I started to set up the props (on Wednesday afternoon), taking them from my storage area to the auditorium. I had to do most of it by myself (to keep it secret), but luckily was able to get our Operations Manager to help with the incinerator, barber chair & waiting room stand. I then had to wait until most of my colleagues were gone and took the remainder downstairs. I hid some of them under a blanket (lol) and I had already covered the glass windows to keep the surprise effect…
Thursday, I spent the whole (work) day setting them up. I had to go from one section going around the room, starting with the tree. I think I turned out pretty good – if I say so myself. What do you think?
Then on to Jack Skellington & my pretty black Christmas tree, which came in very handy (as you can see). I think even the little ornaments I created helped accent the tree. Too bad I didn’t make Zero (dog) – so just had to use the ceramic one as a stand in.
To keep the ‘dogs’ together, I then put together Frankenweenie. I had bought the cardboard cutout since he was simple, but needed it to make sure ‘little’ Sparky was seen, I put him on the ironing board (and added real jumper cables) for affect. LOL Hope you like the Apothecary shelf (I liked that the green water matched some of the green edge on Frankenweenie’s cardboard and my sign.
On to Beetlejuice, after seeing the set up, I definitely DO wish I’d made more people, but I had too many props to do. And I am disappointed in myself for not finishing Ms. Argentina – as you can see, I ended up putting one of my mannequins that is more comical. Oh well…
Mars Attacks was simple, just the pretty Alien Woman (lol) and I added the weapon, alien spaceship (ha) and the sign. Still love the dress (thank you mom for making/sewing such a great one). Yes, it seemed like it took me forever to hand paint on all those swirls. 🙂
I then set up the tables for Charlie & The Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland. Since I asked my colleague (JM) to work on these (she does some amazing cupcakes) so I thought they would go perfect with Alice (and Charlie). I put out plastic candy dishes (filled with Laffy Taffy, Skittles, Red Vines, etc.) and these tables awaited HER decorating. Along with a chocolate fountain. I don’t have a photo to share (unfortunately)…
So I then rounded the next side to work on the final prop – Sweeney Todd. Michael showed up later after work and we pushed the props a little closer together to make it cohesive. Friday morning I added the final touches, the red playdoh to the grinder, flour and dough and blood. Along with the cockroaches… (hee hee).
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to take photos (during) the party but afterwards, two of my colleagues brought their children (and grandchildren) and I was able to take photos of them.
The sad part was how quickly the party felt like it went, but I was happy with my results. Thank you for letting me share.
Michael & I ended the day by going with the family & my friends (Erica & Tanya) to see the Can Can show at the Triple Door – they had a musical of the Nightmare Before Christmas. And I actually STAYED in my Beetlejuice costume, which ironically was popular and there were several other people dressed up too. We had a good time!
My sister & I even took a picture with a cute couple dressed as Daenerys Targaryen (Mother of Dragons) & Jorah Mormont from The Game of Thrones.
Afterwards, Michael, Erica, Tanya & I went to Capital Hill, where apparently Beetlejuice is still ‘popular’… HA HA
Hope you all had a safe and fun Halloween.