This year we decided to do a theme for decorating and dressing up. The theme we could all agree on was Studio Ghibli. We love all the movies and watch them often.
Here are the decorations:
First up, I took some round black tissue decorations and added some google eyes to make soot sprites. We hung these from the ceiling.
Instead of the traditional scarecrow we made a Turniphead scarecrow.
We made a No Face figure to stand in the corner on our porch.
And then we had the kodama or tree spirits. We made as many as we could in our short period of time and put them all over the front yard.
We even put some on the roof.
A pumpkin carved with a figure of Teto.
A pumpkin with Turniphead.
A pumpkin with Totoro carved.
And the rest of the decorations. The chalkboard above was placed right by the front door.
This chalkboard was on the other side of the door.
The top of the door.
Just inside the front door.
On top of our school shelf.
The dining room. This table was used for food.
And above the kitchen sink.
Right outside the dining room, in the backyard we had a drink station.
The tables for eating.
On the back lawn we set up the movie screen. We also put out some blankets to sit on. The screen was also visible from the eating tables.
Last, but not least our costumes. Jack dressed as Lord Yupa from Naussica.
I dress as Calcifer from Howl's Moving Castle. :) We had friends near and far join in with us and dress like their favorite Miyazaki character such as: Porco Rosso, San, Totoro, Naussica, and Arriety. We had a fun time and are thinking of carrying the theme over for next year. Which means we have all year to make more kodama!