Welcome Guests from A Fanciful Twist!

"Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen
Voices whisper in the trees
Tonight is Halloween..."
~ Anonymous ~

My three aunts have invited me to an Autumn Moon Festival.  Wanda, Melinda and Cassandra let me know that I can bring as many guests as I'd like.  How generous of them.  It's so sad that most people I know (including family) avoid them.  One family member whispered to me that they're real witches.  I think they just get into the Halloween spirit.  No harm in that right?  They have always been really polite to me so I think I'll go.
Won't you come along with me?


Their house has been spruced up for the festivities.  Six giant pumpkins decorate the front.  Lovely pumpkin topiaries decorate their garden. 

Wanda, the eldest of my aunts, wanted me to share that we can go anywhere we want except the forest just beyond this trellis.  Let's heed her warning.  The forest is very dark and seems quite spooky.

There's laughing, the tinkling of glasses and music in the distance but no one seems to be around when we arrive. Wanda says with a wink that some may have sampled her famous brew...
...and others are really shy but not to worry -- just enjoy the treats that she and her sisters have baked for us.  

I definitely going to have a caramel apple and a slice of this Monster of a Cake.  There are pumpkin cookies and a chocolate raspberry cake that is just boo-tiful.

I think I'll get some pumpkin white hot chocolate to go with my desserts.  Later on I'd like to sample the apple cider or if I'm feeling brave some of Wanda's famous brew.  What would you like to have?


Yikes.  I forgot Wanda mentioned there are other guests.  Can you see him?

Here's a better look...  
Wanda says not to mind Fred.  He's a little bashful but don't be frightened of him.

He's certainly friendlier than the wailing banshee in the shed.  You can't pay me enough to go near there.  Do you see the collection of skulls and bones decorating the entrance? 

Did I hear you say that you wanted a closer look at the banshee? 
You can get a closer look.  Don't say I didn't tell you so.

Before it gets too dark, let's thank our gracious hosts and be on our way.  My aunts have magical party favors for us to take.  Pumpkin wands, candy eyeball and gummy skewers, lollipops, satin or velvet pumpkins.  I think I'll have one of each!

Thank you for stopping by!
A very special thanks to Vanessa from A Fanciful Twist for hosting and Ford Farms for their beautiful pumpkin patch :)

Update: Here are the recipes of the treats that I made
Monster of a Cake
Chocolate Raspberry Boo-tiful Cake
Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate

Budget Halloween Centerpiece


  1. what a lovely party!!! i love your cake and all those pumpkins!
    Happy Halloween

  2. love all your decorations and happy Halloween! Take care, Martha

  3. WOW - totally jealous of those enormous pumpkins! Did you grow them yourself? The different colors and patterns of the pumpkins on the topiaries are beautiful :)

    I hope that you have a chance to visit my pumpkin carving party!

    Happy Halloween!

  4. what a fab party, I love the decorations :)
    why not hop over for a spooky tale at my place :
    the more the merrier :)

  5. Delightful and such wonderful decorations!!


  6. Oh, those pumpkins! Never have I seen such happily displayed pumpkins. What a wonderful feast your aunts have prepared. I'll be sure to follow the rules and not go into the forest!

  7. Oh my, what very large pumpkins you (your aunts) have! A delightful party setting!
    Bonne Nuit Designs art doll puppets

  8. Fantastic job on the cake!!

  9. Oh what a darling post and I love all your pumpkins!! Oh your house too!! It looks ever so intriguing. I always wonder what tales walls would tell if only they could. I'm sure yours would have plenty to whisper about ;-).

    xoxo cori

  10. You did amazing!!! I love it!
    Thanks for saying hi!

  11. Love the pumpkin decorations! My party post is http://morticianswife.blogspot.com/2011/10/halloween-tree.html?spref=fb

  12. A lovely party indeed. I'm afraid I'm sort of a rebel and so I did go wander back into the woods. It wasn't scary at all once you get back into the shade. That's where all the laughing was coming from. Many of the guests were in a little open circle of trees, dancing and watching a pumpkin juggler and a ghostly lady on a trapeze! That raspberry cake was delicious, my favorite fruit. I didn't get my party link in on time to be added to Vanessa's sidebar, but please come by to see my party post if you get a chance - http://beachtreasure.blogspot.com/2011/10/halloween-party-post-harvest-tea-party.html

  13. Oh WOW! I LOVE your giant pumpkins - do you grow them yourself?

    I helped myself to some monster cake and took a peek at the Banshee (shiver!). Your aunts are very gracious hostesses!

    Please stop by my place for some halloweenie storytelling and zombie cookies at

    Enjoy the rest of the party! Blessings!

  14. What a wonderful party. Thanks so much for bringing us to your aunts! They sure know how to throw a party!!!

    I loved the decorations! You did a wonderful job:)

    Take care and have a lovely Halloween!


  15. Wow!~! LOVE those pumpkins. Nice party thanks for having me!

    Stop by and visit me if you'd like. I'm having a give away.


  16. HOO! That banshee spooked me! What really is in the woods behind the trellis...? Hehe, it looks really creepy! I love your party, the pumpkin topiaries are SO whimsical it is divine!

  17. Love the party, such wonderful goodies! The ghost cake is so adorable!!

    Happy Halloween!

  18. lovely party! in love with the banshee and those massive pumpkins!!

