Halloween 2009: The Wedding Banquet - Sex & Death
Seven life-sized mannequins, including one of the most expensive home monsters available. A table full of vintage silverware & haunted barware. Boxes of professional quality props from a mall closure. Hovering bats & demons. A medical quality skeleton. A full-sized entry arch decorated with vines.
Those are items that didn't make it into this year's display.
The official theme may be "The Wedding Banquet", but there were many other alternates being bandied about. When high winds and Biblical rains threatened to cancel the display, we were determined that Failure Was Not An Option. Shortage of mannequin limbs? "If the arm fits, wear it." Nothing, and I do mean nothing, could have prepared us for the difficulty or the rewards of pulling off a wedding reception for the undead.
Among the first visitors were some bicycling neighbors whose shocked expressions told us we'd succeeded. People smooched mannequins for that perfect camera phone picture. Our next door neighbor, who is always good for a quip, noted that he normally had to spend several hundred dollars to spend time with ladies who look like the Scarlet Woman. (And, bless his heart, even in our crowded staging area he recognized her child as hers immediately). Approximately ten man hours were needed just to set up the banquet area; the more weather resistant props had gone out in stages over the course of the previous fortnight.
Although your humble scribe missed most of the trick or treaters, those she did meet were treasures. A member of one group was beyond enthusiastic when I correctly recognized a member of his company as V, not Zorro. A relatively young child picked out the Eternal Kiss on the neck of the emerald-clad Vampiress; few of the adults ever do.
Before we proceed to the photos, a moment of silence for a fallen comrade. Edward the Butler came out on the losing end of a battle with the West Wind, and has been rendered permanently comatose. His sacrifice saved the function of other mannequins, and thus was not in vain.
The Happy Couple
The Blushing Bride
The Wedding Banquet:
The Wedding Party
Derf the zombie playboy
The Matron of Honor
The Gift Table. We know what the serpent brought, and that scares us. We don't know what the rat brought, and that scares us even more
The Kids' Table
The Embarassing Uncle
On the Groom's Side:
The Flower Girl: