What’s been happening recently … October

A little late this month, but here are some random pics of what happened in October.

                            

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Monster Mash of Tunes

Just to round off the Halloween season, I present here our Halloween playlist. I’m already looking forward to cracking this one out again next year!

Monster Mash – Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett & The Crypt Kicker Five

Time Warp – Richard O’Brien (Rocky Horror Picture Show)

Bat Out of Hell – Meat Loaf

Hungry Like the Wolf – Duran Duran

Addams Family Theme Tune – The Addams Family

Love Potion Number 9 – The Hollies

I Put A Spell on You – Creedance Clearwater Revival

Monster – The Automatic

Witchcraft – Frank Sinatra

Bad Moon Rising – Creedance Clearwater Revival

Thriller – Michael Jackson

Sympathy for the Devil – Rolling Stones

Creep – Radiohead

A Nightmare on my Street – Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff

(Ghost) Riders in the Storm – Johnny Cash

Nightmare Part II – The Zutons

Ghostbuster Theme Tune – Ray Parker Jr.

Black Magic Woman – Fleetwood Mac

Don’t Fear the Reaper – Blue Ӧyster Cult

Abracadabra – Steve Miller Band

Highway to Hell – AC/DC

Spooky – Andy Williams

Witchy Woman – The Eagles

Run DMC – Raising Hell

Little Drop of Poison – Tom Waits

The Exorcist – Mike Oldfield

Ghost Town – The Specials

Race with the Devil – Gun

Dracula’s Wedding – Outkast

Superstition – Stevie Wonder

Howlin’ For You – The Black Keys

Avalanche – Leonard Cohen

Howl – Florence and the Machine

War Pigs – Black Sabbath

This is Halloween – Danny Elfman

Halloween, it’s just a bunch of hocus pocus!

  

Halloween this year was great and ghoulish and we decided to celebrate in style. We got a whole load of fun and monstrous Halloween decorations for the flat. Given that we had planned a small Halloween gathering with friends, to listen to some seasonal music, eat eyeball shaped sweets and watch horror films, we proceeded to decorate the flat with these delightful skeletons, ghosts and body parts.

 

This included these cute little smiling pumpkin lights:

  

And, what I guess are the Halloween equivalent of fairy lights.

                             

The finishing touch was this inviting chap on our front door. (We named him Steve):

Of course we had prepared appropriate food and beverages, including pumpkin biscuits, sweets, and popcorn (appropriate at any time of year).

 

Our drinks were prepared in these lovely skull tankards.

                                         

Then everything was ready for an evening of watching Nightmare on Elm Street, a good choice for any Halloween event.

 

Of course a Halloween post would not be complete without mentioning the costumes we wore, to a different Halloween party. I opted for the possibly unimaginative but always gorey zombie outfit.

    

Complete with a gaping and bloody hand wound (which actually looked even better at the end of the evening as the mangled fake skin had hardened!).

  

Fraser chose a less disgusting but equally scarred pirate costume.

 

The Halloween season was eventually rounded off with a viewing of one my all time favourite childhood films, Hocus Pocus. We got through a fair amount of fake blood but definitely had a lot of fun with all the festivities and (totally necessary) Halloween accessories. We hope your Halloween was just as fun!

       

Pumpkin Pandemonium

At the end of October we acquired two lovely pumpkins.

 Seriously, just look at them! They were gorgeous.

 But soon enough it was carving time.

 Fraser cut into them and then I gutted them (it all sounds so brutal).

    

Then, of course, they needed artwork. Fraser had ambitious plans for one of them, and my only request was that the other one be a traditional jack-o’-lantern style pumpkin with a toothy grin. And my wish was granted.

 Whilst Fraser carefully planned his design for the other one, we used pumpkin puree to make some absolutely delicious pumpkin biscuits/mini-cakes. Seriously, they were the perfect Halloween attribute, SO tasty!

  Here, meanwhile, the master at work:

And then, for the grand finale, the triumphant unveiling, of this beauty:

 Yes, that’s right, somehow, Fraser managed to carve the film poster of The Exorcist on to our pumpkin. It is rumoured that he is now considering pumpkin carving as a serious career possibility. I mean, just LOOK at it! It’s amazing!

This pumpkin quickly joined the other one and nicely decorated our dining table.

And to top it off, they both looked even better when they were lit up, perfectly setting the Halloween mood (granted, that is a little difficult to capture on camera).

 

So that’s the story of our two little pumpkins. Until next year, pumpkin friends!