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Title: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: CellarDweller on September 30, 2018, 08:04:06 pm
So, do you decorate your abodes for Autumn and/or Halloween?

I don't decorate for Autumn, but I do put up lights for Halloween and Thanksgiving.


Here are my windows during the daytime.

Center window has a "Trick or Treat" flag in the center.  Around the flag are two strings of orange, green and purple lights.  The left window has a Jack O' Lantern, and the right has a bat.

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Title: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: CellarDweller on September 30, 2018, 08:04:27 pm
The windows at night, with a flash.


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Title: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: CellarDweller on September 30, 2018, 08:05:12 pm
and finally, without a flash.

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Title: Re: Autumn/Halloween D├ęcor
Post by: Front-Ranger on October 31, 2018, 06:17:22 pm
Thank you, friend Chuck. We don't have enough Hallowe'en discussions around here! Happy Samhain, everyone!
Title: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: CellarDweller on October 31, 2018, 06:34:30 pm
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Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: CellarDweller on October 31, 2018, 06:38:18 pm
Set up at work.

One of those "trick" bowls that makes noise and moves when you put your hand  by it.

The bucket of candy I won at the bowling league's Halloween party.  It had 355 pieces of candy in it, and I guessed 343.

The "scream" head is a cake I got at a local bakery.



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Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: Front-Ranger on October 31, 2018, 06:45:12 pm
That's a cake? It's too perfect to eat!
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: CellarDweller on October 31, 2018, 07:18:49 pm
It is indeed a cake!

;D

It was not easy to cut!  LOL.   After some pieces were cut, it looked quite mangled!
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on October 29, 2019, 02:16:03 pm
Happy Halloween!

No real Halloween-ing for me this year. I need to get extra candles for my ceramic jack-o-lanterns.

I've looked ahead. Next year is a leap year, so Halloween will jump right over Friday and fall on a Saturday--which will also be a full moon.  :o
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on October 29, 2019, 02:21:25 pm
So, do you decorate your abodes for Autumn and/or Halloween?

If putting out artificial fall flowers (chrysanthemums) and colored leaves counts as decorating for fall, then I do. I do this both at home and at work. For Halloween, at home I have two ceramic jack-o-lanterns . At work I have a plastic jack-o-lantern such as was used "in my day" for trick-or-treating. In it I have a small teddy bear that was once given to me; he wears a pointy "witch's" hat and a black shirt decorated with images of candy corn.
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: Front-Ranger on October 31, 2019, 03:46:15 pm
I have a cute little black cat statuette that is dancing on a pumpkin. It was given to me by R. It was in the collection of his wife who died 10 years ago. He also gave me her Tarot cards, but I don't use them.

Looks like 2020 will be the year to celebrate Halloween! This year, things are scary enough on a daily basis.  :'(
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: CellarDweller on October 31, 2019, 07:26:08 pm
Happy Halloween!!!



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Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: CellarDweller on October 31, 2019, 07:30:40 pm
Had a pretty active few days before Halloween.

I had two parties to go to on Saturday, and I baked a bunch of stromboli for them.  I didn't get home until about 1am.   Then on Monday I had a Halloween luncheon that was work related, in NYC.  I made stomboli for that.

Then on Tuesday I had my bowling league's Halloween party.  They asked people to bring food, so (of course) I made stromboli.

I went to all the parties (except the work one) dressed as the Heat Miser.

Tonight is Halloween, and I'm relaxing at home, watching a "Halloween" marathon on the AMC network.
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: Sason on November 01, 2019, 05:13:24 pm
You should have dressed up as a stromboli!
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: CellarDweller on September 24, 2020, 02:22:59 pm

Well, it's almost time to start getting ready for Halloween.


Given that we are living with Covid-19, I'm not sure if anything will be happening.   I know a lot of people are upset, as this year Halloween falls on Saturday, it's a full moon, it's a blue moon and it's the night that we turn the clocks back.

