It was one of his very favorite holidays.
Their first halloween – was it only a year ago now? – had been marked by something of a dispirited fete. The vampire gala they’d been so looking forward to had, in the end, been a formal affair – to the point of painfulness, where their festive quips about torture and titillation had drawn the ire of the coterie there. No matter: another year, another chance to celebrate, this time in a style to which they were accustomed. But first? First, there had to be invitations.
Naturally, the elder vampire had set the fledgling – and his ghoul – to the task. “Cobwebs and bats. Lots of bats.”
Lighting alone had taken near an hour; by the time the ghoul was finished snapping pictures, four or five hours later, the elder’s mood had gone decidedly south. “Honestly, you’d think you’d never worked in daguerrotype before.” Still… after trial and error, more wasted plates than he cared to acknowledge, they seemed, at last, to have a reasonable base for the invitation.
Festivities were afoot.
Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays – I think it comes from my love of masquerades as much as my appreciation for autumn in general – and over the past couple of years I’ve found myself getting into Halloween roleplay with my characters. Last year found my vampire, his (then) ghoul, and his blood doll all stuck at a party he largely considered dead (pun intended) – so this year he’s decided to take matters into his own hands. Disaster, I suspect, is nigh.
As for the pieces here, there’s a smattering of gothy/spooky pieces from a bunch of events across the grid right now. My vampire’s boots are a new release from C L A Vv., out at Genre’s “Androgyny” themed round (they come in brown, black, and maroon, and they’re unrigged so everyone can work them). The hat is a piece I found at a benefit event for Mental Health America, being held at Soundproof – there are some gachas, exclusives from a bunch of creators, and a portion of the proceeds go to a very worthy cause. Two new pieces – a cane from Souzou Eien and the spectacles from .random matter. – are from the recent round of Totally Top Shelf, which has tons of victorian-ish, seasonal creations up; I’m not entirely sure of the theme but if you bedazzled (and decapitated) Edgar Allen Poe, you’d probably be somewhere near the mark. And for those who are into more… adult play, I should note that the tops of the SE canes are… more than a little suggestive (whether the creator intended them to or not). Use your imagination when you get there – you’ll see what I mean.
Last but definitely not least – Kuro and Consignment released a DIY Halloween decoration kit at Kustom9, and it’s easily one of my new favorite holiday decoration sets. While I don’t have out some of the actual crafting pieces – supplies, a treat bag – or all of the various decor bits, just the ones that I included for shadows here should give a good indication of how detailed the (gacha, I should note) set is.
On the Vampire:
Hairbase: Tableau Vivant – Nyoki hairbase
Skin: Elysium – Jon skin
Eyes: #adored – cloud eyes (soot)* (out now at Mystic Realms Faire)
Pants: Pumpkin – Skintight pants
Hat: Death Row Designs – tophatspider (out now at Soundproof’s benefit for Mental Health America)
Glasses: .random.Matter. – Bram Glasses (out now at Totally Top Shelf)
Necklace: Sad Harlekin – Anniana Rune Necklace (Black)* (@ MRF)
Coat: ::K:: – Wrap Coat Homme (out now at FaMESHed)
Shoes: C L A Vv. – Platform Boots I* (out now at Genre)
Cane: Souzou Eien – Dapper Cane (@ TTS)
Pose: Elephante Poses – Under Your Spell
Kuro & [Con.] – [DIY HALLOWEEN] set (Paper Owl Tree, Paper Bat, Cardboard RIP)* (out now at Kustom9)
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