuff to share!

First of all, I’ve confirmed that I will be reviving the ancient Seado tradition of the annual Halloween SoireΓ©. We are having a KILLER PARTY this year!

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As you know, I try to incorporate a theme for our parties every year. This time I went for a not so blatant Halloween theme and instead opted to celebrate traditional Slasher cinema.

This year’s party theme is a celebration of the classic horror slasher genre. The invite announcement above I designed to look like an 80’s/90’s horror film poster. I’m a huge fan of a good Teen Scream and I thought this would be the perfect revival for our tradition!

I also set up a video invite and a website for potential guests to go to! Check it out!

http://www.haveascreamwith.us

There’s a few details I will keep a secret for now as they’re a part of the twists and turns I’m putting together for my unsuspecting guests. πŸ™‚ But! Favors and DIY projects are already on my plate for this coming week! I’ll walk through some awesome ideas for decor and guest presents next weekend!

What’s your big plan for Halloween this year? Party? Trip? Tell me all about it!Β 

Until next time!

-Sarah

 

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Halloween Haunting 101: ‘Trick ‘r Treat’ Bingo (Download Available!)Β 

Well, I mentioned in one of my last posts that I was considering revisiting my Scavenger Hunt stuff as I just wasn’t sure if I’d have time to do the elaborate version I originally thought up. 

So! ☺️

I came up with something different. 

I felt that if I couldn’t do the Scavenger Hunt I wanted I wasn’t going to do one at all. I also really kinda wanted to do a game of Bingo but never picked up a set this year, so I came up with my own.☺️ One that somewhat combines the scavenging of a Scavenger Hunt and the game aspect of bingo! 

Behold: “Trick ‘r Treat” Bingo!πŸ˜†πŸŽƒ

  

Last night I worked on putting this game together (the above is a mockup for display purposes as I didn’t want my guests to see the squares yet 😏). It works like bingo where players need to get a row, corners, or clear the card entirely to win. The players must watch the movie and mark their squares as scenes that match their squares come up. β˜ΊοΈπŸŽƒ 

My game set has 4 different cards available and three ways to win! πŸŽ‰πŸ‘»πŸŽ‰πŸŽƒ if there’s a tie in the end for the big prize, I’ll do some movie trivia as Trick ‘r Treat is one of my favorites ever! 

Now, because I’m a nice person and I like you all, πŸ’œπŸŽƒπŸ’œ I’m making this game available for free download! πŸ˜€πŸŽ‰πŸŽƒ You can get a PDF of all the cards, ready to print, at my Dropbox link below. β˜ΊοΈπŸ’œ

https://www.dropbox.com/s/w867nkm5zcbxyrq/trick%20r%20treat%20bingo.pdf?dl=0 

Are you going to play this for Halloween or before Halloween? What do you think of the idea? What other movies would you like to see this bingo game created for? πŸ‘»

πŸ’œπŸŽƒπŸ’œ

-Sarah

Halloween Haunting 101: The Devil’s in the Details

I have been so busy this past week! I finally finished decorating our back porch for the party on the 30th! Huzzah! β˜ΊοΈπŸŽ‰
VIDEO: The Final Product!

I worked on it through the weekend but stopped everything when I dropped my iPad face first on the tile out there, completely shattering it. πŸ˜” I had to rush it over to Ubreakifix to have them replace the screen.

It was one of many bad luck things that have been happening lately. 😦

Fortunately! I feel better, iPad is safe here in my arms, and I’ve finished all the major tasks of this haunting season! πŸ˜€πŸŽ‰πŸ’œ

Today I went ahead and made up the party favor bags for the party and Halloween! β˜ΊοΈπŸ’œ it’s honestly my favorite part of all this because it’s usually the last major thing I do, and it’s somewhat leisurely for me. πŸ’œπŸŽƒπŸ’œ

  
I also filled the candy bags for our little trick or treaters who will be arriving soon enough! πŸ˜†πŸŽƒπŸ’œπŸ‘»

