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I was going to use this theme last year and ended up not having a party---so this will be my theme this year. I had many props almost done and had already bought a lot of things and had plans underway. So I will link to them instead of reposting things.

Fortune Tellers Thread This thread is pretty big and has many links to other fortune tell stuff and ideas. This is so much fun.

I have to acknowledge booswife02, who really kick started my props and enthusiasm last year during the Mini Reaper. She sent me some wonderful things that I would have been forever collecting and many that I never would have thought of at all. Much of them are shown in the thread last year, so please take time to look at all the wonderful things from her and ideas and input from others. I also linked to every fortune teller thing I could find on the Forum so things would be all together. That will be even more important since so much time has passed since my initial planning.

Then saki.girl was my Reaper later in the year and she sent me some fabulous things, too. I will be showing a lot of this off (pictures are all in the SR thread) as I start pulling things together and cementing my plans for 2015.

I had numerous Forum members send me things that I will be using and again I thank them for their time and generosity. I won't try to list their names because I would leave someone out, but believe me I love all the items sent.

So, please check back often and follow the progress of this planning thread. I forsee it will be great.
 

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I have been on a witch hunt for the past several months! Not the kind that happened in Salem, but the kind that acquires witches of all kinds for my Haunt and party. Several of us have had what I call witch buying hysteria. Included in the main hysteria are myself, TheHalloweenKing, booswife02, and saki.girl.

I just added my 7th standing witch today. I also have the Grandin Road sitting witch and Madame Misery. In addition a whole coven of small hanging witches including one that is about 8 foot tall and another quite large one that I got in October. Add to that the fortune tellers that I am building and space is running out around her. Plus what witch group would be complete without the Sanderson Sisters? So, I working on them, too.

This last week I decided that I would add posters of great wizards: Merlin, Gandalf, Dumbledore---but then decided that I had to have a few props of wizards, too.
So, I have been picking up things for them. I will make them out of PVC pipe bodies.

Here is a pic from today showing off my most recent floating witch. She is not fully assembled because the batteries are bad and I need to clean up the box and work on that. So I have her sort of propped up here with four of my other witches.
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I picked up several graduation robes at GW for wizards and got in a wizard mask that I ordered off ebay and also a robe that was cheap on ebay and already decorated.
Here is the wizard mask with beard, wig and hat. The hat is purple with gold. I need a purple robe to go with this. I hope to find a grad robe from a neighboring town in the spring.
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Here is the wizards gown that I bought for cheap. The stars on it are silver and I think I found a hat with purple and silver.
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This is some material that I found earlier in the week at GW. There is 5 yards of it and I want to have a hooded cloak made from it. I will need to get some lining material. I just paid $2 for all five yards! It is a beautiful green and has small gold flecks that almost look like stars.
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Spent several hours comparing prices between Amazon, ebay, and numerous Halloween online stores. Wow, how the prices differ. Some are not much different and some are like double on some sites. Folks, take your time and check and use the Google search engine with the name of the item to find and compare prices.

Just ordered this at Moon Costumes (had never heard of them) for $12.95
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Picked up both these from Amazon.
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Merlin Wizard costume.jpg
 

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Thank you, Hilda. I am really worried about so many big props. Actually, they will probably be impossible for my party and I will have to sort of stand them everywhere instead of having set scenes for many. However, I can use the screened patio and backyard then too. I won't do much out front that night due to us all being engaged indoors.

However, for Halloween night I will utilize the front yard for 3 stirring witches over a big cauldron.

The front walk and down by side of garage and little courtyard area in front of my double front doors will be for fortune tellers with table and props for each. I will have to recruit people to help so my stuff doesn't disappear. I will have palmistry, tea leaves, Tarot cards, divination board, crystal ball, maybe crystals or Runes, numerology, etc. I plan to have a TV out there playing the DVD séance (the very tame one for TOTers hopefully looping so it will continue to play over and over.

At least one of the tables will have a live fortune teller giving out the fortunes that are like the Magic Fish, only I am going to use one that is a clover leaf shape. It is a plastic clover leaf and curls responding to the heat of the hand and has a legend of what the curls mean. I think it will wow the kids.

