I’m going to kick off with my household’s Hallowe’en shenanigans. In my area, people don’t really go mad with decorations for Hallowe’en, it’s just never been extravagant…well…for most people that is. In our house, we rarely do things by half measures and Hallowe’en is no exception. Years ago we really only dressed up the inside of the house with some bats tied to the ceiling bouncing up and down on elastic and a little motion and sound activated animatronic ghost but we always put some serious effort into pumpkin carving, my dad being the grand master carver of the house.
However…a few years ago, upon a visit to the USA we found that Halowe’en was a much bigger thing with eerie inflatables and cool props and we realized, “Hey, we’ve been missing out!” so now things have been taken to a whole new level. Our arsenal now includes, but is not limited to: a large inflatable horse pulling a hearse complete with lights, skeleton driver, skeleton in the back of the hearse and a motion activated soundbox that yells “You’re next!”; Large stone-effect tombstones; a smoke machine; and our newest terrifying additions…my Dad and I.
We set up most of the large items like the tombstones and inflatable and smoke machine in the front but of course, someone has to be there to activate the smoke machine so my Dad took it upon himself to dress up as a zombie and sit there, motionless, on a chair at the end of the path that runs along the front of the house. The best part is, he does so well, most kids and adults are fooled into thinking it is just a dummy but when they approach to check…they realize they are very definitely mistaken and end up forgetting about going to the front door for candy and just sprint as fast as they can down the road never to be seen or heard from again. Of course, if they aren’t terrified by that they will make their way along the path back the way they came and walk around the side of the house to the door where they are greeted by a shaking bush behind them and a skeleton on the door. When they knock, my mum slowly creaks open the door revealing a blue misty hallway with bats and smaller tombstones, a crawling Frankenstein hand and the spooky ghost. While they look at those things, it’s my cue to sneak out from behind the house and simply stand, motionless at the corner until someone realizes…through the mist…the dark suited faceless tall, lanky armed skinny figure of Slenderman (a role my body suits perfectly) with a painted cardboard cutout attached to my back that looks like tendrils. This usually terrifies them all away but for those that continue looking, I quickly dart behind the house into my hiding space between the bins and still haven’t been found!
However, the pumpkins are still our main event and we just love having fun with them. I’ll post a few up later in another post