OK, here's what I had for food:
My Dead Guy
Haha!! I put a knife in him, too. He was in the middle of the table. Hilarious.
Melted Witch Fruit Dip
This was amazing. And super cute! The chocolate chips made this dish even better. Seriously.
Puking Pumpkin via Buzzfeed (#25)
Haha. This was my favorite. Mostly because I LOVE guacamole. LOVE IT. HyVee doesn't put nasty onions in it and that's why I buy it from them. :D I actually bought most of my food from HyVee and some from Target. Coupons, people. Coupons. The hat is from Target from the dollar bins. It was supposed to be a dog costume. It had a cute cape, too! I just used the hat. My mom cut my pumpkin up for me. I HATE carving pumpkins. She even commented that she now realizes why we never did it much as kids. Ha! Apparently, I'm not the only one in the family that hates it. It's hard!!
This pumpkin cheeseball. People. You need to make this thing. It was amazing. Such a simple recipe, but amazing flavor.
I am so sad I did not get a good picture of this! It was delicious. The recipe called for 12 oz. of Ghirardelli white chocolate. I used that plus an additional white chocolate bar mixed with the whole milk. This was, hands down, the best hot chocolate ever. I also added purple food coloring to it. I forgot to take out the Reddiwhip to go along with it....oops!
I made cupcakes with my cookbook from Nicole. They were so dense and sooooo good! I used the chocolate cake/cupcake 'premix'. So simple, so good. She has some of the best GF recipes.
I used one bottle of white Moscato wine with 1 cup of peach schnapps. I used the seriously cheap stuff from Walmart. Less than $4 a bottle. I have no idea if it was good by itself. Ha! We ended up going through three bottles of wine and the whole bottle of schnapps, to give you an idea on the ratio. I put frozen peaches and frozen strawberries in it for 'ice'. Delicious.
This was the only thing that irritated me. I tried so hard to find black vodka....to no avail. :( I had to improvise. There were some amazing drink recipes online that called for black vodka. Maybe next year.
I tried really hard to do this, but it did not work! :( I don't think I cracked them deep enough, but apparently that membrane is tougher than I thought! My mom actually mixed these up. She makes them better than I can. So good! She mixed orange food coloring in to make them festive for the party since that was one of the only actual #pinterestfail that I had.
The #pinterestfail I almost had was my fruit. I wanted to make a fruity pumpkin afro, but I didn't have the patience or the time on Saturday to make that happen.
The third #pinterestfail I almost had was the shrimp brain. That would have been hilarious. I did not have time, and by Saturday, I was ready to be done!
I also had a spread of veggies, fruit, chips, and crackers. I have a lot of leftovers, which is awesome! I get to take some fresh food to work to eat for lunch every day. :)
These were so cute! I also just typed out 'Don't Wake the Dead, They are Grumpy'. I crumpled the paper up to make it look slightly old, I didn't have time to stain it or burn the edges like I wanted to.
I also typed up 'She was blissfully unaware of what was creeping up behind her.' on an old typewriter. I then splattered it with drops of blood. Haha! I forgot to take a picture of my stuff that I had sitting on my front porch. Darn!! I had an old church window that I hung a skeleton garland from, an old typewriter, and an old creepy doll sitting on a child's rocking chair.
The Creepy Doll Heads
I bought the doll at an antique store for $2. I win. :) I borrowed the stand from my mom, and I used a glow stick. It was cheaper than turning it into an actual lamp. I used 'Vampire Blood' for the 'blood'. I put it on my doll outside, too. I also had a handprint on my front screen door.
I also put a doll head in my secretary for an extra creep factor. And that mask? Wow. Super creepy. I got it from a Halloween store in town.
Somehow, the doll on my table, the one with the mask, ended up outside. Then after everyone left, someone had left her under my pillow in my bedroom! Haha!! I know exactly who did it, and it is hilarious. I'm pretty sure she is the one that drank most of my Sangria, too. :) Which is good because the wine really did suck by itself!
I bought two 'cheap' bouquets from HyVee. It turned out cute. It was a little bit of a challenge because the vase was almost too small for my hands! I liked how it turned out. I only buy crappy Halloween candy for decorating. I hate candy corn! Gross, but pretty.
The book on the top of the secretary? It had police pictures of people that had either committed suicide, or were murdered. It was gruesome, but pretty interesting. All died in the 30s and 40s. I bought this for $4 at an antique store. I don't think anybody noticed, and I forgot to mention it.
I loved my costume!! Originally, I wanted to go as the Doctor. That didn't quite work out the way I wanted it to. I actually found this on Saturday morning at Shopko for 60% off! Much better than full price. I found my original witch's outfit at Goodwill for $12, but I wasn't a huge fan of it. It was cheap, and you could tell. This one was a bit more expensive, but so, so cute! I bought the medalion necklace off of Amazon. I went as Zelena, the Wicked Witch of the West from Once Upon A Time. The face paint was from Target. It worked out really well....when I quit touching my face! :)
Here was my 'drink table'....that we didn't use. Haha!
Here's my bathroom mirror:
See the bloody handprint? The spiders on the floor were from Gordman's.
This was my favorite part.
The invitations. I love them so much! I bought envelopes, red paper, the envelop stamp, and ink from Michael's. I bought the Game of Thrones stamp from Barnes and Noble, and the spider stamp (plus a butterfly stamp) from an Etsy shop. (Happy Jewelry Supplies). They have the neatest stuff. It was a pain, but so cool! I loved how they turned out. I ended up printing two invitations on one sheet of paper so they would fit in the envelopes. Here's what my invitations said:
The Miller Haunted Mansion
Come for the
Stay for the BOOZE
A Wicked Good Time
I have in store
For all brave souls who enter my doors
Call the sitter
Put the kids to bed
It’s time for the grown-ups
To raise the dead
Bring your own poison
To slake your thirst
Wear a costume
Or you’ll be cursed
Eat, drink, and be scary
That’s how we roll
And on Sunday morning
We’ll pay the toll
Seven o’clock on October 31st we’ll play
But beware mayhem and mischief surely will come our way
Crawl, fly, or creep on over to
Or I’ll put a spell on you
I made this up using various Pinterest invitations. I didn't like how short they were, considering what I was going to do with it in the end, so I combined a bunch of really good two-four liners.
And now, since this is an insanely long post, I'll leave you with a picture of me, my costume, and my awesome table: