Thursday, October 31, 2013

Final Count: 348 Trick 'r Treaters

It took an army of fiends, but we got through the night and handed out candy to 348 trick 'r treaters. That's almost 100 more than last year! During the deluge of souls, I lurked outside to hear the comments, and many people remembered not only our house, but our specific decorations (which I rotate from year to year). I don't know why, but I find that so surprising.

This year I added a projection to our front window (my first foray into more technologically-advanced decor) and most people loved it – a few were turned off by the "gore" and a few even passed our house saying it was too scary (while their kids rubbernecked with wide-eyes). Halloween is supposed to be scary!

I was asked why I do this and my response is simple: to keep Halloween traditions alive. I want these kids to grow up and remember that weird house with all the scary lights, music and monsters. A few of them will wake up one day and realize that they have a yearning to create and share new Halloween memories with others, and the cycle continues. Halloween is in the blood. You can't learn to love it. It's a passion that's just there from the beginning, waiting to surface and fill your life with dark happiness.

What a great night! One of the best by far.

5 comments:

  1. Kudos! We had less than 50. Light rain didn't help, I am sure.

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    1. Being in California, I forget that the rest of the country has to deal with weather. That's a bummer, but at least 50 kids were undeterred. They are our future generation of Halloween enthusiasts!

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  2. We didn't keep track, but we definitely had several hundred!! We didn't have any high-tech displays or animatronics, just a display of (mostly) artificial carved pumpkins, my wife in a witch costume, and myself as a pumpkin-headed figure sitting prone in a rocking chair until the right person 'poked'. We have the same motivations, the same hopes. We hear similar comments ("This house tricks you EVERY year!") and it THRILLS me that we have a reputation. Hell, some of the kids in my hood have probably grown up trick or treating and being scared at my house. One of them -- a 7-year-old friend of my daughters -- actually came to our house after trick-or-treating to help (his family decorates extensively, but doesn't do the 'scare'). He's the future of Halloween!! And to quote the werewolf in Nightmare Before Christmas... "THREE HUNDRED SIXTY-FOUR!!" Now off to the clearance sales...

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    1. Spookywolffe that is so awesome! Thank you for sharing. Have you posted any pics? If so, post a link! I want to see every yard haunt in America.

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  3. Posted on the ScaryBlog FB page.

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