While I sit here alternately reading election returns and berating myself for reading election returns (“Why are you hitting your head against the wall?” “Because it feels so good when it stops!”), I thought I would put together a post on our Halloween shenanigans.
Mostly, our annual Halloween haunted gingerbread house. This was last year’s version. This year, OmegaDad decided that we needed a haunted movie theater. It would have a movie screen, and various ghouls and ghosties and witches and whatnot sitting in the audience, and you would only be able to see it through holes in the decorated walls…
First, he and OmegaDotter decided on a movie to be playing (Monsters Versus Aliens), and then the dotter produced a sketch of what should be showing on screen (I like the “Dude!”):
While OmegaDad was putting together the walls, the dotter worked on translating her sketch to the royal icing movie screen:
With this as the end result:
Note that working with edible ink pens on royal icing is, frankly, a pain in the butt. She’s great with pencil on paper, and good with markers on paper, but the edible ink pens/royal icing combo was killer for her.
Then she and OmegaDad spent a while creating theater seats and various monsters to inhabit the seats. At the front, you will see three ghosts, a Frankenstein, and a witch off to the side; behind them are tombstones and the beginnings of two Candy Corn Creatures. OmegaDad is working on the movie house framework and, I believe, beginning to populate the theater:
The inside was completed, and before they put the roof on and finished the outside, I took a photo:
I love the candy corn wall sconces!
And then they really got to working. I present to you—The Boojou Theatre!
This is the front. Note the movie poster for Monsters Versus Aliens, the skeletal booth attendant, and the Candy Corn Creature. (OmegaDad downloaded a variety of monster movie posters, shrunk them, printed them out, and then plastered them onto slabs of royal icing.) A close-up of the front:
The left side, with "The Creature From The Black Lagoon”, “The Giant Gila Monster”, ghosts, tombstones, Candy Corn Critter, and a view inside, and the back, with a monstrous spider, glowy-eyeball black cats, and another movie poster:
A view of the right side. The movie poster is “Beach Girls and the Monster”. You can see the movie “playing” inside:
So, it was grand and grand fun. On the whole, however, both OmegaDad and I preferred last year’s creation. He is already planning next year’s, which currently is slated to be a haunted disco, and titled “BOOgie Nights”. Har!
OmegaDotter was a sorceress for Halloween, with a grand black-and-white wig which she very carefully styled into a sixties-style hairdo. There was purple eye shadow and purple lips, and a splendid staff made of black painted PVC with a purple/pink painted wiffle ball and glowsticks inserted inside.
She insisted that I dress up a bit, so we scampered around Sunday afternoon and pulled together a Mama Bunny look:
We both discovered that the face paint itched like crazy after a while.
So that was our Halloween!
Now…back to reading ::sob!:: election returns.