Sunday, October 28, 2012

Is it Hallowe'en Yet?

Not unexpectedly, it has snowed again this year just in time for Hallowe'en Night. One feels badly for the disappointed children who, after putting so much thought and effort into their costumes, will have them completely ruined by the down parka now required either under or over that costume, not to mention the princess slippers and pirate boots that will have to be replaced with Sorels. But one feels even more sympathy for their parents, who will be forced to listen to the vocalization of that disappointment ad nauseum over the next four days.

Tuesday ...

The candy is ready and waiting by the front door. Far too many Sour Zombies, Intensely Sour Jujube Pumpkins, Skeleton Puzzles and Hallowe'en Screme Eggs have been purchased for the six children who will bravely make their way down the dark alley and long unlit driveway on that special night. It has been the same six children for a number of years now; every year, one child without exception will query, “Do you remember me from last year?” to which the reply is always the same, “Well, of course!” In spite of the fact he has never worn the same costume twice, his face is completely disguised by makeup, and he has likely grown three inches since last Hallowe'en - still, it's our yearly ritual.

The Hallowe'en Candy Bowl (a.k.a. the Christmas Turkey Stuffing Bowl)

This week, a thoughtful friend brought by two new additions to the Hallowe'en Collection, which were slightly modified so as to more closely resemble the insomniac  and her spouse. Quite an accurate likeness actually, right down to the insomniac's  maniacal grin and flashing gold teeth, and the spouse's look of horror as he attempts to come to grips with the thought of Forever ...

Together Forever

The final Giveaway this month is a $75 Gift Certificate from Insomniac's Attic, to be used towards any item (or items) of your choice (shipping not included). A comment on the blog entered through Rafflecopter will give you one entry; logging in through your Facebook account will earn you an additional two entries. This week, you can also get two extra entries by sending an email to the insomniac  with suggestions for future blog post topics, merchandise you'd like to see in the Attic, or just to say hello. In reality, you could send an email with nothing in it and still get two entries - this option has been included for those who dislike publicly commenting and/or Facebook. The contest closes on Saturday, November 3rd at 12:01 a.m.

Congratulations to Ms. Meeow, last week's winner of the Hallowe'en Treats Giveaway! Thanks for entering, Ms. Meeow;  the insomniac  hopes you'll think of her every time you have a cup of tea in the lovely Dracula Mug.

Until next time, the insomniac  wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams. In closing, for those of us who will be suffering from the dreaded Post Hallowe'en Slump next week, a lovely quote by Charles Dickens to help lift our spirits: “I will honour Hallowe'en in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” Although it's entirely possible that quote might have originally read Christmas and not Hallowe'en. Still, a lovely quote.

Happy Hallowe'en - From our Haunted House to Yours!

The taxidermy also send their best ...

Goodnight, my pretties ... and Good Luck in the Final Giveaway. It's been a hoot!!

IA


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35 comments:

  1. Wow, your Halloween decor is just amazing! I love it all! I love the lady skeletons expression! It's like she is laughing her head off. No pun intended.

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    1. The spouse really does look terrified, doesn't he? And rightly so - look what he has to put up with for the rest of his days ... LOL!

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    1. Works equally well for Hallowe'en, right? :D

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  3. Awwww I know... I feel bad for the kids too. I had my fingers crossed that it was going to be nice here for Halloween but then "frankenstorm" came and it looks like it's gonna be cold and wet. I guess I can be glad that we don't have that much snow yet!
    Gosh.... I could just stand in your house and look at all of your cool stuff for hours! :)

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    1. Been hearing a bit on the news about that Frankenstorm - eeewwww!

      You're welcome to come look at the “cool stuff” any time - we have spare bedrooms now that the offspring are gone, you know ... ;o)

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  4. Checking commenting... I made one and not sure if it's working....

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    1. Did you get as many entries as you thought you should?

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  6. Wow, I didn't realize you had a wonderful store. Oh my, I am near faint! All the lovely things, all the lovely things I love!

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  7. What a lovely couple you've featured this week. I was also pleased to see that the black owl is standing watch over the candies.

    It is kind of sad that the snow has likely dampened the Halloween expectations of the area's children, but it could be worse. Just look at what the U.S. Northeast is facing. They're calling it a Franken Storm, and not just because it will be hitting close to All Hallows Eve.

    And may the Insomniac have a wonderful Halloween herself.

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    1. The new big black owl's baby brother is  guarding the candy, not that it will keep the insomniac  from snitching a piece or two before Hallowe'en Night. And that's even with the added deterrent of buying candy she doesn't even like!

      A little snow certainly won't stop all the Trick or Treaters from coming to claim their free loot. But yes, thank heaven we're not experiencing anything like the Frankenstorm!