I started with a ton of candy…

  
And filled these adorable vintage looking bags my dad bought for $.50 at Goodwill earlier this month! I swiped a few for myselfβ˜ΊοΈπŸŽƒ

  
Eventually, I finished filling 37 of those and another 80 cute ziplock treat bags! πŸŽƒπŸŽ‰πŸ‘» it was a lot but it was fun! πŸ’œπŸ’œ we’re expecting lots of visitors this year as Halloween falls on a Saturday. So much excite for that. πŸŽƒπŸ’œ

My final order of business is buying food and setting up the scavenger hunt. I had discussed doing a really elaborate hunt, but I really don’t know if I’ll have the time to do too much. πŸ˜” I might still make it big but not nearly as elaborate to save myself the stress. 

I will definitely let you all know as those details develop. β˜ΊοΈπŸŽƒπŸ’œ

In other news, I may have some left over party favors and of course, I want to give them away! πŸ˜†

Send me your best Halloween photo! It can be of you in your costume or doing some Sweet Spooks of your own, your decorations, weather, etc. anything that defines Halloween for you. πŸ’œπŸŽƒπŸ’œ I’ll pick two winners to get one of my surprise party favor bags! Also, I’ll feature everyone’s photos in a special blog post here at Vespertine House! β˜ΊοΈπŸŽƒ This contest will end on November 2nd, giving you all enough time to pick your best photo as we bid farewell to the greatest month of the year. πŸ’œπŸŽƒπŸ’œ Email your entry along with a few words about your photo, your name, and blog link to Sarah at rocksmanagement dot com! 

So, tell me how are you enjoying October so far?! Done anything special like pumpkin picking or parties as of late? Tell me your plans. I love hearing from you guys! πŸ’œ

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-Sarah

Halloween Haunting 101: Prop Building for BeginnersΒ 

I’ve been swamped (as mentioned in my last post), currently I’m sitting here watching Night Gallery, covered in paint and black dye. πŸ˜”

Tired.😴

The last few weeks have been spent working on my first attempts at prop building! πŸŽƒπŸŽ‰

I was really dead set on finally getting around to trying my hand at making my own spooky decor as I’ve always wanted to, and experience in prop building could prove useful in the future if I finally decide to pursue my dream of owning my own Haunted Attraction. β˜ΊοΈπŸ˜ŒπŸ’œ

Fun Fact: My lifelong dream/goal is to open my own Haunted Theme park. There’d be haunted houses, cute Halloween villages, kiosks selling candy apples and pumpkin flavored everything, sfx artists doing face mangling, bars, and nightly shows, and parades! Think Disneyland but scary/horror/Halloween all year long!πŸ’œπŸŽƒπŸ’œ

I feel as though this first attempt has been fairly successful! 

I carved out these stones in insulation foam and painted them with Rit Black Dye and light touches of grey spray paint. ☺️

   
    
 Overall, they weren’t too difficult, just time consuming. I also learned a lot about the properties of Rit Dye πŸ˜‚ but, in the end I think it was worth it! 😌

I had remnants so I tried my hand at a tabletop Guillotine for our little visitors Halloween night! πŸ˜‚πŸŽƒπŸ’œ

  
I also decided to try making a few static standup props. 

  

These were harder as I had trouble stuffing and securing the clothes to the PVC frames. I feel like they would have been way better if I had longer fabric to work with and some Monster Mud to cover them. πŸ˜” in the end, working with what I had and bought on the cheap seemed to still be effective! β˜ΊοΈπŸ‘πŸ»

   
   
So! What’d you think? Which of these is your favorite? Tips? Ideas for this stuff? I’d love to hear! πŸ’œ

πŸ’œπŸŽƒπŸ’œ

-Sarah 

After Midnight: The Witch is Back!Β 

So, I think it’s been around two weeks since my last post. 😦

I know. I’m awful! 😩

On the upside! I have SO MUCH STUFF TO SHARE! πŸ˜†πŸŽ‰

I’ve been busy with Halloween related things and I promise you’re going to get a kick out of it!☺️

Also! I haven’t forgotten about the vintage tarot book giveaway!πŸ˜€ I did a random shuffle through all the entries and picked a winner! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ more on that in a near future post! ☺️

So, I’m just going to make a quick list of things that have been going on, and I’ll elaborate in separate posts.

