Tag: Halloween

Happy Halloween!

Who doesn’t love a wacky Halloween party? Last Monday I blogged about how I was getting ready for the annual Halloween fest by making floating Jack-o-lanterns. Today I’ll show you pictures from this weekend’s celebration.

The party got off to a bang when the ghouls arrived. The ghosts of river people long dead.

I greeted them on my porch along with my guests.

What tasty fare filled the black caldron? Hot white chicken chili or lentils and ham. Yum!

A decoration often used at Halloween, the raven portrays darkness and trickery.

I think I scared this river spirit.

As darkness fell and the festivities wound to a close, the ghosts of the river people returned to whence they came.

Halloween Pumpkin How To

These suspended Jack-o-lanterns are a whimsical spin on an old Halloween favorite. I’m making them again this year for the annual Halloween fete at the Garden Home Retreat. I like to hang them from the arbors attached to the art studio and summer kitchen. Glowing in the darkness they appear to be hovering above the guests.

Making a floating Jack-o-lantern is easy. Here is a photo journal of the steps. Click here for complete instructions.

I made some of the faces on my pumpkins happy & smiley, others ghostly & scary.

A dowel inserted through holes on either side of the pumpkin provided somewhere to tie the wire.

To come up with the wire length I measured how far down I wanted the pumpkins to hang & doubled it. Then I tacked on a few inches for tying to the dowels.

I dropped in LED tea lights before hanging the pumpkins. They don't give off that scent of candle warmed pumpkin, but they are safer and won't blow out.