Wednesday, October 15, 2008


elcome to Sydney's Haunted House.

Vince will be your guide.
"Hi, I'm Vince. My friend Sydney will go to any length for Halloween. She even asks her husband Gary to "fix" the shutters every October!

Please follow me inside.

Need to sit down and rest for awhile?
As you may have noticed, I'm not a black cat, but there are plenty of those in our home!
This one spooks me and my brother Mo out every time we walk by it.

Mo, however, is planning to fight back with the help of his friend Polly.
Of course, there are lots of other frightening things around the house this time of year...
Hey, Sydney, what happened to those nice candles that are usually on the dining room table?
There's something strange to look at from the ceiling to the floor.

I'll be the first to admit that we have a real bug problem in the house.

But on the plus side, there's lots of stuff a cat can play with.
Think Sydney will notice if a few pieces are missing?
The kitchen is where Sydney really goes wild.
Shrunken houses lights up.
And when you least expect it, stuff turns, twists and makes noise.
Unfortunately, over the years, Sydney's gotten smarter. See these plates of rocks? They used to hold a buffet of Halloween cookies. Come on, can't we go back to edible treats, Sydney?
The birds aren't very tasty either.

But, sometimes, if I'm lucky, Sydney will read me a bedtime story.
No, not that ONE. I want to hear the Cat In The Hat!

Sometimes, I can swipe a bedtime treat.
But, I must admit, it's hard to sleep with all of those twinkling lights.
And, it's easy to think you're having a nightmare!

Even when you're not.

I hope you've enjoyed the tour.
Thanks for coming.
Don't forget to grab a Trick or Treat bag on your way out--if you dare."
P.S. I'm rethinking all of my post tabs and will be coming up with a new list over the next few days. Please bear with me.


TattingChic said...

This was TOO much FUN! I loved it. You go ALL OUT! This was fantastic. Give Vince, our fabulous tour guide a little scritchy scratch behind his ears, or wherever he likes it best! He did a great job. What a lot of WORK! LOL!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

That was fun! I haven't been on a Haunted House tour since I was a teen! Thanks for the "treat" Barbara...

Barbara Jacksier said...

Alas, this isn't MY house. It really is my ultra-creative friend's home.

PAT said...

Cute Halloween post, Barbara!

Jen r. said...

Very cute. Loved the tour. That cat freaks me out a little bit too!

Cindy said...

What a super fun post! Talk about Halloween spirit!!!! Now I'm feeling all ready for Halloween. Thank you for this wonderful feature.


Becky said...

Hi Barbara,
What a creative friend you have! I loved the candlesticks.
That was a fun tour.

Desperate Diva said...

Oooohhhh...How bewitching...!!! Loved the tour. It was fun and spooky. Her haunted village is great. Thanks for sharing.
Big Hugs,

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Great images!

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The Old Painted Cottage said...

Great tour, Barbara. The shutters had to be my very favorite!


NeereAnDear said...

Fabulous tour!!

What fun it must have been decorating and I must say very creative... I have never seen a village like that ... reminds me of the movie Beetlejuice



Natasha Burns said...

what fun Barbara!!! I have never been on haunted house tour, I am so looking forward to spending Halloween in the US this year!
The cat pirate cracked me up!!!
Oh and I don't know if my emails are getting through - would you please email me your cell # and let me know about NYC if you are going to be around - we'll hopefully be able to work out something, I really hope we can! xo

Shabbyfufu said...

WOW.....I can't imagine all of the hours that must have gone into creating that NIGHTMARE of decor! ~XO~Janet

The Attic said...

What a fantastic tour! Vince, I love your hat. :)

Victoria Lynn said...

Thanks for stopping by! I loved the tour of your friend's home! My kitties would LOVE to go play there for an afternoon!
Victoria Lynn

fascinatingfinds said...

Wow, The energy that goes into her home. Very Inspiring! I found you through Jennifer from The Old Painted Cottage and my Home was featured in Romantic Country while you were still a part of it. I have started a new blog and hope you will come visit me. I have added you to my Bloglist and I will definately be back. Look forward to your new book comming out. Cheryl Cherylsfascinatingfinds

Back Through Time said...

All that Halloween decor is fabulous!! I loved it all!!

Perfect Panache said...

Classic!! Great photos, fun decor...And, thank you Vince for the lovely tour (I forsee extra Kitty Treats in your bowl this Hallows Eve)~ We're decorating this weekend, and we can't wait! It's off to the Great Pumpkin Patch tomorrow though, lots of fun. Really enjoyed this post B!

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

Oh my oh my....
We over here in Oz don't really celebrate Halloween.
I wish we did! My 3 little kids would think your place was a blast!
It really looks super...Ultra over the top Halloween...
Less is more?? No..More is More! Yay!

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

P.s I meant to say my kids would love Your Friends House...Because those photos are her house not yours...Right! Whoops! said...

Ilove the way Halloween has become such a big holiday to decorate for now!

Harmony said...

hi Barbara!well freelancing is really cool! how r u!
i think after travelling to ur Haunted House--today i cant able to sleep 'cause those CANDLES will defntly come in my dreams..ha ha!!i like the work on ur posts dear!take care!

Susie Q said...

This was a total treat from beginning to end! What fun...thank you for sharing this with us!
The kitties were such special tour guides...with them to protect me, I did not even shiver once. Okay, maybe I did but only 3 times. Those bugs were scary!


Lisa said...

Great halloween spirit. I love the little pirate cap on the feline. Hope all is well.

Rue said...

Hi Barbara :)

Thank you so much for your visit and sweet comment.

Your friend's home is fantastic! I loved our tour guides too ;)


Malphi said...

I'm in the mood for spook night now, it's getting bigger every year in the UK,

FrenchGardenHouse said...

B~ what fun! Thank Vince for the tour, he's a great guide.:)

xo Lidy

Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

Love Mo's pirate outfit. . .Argh!