  • I had a very wonderful Scream Saturday even though I woke up with a full blown cold the next day and was miserable for a few days thereafter. ☺️ I’m much better now. 
  • I’ve delved into prop making and have been doing that for the last week! πŸ˜€πŸ’œ
  • I ordered my Halloween costume! It’s lovely and should be here tomorrow!
  • I have HUGE PLAN CHANGES FOR THIS YEAR’S HALLOWEEN PARTY! You’re going to love the updates on that. β˜ΊοΈπŸŽƒπŸŽ‰
  • I have an awesome Sweet Spooks: SFX coming up once I get some time to do it! β˜ΊοΈπŸ˜†πŸŽ‰ Considered this weekend but I have a huge blemish on my face and I have new prop projects to work on tomorrow! Ah! πŸ˜†πŸŽƒ

What have you been up to lately? Tell me about it. I miss you. πŸ’œπŸ’œ

πŸ’œπŸŽƒπŸ’œ

-Sarah 

Halloween SoirΓ©es 101: The Effectiveness of a Scavenger Hunt

Every year I spend a lot of time from August through October planning the big annual Halloween party.πŸŽ‰πŸŽƒ

It’s thee greatest party ever! And I always put a lot of thought into themes and nitty gritty details, because that’s just what I do. ☺️

Anyways, this year I thought long and hard about what I wanted to do, and instead of our traditional party with the games and contests, I want to really give my guests an experience. 😏

Each Halloween we have a scavenger hunt at some point during our party. Over the years my scavenger hunts have become more elaborate and clever. Typically most people really have a blast with it and love the game, but, as with anything, lots of people get upset that it’s too hard or too easy or something along those lines.πŸ˜’

There’s no pleasing everyone and it’s a real thorn in my side sometimes as I put so much effort into the riddles and clues and layout etc. πŸ˜”

So! This year! As a way to prevent such discrepancies and get my jollies on torturing my guests 😏πŸ”ͺ, I’ve got a very interesting scheme brewing in my brain. 😏

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This year’s plan: This year’s party will center around a very large and intense scavenger hunt. 😁

This scavenger hunt will more or less involve puzzles, riddles and dares that must be completed accurately in order to win. The first team that completes everything correctly will win.

Thing to note for this scavenger hunt:

  • All participants must be in a team.
  • At least one player should have their cell phone on them.
  • Players must collect all clues in order to win.

This year, instead of a clue list I’m going to provide all the clues via phone numbers. A player must call and listen to the voice greeting in order to retrieve the clue. This particular scavenger hunt will not be limited to our home either, I’m going to set this up as a walk through the entire neighborhood.Β 

One element that I hope I can incorporate areΒ dares. πŸŽƒ

Let it be known that I live in a relatively normal neighborhood, however, there are plenty of abnormal things that have happened. For one, the house next door is abandoned. The man who lived there previously was very cranky and died in the home, where no one found him until the neighborhood started to smell. 😐

Spooky I know.

Creepy back door. We boarded it up after some hoodlums busted in one night. Suffice it to say the boards are barely holding on and rotting off. Creepy, no? ☺️

Creepy back door. We boarded it up after some hoodlums busted in one night. Suffice it to say the boards are barely holding on and rotting off. Creepy, no? ☺️

The house is creepy and run down and has lots of potential for serious spooks.β˜ΊοΈπŸŽƒ

I plan on using that area and a roadside memorial area for the dares. These dares would include sending one team member to the site to have a 5 minute EVP session or playing Bloody Mary in the bathroom of the house etc. 😏

Yes, I’m a very dark and twisted individual. ☺️πŸ”ͺ

The thing I love about doing scavenger hunts is how easy it is to get people excited about them. More than likely your guests will totally be down to scavenge just for the fun of it. Adding a small incentive like a plastic trophy, ribbon, or goodie bag will definitely draw them in.

