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Re: Hooray for Halloween!

Post by Mo » 31 Oct 2018, 08:30

Apparently, there are a series of Monster Mash sequels that are worse than the original.

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Re: Hooray for Halloween!

Post by Jennifer » 31 Oct 2018, 16:51

Those really are amazing pumpkin-carvings, Warren. Would the skill required to carve pumpkin shells transfer over into carving soft (pre-baked) ceramic? Because if you could make permanent candle or electric-light holders that look like that, I could see them selling for a not-insignificant sum of money. Though of course you'd need raw ceramic material, and also access to a kiln. (An IRL friend of mine makes a decent living selling her art in an Etsy shop, which is what made me think of you in this instance.)
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Re: Hooray for Halloween!

Post by Jake » 31 Oct 2018, 17:03

Ellie wrote:
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Those are SICK. Sick in the good way, obviously. You're amazing.
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Re: Hooray for Halloween!

Post by Highway » 31 Oct 2018, 20:49

I think our neighborhood has fallen out of favor as the destination neighborhood. Volume this year was probably 1/3 to half of what it's been the last 10 years. No cars lining the street even on my cul de sac. And a much more sedate pace of people showing up, and almost no high schoolers who shave.

This is tolerable, I think. We'll see what next year is like.
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Re: Hooray for Halloween!

Post by Jennifer » 31 Oct 2018, 21:49

One knock on the door all night. (I doubt it's just me, though; despite the many many kids in this neighborhood, hardly any of them go trick-or-treating. From my perch in the living room, I can see the majority of the complex parking lot; nary a costumed beggar in sight.) About ten minutes before trick-or-treating hours ended, the knock came: one tiny girl in a witch costume, and three costumeless girls who I suspect were over the age limit, but I wasn't about to begrudge them some free candy; since I knew by then there was no chance of me running out, I gave everyone two pieces rather than one.
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Re: Hooray for Halloween!

Post by Eric the .5b » 31 Oct 2018, 22:02

Still at the office, but I managed to get a decent version of the costume put together.

For nobody to recognize. Ah, well. (I'll see if I can get a picture; it's a hard one to get a decent selfie of it.)
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Re: Hooray for Halloween!

Post by Warren » 31 Oct 2018, 23:10

Rained out.
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Post by Jasper » 01 Nov 2018, 15:24

Not a one this year. As usual, I took the pups upstairs and watched TV for a couple hours while Sue handled treat-giving responsibilities. I heard a few groups go by, and the front door opening & closing a few times, but Sue said no one showed. She checked when she heard the groups too, but they all went down the little cul-de-sac across from us but never in front and further down the hill.

I wonder if it's because we're surrounded on three sides by retirees that don't put their lights on? We were the only house on our corner with the porch light on. I'd normally say it was our kinda-shitty front gate, but we leave it open on Halloween so kids don't have to deal with it.
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Post by Pham Nuwen » 01 Nov 2018, 16:23

Cold but not windy. Drove block to block. Hit about 30 houses or so at most. Kids loved it.

Had a homeowner with a toddler ask me where all the trick or treaters are at around this area. Had to explain this is olde town. Lots of peeps are descendants of the original homesteaders. These people are old. Very old. Even with the recent influx.
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Re: Hooray for Halloween!

Post by JD » 01 Nov 2018, 17:22

We never get any trick-or-treaters because we live in a smallish apartment building with no kids, and Amanda's shop is on a quiet, rather industrial street, but we lay in a lot of candy, you know, just in case a ton of kids unexpectedly show up. I mean, sure, last year we were forced to eat all of it ourselves, but you never know, this year could be different.

When I was out and about in the afternoon, there were kids hitting up the businesses on the major commercial street. I was in the pet food store when a little girl came in, and she was so smitten with the store's cat who was sitting on the counter that she completely forgot about candy. It was pretty adorable.

The band had a gig in Bushwick, so we were out in hipster central, but Slut-o-ween was actually fairly restrained this year. Our bassist did show up dressed in full death metal regalia, though.
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Re: Hooray for Halloween!

Post by Warren » 28 Oct 2019, 22:02

The only pre-31st good weather, was Sun and Mon. Sunday was the better day, and I carved my more challenging pattern. Allowl me to introduce Slightly Tipsy.
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Post by Warren » 28 Oct 2019, 22:07

Monday did not go well. I got off to a late start. And when I finally got around to carving, I discovered the pumpkin I had chosen, had a rotten spot. Right through the pulp. Fortunately, I had a backup pumpkin. It however was rounder and smaller. And I only had half a day. I had to go with an even simpler pattern. I went with this one in the hopes it would win dhex's approval.
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Re: Hooray for Halloween!

Post by Warren » 28 Oct 2019, 22:09

Oh, and that pumpkin with the rotten spot, Yeah I did something with that too.
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Re: Hooray for Halloween!

Post by Painboy » 28 Oct 2019, 22:14

Good stuff man!

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Post by Warren » 28 Oct 2019, 22:16

And AS A SPECIAL ADDED BONUS this year I made a time-lapse video of carving the owl. Five and a half total hours, minus half an hour while the phone recharged.
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Re: Hooray for Halloween!

Post by Aresen » 28 Oct 2019, 23:18

Well done. I don't particularly like Halloween. I loathed the 'dress up for Halloween' at the office, but you put real craft into that.
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Post by Jennifer » 28 Oct 2019, 23:40

Crap, I forgot I need to buy candy for the small number of beggars we get here each year.
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Re: Hooray for Halloween!

Post by Ellie » 28 Oct 2019, 23:58

You are such an artist, Warren!
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Re: Hooray for Halloween!

Post by Eric the .5b » 29 Oct 2019, 00:08

If I dress up this year, it apparently needs to be more obvious than "Charlie Brown from the trick-or-treating scene in It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown", which is what I did last year and which nobody recognized. I even had a paper bag and a styrofoam rock to look dejectedly at.
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Re: Hooray for Halloween!

Post by Warren » 29 Oct 2019, 00:15

Ellie wrote:
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You are such an artist, Warren!
I'm really not. At best I'm a craftsman. The patterns are all someone else's wasted gift that I paid actual American Dollars for (Suckers!)
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Re: Hooray for Halloween!

Post by Tuco » 29 Oct 2019, 07:44

Pretty, cool, Warren.

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Re: Hooray for Halloween!

Post by Taktix® » 31 Oct 2019, 18:08

My costume:
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Will update later when I get home and can rotate...
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Re: Hooray for Halloween!

Post by Hugh Akston » 31 Oct 2019, 18:19

solid
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Re: Hooray for Halloween!

Post by dbcooper » 31 Oct 2019, 22:14

Mo wrote:
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It is a shitty cultural appropriation of Merica Halloween
Yeah. The parties sucked.
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Re: Hooray for Halloween!

Post by dbcooper » 31 Oct 2019, 22:17

Slip inside a sleeping bag.

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