As is customary at this particular time of year, in October 2013 we organized a spooky storytelling event, designed to give attendees goose bumps the size of bloodshot eyeballs.
The afternoon's entertainment was provided by Xanthe Gresham who speaks like a woman spitting semi precious jewels from her mouth.
Guests were treated to a culinary Odyssey by gastronomer Connie Viney. Her beautiful, rainbow cake had more layers than there are mattresses in Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale about the Princess & the Pea! Each tier was covered in brightly coloured flowers & delicate 'Day of the Dead' sugar skulls. On top of this edible feast sat a red & white striped circus tent, whose mechanical parts moved when you turned a small silver handle.
The walls inside the Mexican venue, Mezcal Cantina, were decorated with colourful skull motifs whilst phantoms circulated with deadly cocktails including Poison Apple Punch, Zombies Blood & Witches Brew.
The room was filled with large sumptuous pumpkins, which were soon transformed into grimacing gargoyles. First prize in our carving competition – why a year's supply of pumpkin pie, of course!