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!