H A P P Y H A L L O W E E N!!!!!
Here it is: October 31st. The final day of weeks–months!–of celebration. And sadly, it all went by so fast. So much remains unposted! Thus, for today, the Big Day, I’ve compiled a mixed collection of the very best things I still have left to tell you about this year.
Unfortunately (as I discovered when I exclaimed “I’ll have a slice of THAT!” to the cashier), this one is not edible, though it was made by an in-house baker. So I assume they can easily re-create it for my October 2020 party. 😀
Best Opening Credits
The movie itself wasn’t great (even despite its high “boob count,” haha), but the thoroughly-80s flick Night of the Demons has an animated opening sequence I could watch on repeat for hours.
Best Halloween Perfume That Doesn’t Know It’s a Halloween Perfume
This year I discovered Estee Lauder’s elegant 30-year old fragrance Knowing. True to its mystical name (which I’ve decided refers to clairvoyance), this scent has an otherworldly, abstract, extremely mysterious depth to it. To me, it smells like bright, white pepper, crushed autumn leaves, and oak moss. The mental image that comes to mind when this chypre hits my nose is that of ghosts in a dark forest.
What happens to the imaginary things we feared as children? Do we get braver as we grow up, or do we just become afraid of new things?
Last year’s gorgeous series Haunting of Hill House is less about a haunted house and more about the tragedies that haunt us all as we become adults: addiction, loss of a loved one, breakups, etc. At its core, the show is a poetic lament for the loss of childhood innocence and the dissolution of the family unit. But it’s also very scary by traditional horror terms.
If you haven’t seen the show, just go watch episode 5, “The Bent-Neck Lady.” (Each episode stands alone, so you won’t be lost.) You’ll thank me later.
Best Home Decorating Skills
No, not mine. Christine McConnell’s wizardry with power tools and stencils will have your jaw hitting the floor.
Best Space in Mi Casa
Once the Texas heat finally died down, I started spending time upstairs in my AC-unit-less attic. I even bought a digital projector so I can watch horror films up there. With its peaked ceiling, the space looks like a chapel, so I decorated it accordingly. This includes displaying my most prized possession: the original votive stand from Pumpkinrot’s 2018 haunt!
The attic is now officially my happy place (is “woman cave” a term yet?) and will remain creepy long after October is over.
Here’s wishing all of you the best Halloween yet. And thanks for stopping by the Skeleton Key! It’s truly an honor to be one of your seasonal haunts.