This year, I think I’ll make the prize a big bucket of candy with cans/bottles of beer or liquor thrown in. The team who wins can divide it amongst themselves as they see fit. ☺️

The beauty about this year’s elaborate concept is the fact that setting it up is completely free! Even the phone numbers can be set up for free through Google voice. πŸ˜†πŸŽ‰

Scavenger hunts are just a great way to get everyone involved and having fun with each other. πŸ’œ I really think, if I have the time to plan, and the run-through goes okay, I can really give my guests an experience they’ll remember. β˜ΊοΈπŸŽƒπŸŽ‰πŸ’œ

So! I wish I could give you all the full rundown of how I hope to plan this out but I’ll hold off so no one finds out all my secrets this year. πŸ˜‰

So what do you guys think of this idea? Do you want me to make some of my previous games from years past available here for your haunting season party planning inspiration?! πŸ˜ƒπŸŽƒ

πŸ’œπŸŽƒπŸ’œ

-Sarah

Saturday Night Spooks: Svengoolie, OTC Halloween, Happy Birthday, Buffy

I slept until close to 5PM today.😴

I know…πŸ˜’

But! In my defense, I didn’t officially start to drowse out until close to 7AM, so there’s that.☺️

As soon as I came into the main house I realized the NEW HALLOWEEN ORIENTAL TRADING COMPANY CATALOG CAME!!!!πŸ˜†πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽƒπŸŽƒ

Suffice it to say, I shit a Twinkie and thumbed through it making a mental list of all the things I need. Yes, need. Don’t judge.πŸ’©

If you haven’t already heard, OTC has all the sweet deals on party, seasonal, and occasion related items. If you’re throwing a big blowout bash, you need to shop their awesome assortment of decor, favors, cutlery and more. I’m a longtime patron of their goods (I only ever shop for Halloween) and I’ve never been disappointed.πŸ‘πŸ»

Love their stuff! Check out my OTC Halloween Wishlist for this season from their newly listed items!πŸŽƒ

Shop all of these items and WAY more at Orientaltrading.com!

Shop all of these items and WAY more at Orientaltrading.com!

Halloween aside (for now), Svengoolie is on MeTV! They’re showing The Kiss of The Vampire! I love Svengoolie… Those puns tho!❀️😏

In other news, today is a very special day.

On this day in 1992, we were introduced to what would become one of the most iconic female characters in pop culture history.

“Does Elvis talk to you..? Does he tell you to do things– do you see.. spots?”

One of the first movies I ever loved was Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I have several memories of it being close to Halloween when I was little and seeing the made-for-tv edit of Buffy come on the local stations, and later acting out scenes from the movie. It was my favorite when I was a kid and probably one of the first movies I ever really loved.πŸ’œ

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Many years later, I binged on the Buffy The Vampire Slayer series, which shined a new light on the character and premise. This brings me to the conclusion that Buffy Summers has always, at some point, been an integral heroic figure in my life. And I seriously wouldn’t have it any other way.

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I’m so happy to celebrate the birthday of this film because it really strikes such a nostalgic and personal chord with me. So, Happy birthday, Buffy The Vampire Slayer! You showed me that it’s possible to be girly and tough without sacrificing anything in between! Through you I learned that bravery and courage doesn’t mean you have to always be the winner or hero, but that you just need to stand your ground, show up, and fight for what’s right in order to be a true champion.πŸ’œπŸ’ͺ🏻

Pike:

Pike: “You know, Buffy… you’re not like other girls..”
Buffy: “Yes, I am.”

So, how was your Saturday? Did you get the OTC catalog too today?! What was your fave item from my list? What’s your favorite thing about Buffy? I really love talking to you.β˜ΊοΈπŸ’œ

πŸ’œπŸŽƒπŸ’œ

-Sarah