Hard to believe I once lived where I had to teach my neighbors how to celebrate Halloween. Here there are ghosts, headless men, witches, bats, skeletons and various body parts everywhere you look!

How about a pumpkin patch of scarecrows for this year’s scariest night? These feel a bit Chucky-ish to me.

Graveyards appear to be all the rage as well. They are popping up everywhere in my neighborhood much to my dog, Daisy’s, bemusement since they infringe on her prime pooping real estate .

Some are cordoned off with barbed wire, while others are with police tape. It’s all very amusing, but I’m sure I would be terrified by it if I were a small child. I saw the 1931 Count Dracula film, the one with Bela Legosi,

when I was six – a babysitter’s fault. I had nightmares for weeks, and insisted on tying a long stuffed toy snake round my neck at night to protect myself from vampires before I dared close my eyes. Funny, considering it is

now snakes that give me the creeps! Not crazy about huge spiders crawling up my walls either. My, Jack-o-lantern how you have grown with your demonic smile and jagged teeth threatening to devour small children.

Careful where you walk – you never know who or what may be lurklng. Beware of enormous bats flying….

… overhead, and jack-o-lantern ghosts of years past springing up from the dead!

This house decided to kill two holidays with one BOO dragon. I do believe we are coming up on the year of the

dragon coming this Chinese New Year. Well, BOO and happy new year  to you too! I guess they’re not so keen on Thanksgiving and Christmas in between.

I’ll leave you to get your creep on. Who will you be on Halloween, and who or what will be watching you?

PS. I’ll be back!


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  • October 30, 2011
    3:34 pm

    I love when adults have the same excitement for holidays and celebrations as kids do. I hope they never ‘grow up’ and become too serious. Great neighbourhood SPIRIT!

    • October 30, 2011
      9:49 pm

      The trick to having a happy life is to hold onto the childlike awe, along with the wisdom from the lessons learned, forever.

      • October 31, 2011
        9:53 am

        Wise words and words to live by. I love this quote of yours.

      • October 31, 2011
        9:56 am

        I learned it from watching my favorite people in my 20’s. Nick used to make fun of me “collecting old men” as friends. Kids our age were so busy trying to pretend to be grown up, I found them boring, yet I could tell 75 year old Norman Parkinson, amongst others, still had that childlike awe and enthusiasm for the word – which would you rather hang out with?

      • November 1, 2011
        10:41 am

        Norman Parkinson vs anyone else is hands down Norman Parkinson all the time. His photos are the proof in the pudding of how his attitude matters.

  • October 30, 2011
    6:46 pm

    LOL We just watched that very video(Party Rock Anthem) the other day. Hilarious. I love it when that guy does that stuff with the lights and music.
    Your pictures are awesome. I’d love to bring the kids trick or treating there.

    • October 30, 2011
      9:50 pm

      Yes, a Facebook friend of mine shared it on my wall a few days ago – love it.

  • October 31, 2011
    11:49 am

    We were roaming around our hometown here looking for something to do with the kids and everywhere was so lame!

    You wouldn’t even know that today is Halloween!

    What a great ‘spirited’ neighborhood, Julie Anne! My kids got a huge kick out of this post!

  • October 31, 2011
    1:10 pm

    As I drove my daughter to school today, she was counting the houses that didn’t have any Halloween decorations. (unfortunately, most of them). She was AMAZED that people don’t celebrate halloween! Tonight, she will be a vampire and I am her black cat. I’ll post a picture in the forum later this week.

    And I agree with you about people who have young spirits. Much more interesting than those who are trying to get old!

    • October 31, 2011
      1:14 pm

      Here we have the battle to outdo the Jones’s, but grateful for it. My personal favorites are Christmas decorations – just reminds me of such happy times during my childhood. My parents would drive all around the city to show us the lights.

      • October 31, 2011
        1:14 pm

        I have to add, the creativity I’m seeing with Halloween decorations is off the charts.

  • November 3, 2011
    12:30 am

    My husband and I love decorating for Halloween nearly as much as for Christmas. He told me yesterday he had to restrain himself from the sales! This year was skimpy next to most and we still outdid our new neighborhood. Maybe ours encouraged them for next year! My childhood memories include driving all around looking at light displays at Christmas, as well…a tradition I’ve carried forward with my sister’s (now grown) children, and now my own munchkins!