Weeks of planning and designing=one fun Nancy Drew Halloween party! The local AZ Sleuths wanted to see my Nancy Drew collection, so we decided to have a Halloween party on Friday, October 30. The theme was the 21st Nancy Drew book, The Secret in the Old Attic. I tried to recreate the attic on the front porch complete with items mentioned from the book: trunk, wardrobe with skeleton, cobwebs, spiders, old bottles, sheet music, an old table, hat boxes, a Currier & Ives print and so forth. The Nancy Drew silhouette is featured prominently in the front window.
Inside in the dining room, we had tables set up with vintage Halloween party collectibles and lots of goodies. Take a moment to weed through all the photos from our party from the set up of the porch to the end result and the party festivities plus my Old Attic goodies I gave out the next evening on Halloween to all the trick or treaters!
Spooky Spiders & Webbing in front side window
Spiders light the way on this outside light
It began with a wardrobe - made from 2 cardboard boxes which were painted brown
Nancy Drew silhouette pumpkin
Silhouette pumpkins by the front door
Poster of Old Attic - Tandy illustration
Skeleton in the Wardrobe & Lots of Spider Webs!
The Attic is Taking Shape with Spooky Footprints!
Might there be a secret behind the wardrobe?
Maybe something hidden in the wardrobe?
Footprints from Martha Stewart Crafts Line, sold here
Old Attic Nappi Cover Poster to set the theme
An old suitcase doubles for the trunk and a candle nearby
Battery operated old-time candle found at Michaels, good for photo op
Lots of sheet music, part of our party game
The Secret in the Old Attic Party Banner
Crepe Streamers, Orange Lanterns, and Vintage Collectibles
Group Photo in front of the collection!
Everyone checking out the collection spanning nearly 80 years!
Red Velvet Cupcakes with Nancy Drew Old Attic Picks
Cream Cheese Peanut Butter Ball & Ginger/Chocolate Cookies
Old Attic mystery hunt: Letters on spiders unscrambled to spell W A R D R O B E
Mini Old Attic books to be found in wardrobe as prizes
Spiders with letters on sheet music - we hunted for sheet music like Nancy in the book!
Our Nancy Drew Halloween Treat Bag Exchange!
Pumpkin Basket with book covers and lots of ribbons and treats!
Neat Old Attic bag
Another Old Attic bag with image above and silhouette below:
Iron On Transfer Bag with treats!
Neat Mysterious Letter Collage Frame!
Dede, Gail, and Judy brought me this neat Halloween/Nancy Drew decorated pail shown above and below:
HALLOWEEN NIGHT TREATS:
I made nearly 200 goody bags for the kids featuring Nancy Drew & the Hardy Boys stickers - And ran out of them! Normally we have around 130 to 150 kids, this year over 200! WOW! Or as George would say, HYPERS!
Little Kids got candy and play-doh plus a bookmark for the girls!
Inexpensive Jack O' Lantern buckets lit up with battery operated tea-lights make the perfect lanterns to line your walkway!
Nancy Drew silhouette hurricane next to Old Attic poster
Just before dark, the scene becomes more spooky!
This Halloween was lots of fun and using the Old Attic theme was easy to do. Maybe this will inspire you to decorate your homes next year with a Nancy Drew theme! The kids squealed and were delighted with the theme and the goody bags. When I was a kid, I loved getting the treat sacks, so I like to do that for the kids at Halloween!