It’s almost time…!
Yes, kids. It’s almost Halloween. Time for scary movies, too much candy, and homemade costumes. Now, I don’t care much for scary movies. (They give me the heeby-geebies way longer than they should, so I just gave them up completely.) But I do like the candy, Candy Corn being my favorite. (Read about the History of Candy Corn here, http://blurts.wordpress.com/2010/10/07/cultivating-candy-corn-your-questions-answered/) And I’ve made my share of homemade costumes from Vampira, for myself, to Jasmine (from Aladdin) to a Power Ranger for my daughter and son when they were little.
I use to love Halloween when I was a kid. That’s before the costumes got all gory and terrifying. Back then, we were things like princesses and ballerinas, and cowboys and firemen. True, not very scary, but they were still things we wanted to be if we could in our make-believe kid world. When it started getting all creepy and gory, that’s when I really kind of backed away from it and only took my kids to a few houses. Then we would just go back home and have our own Halloween party with cupcakes and Charlie Brown’s The Great Pumpkin movie.
Then, something wonderful started happening in a nearby neighborhood. People were decorating their houses with bigger than life yard props. It started with things like a giant crescent moon with a witch sitting on it on the second story of a house, a spotlight shinning to accent it. Or a freakishly large spider along the side of a house with a giant spider web. People would notice these great props and started cruising by on the nights before Halloween just to see them.
Over the years, it has progressed into a major function that people all over the city look forward to attending. First of all, for the kids, they give out the best candy! Then, for the adults as well as the kids are the unbelievable sights that you will encounter as you now can walk about in a 2 block area and a couple of side streets and see all kinds of outlandish decorations and creations and smoke machines and monsters and ghosts and giant spiders and coffins that rise up from the ground as music on loudspeakers play and 25 foot creatures walk about (a man with wooden sticks controls him from underneath the creature’s cape) and so much more!!! There are so many people who attend that they now hire out security for the night. Last year, they had 7 off duty police patrol the area. As far as I know, they have never had any trouble. But it’s nice to know the area is patrolled so that we can all enjoy the effort these people go through to make the night the best time a family can have during the Halloween season.
I really look forward to it because I can, once again, enjoy Halloween like I use to when I was a kid. So, thank you, College Hill residents, for all the work you do to make the night enjoyable for all of us who attend. You do a great job every year, and I so look forward to the good time I get to spend with my older teenagers who I have been taking since they were in grade school.
These pics are from last year. Can’t wait to take some new ones from this year!
P.S. Sorry about the blurriness of some of these. There is a large crowd and I sometimes have to shoot fast and move on.
THIS HOUSE HAD A GIANT SCREEN T.V. IN THE FRONT YARD PLAYING MICHAEL JACKSON’S THRILLER MUSIC VIDEO ALL NIGHT!
THESE NEXT FOUR ARE FROM THE SAME HOUSE. THEY GO ALL OUT! I HAD A BLURRY PIC OF THE OTHER SIDE WHERE THEY HAVE A MAN DRESSED IN BLACK PLAYING AN ORGAN (FOR REAL!) AND A MAKESHIFT CEMETARY WITH A BLACK WROUGHT IRON FENCE. IT’S AWESOME!
THIS WAS JUST ONE OF THE MANY HOUSES THAT PARTICIPATED WITH DECORATING THEIR YARD AND PORCH FOR ALL THE PEOPLE TO ENJOY.
THE NEXT FIVE ARE FROM SAME HOUSE. THEY ALSO HAVE THE GIANT CREATURE IN BLACK WALKING ABOUT. PIC WASN’T VERY GOOD, THOUGH.
THE FOLLOWING THREE ARE FROM SAME HOUSE. THEY HAD SOME GREAT SCARY MUSIC ON LOUDSPEAKERS PLAYING. YOU COULD HEAR IT DOWN FROM THE NEXT BLOCK OVER! THE GHOSTS IN THE TREE DANCED AROUND. THE PUMPKIN HEAD GUY WOULD RISE UP AND DOWN FROM THE GROUND, TOO. SUCH A GOOD SHOW!
THESE NEXT TWO MAY NOT BE THAT SCARY TO YOU, BUT IT WAS SO DARK AT THIS HOUSE EXCEPT FOR THE CAT EYES ON THE UPPER FLOOR AND THE GREEN LIGHTS GLOWING ON THE GROUND. THAT GHOST WAS ON SOME KIND OF REVOLVING WIRE AND WOULD FLY ALL THE WAY OUT TO THE SIDEWALK, AROUND THE YARD, AND ACROSS THE PORCH OF THE HOUSE! EVERYTHING GLOWED!
THIS ONE REMINDED ME OF A CHRISTMAS-SORT-OF-HALLOWEEN WITH ALL THOSE LIGHTS! IT WAS KIND OF “PRETTY” SPOOKY.
THEY HAD A SORT OF “PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN” THING GOING ON HERE.
THESE WERE SOME CREEPY OLD DUDES STILL CRANKIN’ OUT THE ROCK-N-ROLL. REMIND YOU OF ANYONE?
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A VERY FUN AND SAFE HALLOWEEN THIS YEAR!