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    2016 "Gothic Graveyard" at Spangler's Hollow
    Okay guys! We're past halfway to Halloween so I figured it was most definitely time to move from the planning stage (first 6 months following Halloween) to the Execution stage(the 6 months leading up to Halloween). Last year our trio took a year off from our party to travel and to spend Halloween in Salem! It was a lot of fun, we even attended the annual Hawthorne Hotel's party, which was HUGE but....it just WASN'T HOME haha. So we are very much excited to get back to the party. Our last party was the Cirque Du Inferno in 2014 and it was probably our best one yet...so obviously we want to top it!

    For 2016 we're essentially doing a gothic graveyard, however, our official title is "Spangler's Hollow." Spangler being the name of our road.

    The Story:

    Spangler's Hollow is a cesspool for evil. When you make your way along the winding dirt road to the dead end bottom, you can feel the negative energy as it sucks you into it's abyss. It was once the estate of a retired Dr. and his wife in the 1800's until they were violently murdered by a pair of escaped mental patients. The patient's had no names, but soon took residence in Spangler's Hollow where they began their macabre legacy. The male patient started kidnapping people, drugging them and taking them to his parlor room where he would dissect, dismember, and embalm them alive. It was because of this that the male patient became infamously known as "The Mortician." After The Mortician was finished with his victim's, his partner and assistant would then proceed to dress the bodies and put make up on them for display. Often, she would find a particular feature on a victim's face interesting or beautiful and would flay sections of the face to wear over her own, covering her own insecurities. The pair met their third partner in crime, a drunken, deranged and out of work carpenter, while he was passed out on the property. Instead of disposing of him, the three struck a deal: in exchange for the money and personal items from their victims, he would help dispose of the bodies by building proper coffins and burying them. The trio was later discovered and executed on site, but had left a horrible legacy in their wake. Throughout their time they had amassed numerous graves and mausoleums on the property...all victims of their horrible rampage. Such negative energy can not be dispelled, and curious spectators have often spotted ghosts of the victims wandering the graveyard, unable to escape the hold the land has on them. And some even say that on a chilly, foggy night...one can look into the Hollow and spot The Mortician and his fiends, scouring the land for a living soul to devour.


    Okay! So that's the idea behind our theme...we imagine our graveyard to be this sort of cesspool for all sorts of negative energies....necromancy, zombies, werewolves and trapped spirits. I will be posting more around our characterizations and the props, themes, etc. that we're looking to accomplish.

    Here is a graphic image I created as a teaser for our guests, which will go up with the online event page.

    2016 "Gothic Graveyard" at Spangler's Hollow-spanglershollowpromo2.jpg


    And another graphic image for the event page....

    2016 "Gothic Graveyard" at Spangler's Hollow-spanglershollowcostumead.jpg


    Be on the lookout because i'll be posting everything here so it's out of my head and in writing somewhere LOL. We have lots of ideas for the rooms in the house and a fun game to play, plus all of the decor and projects that I have on my list!

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    oh I want to follow along with this I almost did this a few years back but we moved so did not do it but plan to do this at new place some time
    I have a great gothic garden pintrest board might find some inspiration there
    https://www.pinterest.com/sakigirl65...n-haunt-ideas/

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    This!!! This is freaky good. Really digging your story line and cannot wait to watch this take form.
    "Come take my hand and I'll show you where the dark lands lie".

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    2016 "Gothic Graveyard" at Spangler's Hollow
    Thanks guys!! I found some vases at my local goodwill that I plan on repurposing into urns.
    2016 "Gothic Graveyard" at Spangler's Hollow-image.jpg

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    Okay! So we've decided on doing a sort of game this year. It'll be our first time doing a "party game" and we didn't want it to be too cheesy, so this is what we've decided on:

    Part of the reason why all of The Mortician's victims can't find any peace in the after life is because of the horrible way in which they died. By torturing and slicing on his victims, embalming and burying them alive under graves with fake names, he stripped them of their human identity. One of these spirits needs your help to find peace...by calling her FULL true name out loud. Clues will be scattered throughout the party, hidden among the decor(think inside a book, an urn...maybe written on the wall in blacklight paint. The first guest to correctly piece together the spirit's entire name, sets her free and wins a "Gift Casket" (contents to be determined).

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    Wow Kenneth - I am loving this whole theme and game. Such originality!

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    2016 "Gothic Graveyard" at Spangler's Hollow
    Okay! Just got back from our vacation in NOLA! First time there and I absolutely fell in love with it. I had some time today to tinker around with invites and as of right now I do have a rough draft of our paper invites. We create an event on Facebook and invite people but we will be sending out special invites to select few "true" party-goers. These are only for the people we know will show up every year.

    While in New Orleans I wanted to check out the cemeteries to see if I could draw some inspiration. I got to reading about all these different funeral symbols and what they mean and decided to use one in my invites. As you'll see, the broken flower in the design is a symbol of the delicacy of life. The invite is inspired around a simple memorial program designed to look like a program meant for the guest. Essentially, inviting them to their own interment. In the sample below, I blocked out the picture of my guest for her privacy(i'm grabbing their images off Facebook) and did blockr out pieces of our address info...not that I don't trust anyone on here but better safe than sorry. But each guest will have their own individual picture on the invite.

    2016 "Gothic Graveyard" at Spangler's Hollow-spanglerinvitepsd.jpg

    I plan on printing these out on nice cardstock and I think i'm going to actually dip my hands in fake blood(with gloves) just before I handle and package them so they have a natural "bloody" fingerprint look to them.

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    2016 "Gothic Graveyard" at Spangler's Hollow
    Went to an antique mall today and found some awesome amber colored apothecary jars
    That I will turn into formaldehyde and embalming jars. Plus, some weird magnifier that has
    clamps...I thought it would fit into the decor of the Mortician's room really well.

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    Fascinating concept-- and the amber jars were a great find!

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    2016 "Gothic Graveyard" at Spangler's Hollow
    Worked on my apothecary jars for our Mortician's Room...
    Now I know the labels look a little shoddy with my horrible
    Hand painting, but it's become a bit of a signature of mine
    And I've grown to rather like it. I could have easily created
    A graphic in Photoshop and printed it out but...whatevs.

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