Trick or Treat

UnknownMy having an October birthday has meant many, many Halloween themed parties over the years.  Then my youngest daughter came into the world on October 30 and we had two in the family born close to that veil between the living world and the dead.  I was actually finishing costumes for my two oldest children when I went into labor.  When each of my children were old enough,  I made costumes and drove my kids to other neighborhoods or attended church events on Halloween.  Unfortunately, the neighborhood we lived in for nearly twenty years was not conducive to trick-or-treaters and in all of those years we had exactly three trick-or-treaters…TOTAL. So when we moved into a large neighborhood ten years ago, we decided to make up for lost time and really went all out for the day.  At the time, my kids (and I) were obsessed with Harry Potter, so the wizarding world became our theme for the yard decorations.  Unknown-5Each year since then, we have added a little more to the spectacle and the number of small ghosts, ghouls, princesses and superman costumed children who frequent our house has grown as well.  Unknown-1

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Last year, I counted over 200 trick-or-treaters on Halloween.  Unknown-4

Now, it seems that people come to OUR neighborhood from their less festive ones to fill their bags of candy.  My husband and I are planning on building our retirement home in the middle of 40 acres in the middle of nowhere and that retirement day is getting closer.  Unless I discover the energy to build some type of hay maze, our large scale Halloween decorations will soon be in the history bin.  76338_1626261810650_1710637_nI plan on making the most of the few years we have left.  Do you do anything special for Halloween?

- Mary AAR

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5 Responses to “Trick or Treat”

  1. maggie b says:

    We have a fair number of Trick or Treaters and in our area most of them are of the younger variety. Typically I learn towards cute rather than scary with an inflatable Snoopy dresses as Dracula, pumpkins, scarecrows and hay bales. This year I haven’t been into the spirit but I only have a day left so I better get to it. . . . .

    • maryskl says:

      My husband tells me every year that we need to start scaling back. Then, on Saturday he says, “Let’s go to Big Lots and see what Halloween stuff they have on sale.” So we spent over $100 on sale items to add to our landscape. I got a cute black cat, cheerful witch and some eerie trees. We only have half of the yard decorated now but will get the rest out this afternoon.

  2. LeeB. says:

    Great decorations! Especially love the second photo.

    I live in a secured apartment building. No trick or treaters. And no need to buy candy! :)

    • maryskl says:

      My daughter sketched out the Fat Lady from Gryffindor and I painted it. I also had to hide the candy I bought a couple of weeks ago so my son and husband did not eat it all before Halloween.