Didn’t we just do this recently? Halloween, 2013

Happy Halloween to everyone!

I got pretty burned out on Halloween when I was raising my kids. Five costumes and five pumpkins and trick-or-treating will do that. We didn’t usually decorate the yard much, although I do remember using some flower bed dirt to make a grave mound one year.  But the dirt was already there because I was planting a whole new bed, it’s not like I dug it up for that purpose. Personally, I can take it or leave it. When I’m not at work that evening, I spend time over with my kids, who do things up right, starting several months in advance. Given my lack of enthusiasm,  I’m a bit mystified about how involved my now-grown kids are. My boys especially really go for the creepy stuff.

Only some of the props were up when I took these pictures yesterday. Imagine flaming torches alongside the sidewalk. Those will be lit tonight.
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IMG_1389By the front door. (Scary music playing and a black light over the porch.)

IMG_1392                     My son makes these figures using a base of chicken wire.

IMG_1397                     A children’s costume on sale  last year worked well here.
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IMG_1399                                          I see a Hieronymous Bosch influence.

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Wilhelm Roentgen He saw through everyone.

Wilhelm Roentgen
He saw through everyone.

IMG_1236a                               One of many outdoor cats. Isn’t she gorgeous?

IMG_1239Look at my big paws! One of the younger outdoor cats is  having his first Halloween.

IMG_1241Indoor crafts…cut out of paper with a light behind it.

IMG_1242This is only about two inches high.

IMG_1267aBathroom blackboard art.

IMG_1269Do you write Halloween haiku? Have you ever even considered writing Halloween haiku?

Since I don’t have photos yet of the pumpkins and so forth, I might put some more pictures up tomorrow.  Or we might just move quickly on to Day of the Dead or All Saints.

Have fun,
Jeanne

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15 responses to “Didn’t we just do this recently? Halloween, 2013

  1. I’m impressed. Lots of work and obvious enjoyment for those involved. 😀

  2. Reblogged this on So Far From Heaven and commented:
    Jeanne’s family has a long and honorable tradition of ostentation celebrating Halloween. It shows. Jack

  3. Wow, your family are really going all out for Halloween! It’s not a big deal where I’m from so I love seeing what other people do to celebrate!

  4. Halloween Haiku, Roentgen, and Bosch? YAY! Happy Halloween to you!

  5. Yes…she IS a gorgeous cat! The only thing I struggle with is getting any writing done when she sits on my lap…and keyboard. And face if she can (not the best way to wake-up, as I’m sure you know. Feels like you’ve grown fur & gone blind!).

    Good blog. Like it. My personal favourite is the werewolf costume (I hope it was a costume). I haven’t actually ever tried writing a Haiku but it sounds fun.

    Chris

    • Haiku is a lot easier than you’d expect, and it’s great for when you’re doing some mindless chore. I frequently put them together when I’m shelving books.

  6. People must make a special trip to your house to see it. I love a creative display!

  7. Just wait until Christmas.
    I wrote a bathroom blackboard haiku, about 15 years ago. It foreshadowed your blog. Who knew?
    Wikipedia, who writes this stuff? Day of the Dead is a three-day celebration. Why day and not days? It also says it’s a bank holiday. Again is it all three days? Who knows?

    • Roger, you’re the one who observes all the holy days, you should know this stuff. All I know is that the 1st is All Souls and the 2nd is All Saints. Unless you’re Mexican and observe Day of the Dead. I like the idea of Day of the Dead, though, decorating shrines and making and serving food for all those ancestors.

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