Yep, Halloween is almost here; just two days now. In past years, I’ve talked about how our walk to and from school gets longer as Halloween decorations go up along our route. This year has been more of the same.
This yard is always a favorite. They add more inflatables each year, and the girls get a kick out of them all. In the girls’ assessment, this yard is spooky fun, but not so scary.
Yet another favorite, but the opinion on this yard is much different. Again, they add characters every year, but they tend to be creepy and bloody. Make no mistake, while it’s still worth stopping and checking out each day, the girls deem this yard scary. They only like it because they watch it go up. Otherwise, this house would be a hard pass.
There are plenty of other houses along our walk, and they all fall somewhere on the spooky-to-scary scale. The girls dig it, though, so that is fun. And that makes our walk a but more enjoyable as the temperature drops.
Not long now, friends, until all the boils and ghouls are out. Hope you’re as excited as we are-can’t wait to see your spooky decor!
I shared in my last post how our neighbors started decorating at the beginning of the month. The girls love seeing all the spooky characters and skeletons and ghosts, but it’s killing our morning commute.
You see, we have to stop to check out all the creepy decor. So our usual 10-15 minute walk is now taking us closer to 20.
Of course, people’s displays grow and change as they find new pieces. So every morning is a new adventure.
And don’t get me started on the walk home! We are taking a solid 25 minutes and edging closer to a half an hour every day. Mainly because the biggest attraction is just around the corner from the house.
Thankfully, my girls are not afraid of all this gore and spookiness. And I guess we’ll get back on schedule soon enough. Until then, come great pumpkin!
I don’t know if you feel the same, but I thought I would share one Mom’s feelings about Halloween. She was sharing that after all of the activities, she feels that Halloween is so much more than the actual day; Halloween is now a season. I didn’t hesitate to agree with her.
I shared our Bengtson’s trip with you all from the last weekend in September. The decorations started going up in our neighborhood at the beginning of October. The Stairway to Insanity Haunted House has run the past three weekends. Friday was the school Halloween Party.
We still have the actual day to celebrate, and we haven’t carved pumpkins yet! Yikes!
The girls are having a blast. They are at ages where they have fun with the costumes and decorations, even though they are not quite ready for the haunted houses. And true to form for their ages, they have changed costumes almost daily for the last three weeks. Good thing we have a variety of dress-up clothes.
What are your thoughts about Halloween? So over it or just can’t wait? Either way, the 31st will bring it to a close. Now about those pumpkins…
The second floor of the St. Viator Gymnasium is undergoing its annual transformation:
All these creepy things signify it is time for the haunted house! That’s right, the Stairway to Insanity is under construction again! I think I have noted before how I don’t love this name, but this year I learned the origin. The organizers used to carry all the props and all the walls up the stairs to set up. One of them thought, this is insanity,” and poof.
I will post another update as the decorations go up, and of course the flier when we get it. Here’s the quick info: $10 a ticket, running 7PM to 10 PM on Friday and Saturday for the next three weekends. If you’re looking for a creepy/scary (but not horrifying) time, consider this amateur, “value” haunt. They have an event page on Facebook, so check ’em out. Come Halloween!
The past two Octobers I have told you about the St. Viator Haunted House, and now it is time again! This weekend is the first of three weekends where the ‘House will be open. Now that we are back in the neighborhood, Wife and I are trying to figure out how we are going to be a part of the fun. I have helped out with some of the setup already, so we’ll see where it goes from here!
It’s hard to adequately describe the scare-level of the Haunted House. When I helped out two years ago I felt that I could hang inside the maze, right up until the lights went out. At times I had to focus on my task so I didn’t get spooked out. Last year, Sister Scales of Justice and her son went through. She has already told me they won’t be going back through again this year! So if you decide to check out the St. Viator Haunted House over any of these next three weekends, keep in mind that it is a grass-roots effort, organized and run entirely by volunteers. It may not be as terrifying as some of the “professional” houses, but don’t let the humble roots trick you into thinking it isn’t scary. I think the organizers say its appropriate for children eleven years and older. It’s local, affordable, fully-Halloween, and definitely worth a look.
