Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

The photo is the Halloween decorations a grandson did at a campsite while camping with his family. He does even more elaborate decorations at his home. Corpses rise from caskets, ghostly figures hover around, and all sorts of nastiness. If I were still a kid I'd be scared to go to the door and knock for a treat. However, it doesn't keep any of his neighborhood kids away, it's the most popular house on the block, and his own two love it.

Do you go all out for Halloween?

When our kids were young, we always did something special. Once I made a spooky box like thing where the kids had to stick their hands in to get a their treat.

We often had Halloween parties with icky things to touch and scary villains making appearances at the window.

A nephew scared away a lot of kids trick-or-treating when he dressed up like a ghoul and had a skeleton hand he offered for a shake.

In the good old days (and mine were really back then), I can remember running all over the neighborhood, sometimes alone, to collect all the goodies I could get.

Nowadays, Halloween seems the perfect time for some horrible crime. I've never incorporated the holiday into a mystery, but there are certainly many options for intriguing and scary plot twists.

How about you? Have you ever had a scary experience at Halloween? Or made up one?



Eileen Schuh: said...

We once borrowed a motion-activated box that barked and growled when someone approached. I set it in the bushes beside my front step and watched the hollowe'eners come up my walk. Surpisingly, the kids didn't even notice the barking--so intent were they on their quest for candy. However, the adults accompanying invariably jumped back and grabbed at their kids when the thing went off. It was hilarious.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Those things are fun.