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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Past

 
This picture startled me with its beauty when I took it several years ago. (No, don't steal it.) The funky candlestick was $1 at yard sale. The candles were in a $1 box that said "dripless candles." Ummm, don't think so. At least they dripped spectacularly!


 
Front yard graveyard two years ago. I made the tombstones with sheets of cast off foam that came from appliances. The paint was a $3/gal mis-tint at Lowe's. A painted brick sits behind and two in front for stability. A tea light in front of each tombstone adds an eerie aspect.
 
My Halloween candy for the kids is always free, bought at Office Max with my MaxPerks points earned from recycling ink cartridges. This year, I did not buy candy, so that opportunity to spend $40 is still in place at OM.
 
Since it is going to rain, I won't be out tonight. Since I am still running a fever, I will not decorate with the graveyard. I'm hiding from Trick or Treaters and staying off the streets so I don't hit a kid.
 
You turn
What are you doing for Halloween? What is your costume? Parties? Hiding?
 
 

22 comments:

  1. Greetings Linda,

    I certainly couldn't hold a candle to you. It might have grave consequences. I like your photos in an eerie kinda' way.

    Every year, my human, Gary, buys candies for the trick or treaters. However, this being England, we don't have any trick or treaters show up at our house. My human ends up eating all the candies that were for the kids who never showed up. My human will be wearing his normal costume. Although he tries to keep his ballerina costume a secret.

    Happy "Howloween!"

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! :)

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  2. Well, Penny, your approval means the world to me. Does you human know that all that candy is meant for trick or treaters? It looks like you spilled the beans about th ballerina costume, so don't let him read this. Does your human buy treats for you?
    Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. I'm delighted my approval means the world to you. He does know, however, because no trick or treaters ever show up, he ends up eating the lot. That ballerina costume thing is a secret between you and me. I shall keep my human well clear of your article. He buys me loads of doggy treats. Only the finest treats because I'm a diva dog! :)

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    2. Penny,
      I don't have many doggies stop by and certainly not a diva dog. I will never tell him about the ballerina costume. You will have to be spectacular in your means to keep him away from here. I think this is his favorite blog. Give him candy. Sniff it so he thinks you will eat it. That should distract him. Congrats on the wonderful treats for a diva dog. You have a good gig going. Does he wear a costume? Even secretly?

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    3. Linda,

      Yes, this is his favourite blog. I would of spelt it "favorite", but my proper English spell-check puts this funny read line under misspelled words :) Yes, you are on his blog list. He doesn't wear a costume. He does have a pair of pink stilettos. I really must keep him away from his favourite blog.

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    4. Penny,
      I do understand the English preference four adding letters or the American English writer's predilection for dropping them. When we came across the ocean, we left a few letters behind! You must tell me more about the pink stilettos! You come back and plan a diversion to keep him away. Our secret? Okay. Pinky swear?

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  3. Stephanie emailed this comment to me:
    We did a quick decorating this a.m. since we have candy to distribute. Everything was already on hand in the garage - a bag of green webbing, decorative items for the table on the porch and a paper Happy Halloween in letters to put across the holly tree as well as a cloth banner I usually put up by the door. Simple.

    Hope you feel better, Linda!


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    1. Stephanie,
      That sounds simple and fun and inexpensive. Less effort is fun. Thanks for the email.

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  4. I have had the second batch of Halloween candy hidden for the last couple of weeks. The first few bags I put into the candy dish somehow disappeared! I'll bet John and Frank know what happened to it! We won't have very many trick-or-treaters. Our street is steep and kids don't like to climb the hill.They prefer to hit the apartments a few streets down. The elementary school in our neighborhood held their carnival last weekend.

    I hope you are feeling better.

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    1. Janet,
      I do understand about the candy disappearing. But, I have no one else to blame but me! Kids are not dumb; they take the quantity for the least energy expended. People like this neighborhood because the people who give out candy give expensive stuff, sometimes even a can of Coke.

      I just got up from a nap and the head stuffiness is coming out. Yeah, gross.

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  5. That was indeed a spectacular meltdown for those dripless candles. We don't have many visitors on Hallowe'en. The most we've had was 16. That was when I taught sewing to kids and students made the trek down our 200' lane. :-)

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    1. I suspect that box just held candles because it was the perfect size. I can imagine they would come to the teacher's house. At least you could give them each a little bit more. That's a long way off the beaten path.

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  6. Halloween has been and gone. Some years we get one or two knocks on the door. This year none.
    And almost no-one decorates their homes/yards here.
    I hope your fever is better. Much, much better.

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    1. C,
      No one comes to the house when the lights off. My house and yard are pitch dark. Fever is less, thank you. The end is beginning.

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  7. I haven't had a trick or treater for the past 20 years. I still buy candy though, just in case. It's raining here as well--I feel bad for the kids that spent a lot of time getting a costume that's just right only to have to cover it up.

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    1. Sue,
      I hate it for the kids, too. I also hate when it rains on Christmas day and after because of all the kids who get bikes.

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  8. I was going to go as a crock pot but was off today :)

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    1. J,
      That would have been an interesting costume. But, being off is better, much better.

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  9. Hope you feel better soon. You are a smart lady to hide from the trick or treaters. You could be contagious and I am sure you don't want to get anyone else sick. Eat some candy and watch a scary movie on TV!

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    1. tana50,
      Thanks,

      I did not get near anyone since I just stayed indoors! I don't have any candy ad don't watch scary movies. I am watching Criminal Minds, scary enough for me!

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  10. Final Halloween count 1 group of 3 and a second group of 5.....Two groups for a total of 8 kids .....Oh man!!!! we have a lot of candy leftover !

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    1. Janet,
      What will you do? Give it way? Hide it? Freeze it? Thankfully, I did not buy any candy. It was raining here.

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