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post #1 of 52 (permalink) Old 10-15-2014, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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Halloween

Anyone have plans for All Hallows Eve?

I bought my pumpkin today!

Got the stuff for my Zombinator costume: black jacket, shades, gun (CLEARLY and VISIBLY a toy ).

I dunno. This time of year there's just SOMETHING...

Apples, candy, kids, jackos, crisp fall weather...
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I'm going to attempt to hand out candy, but I didn't get any trick-or-treaters last year.

I bought a pair of cat ears to wear and I'm going to paint on whiskers.


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My favorite holiday! I hand out candy on Halloween night. I started working on the gift baggies last night. A few pieces of good candy, a few little toys, and some little glow in the dark halloween tattoos.

I don't usually carve the pumpkins, I like cooking and baking with them after they've done their job as decoration. I'll paint a few. I'm thinking a black silhouette of a haunted house and I'll do the windows with a bright glow in the dark paint.

My indoor wreath is done. I just finished the ornament for my door. A shadow box from Goodwill, some glow sticks from the dollar store, and some cheesecloth I soaked in tea to discolor. A total of about 3.00 finished her up. I'm quite pleased with her!


I started my death shrouded skeletan, but he's not quite done yet. Here he is...not very impressive. He'll look better by the end of this weekend when I get some time to work on him. I picked up some wire coat hangers to get his arms outstretched...he's looking a little limp... I also need to stain the fabric strips under his cheesecloth. It's too white. Maybe rub a little 'grave dirt' on it too.


The pumpkin will go to work to set on my desk. The employees bring their kids in from 2pm-5pm for trick or treating so we had to decorate a little.
I picked up this guy (at least his suit, head, and shoes) and Goodwill. He's stuffed with bubble wrap from packages. I'll put the bowl of candy in his lap for the kids. I'll keep a bowl aside for the littler kids who might not want to get that close to him (a co worker suggested that, he said his girls would never go near that thing)... He's not quite done either. He needs more packing, better gloves, and I'll probably use a red sharpie to give him some nails/claws.

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I'm boring. I'll hand out candy, but that's about it.

I was in a pet store the other day and there was a woman there trying costumes on her cat and he was letting her. I think that was the most mello cat I have ever seen.
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I wish we got more trick-or-treaters. I'm thinking, what to make and bring to the par-tay! Mulled cider? A nachos plate, maybe...
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Krissy, my daughter had to do a book report on the nurses during the Civil War. What we did to create realistic strips of dirty, bloodied bandages was to take an old, all white flat bed sheet, and ripped it into smaller strips. What we did next was take the strips and rubbed them all over the grass outside our apartment to give them a slightly grass stained look. After that, we found a patch of dirt that wasn't as wet as mud, but not dry either. We tossed the grasse stained strips dirt to give them the look as if they had been on the battlefield. Finally, for the most realistic part, we took an old aluminum serving tray from some frozen lasagna (it was clean) and poured red food dye in the bottom. We took all of our dirtied, grass stained strips and dumped them in the tray. With our hands, we swirled the strips all around, tossing them to make sure there wasn't any uneven spots. We hung them up to dry in the house. The next morning, we had Civil War-style bandages. They came out AWESOME...and a little too realistic. My daughter was in the fourth grade, so when she brought the bandages to class, some of her classmates where a bit freaked out and her teacher was suspicious. The teacher called me and I told her that it wasn't real blood, but red food dye. She was impressed.

But anyway, if you want to add some bloody looking strips to your skeleton, I highly recommend red food dye. It's very realistic looking.

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I love Halloween
When we lived in Florida, we had mobs of trick or treaters, I loved going to Costco and getting a box of full sized candy bars to hand out- cheaper than the mini bars if you have loads of trick or treaters, plus the kids LOVED it
I also had the perfect Halloween cat in my dear, departed Mr. Ponty- long haired gorgeous black Maine Coon wannabe...

Here in rural New England, we don't get trick or treaters- our drive is nearly 1/4 mile long and no close neighbors. So we close up the house and take Nick trick or treating in the nearest densely populated neighborhood. The schools are very sweet here, we still have a "harvest parade" where the kids dress up, and the parents come to watch their little ones. I'm baking brownies for the class party

Very old fashioned here, though, mulled cider, gorgeous leaves, kids laughing in the evening light walking through rustling fallen leaves, and some neighbors still hand out apples as a treat.
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So we close up the house and take Nick trick or treating in the nearest densely populated neighborhood.
I live in one of those destination neighborhoods. If the weather is nice we get hundreds of kids. It's a huge party atmosphere. I usually close up the house, take my candy and go across the cul-de-sac to my neighbor's house. We hang out on their farmer's porch, hand out candy and enjoy a few adult beverages. She always has a bunch of people there and lots of snacks and food.

This year, after trick or treat is over it will morph into a 50th birthday party for the husband. Should be a fun night, I'm hoping the weather cooperates.


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[QUOTE=doodlebug;2186210]I live in one of those destination neighborhoods. If the weather is nice we get hundreds of kids. It's a huge party atmosphere. [QUOTE]
Wish we had that here! By densely populated, I mean a cul de sac with 20 houses on 1-3 acre lots, lol. Maybe 50 kids total go out in our little town
Sometimes I miss the FL days, I used to go all out for the kids (I had none at that point). I still dress as a 'pretty witch' when we trick or treat here. Love it!
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Here in Oregon it depends on the rain. If it POURING, i'll be eating candy all weekend. If it's not raining i'll have tons of kids. I lock up at 9:30 though. after then the kids are too big and on occasion creepy(not because of their costumes).
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