"She never called back..."
Last year our guests were crammed into our tiny house and I proclaimed we would have a new house before the next Halloween party, and we do! I had a few requirements for the new house, such as, it had to look like it could be haunted. I mean, and 1950s ranch or 1980s split-level just doesn't look like it could be haunted, right? That requirement eliminated about 90% of the homes in our town. Another 9% were either too expensive or in a less-desirable neighborhood. Honestly, I didn't think we had a chance of finding a place. Technically, I've been searching for a new house for most of the time we've lived in our small house, and there were never any real possibilities. Imagine my excitement when a 1915 Craftsman went up for sale, AND it was in a quiet neighborhood AND we could afford it! So, loooooong story short, we moved in a month ago! It's so freaking fabulous! It has 9-ft. ceilings upstairs and downstairs, awesome baseboards and crown and window moldings, two fireplaces, a HUGE front porch, and to make the hubby happy, a three-car garage. But most importantly, it has character, the kind of character that makes for a great haunt. ;)
I found an antique phone booth at an estate sale in town and couldn't believe my luck. It started out at only $500, which I was willing to spend, but I wanted my hubby's input first (since he would be in charge of getting the monstrosity home). We went back the next day, as soon as they opened, and I practically attacked one of the women working there, "Did the phone booth sell yesterday?" She says no. "THEN IT'S MINE! I WANT IT! PUT MY NAME ON IT!" And the bonus? Second-day was 25% off, so I got it for $375. I freaking rock. :D BTW, an antique store in the next town has one almost, if not exactly, like it for $3500. I think they're on crack to have it at that price, but we'll see. It has been there for a few years.
Of course, I knew it would need a skeleton to sit inside, so I got this one at Target for $40. Bargain.
I'm currently painting my living room orange--the same shade of orange that's in the old house--and trying to get everything in order before the party. There's so much to do and I'm so far behind! I usually decorate inside at the end of August.