Friday, October 31, 2014

Thirteen Very Scary Halloween Pics-- BOO!














Our first Halloween in Arcata. The neighborhoods are full of skeletons, tombstones, cobwebs, mummies and witches. It's scary everywhere! Happy Halloween!

19 comments:

  1. When I was a child there was no such thing as Halloween in England. Even now we don't see displays such as you've photographed here - yet! Happy Halloween to you - or should that be Scary Halloween?

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  2. My birthay is on the 13th so not scar, want to see scary then hit the link.
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/?tab=jX#103828719291608181399/posts/e2LnE6u9L2S?pid=6075692732887265378&oid=103828719291608181399

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  3. I may be the only person who reads your blog that has gone trick or treating with you : )

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  4. John-- I wondered if Halloween was celebrated in England. We were pretty impressed by the sights here. This little town really likes to go spooky!

    Bill-- Is your birthday on October 13? Mine is on May 13, so I always think of 13 as pretty lucky!

    Larry-- So true! I can't think of anyone else who reads the blog who went trick or treating with us.

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  5. There's an interesting piece on the BBC news site called "The Dark Season", which has much info and good photos
    about England's strange traditions around this time of year.
    I drag a little "spooky tree" out of the basement, put a skeleton on the front door, and call it good. No more messy pumpkin eviscerations for me!

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  6. Fun pics. ;) Imagining you guys going trick or treating! What would you be tonight if you were going?

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  7. isabelita-- We're so used to living out in the country and having no one ever knock on our door, that we are actually just going to turn out the lights in the house and hide. We did buy a bag of candy for our neighbor to give out as a contribution to the community spirit of the season. I'm going to check out England's traditions.

    Sky-- It's been so long since I've put on a costume, I wouldn't know where to begin. When I was young, I went as a beatnik! LOL!

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  8. That ghoul in the window would keep me away. How neat people go so all out with great imagination.. I am afraid it is pretty quiet and non-creative around here. A few pumpkins are about it.
    Hope you don't get tricked.

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  9. Arkansas Patti-- That is quite a ghoul, isn't it! I found a few other places yesterday I could have photographed with witches on brooms in trees, and giant skulls suspended in cobwebs. I started taking photos almost a full month ago. Yes, people really do like this holiday here.

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  10. I tried to comment earlier using my phone, but sometimes it just doesn't work.

    Up here on the mountain we don't get any trick-or-treaters. We're mostly old people up here. The young couple next door have a little girl, but she's too young for trick or treating. Leah was hoping her mother would dress her up anyway.

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  11. Mark-- We didn't have trick or treaters for al the years we lived on Olympic Peninsula and in the Sierra foothills. This was the first time in a decade we lived someplace where people walk around knocking on doors. We weren't quite ready for that, so we turned out the lights, but we did buy a bag of candy for our neighbor to distribute. Next year we'll be ready for the little ghosts and goblins to come knocking. We live right around the corner from an elementary school. At 11:00 Halloween morning, the entire student body paraded in our neighborhood in costumes. The teachers were in costumes as well. It was a grand sight!

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  12. I love it when people do outdoor displays. We have only Halloween flags outside but lots of indoor decorations.

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  13. I love the Hungry Demon Babies! No one comes to our place to trick-or-treat; we live at the end of a 0.1-mile pitch-black and spooky driveway, and the next house is about 0.2-mile away from the driveway entrance. In addition, most of the houses in our neighborhood are pretty far apart, there are no sidewalks, and there aren't many children anyway. The children that do live around here go to a more populous, densely suburban neighborhood a mile or so away to collect their goodies.

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  14. Great spooks! The kids doing a halloween parade sounds so fun.

    Our block is out of the way, and we got nobody. I was ready! I was motivated! Right across the street, they have pumpkin lights and a ghost, and another neighbor had a graveyard with a big ghost.

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  15. NCmountainwoman-- We love these outdoor displays too and were delightfully surprised to see so much enthusiasm out there. Really grand stuff.

    Scott-- It's interesting being back in town where people really do go door to door. It's like the old days of our childhoods. College towns are funny in that halloween happens for a lot of older "kids" out there.

    kathy a-- Yes, the halloween parade was a surprise and a delight. We loved it. I've heard from friends and family all over the country who said that halloween was pretty light this year. Not a lot of trick or treaters. Here's hoping that next year will be better.

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  16. There's nothing better than a neighborhood that goes all out for Halloween! Love it. Great pumpkins in that one shot.

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  17. amarkonmywall-- It's true! There's nothing like a neighborhood that goes all out for Halloween. We loved it!

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  18. Fantastic photos of some very creative displays. I REALLY like the "Hungry Demon Babies." My town is almost totally in the hills and most of the residential streets are built on hill sides. Because of that there are only houses on one side of the streets. We live on top of a hill and our street is the only one in the area with houses on both sides of the streets. So kids from everywhere head to out street first. We always get tons of kids. Usually between 150 and 250. It is a busy night for us. We've been here for about 8 years and apparently, the lady who lived here before us, gave out freshly made glazed donuts! Can you believe that? We still hear about it every year! All in fun, but still...

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  19. Pat-- I am blown away by how many kids you get at your house on Halloween. Even when we lived in town in Santa Cruz, we never saw that many. It must be pretty wild there!

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