Saturday, October 27, 2012

Halloween Blog Party 2012

Welcome, I'm so Glad you came to our Halloween Blog Party 2012 being Hosted by the Lovely Vanessa Valencia of A FANCIFUL TWIST, this is the 5th Year!   I Hope you will Visit many of the Participants and Enjoy each Celebration being Shared... and perhaps even have Joined in to Invite us to your Halloween Party this Year? 

 As you Enter into the Bohemian Valhalla Halloween Party you will be Invited in to our World, to Shared Images and the Essence of Halloween as Celebrated and Enjoyed by us and seen through our Eyes & Customs.

Our Family Loves Halloween and the Activities and Traditions we Celebrate during this Holiday, which for us Celebrates Harvest Time and Honors those Loved Ones that have Departed and Passed from Time into Eternity.  We will pick out Hats, Masks, Crowns and Costumes to wear during the Party... and if you've forgotten yours, don't worry, we have plenty to go around & Share!

You will be surrounded by an assortment of Jewelry Adorned Pumpkins... in Old Black Lace...

Vintage Hand-Dyed Velvets...

Or with Whimsical Tole Hand-Painted Faces and wearing Ribbons, Feathers, Hats and sometimes Straw Hair.

Sugar Skulls for the Dia de los Muertos Altars...

And the Marigolds, Memorabilia, Favorite Foods, Drinks and Notes in Memory of those Loved Ones.  Feel free to add to it as you Feel Led to in Honor & Memory of your Family, Fur Babies & Friends who have Passed... everyone is Welcome at the Altar.

We'll make Caramel Apples... Gourmet of coarse... part of the Fun is choosing your add-ons and making Over-The-Top Creations that look as good as they'll taste!
And we'll cook up some Pumpkin Pancakes with Fresh Whipped Butter and your choice of a variety of Lucious Autumn Inspired Syrups... like Roasted Pecan & Maple Praline!  Or perhaps you'd like to try an Arizona Desert Syrup of Agave Nectar?
And we'll go to the Local Bakeries and choose a variety of Beautiful Halloween Cookies!  Or... if you're a better Baker than Yours Truly {which is why we're at the Bakery in case you didn't Guess ~ LOL}...  you can Surprise us & bring over a batch of your Famous or Favorite Cookie Creations! *Winks* 
We'll also hit all the Pumpkin Patches and Farmer's Markets to pick out the most Amazing Selection of Unusual Heirloom, Hybrid and Specialty Pumpkins, Winter Squash & Gourds we can Discover and maybe even take in a Hay Ride and a Camp Fire Cookout?!!!
Sometimes we might even get to pick them right out of the Local Farmer's Fields nearby during the Pumpkin Festivals!  In case you didn't notice, this is a Spontaneous Party-On-The-Go, Gypsy Style... we might start out at the Bohemian Valhalla Residence, but you never know where we might end up and who will Join us along the way!?! 
We'll pick up some Fall Florals as well... every Room & Porch looks more Festive and smells more Divine with Fresh Aromatic Plants, Herbs and Florals Adorning the Space!
Now I Hope that Skullies don't Creep you out too much?  Because I have quite a Collection of them...
And every year I add to it... and have my Eye on one in particular that I'm Lusting over to add to the Collection for 2012 if someone else doesn't 'Score' it first!?  My Favorite Skully Artist is 'The Creative Native', Yaqui Artist Ben Molina, who Adorns his Fabulous Dia de los Muertos Skully Creations Native American Style.

And of coarse we'll have Candy... LOTS of Candy.   Even though the Bohemian Valhalla Clan aren't very big Candy eaters we always have bowls of it for our Guests.  So help yourselves... if you don't take some of it Home with you it is likely to last 'til next Spring around here, Honest!  Yeah, we're a bit Weird like that too.  *Winks*

Which is also Evident by our Collections of Oddities and Old Doll Heads... which make perfect Halloween Vignettes... but will also find their way into other Seasonal Decor as well.  *LOL*

Yes... we're a Quirky bunch and quite Addams-Family-ish... we even have our own version of Uncle Festus in the way of an Antique Framed Portrait of some unknown Old Guy that we 'Adopted'.

We even got him his own Masquerade Mask for the Party... nobody gets left out or Excluded at our Parties... it's all Inclusive.

