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Consider a Halloween Altar When Decorating For October!

Halloween altar, Halloween decorating ideas, Big Seance

 

What kind of mood would you like to create?

For last year’s Halloween Altar and more information about them, visit A New Spin On Your Halloween Altar and Decorations. I really tried to keep what I liked from last year and make some improvements. I’ve always wanted to time travel to the late 1800s and early 1900s to hang out with the Victorians, so in my eyes, my altar is meant to kick the atmosphere of Halloween spookiness up a notch… with a historical flair! The altar is really two surfaces in my dining room, the buffet (seen below) and the dining room table. The most noticeable additions are the two candelabras that I purchased at World Market. I LOVE THEM! If looking up close, you’ll realize their quality might not make them great for all year round, but perfect for this occasion! A special thanks goes out to Karen A. Dahlman for spotting them for me. She knew what I was looking for. With the added candles (which you KNOW I love), I decided to ditch the lamps and candle sticks that I used last year.

 

Halloween Altar, Halloween decorating ideas, Big Seance

 

Something else that makes a big difference in the feel of the altar, is the addition of the Ashland brand artificial flowers from Michaels, which were 50% off.  You’ll notice there is also a vase of flowers on the dining room table. I really feel that it helps to balance out the presence of the skulls and my sitting skeleton. Some may say those things are borderline tacky… but maybe I’m borderline tacky. I love it! Halloween is such a mix of culture, traditions, and history. And now it’s mostly secular and just FUN! There are certainly “tackier” Halloween Altars out there. 

An especially nerdy addition to the altar, are pages from things like the Dennison Bogie Books and other magazines from the early 1900s. These are spread throughout the house, actually. I printed them in color on cream-colored card stock (and then trimmed them), so the yellowed antique look from the photos make them look vintage. Many of the pages I printed come from the 1920 issue and can be viewed in its entirety on PublicDomainReview.org. So it turns out my Halloween Altar can also be a history lesson.

 

Halloween Altar, Halloween decorating ideas, Big Seance

Halloween Altar, Halloween decorating ideas, Big Seance

 

The woman framed above, as well as the gentleman framed on the opposite side of the buffet, were also 50% off at Michaels, and if you look closely while walking by, their images change from a stately appearance to a skeleton. The decorative leaves, which I used last year as well, are also from Michaels.

 

Halloween Altar, Halloween decorating ideas, Big Seance

Halloween Altar, Halloween decorating ideas, Big Seance

 

Like last year, I had a lot of fun searching for vintage photos and Halloween artwork. Most of the framed photos are from last year. I just printed them on paper and framed them in cheap frames that I picked up at both Walmart and Target, I believe. Several of the framed photos are placed in other areas in the house as well. The additional photos and artwork that I added this year include old photos of trick-or-treaters, costume parties, and just some flat-out bizarre and creepy moments captured in photographs. These were printed on the same cream-colored card stock that I mentioned earlier. For most of them, I trimmed around the photo, leaving a white (cream, actually) frame on the outside. Some of them I glued to black card stock backing to stand out.

 

Halloween Altar, Halloween decorating ideas, Big Seance

Halloween Altar, Skeleton, Halloween decorating ideas, Big Seance

 

Will you give a Halloween Altar a try this year? 

What will yours look like? What mood will it set? Please contact me if you try one… or even if you find other interesting altars or decorations out there!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Psychic Skill Items Revealed!

Psychic Skill Items Revealed! This is a photo I took the evening of the original blog post, and the items have remained in these exact places since then.

 

For the previous post, where I introduced the exercise, visit Fun with Psychic Skill!

 

The Brick

The item on the left is a brick from the Lexington High School/Middle School that I, along with several generations of my family, attended in Lexington, Missouri. I actually attended from the fourth to the eighth grade. The school, which was built in 1927, was demolished ten years ago. I was hoping someone would get some energy from this item.

A photo of the demolition of the old school. This view is of the main entrance on the opposite side of the view you see in the black and white photo above.

 

The Boy with the Fish

The item on the right is a ceramic boy with a fish that was given to me by an uncle when I was little. I’ve always had it somewhere in my room or in my home since then.

 

 

So how did you do?

Sam Crust mentioned an award in his description, which makes me wonder if he could have been seeing the shiny gold plate with inscription glued to the front of the brick. He also mentioned a toy (specifically, Huckleberry Hound), which is a standing character (two legs, arms, facial features, etc.) similar to my boy with the fish. 

Kevin D’Arcy mentioned “ceramic”, which is a good call. I can also see how he may have gotten a “bobble head type figure” from my boy with the fish. 

Paranormalogistically mentioned the characteristics of “square or rectangular” and “box”, which would connect with my brick. I can also see how she could get “bumpy texture like hobnail glass” (which I had to look up to know what it was) with the boy with the fish. She mentioned “keepsake” as well, which I would consider both of these items to be. 

Both Phyllis and Brandie Sellers used the word “box” in their descriptions, connecting them to the brick. 

Randall Keller listed several colors, which you could argue is represented somewhere in both items. He also used the term “rectangular”, connecting it to the brick, and “smooth textures”, connecting it to the boy with the fish. 

 

Shall we try this again sometime? 

I really had fun doing this and I hope you found it interesting… or at least entertaining. I’d love to try it again sometime, would you? And if anyone decides to try this on their own, let me know. I’d love to participate. 

To those who practiced their psychic skill for this exercise, thanks so much! 

 

 


Fun with Psychic Skill!

Inspired by Debbie at Spirits and The Paranormal, I’ve decided I want to have a fun little exercise to test everyone’s psychic skill! Here at Big Séance, these “call to action” posts sometimes bomb. DON’T LET THIS ONE BOMB! It’ll be super fun. Please reply and give it a try! I tried it on Debbie’s page and I was way off!

The Exercise

I’ve placed two objects right here on my desk. They’re sitting to my left as I type. They’re not usually in this location, but they’ve been in my possession for years. This evening I took a picture of these two items on the desk, and it is this picture that I’ll share when I reveal the items on Sunday. I’ll keep these items right here on the desk until we’re done with the exercise. The items don’t necessarily have anything in common with each other, I just thought it would be interesting to try this with two. Can you identify or describe even a few of the characteristics of one or both of the items? 

Give it some thought, close your eyes, meditate, whatever it is that will tune you into my desk and these items.

Some things to think about before replying in the comments… 

    1. What colors do you see?
    2. Are you picking up any energy from either of the items?
    3. What shapes or sizes do you see?
    4. What texture? What materials?
    5. Or just flat-out tell me what the two items are.

 

I’m excited to hear from you! Please be brave and give it a try! Ready GO!

 

The items from this exercise have been revealed! Visit Psychic Skill Items Revealed for more!

 

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