The Front Room
Technically, I guess this the living room,
but we always call it the front room on account of the fact that we
the dining room the living room since that's more what it was arranged
as until Dani moved things around and we got a pool table.
They were all fun to decorate.
This page is more random than most on
site because this room gets kind of randomly decorated every
Pictures from several different years are interspersed without much of
||We sometimes call it the guitar
for somewhat obvious reasons. It looks better in person where you
can see all the individual details, so let me do my best on this page
do close-ups and show how it all came together.
||Dani cut out bats a few weeks
while I was working on the plumbing under the house (accessed from
the kitchen sink).
||Dani and Kristin (the other side
mirror) cut up fishing line...
||...and the place went batshit
Incidentally, can guess who Kristin's favorite superhero is?
||A wide shot looking toward the
and my office.
||A little further to the left.
||Either Dani or Kristin got the
couple off the couch and placed them on the curtain rods. Not my
choice, but I didn't have any better ideas what to do with them.
I was thinking maybe something in the back yard, but I never got around
I put the undead skeletal faces
window which I thought was perfect for both an indoor and outdoor
That's the first thing you see as you're heading up the walkway.
||Dani looks like part of the
staff with her scrubs on as she dyes a bolt of fabric for drapes...
||...which came out like
enclosed the living room so that the blacklight effects would be
by light from here or the kitchen on the opposite side.
||This demon bat (borrowed from
was the leader of the flock. I had only placed him here
but then this became the bat room* and it make perfect sense here more
so than anywhere else.
*Each room had sort of a theme
in 2008. This was the bat room. The living
room became the "undead room" (get it?!) with ghosts and such, and
the kitchen was populated by
The fireplace is just decorative,
I believe it was at one time functional (the house was built in 1925)
there is an actual chimney. As it is now, the flue angles back,
I used some thread to tie the ends of the bones to a small brick and
it over the ledge inside. Worked great!
Update: In 2009 I removed the
to expand the space and added an insert so that it's a working
now. You can see a picture of it elsewhere on this page.
usually a surround panel around it, though I leave that off in the
I had planned to add a light inside the insert and some decorations
a glowing skull or something, but time didn't permit.
||This was Beth's favorite prop of
night. You know that scene in The Shining where Shelly
finds out what Jack Nicholson's been writing all winter?
More about the typewriter here.
||As I say elsewhere on this site,
a fan of decorating for autumn, but I inherited a lot of scarecrows
my mom, so I needed to find something to do with them. I set
of them up behind and around some of the guitars. The result of
initial mockup was sort of a cross between The Wizard of Oz, Children
of the Corn, and This is Spinal Tap.
||Among the decorations I borrowed
Shanna were puppet ghouls like this one. They're just a head with
a shroud around a nonexistent (or at least intangible) body. You
can use them as finger puppets, but they looked great on the heads of
||...or around the necks in this
This one had actual arms to work with, but all he wanted to play was
Of Grey" by the Grateful Dead.
||Across the mantle I scattered
pumpkins (found on sale at Home Depot last year for 50 cents a piece!),
autumn leaves (from Mom), and plastic rats (from Shanna).
||The rest of the puppets and some
moss (also from Shanna) ended up around a lamp Dani picked up at a
||A bunch of the ghouls ended up
||We didn't do this for the
Dani set the skeletons like this just for fun while we were supposed to
be decorating. Jerry Garcia is rolling in his grave.
||In addition to Shanna's, I
more little ghouls of my own when they went on sale last year.
year (2009) we moved some of them other places, like tacked beneath the
mantle, on the curtain rod, and some more in
||More ghouls on the
GT/GL model (white one) is sometimes refered to as "the broom" because
its shape, so I should have put a witch on it to see if anyone caught
I was going for there.
||Shanna also loaned me a bunch of
birds like this vulture who rested on the shoes dangling from the
after we couldn't find a way to convincingly mount him on the neck or
of the guitar.
||More stuff (this pic from 2009):
Crows. I bought a couple
new ones last
at the end-of-season sales last year to add to Shanna's flock (aka
Skull. From a drugstore
This is the best looking, most anatomically-accurate model I've seen,
a good paint job. Solid resin. Why can't they all be this
nice? I bought another one like this in 2010 and then three more
Happy Halloween blocks.
Gift from Dani's
friend Jessica. You flip them around and they say "Happy
"Merry Christmas," etc.
Boney Barney v.2.0. A prop
last year and this. The original version was much scarier and
out before we got one. The newer one is more cute than scary.
||Misc. crap. We rearranged
You really can't make it out, but
on the lamp is an inflatable tick we picked up at Pug-o-ween this year
(2010) that they were
giving out as a promotional item for a flea and tick preventative.
||The scarecrows didn't do their
||I love these resin skulls ($6
so I had the ravens snacking on whatever bits of brain were still
from the socket.
||Wider shot from 2009. The
statue was our friend Rich's that he gave us when he moved to
I put a goofy vampire necklace on it just for Halloween.
||The next year (2009) we used a
birdcage Dani's never done anything with and placed the vulture in it
some of Shanna's fake moss and some random bones.
||I never did much decorating in
but we have French doors throughout most of the living areas of the
so I slapped these bloody handprints up while Dani whittled away on our
||I also added another pair of
plus the blood drips to the front door. (From 2009.)
||Finally, a wide shot that covers
of it (except for the skull-bat that blocked the middle of the frame
so was moved to the love seat. That's a potty pad in front of the
fireplace, btw, for the older, somewhat incontinent dog (she's on heart