      And a wonderful Hallowe'en to you as well, Nightwind - please let us know if Lestat sends any small children screaming into the night when they stumble over him! Ha! :D

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  8. I applaud your dedication to your 6 trickytreaters. I hope you jackpot the hell out of their collection bags.

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    1. That's probably the only reason why they keep coming every year, Tante F. Because they know that entire bowl will be divided up between the six of them. One tries to make that trip down the dark and scary alley worth their while! ;o)

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  9. WOW" Beautiful creepy decoration...!!! I like it so much...!!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Madame Kismet! And might one say that your little chocolate bats today are absolutely “the bomb”! :D

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  10. Your candy looks yummy. I don't think I have seen those before.

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    1. One makes an effort to try and find unique candy offerings besides the usual run of the mill stuff. In the hopes that word gets out on the street that the Gothic Mansion is THE place to go Trick or Treating. ;o)

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  11. So much snow! We have only a little snowfall and frost on the ground here. Thanks for that :) We had our Halloween party for the kids tonight and it went off very well. Lovely pictures of your home. The couple is gorgeous!!

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    1. The amount of snow was rather unexpected - so much so that the winter tires will need to be put on a few weeks earlier than usual!

      Glad to hear the Hallowe'en Party was a bit hit ... and one imagines your home looked amazing with all the decorations you have created this year!

      And thank you, we are a definitely a well-matched couple! ;o)

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  12. Cold Halloweens were always the worst- I remember my mom forcing my brother to wear a winter parka under his costume one year and thus having to be a 'fat vampire.'
    I like your skeleton couple! They have a lot of personality ^_^ Happy Halloween!

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    1. Very funny - a Fat Vampire! Although one is almost positive your brother didn't see the humour in it at the time, did he?

      Personality is such a diplomatic way to phrase it - thank you! :D

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  13. I lol'd at the "maniacal grin" and "the thought of forever" part. XD

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    1. You'd never think two plastic skeletons that came off an assembly line somewhere in China would have such different expressions, would you? And despite the fact he's laughing over the insomniac's  shoulder while reading your comment right now, deep down inside we know he is, in fact, quite terrified ...

      Thank you for commenting, Emocarebear! :o)

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  14. ...♥...
    Delightfully dark
    blessings

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  15. Oh, look at all that snow! And I thought we had it bad here in Sweden, where it's been below freezing every night the last week. I love your haunted house display :)

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    1. Sweden and this part of Canada seem to have a very similar climate (and short growing season)!! The haunted house is cute, isn't it? There are two more in the set, which will probably be added to one's personal collection next year, and a few brought in for sale in the Attic, as well ... ;o)

      Thanks for commenting, Ms. Misantropia!

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  16. Happy Halloween, Ms. Insomniac!

    I LOVE the little couple, especially the wee old gentleman!

    Every Halloween I had as a kid, thermal undies were necessary along with decorated spats to make the boots look a little more dainty/feral/not like we are out hunting. I hope some of the kids have some crafty Mums to keep their costume dreams alive!

    Your taxidermy is amazing, I love seeing it in the pics. Your pictures always give me such ideas for decorating...that is until my husband hears them. He is slightly less in love with all that is dark and delightful and always points out that if too much of the house is black, we may very well lose the dogs. Two small, black, quiet dogs would be annoying in the extreme to look for among my visions of my home. Especially if they were feeling contrary or asleep.

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    1. And to you, as well, Morgaine Fey!

      The insomniac  thinks the wee (6'4") old gentleman is adorable, too! But you can see why we avoid the malls at Christmas - children have a tendency to point at the spouse and whisper, “Look Mom! It's Santa Claus!”

      One would love to have a MUCH more extensive taxidermy collection, but the Taxidermy Budget is quite miniscule. The spouse has been quite tolerant of one's decorating choices through the years, although your husband is probably quite right about losing the dogs - they'd be sure to resurface underfoot at mealtimes, though! ;o)

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  17. Love your store - it is the most unique place I have ever seen!!!

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    1. Although it is taking far more time than one would like to stock the store, it is coming along slowly ... :D

      The insomniac was delighted to hear your Giveaway package arrived today, and just in time for Hallowe'en! When she checked the tracking number again this morning, it was still showing In Transit.

      A lovely Holiday Season to you and yours as well, dear Kathy!

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  18. I love your red wallpaper, I love your skeletons, i love your taste in homedecorating overall!

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    1. Awwww, thank you! The red wallpaper is a favourite here, too. It's in the front entryway, up the stairwell, down the 2nd floor hallway ... Some might say red wallpaper overload, but the insomniac  begs to differ.

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