I have not put up any Halloween stuff yet, it's too soon, but I did take the stuff out of storage, and have it ready to go in my living room.
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: CellarDweller on September 24, 2020, 02:25:17 pm

I went to a local party store (a mom and pop shop, not Party City) and this store sells vintage Halloween decorations.   I normally don't decorate the door to my apartment, but I saw this things, and remembered them from my childhood, so I got them and will put them on the door.

Does anyone remember these?



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Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: CellarDweller on September 24, 2020, 02:25:51 pm
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Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: CellarDweller on October 21, 2020, 04:13:12 pm
Another forum that I'm a member of started a thread on 10/1 called "The 31 Days and Nights of Halloween", and those who participate are to watch 31 horror movies during the month of October.

They can be from any year, and you have to keep a running tally posted.

I'm participating, and this is what I've seen so far,  including today's entry, which has a description.   If the movie has a date by it in parenthesis, that means that there was a remake, and the date specifies which version I've seen.


01.  Friday the 13th  (1980)
02.  Friday the 13th Part II
03.  Friday the 13th Part III
04.  Friday the 13th Part IV (The Final Chapter)
05.  Friday the 13th Part V (A New Begining)
06.  Friday the 13th Part VI  (Jason Lives)
07.  Amityville Horror (1979)
08.  The Conjuring
09.  Insidious
10.  The Exorcist
11.  The Shining
12.  The Crazies (2010)
13.  Trick R Treat
14.  Ghost Ship
15.  13 Ghosts
16.  House on Haunted Hill
17.  The Changeling
18.  Pumpkinhead
19.  Nightmare on Elm Street
20.  Oculus
21.  Final Destination
22.  Final Destination 2
23.  Final Destination 3


24.  Annabelle   In Santa Monica, California, John Form, a doctor, presents his expectant wife Mia with a rare vintage porcelain doll as a gift for their first child to be placed in a collection of dolls in their daughter's nursery.

That night, the couple is disturbed by the sounds of their next door neighbors, the Higgins, being murdered during a home invasion. While Mia calls the police, she and John are attacked by the Higgins' killers. The police arrive and shoot one killer, a man, dead while the female killer commits suicide by slitting her throat inside the nursery while holding the doll. News reports identify the assailants as the Higgins' estranged daughter, Annabelle, and her unidentified boyfriend, both members of a cult.

In the days following the attack, a series of paranormal activities occurs around the Forms' residence. Afterwards, Mia gives birth to a healthy baby girl. She and John name their child Leah. The family rents an apartment in Pasadena and, after finding the doll that John had discarded since Annabelle's previous attack in one of their boxes, another set of paranormal events plagues Mia and her daughter. The next night Mia is haunted by a malevolent presence in her apartment. She believes it to be Annabelle's ghost after she encounters an enigmatic figure in the building's basement, who begins pursuing her.
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: Front-Ranger on October 21, 2020, 04:19:13 pm
I wonder why the Blair Witch Project isn't on the list. It's the scariest movie I've ever seen!
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: CellarDweller on October 21, 2020, 04:28:03 pm
I haven't gotten around to watching it yet.  LOL  It may still make my list!
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: CellarDweller on October 31, 2020, 08:27:24 pm
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Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: CellarDweller on October 31, 2020, 08:29:35 pm

I made the goal of 31 movies for 31 days of October.


