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Trick-or-Treat Extravaganza!

So, I am a big fan of trick-or-treat. And as I'm too old to go myself, what we end up doing is setting up a big display in the front yard and making the kids work for their candy. "We" being my husband and another couple, and the front yard being my mother's front yard, as she gets five times the foot traffic or more than at our house.

We've been doing this for four years now, and we're starting to get a reputation. People are remembering us and starting to drop by just to see us, which tickles me immensely. We have a whole bunch of fake tombstones set out, two fog machines, a couple of hanging dummies with glowing eyes, creepy music, jack-'o-lanterns, and, this year, a couple of great new props. One was a jumping spider - it's about three feet across, has glowing eyes, and when you pressed the footpad, leapt out about three feet with a terrible noise. I scared a lot of kids (and a couple adults!) with that one; it was worth its weight in gold. The other was "monster in the bushes." It's a pair of glowing red eyes attached to this rattling box. You wired the box to branches of a plant, and whenever it was activated with movement or sound, it growled and rattled and the eyes flashed like there was something there ready to leap out and pounce. Marvelous!

This year, our friends were both faceless, robed black shadows, silent and menacing. (All of us were robed this year, because it's often quite cold and you can fit more clothes under the robes; this year it got down below freezing by the end of the night.) The wife (a small woman) would sneak up behind kids as they had their backs to her getting candy, and freak them out when they turned around. The husband is a big, tall guy (used to be a linebacker in school) who also does swordfighting as a hobby, and brought one of his blunt metal swords. Which looks great, and he can prove it's real metal, but isn't sharp enough to hurt anyone. He guarded the stairs up to the yard (we have the rest of the yard fenced off to prevent kids from sneaking up behind us) and would sometimes follow groups of people a short way down the street, which also freaked people out.

Mr. Chat was the Devil himself, with a scary demon's mask with lots of spikes and horns, red and black hooded robes, and a skull-topped jester's scepter (we couldn't find a good pitchfork and Mr. Chat has an evil sense of humor). I was an executioner. I have this really awesome axe that looks like it's made from bone, gray robes, and this hood and mask which looks like a grid of metal bars over my face. Because you can see through the bars, I added some more scares to it this year. I got this facial appliance (who's been watching Face Off? I have!) that made it look like my eyes were gouged out. My friend got it on me, then painted my face pale and added bloody tears. It was a little hard to see under the bars, but I didn't want to be too overtly freaky because we have a lot of little kids in the neighborhood. Also the edges wouldn't stay down, so the mask actually covered our inexperience with prosthetic application.

We scared the living daylights out of many small kids (and not-so-small kids), and had a lot of fun doing it. Now we just have to figure out how to top ourselves next year!


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Oct. 31st, 2012 02:05 pm (UTC)
You are a cute couple :)

I should hear the story of how you two met:
Oct. 31st, 2012 10:19 pm (UTC)
Hee! Here is the story:

Mr. Chat and I both play Dungeons and Dragons. The company that makes the game, Wizards of the Coast (WotC) has message boards where one can go and discuss the game. He and I were both on the boards and participating in many of the same forums and discussions. One day several of our mutual forums friends were chatting, and someone suggested he invite me to the chat room. Over the next couple of months, we began chatting privately, then he called me and we talked on a phone a lot, and eventually he came over and met me. We had a long-distance relationship puntuated by visits for about seven years until we finally got married (he's from England, I'm American).

(And, entirely coincientally, as we found out later, we'd both signed up to the message boards on the exact same date!)
Nov. 1st, 2012 02:04 am (UTC)

Oh wow. That's amazing and cool especially with the long distance relationship <3 Thanks for sharing the story.
Oct. 31st, 2012 02:19 pm (UTC)
I want to trick or treat at your house. Really. It sounds so, so awesome!
Oct. 31st, 2012 10:11 pm (UTC)
It was so much fun! I have more fun doing this than I had trick-or-treating as a kid. :D
Oct. 31st, 2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
omg that sounds amazing!!!! no lie, I would have totally crapped myself if I was a kid trick or treating at your place XD

btw, does trick or treating usually happen on the 30th in America? We only had kids coming around tonight.
Oct. 31st, 2012 10:09 pm (UTC)

Most towns around here do have it on the 31st, but my city has always had it on the 30th because our annual Halloween parade is on the 31st. (The reasoning behind this is so that kids don't have to miss one or the other.) Some people whine because they claim kids from the town next door double-dip and go trick-or-treating two nights in a row, but I say bring 'em on!
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