Friday, October 24, 2014

Welcome to The Gothic Circus

Welcome, Dear Friends of The Tearoom
and Happy Halloween to you all!
And, welcome, once again, to my post for 
the wonderful Halloween Blog Party, hosted
by our Dear Friend Vanessa

This year, won't you please follow me,
as we visit a circus of long ago...

Welcome, one and all,
The Gothic Circus...

It's a cold and blustery evening
and the dry leaves rattle,
chattering as they stampede in crispy packs,
over your feet and down the road,
as we walk to the circus.

The tents glow warmly...
I look forward to getting there and having
a warm drink...

The last twinkly tinkles of music come from
the creaky old carousel...

We get our tickets from this beautiful lady
and she gives us directions to the snack tent.
The scent of caramel corn
hazelnut hot chocolate
lead us there...

Thank you, Miss, for showing us to our seats!
How welcoming all of that plush purple
velvet looks!

This is Madame Bellagia, trainer of bats!
As they swoop and flutter their way
through the hoop, their flight in intricate patterns...

Bobo The Juggling Wonder entertains us
by juggling the strangest pieces of fruit
we have ever seen!
Oh!  How they do stare at us!

Madame Violettina, 
the trainer of The Rare Flying Tyger Saffron,
whispers her polite requests to him
and in return,
he politely complies.
The tiny Princess Peony holds the curtain,
fascinated by it all.

Zizzou and Bizzou,
the zebra twins,
and captivating the audience!

And here is Zizzou once again,
showing us more of his balancing skills!

Mademoiselle Octoberella has a special talent,
training the wild and exotic
Pumpkin Moths.
They listen to only her direction.

The clowns,
Monsieur Intelligentsia,
and The Sisters Rougette and Bleuette
(who are triplets, sister of Madame Violettina),
perform mysterious feats of conjuring...

Mademoiselle Coco, trainer of her
famous Circus Insecta.
What most find creepy and crawly,
she finds adorable.
At night, she tucks them all into tiny,
bug-sized beds.

As we walk away from the Circus,
into the cold, blustery night,
we hope it will stay long enough
so we can come back and visit
once again...

Wishing one and all
A Most Happy Halloween!
Won't you please go visit our lovely
hostess Vanessa at A Fanciful Twist
and the other participants as well?

And just as a reminder,
don't forget to sign up for my giveaway
to win a subscription to
The winner will be announced on
October 30th!


  1. Now that is my kind of circus, if they were all like that I think I'd definitely run away to join one. Thank goodness your clowns weren't too spooky, oooooo clowns scare me to death!

  2. I had a wonderful time at your Gothic Circus, The hazelnut hot chocolate was delightful, and Bobo the juggler's act was exceptional! Happy Halloween!

  3. Had to visit the second I saw your comment on Vanessa's party! Love your post, the name Octoberella! so fun! beautiful illustrations, hope you can visit my party,
    Have fun! Celeste

  4. Here's my ticket! Here's my ticket! I now we are supposed to go from tent to tent, but can I please see Madame Violettina and her Rare Flying Tyger Saffron? Please! I've been dreaming with his wings and her pale gaze for months!

  5. I simply adore the tiger with wings!! :) What a lovely party you've put together! Hugs! deb

  6. I really enjoyed your circus, the one I visited on Wednesday was quite a horrific freakshow.I loved Bellagia and her way with the bats (my totem).

  7. This circus is wonderful and so creative!! Thanks for a fab and different Halloween event! xo sheila

  8. I do hope we left all the bugs behind, trained or otherwise.
    A magical circus! Such creative and unusal acts.
    All so beautifully presented.

  9. Wow, this is such a creative post! I loved all the photos, what a great circus. Happy Halloween!


    Victoria from Brushstrokes

  10. OH MY GOOOOODNESSS!! THAT was BEYOND amazingggggg!!! Oh my, gorgeous gorgeous on every level!! Wowie! I am smitten, magical, beautiful, enchanting!! xoxo
    Happy Halloweeeeen, thank you for joining in, truly! <3, Vanessa

  11. Too fabulous! You put so much work into it. I take my bat off to you. Happy Purple!

  12. Spooktacular Gothic CircusParty Post & Bewitching Photos! Hope you'll fly by my Are You A Good Or Bad Witch? Halloween Party & Be Blessed with powerful Wiccan Wishes... Enchantingly Yours, Lyndy Ward >^..^<

  13. I am absolutely in awe of your magical collage work! I am feeling the need to try some for myself. Thank you for the inspiration :D XXX

  14. How absolutely mesmerizing! I want a tiny little Circus Insecta of my very own to enchant my friends and family when they visit! Such beautiful collages... well done, Ms. Betty!

  15. I love mysterious circuses. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is on of my most favourite books! thank you for creating such a lovely party!

  16. This is amazing! I love the story and the illustrations. Your work is fantastic. Thank you for a fabulous Halloween Circus story.

    Gerushia's New World

  17. This was so amazing, I love all the clever. creative characters - I really do not want to leave. Pumpkin moths- absolute genius. Happy Halloween and so glad to have found your blog and magical collages. xx

  18. This Gothic circus was a colorful and magical treat! You have a such a creative talent. Of course I love the flying tiger and pumpkin moths! Cheers! ;)

  19. What a fabulous, fabulous party, my Dear! Your photos are sublime!! Thank you so much for having me by...
    Have a wonderful week and a Happy Halloween!!

  20. LOOOOOVE your party...all this great pictures...happy halloween
    Kerstin from germany

  21. This reminds me of (a less creepy) American Freak Show, pretty digi-scraps!

  22. Phenomenal party! Loved the quirky dark circus. Thank you for sharing!

  23. As always, you knocked it out of the park. I love your art! It is so magical.
    Have a blessed day

  24. What a magical place you've created here! I am in love. ^_^
    I especially love the winged tiger and the pumpkin moths. I sometimes wish my cats had wings, then imagine all the trouble they'd get into (on top of regular trouble...) and offer a silent prayer of thanks they don't have them after all... ^_~

    Have a most happy Halloween! <3

  25. Your Gothic Circus was Enchanting and your Creativity Divine! Thank you for Inviting us to join the Party, it was Delightful! Happy Halloween from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

  26. Just adored the Gothic Circus! So much fun. I just adore circuses. Beautiful art! Happy Halloween!

  27. Pure magic! Your art is amazing such an eye for whimsy and detail - the bat trainer is fabulous and the tiger with wings- I could go on and on! am following for more delights :)

  28. Oooooh,, this is a wonderful trip you're offering us. Magical; almost psychedelic; I love your words and the pics are so, so... Marvellous indeed!
    I love your style my dear Betty! :)


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