And maybe you'll join us at the Desert Botanical Gardens for the Dia de los Muertos All Souls Procession?  You can come as you are... or in Sugar Skull Splendor like this Sweet Family has... we've done both, so whatever you're most comfortable with is All Good and Cool.

Don't worry if you don't have a Mad Hatter Style Top Hat to wear in the Procession... I have a Collection of those too!  *Smiles*   "Is there anything  you DON'T Collect?" you might be wondering?  Well... lets just say I most definitely have strong Magpie Tendencies.

And I've always been drawn to the Mystical and the Macabre... so I'm really in my Element during Halloween and the Styling & Atmosphere of it.

Don't worry... I just threw this Image in for Creepy Halloween Ambiance... it won't be at the Party, it's in a Friend's Showroom Display & is a very Old Vintage 1930's Era Board.  *I can hear the Sigh of Relief from many of you!  Winks*   Though I grew up in a Home that had one and Mom is quite a Gypsy Free Spirited Soul with Mystical Gifts that many Members of the extended Family have and would leave you jaw-dropped even if you're a Skeptic... I don't use Spirit Boards myself and I know it Creeps a lot of people out so we won't have one in the Home.

But I sure Wish I had this Guy on the Piano at the Party!  *LOL*  He was Playing at another Halloween Preview Party I attended recently.  Love him!!!

I definitely have a weakness for Collecting Old Apothecary Bottles & Laboratory Equipment... I should have been a Mad Scientist!   I add to this Collection on a regular basis, so yes, you will see a lot of this type of thing around the Party as well.  Drink the Contents if you Dare?!??!!!  *LOL*

  The Raven was actually the Mascot of The Man's Unit in one of his Military Assignments... alas, he Donated the Real Deal to the Unit when he Retired... I would have liked to have kept him because he had an Awesome Wingspan and was way Cool & would have made a Killer Halloween Prop!  But he went to a Good Home.

Are you having a Good Time at our Party?  I Hope so... we've so Enjoyed having you over... and Hope that you come back again for a Visit to Bohemian Valhalla?

Because it's almost Time to call it a Wrap for Tonight my Friends and New Guests...

If this has put you under a Magical Halloween Spell that will now Inspire you to Celebrate Halloween in a new and different Tradition, Custom and Style... or even in your own Traditional & Cultural ways, I Hope you'll Share your Celebration with us too?  I'd Love to come to your Party and see what you've come up with???!!!

Until Next Year's Halloween Blog Party... Be Well & Stay Enchanted

... Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian


  1. I had so much fun at your party. It was a little scary but that is what Halloween is all about. Thank you for having me.
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  2. I too love skulls and have a growing collection of them myself. I must say that I am smitten with the first one shown in you party! I love it. Your party is awesome and you and I have quite similarly macabre tastes.....

    I had a fabulous visit...thanks for having me!
    Please do stop by my party:

    Happy Halloween!

  3. Ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!! I'm so glad I came to the party!! The pics take my breath away - Halloween is my favourite time of year - PERFECT!!
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Love the skulls and all the glitz! Thanks for an awesome Halloween dish! :D

  5. I so loved your party post! I am both equally spooked out and fascinated by your skull collection....which is the perfect combination I think! Love the sparkle and magically creepy atmosphere you have created!


  6. The way you celebrate Halloween is right up my alley! I absolutely loved your post. Sugar skulls and sparkles everywhere. So very gypsy. Don't worry, you didn't spook me with the spirit boards ;) I have one of my own, and really and truly can not get it to work for the life of me! They don't scare me one bit. Perhaps I just don't have the knack for it, or perhaps there are just not any spirits floating around here. Who knows! Have a happy Halloween!

  7. Loved the magic and sparkles.......eye candy to the max :)
    Thank you for the spooky fun!

    Come vist my party and stay a spell!


  8. I want to come see all your collections in person!
    I wish I could collect Ouija boards. I love the older ones the best - but they are hard to find in my area. Why are people so afraid of them?

    I was drawn into every one of your photos and loved all the glitter.

  9. I must say. your party is most spook~tacular!!

    such wonderful photos!!!

    Happy Halloween

  10. A beautifully magical Halloween Party.
    I loved how lavish and sparkly it all is.
    Your mom sounds like my kind of person.