We like Halloween here at our house. The girls hounded me into bringing up our decorations and for the past two weeks have been dressing up in various bits and pieces of costumes from Halloween past. Now that they are getting more sturdy and can enjoy better adventures, we are going to more Halloween events around town. Here is one that is coming up that I wanted to let you all know about.
We wrote about Dr. Johnny earlier this year and I am quick to talk about him and the Sprout Pediatric Dentistry practice. So how cool is it that they are hosting some spooky window painting and trick-or-treating? Check them out if you don’t have anything going on. Will we be there? I would like to try, but I already know we are looking at a flu shot morning followed by a two-separate-birthday-party juggle. Again, we’ll try.
And I’ll keep putting up fliers for events that we hear about. Maybe our paths will cross at some celebration or some pumpkin patch!
Well, the parties are over, the candy bowl is empty, the plastic pumpkins are full of treats and the girls are passed out. I call this a successful Halloween for our crew.
Despite being out of our neighborhood, Wife and I found a bunch of stuff to do this Halloween. So we already started laying the plans out for next year – not too shabby. The girls seemed to enjoy it all: parties with friends (see above) and bonfires and pumpkins and trick-or-treating – oh boy! So I hope you and yours also had a safe and fun Halloween, time for me to sort and hide the candy.
I enjoy Halloween. Like a lot. But it wasn’t always so. You see, growing up as a slightly nerdy kid with glasses didn’t afford too many costume options. Make-up didn’t work if the characters didn’t wear glasses – sorry vampires, sorry Freddy Kreuger. And of course, masks didn’t work – no werewolves here, bye-bye Jason. Maybe I could’ve gone ’70’s accountant, but I wasn’t that creative back then. But these days things are looking up.
There is, of course, the age problem. I was already grown when Harry Potter and company came on the scene. I haven’t read the books and have only seen a few of the movies. So until the girls start reading and get into the stories, this one is a stretch. But there’s some good news that does have a connection to my childhood.
Yeah-who you gonna call?
I guess the only stretch here is that I look nothing like Chris Hemsworth. We all know that he does not have a “Dad-bod”, and his jawline is pretty great. I like to think I’m a good-looking fella, but I’m no Chris Hemsworth. So my best bet – inspiration from a local mobile phone store.
I can hear that-ha!
So no contest with last year’s costume, but it worked for the St. Viator Halloween Party. I scored a yellow t-shirt at the local Sears and away we went. I’ll be sure to put up a pic of the girls tomorrow. Again, their costumes are not as intense as last year, but they love ’em anyway. Now we just need something to hand out. Hey – hope you’re ready!
The “monster” fundraiser is almost ready for visitors! That’s right, the annual haunted house at Sweetie’s school opens this weekend. If you’re into haunted houses, or maybe want to go to one that is not as scary as the big ones, come on up to the near northwest side of the city. With a “PG” rating, the St. Viator’s Haunted House is worth a visit. Check out the details:
Hope your prep for Halloween is going well!
Tricks and treats, spooky ghouls and ghosts – it’s time. Happy Halloween!
Daddy’s Little Monster!
So 45º and rainy does not make for a great Halloween, but you have to make the most of it.
We decided against the local treasure hunt, but stopped in at a couple of stores to eat and run some errands.
Mos Eisley Cantina?
And really, what fun is running errands if you can’t bring your wookie with you?
Bring your wookie shopping day!
This is the first year for our family costume, so we all got in on the fun. And here is probably the best part – that is Wife as Chewbacca, DIY suit and all.
It seems like the rain has stopped for now. The trick-or-treaters are starting to come around, so maybe we will get rid of some of these 200 juice boxes. Have a Happy Halloween and stay safe out there!