Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Halloween Decorating and Party Planning

I have collected a few books over the years that I pull off the shelf and peruse quite often throughout the year to get some inspiration. I love looking at the pictures and descriptions on each page, drinking in each one and letting it swirl around in my mind for a while.

Lately, I've been feeling some burn out. Lots of things I want to do, things I plan to do, things I need to do... but I have NO motivation at all. I've started things, only to leave them collecting dust after only a few minutes of starting. I will walk out into the garage with the intention to work on something, only to just sit there staring at it and not DO anything at all. Normally by June or July, I have several new projects completed. This year I have nothing, except that one batch of tombstones that I gave away.

So, I decided it was time to pull the books out and hopefully give myself a little spark of "something" to get back into the swing of things. I scanned the covers of the books that I love to look at the most, and a few pages of each. If you like Halloween books, these are definitely worth buying. I got most of them from Amazon.com.

One of my absolute FAVORITES out of my collection, is "Halloween - A Grown-up's Guide to Creative Costumes, Devilish Decor & Fabulous Festivities", by Joanne O'Sullivan. This book has it all... really cool, beautiful costumes you can make yourself, simple and elegant decorating ideas, party theme ideas with matching invitations, stories, history, and recipes. The section I loved the most was for the New Orleans Voodoo Cocktail party.

The book is very well written and artfully laid out, making it an excellent choice for Halloween party planners. I highly recommend it.

Another book that I look through MANY times during October while planning the party is "Halloween Treats - Recipes and Crafts for the Whole Family" by Donata Maggipinto. There are so many delicious recipes in this book that I find it really difficult to decide which to try. GREAT photographs accompany the recipes and instructions and many of the crafts are perfect for children to help with.

"Halloween Parties: How to Throw Spook-Tacular Soirees & Frighteningly Festive Entertainments", by Lori Hellander, is an awesome source for some fresh and contemporary party ideas. There are several different themes included and it's loaded with recipes and ideas.

From cute and slightly country to spooky and cool to vintage and beautiful... "The Big Book of Halloween, Creative &Creepy Projects for Revellers of All Ages" has it all! I LOVE this book by Laura Dover Doran. There are lots of great ideas for Halloween decorations for both inside and outside the home. She mingles scary stories that would be perfect for sitting around a campfire with wonderful snippets of history, myths and quips. Loads of pictures grace this book with personal stories from other people, their traditions and festivities surrounding Halloween. Recipes, costume tips, and even some do-it-yourself prop instructions are all in there. This is definitely another must-have for Halloween lovers.

Jill Williams Grover's "Scary Scenes For Halloween" totally delivers some spooky goodness for Halloween. I've used MANY of the ideas from this book over the years. Ideas for children's AND adult food and decorations are included and the photos are just wonderful to look at. Some really neat and simple prop instructions are mixed in with some candy displays that will TOTALLY wow the kids and adults alike. This is the first Halloween book I ever bought for myself, and I am completely in love with it.

Below are some of the other books I have and look through often. Some of them are super, some are so-so, but all are great for ideas in some way or another.


Spongebob said...

Wow, that's some collection of books. I think I'll look for those on Amazon! And I know this sounds corny and some might even laugh, but I bought a special Halloween issue of Martha Stewart Magazine last year and it had some fantastic projects in it, particularly for indoor decorations and recipes.


Ghostess said...

Thanks Mark! I have several more books... and a stack of magazines about a foot high as well. Got the 2 past issues of Martha too, they're good resources for sure. :) Thanks for stopping by!!

Kelly said...

Girl, I am having the same problem this year! Lack of motivation. I have tried and tried but nothing sparking me much. Writer's have "writer's block" and I feel like I am having "haunter's block." Enjoyed scanning your book selection, I have a couple but need more. Hope things perk up for the both of us!

Johnny Love said...

Great post and a lot of great ideas!

Shellie said...

I am so glad to see that someone is blogging about Halloween already besides me! If you had to pick one book for decor what would your favorite be?

Ghostess said...

My favorite from the ones I listed in this blog would probably be the first one... of course, I got a copy of "How to Haunt Your House" by Shawn and Lynne Mitchell and it it TOTALLY, without a doubt, hands-down my favorite Halloween decorating book in my collection.