01.  Friday the 13th  (1980)
02.  Friday the 13th Part II
03.  Friday the 13th Part III
04.  Friday the 13th Part IV (The Final Chapter)
05.  Friday the 13th Part V (A New Begining)
06.  Friday the 13th Part VI  (Jason Lives)
07.  Amityville Horror (1979)
08.  The Conjuring
09.  Insidious
10.  The Exorcist
11.  The Shining
12.  The Crazies (2010)
13.  Trick R Treat
14.  Ghost Ship
15.  13 Ghosts
16.  House on Haunted Hill
17.  The Changeling
18.  Pumpkinhead
19.  Nightmare on Elm Street
20.  Oculus
21.  Final Destination
22.  Final Destination 2
23.  Final Destination 3
24.  Annabelle
25.  Night of the Living Dead (1990)
26.  Dawn of the Dead (1978)
27.  Pet Semetary (1989)
28.  Wrong Turn
29.  Wrong Turn:  Dead End
30.  The Night Before Halloween
31.  Insidious:  Chapter 2
32.  Ouija
33.  Insidious:  The Last Key
34.  Blair Witch Project
35.  The Nun
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: serious crayons on November 22, 2020, 02:44:24 pm
Just saw your October list. No Halloween?


Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: CellarDweller on November 23, 2020, 10:47:53 pm
I can't believe I left that off the list.  :laugh:

I watched it like three times!
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: serious crayons on November 24, 2020, 01:05:12 pm
I can't believe I left that off the list.  :laugh:

I watched it like three times!

That one is my favorite. When I first saw it, I thought it was really novel that he put together all the scary-story tropes and both satirized and celebrated them -- and it was still scary!


Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on October 01, 2021, 08:51:12 am
It's October! Probably my favorite month is here.

How I used to eagerly anticipate Halloween. I guess those days are gone.  :(
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: serious crayons on October 01, 2021, 12:03:26 pm
It's October! Probably my favorite month is here.

How I used to eagerly anticipate Halloween. I guess those days are gone.  :(


Those days ended for me at least 10 years ago because I got sick of the ordeal of finding costumes for my kids and then cleaning up the bathroom splattered with (fake) blood. Toward the end of their trick-or-treating years they didn't dress up as any particular thing, like Frankenstein or Darth Vader, they just plastered themselves with fake wounds and blood and things like that.

One year when my older son was in 4th or 5th grade he picked out a bullet wound. I suggested he paste it to the middle of his forehead and dress as Abraham Lincoln. He pointed out(correctly, of course) that would be in poor taste.

For a few years, though, we decorated the yard with little ghosts the boys made of Styrofoam balls and pieces of white sheet, that spider web stuff they sell at drug stores and scarecrows made of old clothes stuffed with leaves, wearing masks. That part was fun.

Even after my sons aged out of Halloween, I got sick of never knowing how much candy to get, jumping up and down all night on the busy years and having a bunch of leftover candy on the quiet years. I also ate way too much chocolate, so I started getting things like Starbursts that I don't like.

Now that I'm living in an apartment with few kids, I expect Halloween will be pretty much like any other night. I should probably get at least a little candy, though, so as not to wind up in the position I was in one year in NYC, when the one child in our entire high-rise student housing apartment knocked at the door. I briefly panicked about what to give her (olives? a spoonful of peanut butter?) but found the perfect thing: refrigerator magnets shaped like colorful tropical fish. Happy ending!


 
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on October 01, 2021, 01:27:44 pm
My dad just puts out the lights, closes the blinds, and sits in the back of the house on Halloween. There's a TV in the kitchen, so that's no big deal.

I hope I never age out of Halloween.

With at least six gay bars in my neighborhood, Halloween used to be an amazing night. Some costumes were just unbelievable. Also, for decades, a local (gay) jeweler always sponsored an enormous Halloween party; it was held in the ballroom of a local hotel. I went once, and it was amazing.
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: serious crayons on October 01, 2021, 04:24:30 pm
My dad just puts out the lights, closes the blinds, and sits in the back of the house on Halloween. There's a TV in the kitchen, so that's no big deal.

I've considered that but it seems like cheating, somehow. :laugh: (No criticism of your dad!)

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I hope I never age out of Halloween.

Oh, I misspoke. I should have said they aged out of trick-or-treating. They still probably do some parties and things. We still have the McDonald's french fries costume my younger son wore when he was about three. It went below his knees. We still occasionally wear it, although now it fits like a dickey.

