9.22.2015

Halloween House Tour | Haunted Dining Room

My dining room is a mid to late 19th century addition to the house. It sort of has a more Victorian feel than the rest of my home, and I consider that prime spooky era. Often referred to as the Cult of Mourning or Cult of Death, the Victorian era was death obsessed. There was a morbid fascination with death rituals and superstitions. Black mourning wear, with strict rules, became the practice. Death hair art and other artistic expressions of mourning became the trend, and spiritualism - the practice of attempting to communicate with the dead, often through seances - was on the rise. I've always been fascinated with the morbidity of the Victorian Era, and have spent many hours reading about what brought this open and celebrated mourning to society. It truly was a unique time, and I think we can all agree that the Victorian style and decor is perhaps the creepiest of all. Isn't the alleged haunted house in any neighborhood almost invariably an old Victorian?

So, I wanted to set up a little Victorian seance feel to my 19th century dining room, and since I grew up in California, spending many years visiting the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, in gleeful awe and terror, Madame Leota was who I wanted conducting my seances. I made my own crystal ball, with her famous face, and she now is always ready to call the spirits from my dining room.



This is the first year I've had a bar cart to decorate for my favorite time of year, and it proved to be a delight to fill with Halloween spookiness!


And though I do love a charming Halloween, I also appreciate a little creepiness and blood. The charming Halloween decor has filled the front room and kitchen, where casual guests are most likely to visit. However, I let my creep flag fly in more hidden corners of the house. REDRUM and a little blood on a mirror never hurt anyone!

I filled my decanter with some home brewed blood.

Drink up, Witches! And, also, loving my new glass skull that holds my cocktail straws.







And through the mirror, we see my 19th century gentleman, sitting satisfied in his portrait, with his bat (or vampire?) familiars.






Adding spiderwebs, a skull, and creepy, shifting Victorian portraits to the bookshelves helps put me in the seance mood. And to top it all off, ripped cheesecloth and spiders hang from the windows and drapes.



Thank you for joining me on a little tour of my haunted, Victorian dining room. I look forward to continuing the Halloween house tour in the coming days. Happy, morbid Halloween, everyone!

10 comments:

  1. Wow! You'r dinning room has a really well done halloween atmosphere.

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  2. Yay, I've been looking forward to this for a while, can't wait to see your other rooms :-)

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  3. ❤️❤️❤️❤️🎃🍂🍃🎃🍂🍁🎃 I adore this!!! Can't wait to see more! You sure have put a smile on my face!!! 🎃🍁🍂🎃🍂❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  4. This is a masterpiece of Victorian Creeeeepy-ness!!!!!!!

    And you had to have had so much fun, doing all this.

    Tessa

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  5. Love love love…drink up, witches! And the bats on the wall…the whole thing looks fantastic!

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  6. Ahhhh! I can tell you had fun in there! So super spooky! :D

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