Holidays / LARP

Halloween Decorations: Black and White Mage Masquerade

For the last several years, I have thrown a party for my fellow LARPers (Live Action Role Players) as part of the game closest to Halloween. In the past, it’s been for our Vampire game, which has meant some rather… gory decorations. So this year I jumped at the chance to throw the party for our Mage game instead. I decided to go with an elegant black and white look for the party. I filled it with touches of magic – spell books and potion bottles – and masks.

The party went wonderfully, and the associated game was fun. Here’s a look inside.

Strange faces great guests inside the door, backlit by tea lights.

Strange faces great guests inside the door, back-lit by tea lights.

My cat thinks she's part of the decorations. Hey, at least she matches. Candles and the "bloody crow" on the stair landing.

My cat thinks she’s part of the decorations. Hey, at least she matches. Candles and the “bloody crow” on the stair landing.

Pedestals, pumpkins and skulls in the bay window.

Pedestals, pumpkins and skulls in the bay window.

Happy Halloween on the "Pumpkin Snowman," as Mark named it.

Happy Halloween on the “Pumpkin Snowman,” as Mark named it. And another of our crows.

The living room usually gets the most people hanging out in it. Paper lanterns filled with string lights create unique evening lighting. A divination card set is on the coffee table.

The living room usually gets the most people hanging out in it. Paper lanterns filled with string lights create unique evening lighting.

Want to know your future? This deck only has creepy things to tell you.

Want to know your future? This deck only has creepy things to tell you.

Yes, the skeleton is in a Snuggie. Mark put it on him to make me laugh and, well, it stayed.

Yes, the skeleton is in a Snuggie. Mark put it on him to make me laugh and, well, it stayed.

Yummy black and white treats! And my first time successfully making a layer cake.

Yummy black and white treats! And my first time successfully making a layer cake.

Floral arrangement with masks. Plus, the card cage from my wedding is now a bat cage.

Floral arrangement with masks. Plus, the card cage from my wedding is now a bat cage.

I dressed up the kitchen chandelier with masks, ribbons, lace, and beads.

I dressed up the kitchen chandelier with masks, ribbons, lace, and beads.

Potions on display with a white witch's wardrobe. Next year, I think she needs a good broom.

Downstairs, potions on display with a white witch’s wardrobe. Next year, I think she needs a good broom.

Spell books and skulls on the fireplace mantel.

Spell books and skulls on the fireplace mantel.

This is usually our game table, but Sunday it was a banquet table. Black bottles held white candles, with spiderweb table runner and coasters from Michaels and black plates from Target.

This is usually our game table, but Sunday it was a banquet table. Black bottles held white candles, with spiderweb table runner and coasters from Michaels and black plates from Target.

Another view of the table, with our very full bookcases covered in white curtains.

Another view of the table, with our full bookcases covered in white curtains.

We didn’t have as big of a turn out as I expected, but the party was a success. Here’s looking forward to next year!

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