Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Trick or Treat!


Well tonight was the big night for the kids, both young and not so young ... when the cold (and I mean cold!) wind was blowing, the leaves were rattling and there was a definite scent of spookiness in the air ...

Though the weather was wonderful earlier in the day --reaching 70 degrees-- by late afternoon, a strong cold front came whipping through and dropped the temperature by over 30 degrees. We think this dampened some of the trick or treaters' plans, as we only had 55 visitors this year (57 if we count the two dogs who stopped by!). But those who were brave enough to venture out were amply rewarded with treats of candy, toys and pencils ... Our new feature this year -- the coffin of joyful doom -- was popular with the kids, who had to reach into the spooky coffin with a skeleton resting in it, to pull out toy prizes we had been collecting since last year.

As promised, here are the costumes ... in the first shot you can see FuManPhantom (aka IVG) holding forth at the door to help greet (and frighten a good number!) those brave enough to trek up the steps and on to the porch ... Next is her Devildogginess Herself guarding the candy before the kids started arriving. And finally, the scary CrowMan (aka C) shows off his labor of spooky love that took quite some time to assemble. Unfortunately the head is so dark it doesn't show up that well in these pics, but believe me, it's very authentic and creepy! He frightened more than one tonight as he sat in wait for unsuspecting beggars to enter his lair ...

Though we had the usual assortment of kids who threw their costumes together quickly (when will those Scream masks finally go away?), there were some stand outs with some of the kids, most of which seemed to involve Star Wars ... We had a delightful little Jawa with glowing and blinking eyes, as well as our own neighborhood Darth Vader, who arrived in an illuminated Darth suit. A good number of vampires as well ... the usual little princesses and even some toddler cows!

All in all it was a fun night for the gang here (except for the dogs who had to stay in for most of the festivities (4 bounding barkers was too much for our small treating area). But the dogs were also greatly rewarded afterwards with biscuits and beggin strips, so they didn't seem to mind too much. We ghouls later dined on mystery meatballs and cheeses, then watched The Exorcism of Emily Rose, which is actually a pretty good film. Supposedly a true story, it was a more than literate tale that we found appropriate for a cold, windy and definitely spooky night! I hope everyone else's Halloween will be a good one, and we'll treat our visitors here to one more day of images from our haunted house, so do stop by again for more spooky treats tomorrow!

111 comments:

olivia said...

LOL! I have to say that first photo is very spooky IVG ... ;) ... I think you'd have scared me too! It's the skeletal hands or maybe that look in your eye ... lol.

So how much candy do you have left ... looks like you've got a lot. Pepa looks so good too.

And C's costume is unreal! You can see the head on the lg size ... that is unbelievable ... what did he make the beak w/? Tell him great job!

So now what are you guys going to do? It's over again for another year. Looking forward to the spooky town pix?

Iowa Victory Gardener said...

We have about 1/3 of that candy left, but it will get eaten eventually or I'll stash it in my desk at work ... Yes, I was working on the sinister look last night as I waved my whooshing wand at the kids. At least I was a generous sinister phantom :-)

C made the headpiece from a mask mold he got (kind of Italian big nose type one), then used papier mache to make it and put a pair of sunglasses lenses in for the eyes... then painted and feathered. Now you know why it took so long! He also cast the claws from resin from latex molds he made on sculpted clay models. All in all a very long and labor intensive process! We think it paid off though, don't you?

olivia said...

Definitely paid off ... it's wonderful!

Family Man said...

Hi IVG.

Looks like ya'll had a wonderful time and the costumes are great. Looks like one Halloween party I wished I could have gone to. :)

Man Eegee said...

Great costumes! I dressed up as a Mexican this year ;)

d said...

whoa!! amazing costumes!...well done.

friend of mine used to have a costume party every year, some time ago now, where evryone would spend most of the year attempting to outdo the last one and everyone else...these two, my friend, would be hard to beat!

Peace

Family Man said...

Hey IVG I decided to bring Olivia and to some toe tapping.

Family Man said...

I don't know how I did it, but click on the date and time stamp in the previous post and you can see the picture I was trying to post.

olivia said...

I'm here FM ... tap, tap, tapping ...

That is weird ... How the heck did you get the date/time stamp to link to the photo?

Family Man said...

OK I see the tapping is working, so it's the wrecking ball next. I figure if that doesn't get some attention then nothing will.

I hope you're doing well IVG and let us hear from you.

Iowa Victory Gardener said...

As always, thanks for the kind words, FM, but please keep the wrecking ball at bay, ok? I know, it's been forever since I last updated here, but with fall's arrival (and subsequent dip in mood), a busy workload and general slackitude, I've not been up for it.

Have a few new ideas of things to write over the winter, not all gardening related, though I do plan on pillaging the archives a bit for some more pictures.

Sometime this week I should have pictures of our holiday tree up, with any luck. We're just now getting to the point where we can put the ornaments on and it will be pretty flashy!

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