I’m not a huge Halloween aficionado, but I do have a few items that might help you in planning a Halloween party. It’s still early in the month – sure, you have time to whip this stuff up!
First, here is a tablecloth my grandmother embroidered back in her youth, probably about 1930-35. I don’t think she would have made it specifically for Halloween – maybe orange and black was a popular color combination at the time she made it. All I know is, she told me she was sick of it by the time she was finished!
Then there is a weaving sample I did, of spiders and flames. It was for a challenge about mythology, so I picked spiders for Arachne and fire for the Greek fire on Hercules’ cloak from Deianeira, but I think it works for Halloween too. (Technical info for any weavers – I used 10/2 mercerized cotton for the warp, at 24 ends to the inch. I used doubled embroidery floss for the pattern, and sewing thread for the tabby.)
If you don’t want to embroider 120 little orange spider webs, or weave your own spider table runner, you can check out these suggestions from my favorite party-planning book, Bright Ideas for Entertainment by Mrs. Herbert B. Linscott (George W. Jacobs and Co., 1905). I love how she says that “All formality must be dispensed with on Hallowe’en” but then goes on to suggest huge amounts of decorations.
I guess you’re relieved you can dispense with the formal wait staff. But you will need a bagpipe player, a pumpkin twirler, and some white-draped figures, as seen in these additional suggestions.
Well, I’m off to hang thrust ears of corn through fishnets for decoration, and to practice twirling the alphabet pumpkin to determine my fate!