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Dadja's Halloween Party 2011: Night of the Exorcist

Postby Dadja » Mon Sep 05, 2011 8:25 am

It's September! Best start planning! My invitation is finished a bit earlier than other years. This year's theme:

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I'm still looking for ideas as decorations go. So your input is most welcome. I will be dressed as a priest (of course), I have some crosses lying around and of course I'll be wearing the wonderful pendant CorpseBride made me...

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But as said: all ideas are welcome!
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Postby Zombie Pumpkins! » Mon Sep 05, 2011 8:53 am

Great theme, great invitation and great pendant too! As for decorations... well, I can think of one ZP pumpkin pattern that might be a good addition to your theme. :lipssealed:
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Postby mesmark » Mon Sep 05, 2011 9:04 am

Dadja - Looks great! But make sure you change the date to 2011 :D

Seems pretty open as far as decorating. Would you want more of a church theme or an asylum?
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Postby Dadja » Mon Sep 05, 2011 9:05 am

mesmark wrote:Dadja - Looks great! But make sure you change the date to 2011 :D


This is why I always post it here first :D Thx!
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Postby monstermash » Mon Sep 05, 2011 6:09 pm

Zombie Pumpkins! wrote:Great theme, great invitation and great pendant too! As for decorations... well, I can think of one ZP pumpkin pattern that might be a good addition to your theme. :lipssealed:


Don't even tease about such things ryan, I almost fainted when I read that!

Dadja, thats a brilliant theme for a party, I'm imagining a lot of pea soup!
I will have a think about decoration ideas and get back to you. Also watch the films back for some prop ideas. Some of the Omen films might have some good demonic/exorcist ideas too.
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Postby zombombie » Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:00 am

Looks great Dadja!

I often think I'd like to do a theme for my Halloween parties but then I worry that people would feel limited. Have you found that to be the case or do most people really take to it?

Does anyone else do themed parties?
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Postby Dadja » Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:06 am

I never 'enforce' the theme for my Halloween party, guest don't even have to dress up. In August I always have a big themed party where I do ask people to dress according to the theme. And I don't want to make them get a costume twice in a little over two months...

In August most people follow the theme pretty good. People who come for the first time don't really know what to expect, but from the second year everyone goes full out. Then again, it may also have something to do with the fact I live in the city where there's one of the biggest carnivals in Europe, so people are used to dressing up here.

And even for Halloween when I don't ask for costumes, some people still do...
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Postby zombombie » Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:24 am

Cool. I think I'd go the same route if I were to theme a party. Make it more about the drinks, food and decorations rather than the costumes :)
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Postby Zombie Pumpkins! » Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:26 am

Any religious imagery should work well with this theme. I'm reminded of the statue of Virgin Mary that was defaced in The Exorcist. You probably don't want to go that extremely sacrilegious, but slightly altered images are effective. The zombie Jesus pendant is a perfect example.

A general exorcism theme will give you more freedom, but if you want to draw some ideas specifically from the classic movie, The Exorcist, a few things come to mind.

Of course there's this classic image of the priest arriving at the house, bathed in light. You invitation seems designed to mimic this, so nice job there.

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To take this silhouette idea further, you could hide a light behind something (your bar, a box, a pumpkin) and aim the light toward a wall, with a cut-out shape in front of it. Cast a cross-shaped shadow on the wall?

Of course, this can also be done by cutting out the shape on the back of the pumpkin, and placing it near a wall so the light will form the shape behind the pumpkin.

Or if you wanted to go even deeper with the mythology of the movie, there's always the statue of Pazuzu, one of the demons that possessed Regan in the film. Even appeared in her room, again silhouetted.

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Speaking of Regan's demons...

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I ran across this wall sculpture in my web travels. I can't find anywhere to purchase it, but wouldn't it also be perfect for your party theme? I'd love to have this on my wall.

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And speaking of silhouettes... as Queen might say....

"I see a little silhouetto of a man"

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Postby Dadja » Tue Sep 06, 2011 11:22 am

Great tips! Wall sculpture is amazing :)

Don't worry, I don't mind being sacrilegious, keep it coming :)
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Postby staticfurball » Tue Sep 06, 2011 11:48 am

And speaking of silhouettes... as Queen might say....

"I see a little silhouetto of a man"




Hah, that looks awesome!! :lol:
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Postby blueikaos » Thu Sep 08, 2011 8:55 am

And speaking of silhouettes... as Queen might say....

"I see a little silhouetto of a man"



haha, awesome!
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Postby monstermash » Mon Oct 03, 2011 7:01 pm

Hows the search for props and decorations coming Dadja?? Are you making plenty of pea soup? :lol:
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Postby Dadja » Tue Oct 04, 2011 1:35 am

Haven't done anything yet :| no time :cry:
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Postby Dadja » Sun Oct 16, 2011 5:53 am

As a quick update as to how preparations are going: nothing is happening!

I have been so busy with work the past few weeks, that I haven't found the time to do anything, the bar looks like a war zone, as does my apartment at the moment.

For the past few weeks I've taken over part of my co-worker's job, along with mine, resulting in 10-hour days (not including driving to and from work), I've been reading the forum on the train on my phone, but haven't been posting much because it's not that easy on the bloody phone. Luckily, my colleague returns tomorrow, but on Wednesday I'm off on a three day trip with my students. The week after that some of my other students have an exam (which I still have to make and afterwards correct), so looks like all Halloween preparations will have to take place in the weekend before Halloween...
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