Sunday, September 6, 2015

Themes Like a Good Idea: Decorating for Clermont's Historic Halloween

Here at Clermont, we love Halloween.  It's a good thing too, because it takes some 10 weeks to plan our vary popular Legends by Candlelight Ghost Tours.  Beginning sometime in August, when almost everyone else is still beach umbrellas and summer vacations, we are already thinking orange and black.  Or red and black.  Or maybe black and white...  It's so hard to choose.

In short, we are already making plans for Halloween.

Decorating the mansion for Halloween takes quite a bit of planning.  You see, we work hard to keep it all looking appropriate for the 1920s, and that means researching the right look and where on earth to get the right products.  Luckily for us, the aesthetic for the 1920s called for tons of crepe paper, streamers, and balloons, all carefully put together to form hanging confections of decoration.

After eight years, we've gotten pretty good at it, and we're starting to get more into it.  Last year, we worked around a Edgar Allen Poe theme with "The Raven."  Quotes posted above doors and windows complemented our many feathered ravens (okay, they were really crows--but it's pretty hard to find affordable decorative ravens right now).

This year, we were inspired by this image:

And voila! our theme is now a Commedia dell'Arte Masquerade with Harlequins, Columbinas, Pierrots--all filtered through the lens of the 1920s.  It turns out these were pretty popular costumes beginning in the first part of the century, and they show up a lot during the period if you know what you're looking at. The diamond motif can be found all over Halloween imagery of the period, and the pom poms, neck ruffs, and masks were usually enough to give the viewer the desired impression.

So now it's just putting our plan into action: finding fabrics and paper, making pom poms and neck ruffles.  There is so much left to do!

*Clermont's Legends by Candlelight Ghost Tours will take place on October 16 & 17, 23 & 24 this year.  Tickets are $10 for adults $5 for children or Friends of Clermont.  Reservations open October 1st.  Call early to get your spot as our tours do fill up!  (518) 537-4240

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