Haute Halloween

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hanging skeleton, Slim PaleySlim Paley photo

This ghoulish fellow caught my eye as I was driving home from Ojai yesterday

I just loved his macabre farming equipment

black cape, Halloween

Cape Agnes B, Dress Vivienne Westwood Gold Label

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black crow, slimpaley.comSlim Paley Photo

Happy Halloween Eve All!

I have lots of Treats and NO Tricks for you so get your pillowcases ready!

PS. OK I know my photo is just a crow, not a Raven, but I think he’s striking a rather “Ravenesque” pose so please, work with me here ;

But the raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only,
That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
Nothing further then he uttered – not a feather then he fluttered -
Till I scarcely more than muttered `Other friends have flown before -
On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before.’
Then the bird said, `Nevermore.’

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From The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

In entirety here; The Raven  (1845)

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Gabrielle Kiss earrings.

Gabriella Kiss earrings

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Nyasha Matonhodze

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TRUE! –nervous –very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?

From “The Tell Tale Heart” also by Poe

Poor Poe…

Haider Ackermann.

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Black Widow martini

(Sorry- I’ve lost the credit. But I like a person who measures in gluggs. especially when it comes to cocktails)

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Mummy Martini, Absolut Vodka

Remember this?

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Gareth Pugh

If you bought this too and we’re going to the same event, Callsies!

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Alexander McQueen

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photo via Vogue

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Alexander McQueen

Someone’s turning into a pumpkin…

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and has the shoes to go with…

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Haider Ackermann

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black & orange no bake cheesecake cookies

Find the No Bake recipe on Chocolate Shavings  

So easy a corpse could not bake them.

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.black cat shoes

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Adapted from Betty Crocker

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sexy pumpkins

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.Grown Up Halloween Table

A darkly sophisticated table setting

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Alexander McQueen

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black lace pumpkin

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McQueen

black lace votive

OK,  I could make these!

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photo Steven Meisel

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Steven Meisel (2003)

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bride of Frankenstein

Frankenstenia 

Not sure what it says about me, but I could have stayed on this website for hours. My parents used to put me to bed very, very early on weekend nights so I could get up at midnight to watch all the old horror films on “Nightmare Theatre” by myself.

 Strange child.

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.Gothic GlamourPhoto Zhang Jingna

Skull clutch, Alexander McQueenAlexander McQueen

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Haunted Hotel Georgia Martini

The Haunted Hotel Georgia Cocktail 

via Lola’s LA

“This is one of our new Fall / Halloween Martinis …all are an homage to Haunted Hotels. This is my personal fav!! It is a delightful old school mix of almond, orange and nutmeg with a frothy egg white top, so it is light,  yet carries those distinct Fall flavors .. yum !!” Lola

adapted from Hotel Georgia, circa 1945    

Ingredients:

1 egg white

1.75oz plymouth gin

.75oz lemon juice

.5 oz orgeat syrup (we use Giffard brand)

6 drops of orange blossom water

Method:

beginning with the egg, combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
Shake the mixture briefly. (dry shake)
Add ice and shake vigorously.  Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a chilled cocktail glass.
grate some nutmeg onto top of drink. Enjoy.

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I can’t seem to remember where I found these hEYE-ball glasses :)

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black & white hand painted pumpkins

Hand painted pumpkins
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GHOST!! Slim PaleySlim Paley Photo

Also snapped on the way home from Ojai yesterday

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flying batTumblr

PS.  Now I hate to regurgitate…

but for newer Slim Paley readers who’ve never been Trick or Treating with me before,

A few links to Halloween Posts past;

FRANKENSTEIN Was the Only No-Show

We’re Getting Close!

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Movies, Monsters & What Will I Wear?

moving bat.

Be Afraid.  Be Very Afraid.

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35 Comments

  1. Love, love, love the use of fishnet stockings with the pumpkins! Dang, why didn’t I think of that? Speaking of Halloween……I’m in New Orleans this weekend and I wish you could see some of the costumes. Enough said…..

