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Welcome to the Annual Halloween Party Wiki: your one stop shop for photos/videos from previous parties, recipes of some foods served, tee shirt designs, and upcoming plans as well as a FAQ for folks that can't seem to figure out what exactly a multi-day party encompasses.
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If there's something you'd like to know about or see here, let the host and hostess know.
-The Hosts, emeriti.
Dates and Location
- 2023 - Wednesday 25 October through Sunday 29 October.
The address is:
Please visit https://www.wilburtoninn.com/battenkill-mansion to get a sense for what the rental location is like.
All overnight guests will be given complimentary earplugs in case they wish to try to sleep through revelry.
The house opens at 4pm on Wednesday, and they kick us out at 11am on Sunday.
Things for 2023
- Food ideas:
- Pizza on Saturday was a good idea, but we need to help the pizza people out :)
- Move tacos to Friday?
- Things to remind people of:
- Roll up a D&D character before hand, or DMs come with a set of pre-rolls (co-ordinate via slack?)
- Clean up crew sign up list (this wasn't a problem, but would be nice to do)
- When we arrive, run both dishwashers on the self-clean cycle along with a cup of white vinegar in the top rack
- Things to bring:
- The box that rory took home w/ knives, etc.
- Oven mitts
- Sheet pans
- A bunch of dish towels
- A sharp bread knife
- Power squids/strips
- Things to buy from the supermarket the day we arrive (shit we always end up using):
- Just an absolute shitload of cans of seltzer - plain, raspberry-lime, lemon, lime. I mean like a total of twenty 12-packs
- Unsalted butter, at least 16 sticks
- Paper towels - 12 rolls
- Sponges - 3 pack
- Whole milk - 1 gallon (preferably Organic Valley)
- Eggs - 36
- Bacon - 5 pounds
- Dish soap
- Dishwashing detergent pods, something high strength
- 12 pack of dove sensitive skin soap bars (for the rooms' showers
- King Aurthor all-purpose flour
- Half and Half
- Trash bags
- Active dry yeast (1 strip of 3 envelopes)
- Kosher salt (1 box)
- Dark brown sugar
- Cape Cod potato chips (plain)
- 20 lbs of ice
- Kitchen inventory photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/xv29RNhGYMuNVRGy6
Fundraising (a.k.a. How the heck are we paying for this venue?)
20% (as of 20230519)
At 2013's party, the Hosts announced that, given the inability of everyone to stay at the same house for the length of the party, that it was time for us to move the party to a larger venue.
This does mean that we are asking for donations to help cover the rental cost. Based on some back-of-the-envelope calculations on what people have been paying to rent hotel rooms, rooms at bed-and-breakfasts, and houses, we think renting this location will end up being cheaper overall, AND allow us to all be under one roof for the duration of the party.
Please don’t think this is a pay-to-play situation. The Hosts have been very concerned about that idea for years because we acknowledge financial realities. If you can contribute to this cause, please do, but even if you can't, you should still come! If we have the same number of people attend this year’s party, and if people pay what they paid for hotels at previous H-Parties, we should be able to hit our financial goal.
grahams has volunteered to be in charge of the financials, and you can donate funds using paypal, cash, or check:
Words of Wisdom
'And ye harm none do what thou wilt'
Keep in mind, however, that there might be small children around some of the time. Along those lines:
- There are various signs up helping with behavior choices.
- No slipping minors candy, alcohol, drugs or even juice (without clearing it past parents).
- When in doubt, ask the Hosts or a representative of the Hosts(Moarloks)
Three bowls do I mix for the Temperate:
- One to health--which they empty first--the second to love and pleasure, the third to sleep. When this bowl is drunk up, wise guests go home.
- The fourth bowl is ours no longer, but belongs to violence,
- the fifth to uproar,
- the sixth to drunken revel,
- the seventh to black eyes,
- the eighth is the policeman's,
- the ninth belongs to biliousness,
- and the tenth to madness and the hurling of furniture.
-Eubulus, 375BCE, writing on wine.
RSVP - (Please give projected arrival time and sleeping arrangements)
Please RSVP via email as soon as possible as much planning has to occur to pull this party off.
COVID precautions should encompass being fully updated on vaccinations if possible and if you are in a situation that puts you at a high risk of infection beforehand consider testing before arrival.
|There is a Slack channel available for communications leading up to and during the party. If you have an ice-nine.org email address, you can sign yourself up for the Imaginary Bridges Slack group here. Otherwise, email grahams and he'll send an invite to whichever email address you prefer.|
List of Activities and Things to Expect
Halloween Party Music
If you play an instrument that is roughly portable, people will want to make music with you. For song ideas and suggestions you should see at:
- The HParty Music Page
- The Noble Rot Songbook (PDF) (also available on github, ping AdamF for access)
Important note: Sophus is on a special diet. If you want him to be able to eat something, foods must comply with what is found on dropbox.
The management would like to better arrange the food situation for the party. The set up will be the following. If you are interested in fixing a particular dish or even a whole meal, you sign up for a particular time slot. We will need main chefs for meals and helper bees. No one person will be allowed to be a main chef for more than one full day of cooking, or more than three meals. When you sign up for service, you can declare a bunch of dishes you choose to cook, or you can wing it with local produce you find and choose to use. So sign up and give as much info or as little as you choose. If you plan to cook certain dishes, food may be purchased ahead of time if you tell us what you'll need.
Recipes We Liked
- Good Eats Fried Chicken
- Cook's Country Ultimate Cinnamon Buns; note we use King Arthur All Purpose Flour at 120g to the cup (conversion per their chart)
- Kaddo (Afghan pumpkin dish)
- Roast Pork and Fennel Salad
- Pots. Things for soups, sauces, rice, etc ~~STH 2022.10.27
- Steel wool ~~STH 2022.10.27
- Voice activated timers for kitchen ~~STH 2022.10.27
- Can opener ~~STH 2022.10.29
- kitty wine
Mom's Attic Inventory
Past is Prologue
Post Party Wrap up
What worked? What didn't? Help plan for the next one!
- 2022 - Wednesday 26 October through Sunday 30 October
- 2019 - Wednesday 30 October through Sunday 3 November
- 2018 - Wednesday 31 October through Sunday 4 November
- 2017 - Wednesday 25 October through Sunday 29 October
- 2016 - Wednesday 26 October through Sunday 30 October
- 2015 - Wednesday 28 October through Sunday 1 November
- 2014 - Wednesday October 29th through Sunday November 2nd
- 2013 - Wednesday October 30th through Sunday November 3rd
- 2012 - Wednesday October 24th through Sunday October 28th
- 2011 - Wednesday October 26th through Sunday October 30th
- 2010 - Wednesday October 27th through Sunday October 31st
- 2009 - Wednesday October 28th through Sunday November 1st
- 2008 - Wednesday October 29th through Sunday November 2nd
- 2007 - Thursday October 25th through Sunday October 28th
- 2006 - Thursday October 26th through Sunday October 29th
- 2005 - Thursday October 27 through Sunday October 30th
- 2004 - Thursday October 28 through Sunday October 31st
- 2003 - Friday October 31 through Sunday November 2nd
Shirts from previous parties
Media from previous parties
Each year, the party generates an a diverse array of images, music and video. You can look at previous year's media here.