Greetings from our House of Horrors…!
Just look at those eyes!
Hope you’re all having a scary, cozy evening!
I decided to go as a plague doctor for this years Halloween party. My version has a black mask, not the white one that is commonly seen, simply because I had black paper on hand at home…! But I’ve concocted a backstory where the mask is really made out of black leather, making it much more medieval:ly.. Anyways – here’s a look at how it was made. Above – I started with some newspaper that I molded around my face and taped together.
I made a large beak, big enough to fit a bunch of herbs. The thing with plague doctors is that people used to think it was the miasma i.e. bad odor, that spread disease. So to combat that doctors wore these big masks that fit sweet-smelling herbs inside the beaks.
Then I glued on lots of black paper along the mask in several layers. I glued some cut out plastic circles to the eyes (you have to cover everything! Otherwise you’re not a proper plague doctor and might succumb to the plague yourself!) and finally some black ribbons to the back of the mask.
I wore a black turtle-neck, black pants, a black cape and a black top hat. Not seen on the picture is my walking cane which I used to poke people with to check if they were still alive…! (which is what the plague doctor mainly did – check if people were dead or not)
It was a fun costume to make. But I only wore the mask at the beginning of the evening – it got too hot in there!
We had sooo much candy at our latest Halloween-party! Luckily Halloween comes only once a year – I kind of didn’t think of the amount of candy we had already bought when I told the kids that they could bake cookies and cakes. Which they also did! Very nice ones actually – the perks of having kids who are getting older and can bake and cook and even sometimes clean up after themselves…!
As a contrast, all the food at the party was gluten-free, minus allergenic nuts, mostly vegan and overall healthy! So it kind of evens itself out! (not really, but I’m pretending it does!)
These monsters were really easy to make, and give an instant Halloween-vibe to our house.
I folded a thin black paper into two and cut out a place to stick the eyes, and a scary mouth plus some evil looking ears/horns.
Then I taped the monster to the window, added a pair of glow-in-the-dark eyes.
I think we’re ready for Halloween now!
Our house gets more and more Halloween:y for every day that goes by – soon we’ll have our annual Halloween party, with new friends invited. It is always such a nice occasion to invite some of the new friends that our kids have made, along with their parents. My favorite holiday, my kids favorite holiday, and we’re all exited making costumes at home!
Halloween’s a-coming, and we needed more skulls in our house. Especially ones that also doubles as candle holders!
I went and got some clay and did some sculpting. The skull turned out okay, but then when I made the mold it went a bit wonky! The clay hadn’t hardened enough so the skull got a bit of a different look than I had planned. But this works too!
We’ve also got one skull for single, thin candles, but my favorite is the vase – we don’t have that many flowers growing right now in the garden, but that doesn’t matter when your vase is a skull! any old flower remnants suit the skull perfectly!
Halloween came and went, but before I go all Christmassy on this blog, I’ll post some of the pictures from our Halloween party.
I was an evil tooth fairy, and I made a large staff with a huge tooth out of papier maché that I dipped in beeswax and then painted red in places. It turned out real creepy and went perfect with my outfit!
I also made a necklace with large pulled out teeth mixed with black ribbons. It took a while for the guests to see what the necklace really was, but it was all the more gruesome when they did!
I wore a crown that I made from Hama-beads. I’ve been on a hama-bead bend recently, but now I think I’m cured (because now gingerbread season is beckoning!). But there’ll be some hama-related blogposts in the near future, if I can only find the time to photograph (NanoWriMo, folks!)
I made the bathroom into my laboratory, where I pulled teeth of people who didn’t comply. This tooth fairy wants your money, or else…!
We had Niklas’ brain for dessert! 😀 (just kidding! Not!)