  11. Oooooh! Thank you. I'm feeling the love since I'm also a fan of antique baby doll heads and Dia de Los Muertos art, especially sugar skulls that have been painted and put on an altar. Thanks for sharing your bliss.

    ~ Misha/DawaiOser (Cosmic Girl)

    If you haven't already, please stop by my contribution to the Halloween festivities. Here's the link to my party:

  12. I'll say "yes" to those gourmet caramel apples... YUM! :-) Happy Halloween!

  13. Whow, what a great party. I love, love the sugar skulls.
    I love a good cookie from the bakery, too :)
    Thanks for the invite to your party.

  14. Great party! I love all your skulls and Dia de los Muertos stuff. I live in Tucson!

  15. This is a gorgeous post and a lovely party- it SPARKLES! I love love Day of the Dead celebrations. There aren't any here in little Havana Fl, boo. We do have velvet pumpkins, though I must say yours are splendid!

    Happy autumnal celebrations to you & yours!
    xoxo and boo to you from roo

  16. Dawn, oh your skelly collection is wonderful!!!

    And your photos are brilliant. Loved all the details, from skulls to apothecary to pumpkin picking!!! And treats too!! You out-did yourself!!

    Wonderful wonderful!!!

    Thank you so much for being a part of this extra magical season!!

    ♥ Vanessa

  17. Delightful! Your goodies do delight the eyes and the pictures of your decorations are just wonderful.

  18. Oh your post took my breath away-! So much sparkle I think I've gone to heaven! I'm big into the day of the dead skulls, and yours are primo, my fav is the one with the turquoise teeth! OH MAN! Congrats, this was for sure one of my all time favs... happy halloween!

  19. What a beautiful posting! I especially loved those velvet pumpkins in so many different hues! Thank you for having me over! We have so much in common! : )
    I do hope you will come visit my halloween party. I am having a special giveaway.

  20. Oh my! What a gorgeous post! Your collections and decor didn't make me jealous whatsoever....haha!
    Thank you so much for inviting me...I thoroughly enjoyed this party!!

    Happy Halloween!
    Paint Myself Pretty

  21. I'm so glad everyone enjoyed the Party... and I Thank the Hostess, Miss Vanessa, for giving us the opportunity to revel in Halloween and Share our Celebrations and visit one another... I shall be visiting Parties for days now! *Winks*

    Dawn... The Bohemian

  22. Dawn,
    I love all the sugared skulls, and all the other spooky decor in your wonderful world. Halloween enchantment for sure. I need a few of those decadent velvet pumpkins. Lovely

    Thank you for the Wonderful party. I had a spooktacular good time. I would love for you to drop in to Wonderland for a Ghostly tale and a few Halloween treats. See ya there
    Wishes and Whimsy
    Wendy from Wonderland

  23. Wow, Dawn! EXCELLENT them! Thank you! (I hope to do a sugar skull theme next year myself!)

  24. Dear Dawn,
    Thank you so much for visiting with me at The Tearoom! So glittery! I'm sure I will be wearing some home with me!! YAY! The "antlered baby" in my post was actually a digitally altered photo of an old doll, one of four beloved ones belonging to my Dear Mommy. So much about your post just made me so happy!! I love that you celebrate Halloween in honor of loved ones who have passed. My Mommy was a super creative person and she cultivated that in me. I am so grateful for that and I believe I honor that each time I share something I have created. Her background had made her believe that Halloween was bad and she did not celebrate it, but she did allow me to and, to her great dismay, it became one of my favorite holidays (I couldn't stop watching the original Addams Family and The Munsters when I was growing up!!!). But, I know that in the Great Place of All Understanding where she is at peace now, she accepts and cherishes all views and so we will honor her this Halloween with one of her favorite treats: root beer floats! She was not allowed to have them at the end of her life due to her being a choking risk, but my husband and I say (and it sounds like a joke, but we really do believe it) that she has all the root beer floats she would like now!! Good job, Mommy Cupcake!

    Thank you for letting me tell you about this and for sharing your beautiful sparkly treasures with us all (I love your basket of dolls' heads!). Please keep checking back with me because I am working on a project whereby Mommy Dear Doll Babies will become film stars! What an adventuresome thing to do when you are 80+ years old!!!

    Wishing you a wonderful rest of your week!



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