No "El Tri-co-tri" for you!

My mom calls.

"Van a ir al tri-co-tri?" She's asking if the kids are going out and Trick or Treating.

El Tri-co-tri. You have to say it phonetically, TREE-COH-TREE. It's what Trick or Treat sounds like with a Cuban accent. The "El" is just to make it grammatically correct. 

El Tri-co-tri. Noun. (Or verb?) The act of dressing up and begging for candy from your neighbors. (Must be a verb.)

No, I sigh. I think they're too old for El Tri-co-tri.

But I love the decorations and I love a good party. And one of them suggested a Nightmare Before Christmas Theme and then it kind of took on a life of its own.

I was in charge of food and decorations, because that's what I do best, but that's not important right now.

I decided to do it all in Tim-Burtony-inspired black and white.

I created the Nightmare Before Christmas silouettes as Photoshop Brushes and pasted them onto paper plates. I think they look very cool if you don't get too close.

Halloween subway sign

I went to a local thrift store and grabbed some black picture frames which made me happy because I was feeling lazier than usual and didn't feel like painting them. (I know. Shut up.)

Then I made the Halloween Subway Art in Photoshop and just printed it out to fit the 8 x 10 frame.

Halloween subway sign closeup

And I messed with a photo of our black cat, Bastet. I really like the look in her eyes.

The cat bastet

I painted some pumpkins with black acrylic paint, because again, I was too lazy to carve them. (Don't judge me.)

Black pumpkin on stand

And voila! Insta-Halloween decorations! *takes bow* 

Black & white Halloween hutch

Here's Jonathan explaining what they decided to do instead of El Tri-co-tri.

It makes me happy to see them all dressed up and having fun.  

Sally and Jack Skellington:

Sally & Jack Skellington

Amy Kikita as a Golden Goddess. Here she is in her Divine Form:


The Mayor and the Corpse Bride:

Bri and Nathan

Edward Scissorhands (pretty awesome, no?):

Edward Scissorhands

Lock, Shock, and Barrel:

Lock Shock and Barrel

Victoria (the live bride from the Corpse Bride):


Here they all are in all their black and white glory:

The gang

So, a good time was had by all, and even if they didn't get to go do "El Tri-co-tri..."

They did get to enjoy some fabulous Cuban food. ;-)

Empty pot

Japi Jalouin! Have fun with El Tri-co-tri!