I was in 8th grade, I would walk past this house everyday on my way
to school. It’s always been known as the “Witch’s House” in Beverly Hills, and
on Halloween night, this was the first house my friends and I wanted to trick-or-treat
at! The crowds gathered on the corner, and a thick fog enveloped the house. Such memories! Today, this iconic house has been lovingly preserved
to maintain its historic charm and quirky curb appeal. It’s now actually owned
by a guy I went to high school with, Michael Libow. Originally known as the
Spadena house, it was moved to this location on Walden Drive in 1924 from the Willat
Studios lot in Culver City, which had previously used it as an office and
dressing room. Michael has updated the home but maintained its storybook quality.
If you’re ever in the neighborhood, be sure to drive by, especially on
is one of my favorite times of the year, so why not go all out and throw an
elegant dinner party for a few of my friends? Setting the table is so fun for
me. It’s like playing dress-up! The first thing I wanted were a few foundation
pieces for the table. I knew I wanted a black and white color scheme with no
scary elements and no orange. From there, I was inspired by a few products from
Oriental Trading. Black and white stripes are so elegant, and I found a really
nice long cotton Striped Runner set at Oriental Trading, perfect! I also got a
set of Spooky Bird Spindles, Feather Place Card Holders, and Black Patterned Wine Glasses to get me started with my table. I was inspired by nature for my table,
so spooky birds, white pumpkins and a little greenery set the tone for this
black and white transferware plates, raffia place mats, and black chalk-painted
chargers look great together for each place setting. I used vintage silver and white
damask napkins to add another elegant touch. The silver-toned feather place card holders have whimsical bat-shaped place cards. And the black wine glasses pull the whole look together!
For the center of the
table, I gathered some subtly colored pumpkins on a glass cake stand, and added
votives, greenery from my garden and a baby owl and baby crow.
I set up a little drink
station on my sideboard with the 3 Spooky Birds that I got from Oriental Trading as the anchors of the space and to add a little drama. A feather wreath I usually hang on the front door gets a new home here over the vintage mirror.
Stewart is the definitive queen of Halloween décor, and this year she has created
a variety of posh and creepy pumpkins.
Snake Infested Pumpkins start with a variety of gray, green or white pumpkins,
metallic gold paint and inexpensive plastic snakes.
create the look of the Spiderweb Etched Pumpkins, you will need an inexpensive
linoleum cutter for carving your pumpkin. That way the orange flesh of the pumpkin shines through, when lit
updates her Mouse Motel this year by using a beautiful gray pumpkin. Round
holes and rubber mice are all you need for this look!
Copper Leaf Pumpkins and gourds will last all the way through Thanksgiving and
look great on your dining room table.
group of lumpy Bumpy Mini Pumpkins are highlighted by custom made copper leaf
leaves. The candlelight hits them just right!
little more black and white Halloween party fun, this time from Country Living Magazine! This is spooky décor that is simple and has vintage style. Black
crows, owls, cobwebs, witch hats and more! All these creepy Halloween props are
set off by an equally ghoulish menu!
another fun recipe to try! This one is Janet Leigh’s Gateau Dore or just old-fashioned vanilla cake. The recipe originally comes from the Dinah Shore Celebrity
Cookbook, a really fun one to check out! Janet Leigh is best remembered for her
performance as Marion Crane in the movie Psycho (1960). She was married actor
Tony Curtis, and they had two children together, Jamie Lee Curtis and KellyCurtis. During their high-profile union, the couple starred in five films
together, my favorite being Houdini. It’s a great one to watch on halloween!
Anyways, this yummy cake can be baked for any occasion and can be dressed up
with different frostings and fruits, to suit your mood. Of course, paired with ice cream, it's a classic. Try it out and let me
know what you think!
our cake decorated with a few white pansies and ferns from the garden. Try this
easy recipe for vanilla buttercream frosting. Perfect for a simple gathering of friends