Across the front of house will be some crashed witches in the bushes with signs about not Hexing and Flying and Flying School Lesson ads, etc. and something that I have not thought up yet to sort of guide TOTers to the side of the house and between it and neighbors headed to the back yard. Since this is supposed to be a Conjurers Consortium, maybe a sign guiding them to another room or presentation.???? Maybe a big sign pointing the way and listing what is around the corner??? Maybe my table with Constella the Oracle would be good for this. I have not finished the table yet, but here is the graphic. Saki gave me a beautiful box last year in a Reaper with this on it. It can be found online and download for your own use.
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Between the two houses I will utilize my tall red witch (can't remember if she is Helga or Hilda) who holds a crystal ball. She will sort of transition to the witches area. I think I may also have one of the wizards there maybe looking into a big mirror or gazing ball. My neighbor will sit or stand at the entrance to her backyard area to make sure they don't go that way since her yard is not fenced. She will be in costume and do or say something appropriate. Not sure what (open for suggestions) Maybe one of my big witches hanging above the outside Central Air compressor for effect.

They will enter the back yard through the open gate and immediately see the cemetery which is under a huge Ornamental Pear Tree. Cemetery will have some groundbreakers and the usual. I have a new Cosco skelly that I think will be used wearing a witch hat. I have a headstone for the Wicked Witch of the West and hope to do a couple more witch ones that kids can recognize. I may borrow Bethany's idea for a fortune teller one, too. I love the white spinning ghost that TheHalloweenKing posted about and saki's white witch, but not sure if I have room or funds for either. Either would be great there. Maybe the hanging one would be better since I don't want it too congested and cluttered.

After the TOTers take this in in a quick glance while continuing into the yard: to the immediate right is an area about 15 feet long or so until the end of the screened porch. I will set up some scene there with either witches or wizards. Again not sure what yet. Could be where I exhibit wands for sale with displays. I hope to make tons of wands so that I can give one to each TOTer.

To the right of the cemetery and along the back fence will be another mini scene of wizards and/or witches. and another from that back fence area along side our shed, which is pretty big. Possible a long table either here or along the fence line to hold and display whatever is used. I may even invest in a painted backdrop for it or scene setters. Again one of the large hanging witches that I have will go here hanging from the tall peak of the roof. Probably the 8 foot one. I would like a large cauldron with dry ice and live witches mixing up a brew. I hope to find the candy that is in small potion bottles that Sam's Club carried in 2013. It was awesome.

On the front side of the wooden shed which is painted and shingled to look just like a small house are two double wooden doors. I plan to have my Sanderson Sisters here either on the ground or maybe one of them suspended in the open door. I need a wooden sign that says Sanderson Cottage for it. The Sanderson Sisters.jpg

Then along the edge of the screened patio I will have our outdoor smoker and outdoor grill and a stainless steel small table with something. Maybe a grill????

Last but not least is the screened patio area. It is a big area and will have the rest of the witches and wizards. It has a small refrigerator that I have a scene setter for that looks ghastly. I also have a metal baker's rack out there for a witch's kitchen and a patio table. All of that is in close proximity and will be one scene yet to be designed.

On top of the fridge is a TV that I will have the Magic Crystal Ball Party Game playing. It is like a big Magic 8 Ball where you ask the witch questions. I will have the floating witch moving around in this area. We may even put that TV on something shorter so all the kids can see better.

On the other end of the patio area is a large patio bar that we will empty and turn around backwards to that the two shelves are exposed to use for props and accessories. It will make a great place to display Witchy Wares "for sale" like brooms, crystal balls, cauldrons, clothes, wands, etc.

I will have to have a scene on the end of the patio too I think. Again not sure. Or with the full size props maybe not.

I forgot to mention the back door into the house. We will leave the wooden door open so that they can see into the living area that will have all the 3-4 foot witches suspended from the wooden beams on the ceiling and other decorations. The front yard/porch will also have the double doors open where they can peer in. The kids always love this.

Well that is the plan! Now to see if I can get it all done and get enough peeps to help mann the spots in costume that night!

Suggestions welcome!