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With at least six gay bars in my neighborhood, Halloween used to be an amazing night. Some costumes were just unbelievable. Also, for decades, a local (gay) jeweler always sponsored an enormous Halloween party; it was held in the ballroom of a local hotel. I went once, and it was amazing.[/font][/size]

I wonder why gay guys (and maybe lesbians?) get so much more into Halloween. I worked with a guy who went to a party with his husband-to-be wearing elaborate costumes, perfect to the littlest detail, of major characters in the obscure Disney movie The Emperor's New Groove.

Is the more enthusiastic participation related to other costuming opportunities in gay culture, like Pride events and drag shows, do you think?


Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: CellarDweller on October 01, 2021, 10:31:22 pm
Well, it's October 1st, and I've decorated my windows for Halloween, putting up my flag and lights.

And tonight, the AMC Network aired Halloween and Halloween II back -to-back, so I've started the month off right!
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on October 02, 2021, 09:33:48 pm
On October 1 I got out my two ceramic jack-o-lanterns.
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on October 19, 2021, 11:03:07 am
On October 1 I got out my two ceramic jack-o-lanterns.

Since we're now past the midpoint of October, I've now begun lighting my jack-o-lanterns for a few hours each evening.

I just realized I need to get myself some Reese's peanut butter cups. I remember once hearing that they were the favorite Halloween treat.
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: CellarDweller on October 19, 2021, 01:45:14 pm
I've been driving around and seeing the different decorations that are out.   I have to say, I'm a bit of a tradtionalist.

:laugh:

When I think of Halloween, I think of ghosts, Jack O' Lanterns, witches, haunted houses, and other scary stuff. 

I get that it's a big kids holiday, so I understand  friendly looking decor, but even as a kid, I enjoyed the scary stuff more.

I've also started to see things that I wouldn't consider "Halloweeny" but they're appearing.   I've passed a few houses that have inflatable dragons on the lawns.  When did dragons become Halloween related?  Same thing with some houses putting out "aliens".   ETs are not part of Halloween to me.

Technically, zombies aren't Halloween related either.  The movies are scary, but they're not centered around Halloween.
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on October 19, 2021, 02:31:40 pm
I get that it's a big kids holiday.

It has, indeed, become a "big kids holiday," and "big kids" now spend lots of money on it.

At least, they did before the pandemic. A Halloween store has opened near me, and I've wanted to go in just to see what it's like, but I haven't done it yet.
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on October 20, 2021, 01:44:49 pm
You could say I'm in the market for a new drugstore, as the Rite-Aid where I had prescriptions filled and bought all sorts of OTC stuff for 35 years closed about the end of last month. There are two CVS stores and two Walgreens stores in walking distance of my place. Yesterday I went into the larger of the two Walgreens and was kind of shocked that they had no shelves with bags of Halloween treats.

(I don't like the one CVS because mostly they never have anyone at the check-outs. You are more-or-less forced to use the self-check-outs. I do use them, but I'd rather deal with a person. Also, everything from laundry detergent to antiperspirant is under lock and key; you have to get a staff person to help you buy a tube of Right Guard. How stupid is that? You never had to do that at the old Rite-Aid. I mean, you can't cook meth from antiperspirant, can you?  ???  )


(I don't like that Walgreens either--too difficult to find stuff. Who's gonna look for toothpaste next the make-up and skin care products?)
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: CellarDweller on October 20, 2021, 04:10:11 pm
No Halloween candy?   It's everywhere I've been.  How odd.

Following up on my post about non-Halloween decor for Halloween, I drove by a house that had a large, inflatable piranha plant on the front lawn.  I think it's a character from the Mario Bros game.

Really?  How is that Halloween?
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on October 24, 2021, 09:10:44 pm
Halloween is here. This evening PBS broadcast "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown."  ;D
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on October 28, 2021, 07:53:09 pm
I neglected to mention that last Saturday morning, the Eighties station played the theme from Ghostbusters.

