Halloween Mayhem

"If you can’t be with the one you love, honey, love the one you’re with..."



By any objective standard, this year's Halloween was a failure. Our blow mold display wasn't completed in time for the city competition because of an emergency medical visit (she's fine). Our laborers all fell ill or were injured shortly before the big day. I waited way too late to complete critical tombstones. The two of us still standing as of Halloween morning were too ill even to tear down the existing blow mold display if we planned to add any props at all to the yard - by that point we realized we'd have to abandon the "Four Funerals and a Wedding" that's been in progress for almost 18 months. In short, not an auspicious beginning to the biggest event of the year.



And yet... any day we get to play with our macabre toys is a good one. We decided to abandon all pretense of a theme by putting our flashiest new toys (plus literally anything handy that wasn't still packed) in the yard and calling it a day. A Victorian display casket amongst plastic pumpkins? Severed heads hanging from poles "supported" by blow mold ghosts? It was all good by us. Some ToTs actually complained or otherwise voiced their disappointment, but under the circumstances, we considered simply getting a display up to be a success - and when the creepy stalker guy with the dog leash and gun didn't snatch or maim anyone, we deemed the night a success. After all, the relevant theme song could have been "It's the End of the World As We Know It"


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