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The Aftermath of Halloween

I’m happy Halloween is over for another year.  It’s a daunting task to put all my props, lights and decorations away.  The coffin is still out back, my characters have not been undressed or disassembled yet, the smaller decorations and lights still litter my front hallway and my garage and lower den are cluttered with wire, wood, tools and pvc.  Why can’t I be like Samantha Stevens (of Bewitched fame) and just “blink” everything away!

I’m determined to put all Halloween related items back in their places by tomorrow.  More important, I’ll have to remember what tools and supplies to keep on hand for the upcoming Make and Takes where we’ll be building new Halloween props for next year.

Oh, “what a world, what a world!”  I do feel like I’m melting sometimes…but everything will get done, eventually.  I only hope next year, we’ll avoid the wrath of the evil one and the weather will cooperate.  After all, we can’t let the TOTs down, now can we?

Two Days and Counting…

It’s almost Halloween.  I’m trying to get into the Halloween spirit by dressing a little “halloweenie” when I can.    Unfortunately, I had to take down some of my props today because the wind started to pick up due to Hurricane Sandy.  We don’t have rain yet, but it’s expected to come tomorrow and be very, very heavy. 

Although I put together a nice little movie from video I took at a Make-and-Take gathering I went to back in August, I had forgotten how to do it.  Last night, I took some video on my camcorder.  Not too bad under the circumstances.  The music adds a nice touch.  I just wish I could have set up all of my props.  But there’s always next year.

I hope all my friends in NJ and PA are okay over the next couple of days.  Speaking with several online, I found most have disassembled their haunts due to the storm.  What a bummer!  Working all year for this one night and then having to take everything down because of the weather.  The main thing is that everyone is safe and hopefully, nobody has any structural or water damage.

There are still a few things out on my lawn including all my tombstones.  Keeping my fingers crossed that “something” is left standing by Wednesday!  We’ll have to see.  In the meantime, maybe I’ll bake up some goodies before my electricity goes out.  At least they’ll taste better than whatever canned food I may be stuck with!

Whatever You Do, Don’t Fall Asleep…

http://youtu.be/SPMBYLiYG_0

http://youtu.be/n5Rrj8nOcH8

http://youtu.be/WJsJgxKl0hk

http://youtu.be/puGjmSPHQWQ

I took some video of the outside this evening with my camera phone – in 4 installments.  I’ve never taken video with my phone before and uploaded it to YouTube but I did tonight.  Don’t even ask why I did it that way.  Probably because I didn’t want to try it with my regular camera or put a new disc in my video camera until everything is set.  

These are just preliminary.  I sill have a few more static props to display plus my coffin and rocking Mrs. Bates.  I’ll be getting those out tomorrow and should be finished by Saturday or Sunday the latest.  Of course, I’ll be adding music and fog.  Hey, it’s not Halloween YET!

Hurricane Sandy is headed our way and she’s expected to start pouring her heart out in our area this weekend.  I hope not.  I’m getting up very early in the morning, going down to my laboratory and finish the last of my props.  I will probably post some still shots by Saturday and save the final video for Halloween.

Crossing my fingers the storm doesn’t ruin Halloween for the TOTs this year.  It’s bad enough it Halloween is on a schoolday – if it rains I might not get anyone but the neighbors ringing my bell. 

One last thing; I haven’t decided on a costume yet!  Ha ha, nothing like leaving minor details like that till the last minute!  I’ve already had a handful of kids come into our cul-de-sac checking out the props and tombstones.  They said they love coming to see what I have each year because nobody else in the neighborhood really decorates for Halloween.  My pleasure is not so much in the decorations as in scaring the kids.  I’ve startled quite a number of them over the years (only the older ones).  The little ones I throw in the cauldron for a snack if they get out of line!

Soon children, very soon…

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