As usual, these pictures don't get anywhere close to doing the party justice. One of these years I will have enough time before the party starts to set up good light to get some decent pictures. But this was not the year.
This year we decided to mix things up a little and use our spooky back staircase instead of the main ones. So the entry was dark and the stairs were blocked off and lit with flameless candles (safety first!)
The rest of the photos after the jump...
We had a tree in the back with crows.
We made the kitchen into a graveyard with a moon, tons of crows, lights, trees, fences and tombstones. It looked amazing.
We made a false entry way into the living room, which was made up like a mausoleum.
A giant spider web and coffin.
We made some mummies by stuffing some of Soren's pajamas with newspaper and wrapping them up- it totally creeped me out that they were the exact size of my son. We also made a crypt for all the members of the Donigard household.
A close up of the creepy spider egg sacs.
We made a mummy out of a dress form and printed a ton of old spooky photos to complete the mausoleum feeling.
One good addition to this year was the Hall of Fame out in the hall. We printed a bunch of photos of past contest winners for something to look at when you're getting a drink.
Another great component of this year was the trophies for the costume contest. I forgot to take a picture of all of them together, but here's ours with the Best in Show one we've been using each year. The winner gets to take it home and keep it for the year.
That's it. I think I've almost recovered from the craziness of the party. I guess that means it is time to start planning next year's party.