No one got lost in the secret passageway or tumbled down the hidden staircase, but they did spot a rat or two and an old Sleuth member who wandered down into the depths of Haunted Twin Elms never to be spotted again until now...
The porch became the hidden passageway with the faux stairs I created with boxes and spray "stone" paint. The walls were covered with a faux stone room roll.
Cobwebs greeted guests as well as a spooky Nancy Drew silhouette lantern--these were hung on either side of the porch. A sign at the top of the stairs warned, "Enter if you dare."
A skeleton wearing one of our Nancy Drew convention tees from the PA/Witch Tree Convention reads a Nancy Drew book...
A haunting portrait...
Mostly black/white decor greeted guests in the parlor of Twin Elms. Paintings were haunted by covers made from vintage Nancy Drew book pages and silhouettes. Nancy Drew silhouette buckets were filled with candy.
Spooky ghostly images great guests in the hall as well as a Nancy Drew Halloween tree with black/white silhouette paper decorations. Goody Bags with the Nancy Drew silhouette were filled with candy and goodies.
Spanish moss and skulls fill this container and black roses fill a flask vase
A reverse silhouette effect in the parlor as the sun is starting to set. A creepy skull adorns a black cake stand.
Some of my vintage noisemakers and Johanna Parker's Tin Horns adorn this old desk
Nancy Drew haunts this painting made with old book pages...
Rice Krispy Treats and ghoulish glow in the dark witch fingers beckoned guests as did the Toile style Nancy Drew decoupaged pumpkin I crafted. Eyeball chocolates were yummy. Miss Flora's Brown Owl watched suspiciously...
A lantern glows from the vellum Nancy Drew silhouettes I created for the sides of it
Nancy Drew Silhouette Goody Bags
Reese's Cookie Cups garnished with edible bones and skulls adorn this silver 3-tiered stand topped with a couple of small skulls.
These were delicious--the recipe came from the bag of Halloween Reese's miniature cups. Martha Stewart's Everyday Food had a similar recipe in the October 2011 issue.
We had a gift exchange and I created a treat cone using a papier mache witch hat, painted it black and decoupaged onto it images I had copied from the endpapers of vintage Nancy Drew books--little black and white scenes of Nancy Drew. I embellished it with fun fringe and ribbon and added treats and toys plus a wire handle.
This year's party was lots of fun! Now to entertain all the spooksters arriving tonight! Happy Halloween to everyone! Make it a spooky one :)