Oh yeah somewhere I want to have a live fortune teller encouraging TOTers to choose their fortune from a large crystal ball. It will be filled with positive futures and comments.

I also hope to squeeze in an interactive game idea that I picked up from someone on the other Forum. Where the ask if they are a witch or not? I will add witch or wizard? Here is a photo that sort of explains it. Are you a witch prop.jpg
This will probably be one of the tables in the back yard.

I also have the Are you a Good or Bad Witch or Wizard game that I use at my parties that I could use. It is on a spinner and kids love it.
 

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I picked up a a few more masks for my wizards and found a great robe/dress for a sorceress at GW. I also found a nice very long chained necklace that will be great with it. I hope to paint an eye on it. It was hanging with the lingerie, but I really think it went to a costume. I also bought another woman's log velour looking robe with a zipper and a sort of mock turtleneck and a vest that looks great over it. I think it will make a great costume for a fortune teller.

I can't wait for the costumes and masks to all arrive. I am so out of room to store all of this since I want it accessible and definitely don't want it in the heat of he garage or shed. I think I am going to rent a climate control storage shed so I can set up all the props and work. DH would die at the thought of that!!!
 

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I just saw a post on FB about glow in the dark planters. It said they were painted with Rustoleum GID paint and will absorb the sunlight during the day and then glow at night. I wonder if this would work on a glass globe for a crystal ball? Not sure what colors the paint comes in and I went back to read more and couldn't find it. But, I will be looking for this paint to give it a try. My fortune tellers will all be outside this year on Halloween.
 

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Old wizard with white hair mask just came in!
old wizard with white hair grayish skin.JPG

Here is the Albus Dumbledore mask that also just arrived. There was a better one but this was cheaper. I need a green robe for him.
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And I have had this one for a week or so, but this is the first time I have had it on a mannequin. It was a pain to put these on the rubberized manni's with hair and the eyes aren't lined up.
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I had a bunch of things come in today. I was totally amazed by this mask from Moon Costumes. It was only $12.95 and is a full over the head mask including the neck. It is only latex and I wouldn't want to wear it, but it will be awesome on a prop. Nice detail. Some of the hair is loose, but I can glue it back. It is called the Wizard Deluxe Mask. I found this company just surfing this week and already have the mask! Super fast service.
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I also ordered from Moon Costumes three Harry Potter wands. They are plastic, but look good. I got Hermoine's, Ron's and Malfoy's.

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The third package today had the two wizard costumes I ordered from Amazon. The first one is beautiful and is called the Spell Caster Wizard. It was only $9.99 and the quality is really nice. It is a one size adult and is rather slim cut, I think, but it is for a prop and no problem for that. The hat is a nice heavy velvet in a beautiful purple color. This costume includes the hat (worth the $10) , costume, belt and a pouch for the wizard. Great deal in my opinion. I have seen this costume on some sites for $49!
Spell Caster wizard costume.JPG and the hat spell caster hat.JPG

The other wizard costume was more, but I really like it. It is thinner velvet like material but is very ample sized and also includes the hat.
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The stock pictures for both are on page 1
 

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I stopped by World Market tonight while in Plano and picked up several packages of chop sticks that are in different sizes and colors. I will be making a ton of them from skewers and long sticks to give away to TOTers, but I wanted some different ones for my wizards and witches and scenes.
 

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Here is a link to some of the big glass globes. I searched for the neckless ones. However, many of them will not fit on the bases that most of us use. So keep that in mind if you order any. They even have some plastic ones here. I do have three big silver looking bases that would hold the neckless ones. The silver stands actually were those big warming things. I will get some photos and show you tomorrow. I find them all the time at thrift stores.


Glass globe sites for crystal balls


FYI, I found this above search engine (The Find) last week and you can change out what you are looking for and get many, many results. I searched for Halloween witch props and it pulled up tons. I was able to see all the different prices and order from the cheapest. Watch the shipping though. It can be time consuming this way, but save you money.
 

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Here is a link to the FABULOUS Gypsy WItch Kit that bethene sent to me in a Winter Secret Reaper exchange.

Gypsy Witch Kit

The pictures are down toward the bottom of this page and you will need to click to the next page to see all of them.
 
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