Here's a couple of pics from yesterday:
walked slowly alongside my daughter as she trick-or-treated in her
costume ('Dash' from The Incredibles) and waited until people noticed
me--always with a big, creeped-out jump backwards and a yell--then I'd
ask if they had any Visine. It always got a laugh, but towards the end
of the evening N. chided me because she was tired or hearing the same
lame joke. Or I'd tell people I was just along to keep an 'eye' on my
Here's part of the house, pity the nighttime pictures
didn't come out, there were black lights, spooky music and a fog machine
eyeballs and my mask, by the way, are plastic bowls from the party
store. The ones on the roof were lit from behind with two small
mismatched table lamps I picked up at the thrift store for a couple of
dollars each. So the lighted eyeballs on the roof worked out really
well for such a cheap prop!
Here is the guy we sat on the front lawn at a table--
not sure how many people got the joke that he had expired trying to
complete 'The World's Most Difficult Jigsaw Puzzle', but oh, well! I
used J.'s clothing stuffed with newspaper and several other thrift store
finds; a rubber skull mask, blue fright wig and rubber rats.
also found at the thrift store a creepy battery operated doll that was
supposed to 'walk', but when hung by a noose around her neck from the
porch she became 'Twitching Tina', kicking legs and all! I told the
kids that she was a trick-or-treater from last year that hadn't come in
costume, which got a laugh.
A few kids refused to come up the
driveway, so we had to go to them to give them their candy. Once we let
them play with a rubber rat or two they were fine. N. had a grand
time, especially with setting up the yard.
It reminded me vividly
of when we were kids, setting up various fun things in OUR yard. We
had a ghost on a rope hidden in a tree which Fingle dropped on people,
homemade recorded wails, howls, cackles, etc., one of my other sisters
hid under a dark gray blanket in the corner of the porch and leaped out
at people and strands of black thread hanging from the darkened porch so
they would brush against people's faces.
I do so LOVE Halloween. :)