  2. LOVE this one! All of it! The delicious fruits of the shadow.
    Last night we had a party/gig – come as a dead celeb
    6 Cleopatra, 2 Audrey’s 3 Amy Winehouse in which I was one – and the secret to that big hair feeling – a small balloon – crazy but true xx anyway has FB this SP blog – thanks again x

  3. This post was “Boo-tiful!!!” I’m not even a Halloween buf (I know, boo) but you..almost…won me over. Fab photos (AND recipes, too!) franki

  4. Love the photos of the vomiting pumpkins – a Halloween classic! So clever wish I had thought of it … great post Slimkie! As you know we loooooooooooooove Halloween in our house. Happy Haunting everyone.

  5. ooh… love the designers who make women into dark, glamorous insects!
    very nice for surprising husband in a total fantasy evening… starting with
    a yummy haunted hotel georgia martini… be afraid dear hub, be very afraid…
    you like scary movies? i like bats. always have. they have a terribly bad rep.
    they’re really very cute. thanks for the picture of one. and like the “raven” too!
    cheers wicked slim,
    tammy j

  6. It’s incredible how you access this plethora of the perfect photos for the “blog of the moment”. Totally FAB!
    I must say,…I’m thinking of covering my white pumpkins with black lace, such a”very grownup” and sophisticated Halloween look (now that I’m an empty nester :-))

  7. Love the McQueen collection. So beautiful and yet oddly, mournful for our departed “Lee,” McQueens nickname. A different kind of Lee. Not Poe. Not Annabel, just Lee McQueen.

  8. Oh, the black widow, she is a beauty. I will have to try that one. I think I need the orange AM shoes for my plantar fachanitus (SP?) What fun!!

    Love the rusting farm equipment and spooky scenes from Oajai.

    Stop by the market it to see how easy it is to make a creamy cloud of homemade cream cheese, add some herbs and garlic and you have a ghoulish green Boursin cheese to serve up {or keep for yourself}!! Happy Halloween.

  9. EAT, DRINK AND DRESS SCARYYYYYYY! Great post as well as getting to read your old posts!! The story of the bat was hilarous and your skill writing it made me able to visualize the entire episode!! Happy Halloweeny to you!

  10. Halloween is my birthday, and they really don’t do it up down here Downunder, so you can imagine how happy I was to be reminded of the amazing times I’ve had throughout the years celebrating my day on this day…….when I was little I couldnt understand why EVERYONE always wore costumes on my birthday!?
    thanks for the, as always, perfect words and imagines.

  11. I have to brush the snow off my pumpkin today so I can carve it. Would you believe it’s a snow day (no school) here? I might need a few of those Black Widows today…Thanks for making me smile this morning! (And every time I read your posts!) Happy Halloween!

  12. Hi Slim, You always get me thinking…
    Question: Does all the alcohol in the Haunted Hotel Georgia Cocktail kill off any salmonella that might be lurking in the raw egg whites?
    Question: While revisiting your 10/31/2010 post, I noticed that the kitchen in the 1968 film Rosemary’s Baby has white cabinets, Carrara Marble counters and white subway tile backsplashes. Could this be the subliminal inspiration for all those white kitchens that we all love so much now?
    Question: Where can I get some black lace stockings to swathe my pumpkins tout de suite!
    Still having fun, Ruth

  13. Hi I just came across your blog and the Hallloween entry (way late for the party), both of which are fabulous! I wanted to point out that the black model with the Raven “hat” is not in fact Naomi Campbell, she’s Nyasha Matonhodze.

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  15. More than any other holiday, Halloween makes me miss my kids —- the jointly designed and constructed costumes, the haunted houses they built to raise money for their schools, and especially, ‘saved you a Snickers, Mom’ — not because I love candy, but because it was their favorite, too. Your blog brought it all back, Slim. Thanks.

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