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Meet Trevalina the Ballerina and Heads Up Harry

Happy Halloween!



Meet Heads Up Harry...he patiently awaits for dusk when  trick or treaters  come to our house.  He greets them at the front porch.









Bonehead Bob put on his favorite boa and is waiting behind the door with an assortment of ears, fingers, tongues and skewered eyeballs to hand out.

We can't forget my precious Trevalina the Ballerina (364 days of the year he is Trevor)






And we cannot forget my breakfast of champions eater, Jonah or Ashton Donovan





Come on in, sit a spell....or cast one.




HAPPY HALLOWEEN



Haunted Houses
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

All houses wherein men have lived and died
Are haunted houses. Through the open doors
The harmless phantoms on their errands glide,
With feet that make no sound upon the floors.

We meet them at the door-way, on the stair,
Along the passages they come and go,
Impalpable impressions on the air,
A sense of something moving to and fro.

There are more guests at table than the hosts
Invited; the illuminated hall
Is thronged with quiet, inoffensive ghosts,
As silent as the pictures on the wall.

The stranger at my fireside cannot see
The forms I see, nor hear the sounds I hear;
He but perceives what is; while unto me
All that has been is visible and clear.

We have no title-deeds to house or lands;
Owners and occupants of earlier dates
From graves forgotten stretch their dusty hands,
And hold in mortmain still their old estates.

The spirit-world around this world of sense
Floats like an atmosphere, and everywhere
Wafts through these earthly mists and vapours dense
A vital breath of more ethereal air.

Our little lives are kept in equipoise
By opposite attractions and desires;
The struggle of the instinct that enjoys,
And the more noble instinct that aspires.

These perturbations, this perpetual jar
Of earthly wants and aspirations high,
Come from the influence of an unseen star
An undiscovered planet in our sky.

And as the moon from some dark gate of cloud
Throws o’er the sea a floating bridge of light,
Across whose trembling planks our fancies crowd
Into the realm of mystery and night,—

So from the world of spirits there descends
A bridge of light, connecting it with this,
O’er whose unsteady floor, that sways and bends,
Wander our thoughts above the dark abyss.




Joining in at Seasonal Sundays with The Tablescaper i
and Show Off Your Cottage Monday at The House in the Roses



Comments

  1. Looks like you're all having a great time-enjoy!

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  2. That was so fun to read! I loved all the costumes, but Trevor gets extra points!! The house decorations were over the top, nice job Nancy!

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  3. Oh...I loved all your Halloween but especially Trevalina! Wow! But really your decor is so wonderful.

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  4. Spooktackular!
    Trevor is such a hoot!!!!

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  5. Boo-tiful!! Love what you have done. This looks alike a blast. Tell Trevalina, she's amazing. Your table is way way way cool. Thanks for dropping in btw, love your comments.

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  6. Nancy WOW - you have the most incredible Halloween display I've ever seen! How FUN - wish I could be so creative! I couldn't even find my Halloween decorations this year (long story - roof had to get replaced, plywood and all - attic stuff all got shifted, the Halloween stuff is buried somewhere). Love the tablescapes though, just awesome as always!!!

    Michelle
    www.jamiesoninteriors.com

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  7. Hi Nancy,
    What a great job with the Halloween decorations! The only thing missing is the picture of you in costume.
    xo, Sherry

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  8. Clearly you and your family have a fabulous Halloween! It's a great day!

    Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  9. Oh my gosh, what great Halloween decorations!

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  10. Wow, you really love Halloween! Everything looks awesome. Take care and hope you had FUN! Susan

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  11. You really created a gorgeous Halloween home! So lovely to meet you, Mary from LIttle Red House mentioned your beautiful transferware. Karen

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  12. trick or treat! such a spooky fun table setting! Happy Halloween!

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  13. Gosh, you really got into it, Nancy!
    If I was a trick or treater, that porch would scare me!
    hope you all had a fantastic time.

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  14. Really great decorations!!! Spooky and wonderful!

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  15. Hi Nancy! I am quite impressed! You went all out! Looks like lots of fun for the trick or treaters! The ballerina is precious :)
    Kathy

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  16. oh my gosh, that is fantastic! first of all, the ballerina and the wheaties are insanely good, and your decorations. wow. i just love all the details and that you go all out for halloween. it must be your fave...it's definitely mine. i have that same beware of bats sign, too!

    soo glad you stopped by the cape on the corner, so that i could visit you back. i am so glad i did!!

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