Thursday, October 28, 2010

Happy Halloween...

To: Family and Friends

Wish you were here
Glad you're with us
Stay safe
Good weather
Good haunting
Happy Halloween!

Ready or not....

Being a Stephen King fan for years, of course we have our version of "Pennywise."  We are for the most part ready for Halloween, my friends.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pumpkinrot creatures...

I am obsessed with a blog ~  Those of you who follow the blog understand completely.  Rot is the Oprah of Halloween.  If he writes about a book (October Dreams)...I have to have it.  If he suggests music...I need it.  If he suggests anything...I obsess.  For instance, Pumpkin Pop Tarts.  I don't actually like Pop Tarts.  I haven't had any for oh, I guess 30+ years!  But he's given them a delicious recommendation so I have know the routine.  Point is, he is spot on with his vision of Halloween.  Here's a couple of his Pumpkinrot creatures on our mantel.  They are crafted by Rot and his lovely Bean.


One of our grandsons went with me to shop for TorT candy.  Love getting his input (quality control)!  We should have enough for about 600 TorTr's.  Umm, that's not true.  By the time we finish raiding the stash...maybe enough for 500+.  We usually add  little tubs of Play Dough with the candy.  Hope our forecast for rain doesn't scare anyone away.  I'd hate to eat that all by myself.......

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Ooooooh, spooky!

I love a good double take, a shift in your reality, a small unexpected shift.  For example:  when you look at a sign and read something with a different meaning.  Or, think you see one thing but it's something totally different. 

My older brother sent me a package once with a fur mouse toy for Orangecat added to the top of the packing as an afterthought.  Very thoughtful, very benign, until I opened the package.  I saw a "live mouse" and so did Orangecat.  He pounced, I ran.  So did my heartbeat.  My brother could not have planned a better gift to my day. Or Orangecat's day.
Last year I arranged fake spiders on my apothecary book shelves.  They hang on the books, pumpkins, whatever I can get them to sorta stick to.  When we go in and out of the garage door, it bangs and things on that wall shift.  The fake spiders sometimes end up in places I don't expect.  It's a nice little shift in my reality to do a double take and think "oooooh, spooky."  The spiders have not moved since October 1 until this morning.  One ended up several feet away in the living room.  Ooooooh, spooky!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Spooky Fence

For years I've been collecting spooky fencing for our yard haunt.  It's old wood snow fence.  The older and more worn the better I like it.  I started out with just a small amount near the front porch held up by tiki torches.  Now, it surrounds the front and side yards.  It helps keep the ghouls in and the curious out.

It was a beautiful afternoon here in Idaho and the perfect day for the spooky fence and torches to go up!  It's a signal for the neighborhood kids to start their daily scouting journeys.  Each day they're lured into thinking it's not so scary...but on Halloween night, when it's all there, in the dark...not so brave.

Spooky Fence

Monday, October 18, 2010

That's my girl.....

Eeek, a spider!!

Practice run...witch 1 & 2

Halloween 2009

Well, let's get started...

After months of nervous contemplation..I'm starting a blog.  I know nothing and have lots to learn.  Here's what I do know...I have an obsession with Halloween, I love my family and friends, and I love to share my obsession with 500+ kids and their family and friends. 

Sometimes I might actually have something worth while to share and sometimes....probably not.  Get use to's all I got for ya.

I've always loved Halloween (birthday comes shortly after) but here's the short version of the beginning of this obsession.  I have 5 grandchildren (4 boys - 1 girl).  Our first Halloween in Idaho I decorated with tiki torches and a few minor decorations for the grandsons.  They were only 3 and 5 years old.  When they arrived with their mom their little faces just lit up!  The word is that they said, "Wow, we got a cool grandma!"  Well, now I have a reputation to maintain.

I'll try to add photos from past years and what we're up to this year.........