Who you gonna call?  ;D
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: Front-Ranger on October 29, 2021, 09:22:54 am
Wow, I just realized that I'm really out of it. I don't watch TV, listen to pop music on the radio, or go into drug stores. How am I going to get in the Hallowe'en spirit?

When my mom was around I spent much time in line at Walgreen's. Their parking lot was cramped. Now, I find I can get everything I need at my grocery store. Even prescriptions can be filled there, and I can get my vaccinations.
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on October 29, 2021, 11:34:23 am
How am I going to get in the Hallowe'en spirit?

Go buy some pumpkins and start carving away.  :)

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When my mom was around I spent much time in line at Walgreen's. Their parking lot was cramped. Now, I find I can get everything I need at my grocery store. Even prescriptions can be filled there, and I can get my vaccinations.

So there's a pharmacy inside your supermarket? That's what my dad does, use the pharmacy inside the supermarket where he shops.

I guess your grandchildren still aren't allowed to celebrate Halloween?  :(

When they grow up I hope they don't come to resent their parents for it.
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: Front-Ranger on October 29, 2021, 11:42:19 am
Good suggestion. I have a couple of pumpkins that I grew myself. And I looked for the pumpkin spice latte drink at the store but I couldn't find any. They may be sold out.

There's a different holiday where the grandchildren dress up in costumes and have a party at the church. It's called Purim and takes place in March. And the children wear costumes all the time...there's a rack in their playroom full of armor, tunics, and tutus. They get candy occasionally and treats such as popcorn and ice cream.
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on October 29, 2021, 01:41:24 pm
There's a different holiday where the grandchildren dress up in costumes and have a party at the church. It's called Purim and takes place in March. And the children wear costumes all the time...there's a rack in their playroom full of armor, tunics, and tutus. They get candy occasionally and treats such as popcorn and ice cream.

Yes, I'm familiar with Purim. But I thought your daughter and son-in-law were leaving their church. Did they change their minds?
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: Front-Ranger on October 29, 2021, 02:09:55 pm
Yes, they left that church and are now at a different church but the same faith.
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on October 29, 2021, 03:18:51 pm
Yes, they left that church and are now at a different church but the same faith.

Ah. I see.
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: Front-Ranger on October 29, 2021, 04:58:27 pm
People are talking about the "thinning of the veil" between the spirit world and the everyday world. I don't know much about that and have dragged out my Celtic books to find out more.
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: CellarDweller on October 31, 2021, 11:15:14 am
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Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on October 31, 2021, 07:04:53 pm
Around here there were some Halloweeners (Halloweenies?) out in costume last night. I was told some were out Friday night as well, including a group that came as the Jetsons, complete with Rosie the Robot Maid. I was told the costumes were very good.  ;D

I thought briefly about going out in costume, but I was concerned there wouldn't be but a handful of other people dressed.
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: CellarDweller on October 31, 2021, 08:52:14 pm
3 more hours left to Halloween.  Spent the day watching scary movies.   Then, on to Thanksgiving.
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: Front-Ranger on November 01, 2021, 11:46:36 am
No scary movies for me! The real world is quite scary enough, thank you.

Woke up this morning to a flurry of white feathers in the chicken coop and no chickens. The score now stands at raccoons: 7, Lee: 2. I had some experts trap and relocate two big raccoons, but there are still some around, it appears. I pinned the hardware cloth to the ground every 6 to 8 inches, but they still got inside.  :'(
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on November 01, 2021, 03:36:00 pm
I forgot to watch It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown last night.  :(  Good thing I'd already seen it on PBS.
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on November 02, 2021, 08:31:32 am
Yesterday was All Saints Day. Today is All Souls Day, also Dia de los Muertos.
Title: Re: Celebrating Halloween
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on November 03, 2021, 08:36:34 am
This morning I was putting away my jack-o-lanterns for another year, and I noticed I had forgotten to put out my Halloween story book as part of my decorations.  >:(  :(