Saturday, October 16, 2010

October's Party

October gave a party

The leaves by hundreds came

The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples

And leaves of every name.

The Sunshine spread a carpet

And everything was grand,

Miss Weather led the dancing,

Professor Wind the band.

George Cooper

"It was a small town by a small river.

The town was full of trees.

And dry grass now that autumn was here.

And full of fences to walk on and sidewalks to skate on and a large ravine to tumble in and yell across.

And it was the afternoon of Halloween.

And all the houses shut against a cool wind.

And the town full of cold sunlight.

But suddenly, the day was gone.

Night came out from under each tree and spread.

Behind the doors of all the houses there was a scurry of mouse feet,muted cries, flickerings of light.

The wind outside nested in each tree,

prowled the sidewalks in invisible
treads like unseen cats.

Anyone could see that the wind
was a special wind this night,

and the darkness took on a special feel
because it was All Hallows' Eve.

Everything seemed cut from soft black velvet.

Smoke panted up out of a thousand chimneys
like the plumes of funeral parades.

From kitchen windows drifted two pumpkin smells:gourds being cut, pies being baked.

Attics were still being rummaged, old locks broken,
old steamer chests disemboweled for costumes.

The wind came a seized a thousand dark leaves
and blew them away up over the sky..."

from The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

For a list of all the houses with their porch lights on in honor of this autumnal celebration, please let the wind carry you over to visit our enchanting hostess


Lenora said...

Wonderful - we thoroughly enjoyed your party! Great photos wonderful poetry! Thank you! - do drop by our Halloween Party! The Graveyard

Abramyan Avenue said...

Absolutely LOVE this post!!! It is just perfect!! My favorite by far! You capture the essence of the season and Halloween (my favorite holiday)! love, love, love it!!

LYNDY WARD said...

This is sooooo much fun!!!
Love your blog & your creations.
Please fly by for my giveaways too...
Hauntingly Yours, Lyndy

My Haunted Halloween Party Link:

Boom said...

Oh my dear you are quite handy with the photography talent. This is lovely and I poofed fairy dust all over your beautiful story. Must fly now. Happy Hallow-cometh.

Linda said...

I had a wonderful time at your party all sorts of fun things going on. Your photos are amazing. Please visit me:

JoAnne said...

So glad I stopped by your party! Beautifully done, love your angel statue with the witch's hat and pumpkin!
Stop by my party, won't you?

Linda in New Mexico said...

We love your story, your photos, your whimsy and your creativity. Congrats on this great AFT Halloween Blog. Linda, The Olde Bagg
Please come by and see Olde Baggs n Stuft Shirts.

Faerie Moon Creations said...

What a charming Halloween party! I did enjoy it very much! :)

I would be most delighted if you came to visit my enchanted Halloween Faerie Tale & giveaway:

Enjoy the parties!

Wendelou72 said...

Thank you for a delightful time!

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

So clever, and fun! Thanks for the inspiration. Have a happy Halloween!
Cheers, Andrea

MarZel said...

Great graphics and party. Thank you so much.

natalea said...

fun stuff!! and I LOVE that Charlotte doll!!!
Happy Autumn, xoxo nat

Buccaneers and Ball Gowns said...

Lovely decorations! Thank you for sharing your wonderful party!

Candi said...

What a wonderful post!! Thanks so much for sharing. hugz:) and Happy Pink Saturday and have a Blessed weekend.

Anonymous said...

All your Halloween goodies are fabulous! Thank you for sharing, Marcia

Sophia said...

Ohhhh....loving your party going on here. I see you have guests already strolling through as well. Let me make my way to the table with your special brew....

Check out Harrington Manor Ball today.

Twyla and Lindsey said...

What a lovely post!! Great photos! I loved the banner! Happy Halloween!


Fair Rosamund said...

Beautiful party and words! Thank you so much for having me over :) ~Lauren

Wendy said...

Oh that was beautiful! I moved along with the Halloween Wind and loved it.

Anonymous said...

So pretty! Such a great party!
Your welcome to visit my Halloween party if you haven't been yet:

Designs by Blanche said...

Delightfully enchanting p[ost! Love your spooky music and all your wonderful decor!


Lisa Ladrido said...

I loved your party and your pictures!

Your newest follower here from Vanessa's Halloween Party!~Lisa
Happy Halloween

WrightStuff said...

What delights you have to share - I especially loved the black & white kitty sitting in the orange case. This is definitely a post to treasure and come back to gaze on again and again - wonderful :)

Kelly Jeanette said...

Great party! loved the poetry and photos.
Do come and join me at my party at

viridian said...

you have a decorator's touch. Happy Pink Saturday!

Melissa said...

Fabulous party! Thanks so much for having me. Your decorations are lovely and the story perfect.

Have a Spooktacular Halloween!

Sylvia said...

What a great and welcoming party...loved all your pretty decorations.


Susan said...

What a gracious hostess you are! Lovely party, my dear! it shall be talked about for days to come!


come visit: said...

OH wonderful treats, and magical vignettes! I love the hat on your wee lass, how sweet and spooky ;)

Thank you for being a wonderful part of the enchantment of Halloween!!

Janet Bernasconi said...

What adorable pics and I just love the way you displayed the pumpkins. So cute. I had a fun time visiting you.
Hope you can stop over too.
Janets Creative Pillows

Annabelle said...

Love all of the photographs and the little witch with the hat is lovely as is the picture on the wall. Enjoyed the story.
Happy Halloween !

Grab your broom and fly on over to
for your chance to win three of my original art prints…only comment required.

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Renee said...

Love your party. Great decorations.

Michelle Cummings said...

what a wonderful party!
I love your creations!

Hope you'll come visit mine and my post(s) for all of October!

Aurelia said...

What a fun post! I really enjoyed reading that and looking at your lovely pictures :)

This has been my first blog party and I've had a really great time so far!

Elizabeth Barczynski said...

Totally takes me back to the magic of childhood. I really love the little brunette with her pumpkin bag.

When you have the opportunity please come over for a visit!

Laume said...

I love that poem. And I totally recognized the beginning of The Halloween Tree! That was fun!

Lisa Lectura Creations said...

Hi Melissa! I so enjoyed your magical party post! Your decor is fabulous! Happy Halloween! :)

Scrap Vamp said...

A wonderful post! I loved your fantastic decorations and treats! I had so much fun and I hope you'll pay me a visit, too!


Marina Capano said...

Great party post! That was great fun!
Happy Halloween!!

booooooooooooo from so far away!

visit me anytime...

Romeo said...

What a great Halloween post!!! Loved all your decorations and of course the words you chose!! Well done!


Romeo and "her"

Beverly said...

Just stopping by to wish you a Happy Pink Saturday.

Everything looks so festive at your party!

Sandy Michelle said...

How did I miss this!? Everything looked spook'tacular! I especially love the German Charlotte doll!

Sandy xox