  19. Thank you for a really lovely party! Your photos were beautiful - I loved all those pumpkins!

    Please feel free to visit my party:

    Enjoy the festivities! :) Theresa

  20. Fun! Fun! Fun! Thanks for sharing - those huge pumpkins are amazing! Please visit my party and please bring a slice of that chocolate monster cake! http://cupcakewishesandbirthdaydreams.blogspot.com/2011/10/fanciful-twist-halloween-party-2011.html

  21. Love those GIANT pumpkins! My arms ache just thinking of carving them : )
    What a festive party. Happy Halloween!

  22. My Gosh!! All those pumpkins piled high makes me smile so wide!!!

    That banshee sure is a scary one...but I'll stay for the pary anyways...those treats are to die for!!

  23. What yummy Halloween treats :-).

    I loved your Screaming Banshee, so cool in a scary way. :-)


  24. Ohhh, this is one of the best parties I've been to so far!! Who can compete with those CAKES?!!

    You are amazingly talented and creative...what an absolute pleasure to find your blog! I'm going to enjoy hanging around here.

    (I so want to go into the forest!!)

    Thank you for sharing and have a wickedly wonderful Halloween!

  25. The treats were beyond delicious ;) And, the farm, a total hit! OH MY GOOOODNESS! Pumpkin heaven me thinks! Love your apple cider dispenser and your cakelove! Thank you so much for hosting a magical halloween visit!

    ♥ Vanessa (A Fanciful Twist)

  26. What a lovely party! Please tell the aunts, thank you so much for having me over.
    I do hope you will come over and bring the aunts with you too!
    I'm having a baby punkin giveaway. : )

  27. Thanks so much for the invite, even though I am under the weather I decided to come, and I am very glad I did, though that banshee scared the socks right off my feet! that Monster of a cake and hot cider fixed me right up! (and I have pinned a few of your recipes, my dear)
    You are a most gracious host, and I will take my leave as to not spread too many germs.

    Take heed, and be well,
    Susan :)

  28. Wowzers! What a fabulous party!
    Those pumpkins are PHENOMENAL!!!!
    And I just love the dessert table. Thanks for inviting me!
    H A P P Y H A L L O W E E N!

  29. That is the best display of pumpkins I have ever seen! Amazing-those giant ones! I enjoyed your party thank you!

  30. What a woundrous party! Happy all hallows eve

  31. Hello Jen,

    Everything looks so lovely and festive! I love all those pumpkins!!

    Thank your aunts Wanda, Melinda and Cassandra for the wonderful party. I’m stuffed from all the goodies and a bit tipsy from the Witch’s Brew and I only had a sip! By the way, I think I startled Fred. I hope he’s still my friend. And I’ll be sure to heed the warning about staying away from the Forest, but secretly, a part of me wants to go in there and explore.

    Did you know that the Wailing Banshee can sing better than me? Not that I can sing of course, but who would’ve thought that she could croon like that? I’m impressed.

    Happy Halloween!

  32. WOW, look at your pumpkins. amazing !!!
    Beautiful party setting, yummie cakes, I had a ball at your party :)
    Come visit mine
    Happy Halloween

  33. wow! Love those pumpkins they are huge! Well decked out! and love the wee poem at the top! Happy Halloween and thx! Please do join us too..


  34. I'd LOVE a monster size piece of the Monster Chocolate cake! lol~ Wow, your post was wonderful, great photos and imagination. Your home is gorgeous! Love how you have decorated the front. The giant pumpkins are So festive~ I had a lovely time. I hope you stop by for tea.

    Happy Halloween!

    This place is the most genuine Halloween SPOOK-TACULAR place I've ever seen! Those pumpkins! The treats! The forest! I love everything!!!!

    Thank you for sharing :D
    Happy Halloween!

    You Have Enchanting Pumpkins, Yummy Treats & Magical PICs.

    Please fly by my party when you can...
    Hauntingly Yours, Lyndy >^..^<

    Princess Diana's Wedding Ring Giveaway & Halloween Party:

  37. what a great party. Love the decorations.
    Did you make that monster of a cake?

  38. I love the pumpkin stacks! What a wonderful party with delicious cakes and tantalizing drinks :)

    <3 Briana


  39. Totally awesome party post!!! The huge... strike that... The mammoth pumpkins are amazing!
    Have a booooo-tiful day,
    Always, Queenie

  40. TY for visiting. I just became your newest follower.

    And looked at the recipe for the cake. It sounds so good.

  41. Lol ONLY 1,000 pounds - craziness! They are going to look killer all lit up - have a great time :)

    Also, the Caramel-stuffed cookies you posted today look amazing! On to the to-try list they go...thanks!

  42. Okay. What is the Three Aunts Secret for growing such GIMONGOUS pumpkins. I need to learn that spell. They are incredible. That banshee. Whew, I wish I wouldn't have taken that closer look... Scary and thank goodness I made it away from there before it got tooooo dark. All the goodies were positively Delicious.
    Please come by and visit for A Mad Halloween Tea party and A Cup or two of Tea...We Would love to have you
    Spells and Wishes
    Wendy from Wonderland
    Ps. I tried to carry one of your pumpkins away with me, but alas, it almost broke my broomstick in half.... hehehehhe

  43. Fun party and great decorations - I want those gigantic pumpkins! Hope you can stop by my enchanted oven for party sweets.

  44. I love your pictures! Sincerest apologies for my delay in thanking you kindly for dropping by my Halloween party post! The skeletons have had dreadful tummy aches and that darn broom took off on its own again :o)

  45. Great Halloween visuals! Wow, the size of those Pumpkins in front of that Grand Home!

    A Halloween Haunting from a very old House in the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian


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