Thursday, July 16, 2009
A Hallowe'en Funeral
A few years back we decided a very creepy theme was in order for our annual Halloween party. We sent out announcements of a death and invited everyone to attend the wake at our "funeral parlor".
I had been wanting an excuse for years to build a full size Funeral Carriage like the one parked in front of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. Before plunging into the project, I planned it all out on paper first so that it could be taken apart completely for storage. It all fit nicely in a 2' x 5' closet and is pretty easy to assemble.
The skeleton driver's head is on a motor that turns slowly to the side and back again. The lanterns are lit with flicker bulbs and the interior is fitted out with satin drapes and antique wallpaper from the early 1900's. There is even a reluctant passenger in the coffin.
We put Aunt Evelyn in her coffin on the buffet table and then piled it high with tasty food served on old tarnished silver pieces.
It was an open casket service...she looked really good, don't you think?
We had another lovely dead girl in the bathroom. We converted the tub to a macabre bed chamber with plywood and black velvet drapes. She was wearing a psychedelic Marie Antoinette dress that Joanne Worley wore on "Laugh In" in the 60's made by costume designer Arloon. There were a few screams from the hall as people went in and spotted her.
The night of the party arrived along with the guests dressed for the occasion.
By the end of the night we were drinking shots of Irish Whiskey and doing the zombie dance from Michael Jackson's Thriller video.
You know your guests have had fun when they fall down and can't get back up because they are laughing too hard.
And of course, the Halloween Village in the entry closet featured a large cemetery in the middle of town complete with a little funeral carrige.
You can purchase one of the Funeral Wreaths made for this event Here.
I hope this inspires YOU to be creative this coming Halloween. MMUUHAWWHAWWHAWW!