Hello all, and a happy Halloween to you all. I'm flying with the witches today - travelling home to the UK from Columbus, Ohio after an exciting three months here. I'll be sharing some of my Romeo and Juliet adventures soon, but I'm here just now to offer up some Halloween spookiness.
I had my first go at pumpkin carving at a Pumpkin Carving Party last week. You know me, so you'll probably guess that I didn't go for the classic scary face but decided to try my hand at a spooky bare-branched tree instead. There have been a lot of trees around here lately... I seem to be hooked!
I think it's rather good for a first try, though I do say so myself! There were points at which I was a bit scared I was going to lose a whole branch or two, but I managed to keep control of the knife.
I also did a bit of crackle on some of the gorgeous tiny pumpkins you can get here, using craft glue and gesso. I did mean to add some more distressed detail with paint shading and spatters, but sadly they still weren't dry by home time, so I had to leave them as they were.
The rest of the R&J company came up with some more traditional pumpkin faces, as well as the odd sports team fan-pumpkin.
It was all great fun - a lovely way to spend one of our two evenings off from the show.
I also wanted to share pictures of some of the fabulously decorated houses around the streets of Columbus. I know that for the American followers amongst you this is probably old hat, but to those of us from east of the Atlantic, they're pretty impressive!
I was passing these houses on the bus every day, watching the decorations become ever more elaborate each weekend as people had time to add the next layer.
I love the friendly skeletons on the balcony, as well as those creepy spiders making their way across the walls. Fabulous cobwebbery... even spreading onto the bushes all the way down the drive.
Sadly, I didn't get a picture of the one which was probably my favourite. It had three full-size, very realistic skeletons simply sitting on the porch furniture having a drink and a chat... it made me laugh every time I went by.
This one with a whole graveyard in front of it was a treat though. I think that purple spider above the door may be going to be inflated for the actual Halloween celebrations...
... the gatekeeper certainly doesn't look very welcoming...
... but all the various carvings on the gravestones are so cool in their different fonts.
How about this rather terrifying bat - with wiry wings at least ten feet tall - guarding the porch at this house?!
Of course, my real favourites are the stoops where you see the lovely autumnal gatherings.
I just love the variety of gourds - shapes, sizes and colours - and they look wonderful arranged on the steps.
I hope you have a great evening whether you're trick-and-treating or just hiding away from the ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties. I'll be tucked up in my aeroplane seat keeping an eye out of the window for witches on their broomsticks! Happy Halloween!
Pixie, kobold, elf and sprite,
All are on their rounds tonight;
In the wan moon's silver ray,
Thrives their helter-skelter play.