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Location: Vero Beach, Florida, United States

My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Halloween: 1973

It's October!
Time for Halloween Stories to emerge! So I thought I'd be the first to start things off.
Though I have to admit it up front... this is a repeat of one I did long ago.. but it's all I have, so you are stuck with it!

Well, I don't have a scary story of my own from when I was a child. Surely there must be one but I’ll be darned if I can remember it!
But I do remember one special Halloween when my sons were very young. ( Maybe 5 and 7 years old.)……
We were visiting my husbands folks in Virginia. They lived in the country on a dirt road deep in the woods. Mostly older folks lived there and it was a novelty for very young kids to be around there so when Halloween rolled around the neighbors went all out, Haaawg Wild!
When we went to visit them in Virginia, we didn’t come prepared for Halloween so we had to improvise "ghosts" from king-sized white pillowcases. (not very original, but hey.. they were 5 & 7, do you think they cared? As long as the candy was there that's all they cared about. )
Anyway, we went to the closest neighbors homes first.. ringing their bells, seeing smiling faces and the giving of the worshipped candy, all was as it should be …. Until….. we got to the house at the end of the street.
It was unnervingly quiet as we headed up the walk.
When we reached the door my son rang the bell.. but it wasn't a bell.. it was a Screeeeeeeam!
My kids jumped back …. then nervously laughed… and then it became a "game" to ring the doorbell. Little did they know!
The door began to open, it was creaking!
From what I could see (which wasn't much in the dark) my kids eyes grew to the size of silver dollars. A monster jumped out from behind the door, and I'm not sure but I think the youngest of my sons dirtied his pants! (there was a foul odor rising!)
Then creepy music began to play and a witch appeared cackling and saying something to the effect of "come in my little pretties". ( The odor got stronger, I think son number two joined son number one in the "who can have the dirtiest pants" contest! )
The owners of the home told the kids walk thru the room to the badly lit bowl of candy on the other side of the room. As they crossed the room there were a number of undecipherable screams and a bunch of jumping up and down. (I was CERTAIN someone dirtied their pants by now!)
Finally, they were led back to "mom and pop" with the full contents of the bowl onthe far side of the room. The kids were beginning to figure out who the monster and witch were. (I think it had to do with when their bull dog Jenny came running out from another room all excited to see the kids... heh.. )
That Halloween they made out like champs... they were the ONLY kids in the small development of middle age and elderly folks... and EVERYONE gave them HUGE amounts of candy! (of course the fact that Russell Stover Candy Outlet was but a few miles away might have contributed to that!)
Anyway.. it wasn't MY scariest Halloween, but I know for a fact my kids never forgot that one!!
Feel free during the month to share your Halloween stories!


Blogger Chris said...

Ha! That's one of the best stories :D I'll never forget this woman down the street who used to dress up like the most convincing witch ever and it used to scare the crap out of me! I would cry every year when I'd get to her house and my mom would make me go up to her anyway...Isn't that horrible?!! LOL, but it made for great halloween memories ;)

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Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Great story! I love that all those neighbors got "into" Halloween, particularly that last house! FUN!
Scary fun, at that, as it should be on that special day.
In more recent years I helped out at a friends house...They decorated everything, including the garden leading up to the front door...graves abd skeletons and cobwebs, lights, sounds that were very scary, etc...I had a fabulous monster mask and I would open the door, hiding behind it while others did scary things..And gave out candy....then just as I was about to close the door I would put my head around the door and give out a scary laugh...! That was loads of fun!

To answer your question...yes! When I get interested in something I take lots and lots of pictures f whatever it is---some subjects more than others, of cpurse. Back in the late seventies a took pronably a thousand pictues of Larry Parks' Rose garden...He was no longer with us, but Garrett, their older son, was tennding this patch of beauty---And I have these extreme close-up lenses with my Analig SLR Camera....They are all slides and I still do not have a proper scanner for my slides...If and when I do---I will post some of those pictures.
I think it is part of my artists eye....I get hooked on a subject and keep creating that image in variations...And in a way that is what I am doing with the camera. I think because I have a lot more time now to do this right here around my house I am seeing MORE things that I just didn't have time to see before.

12:50 PM  
Blogger DesLily said...

chris: lol too funny.. well.. maybe not to you as a kid though lol

Naomi: you scared those poor little kids? Naomi ! I am shocked! .. and love it! hahahahaha

(I'm telling you Naomi.. your photo's need to be in a table top book!)

1:35 PM  
Blogger Carl V. said...

Such a fun memory! I'm sure they didn't forget it. My mom always tells the story of the time my elementary school did a haunted house with the parents as volunteers and how she really scared this one big bully we had in the school. Halloween was always a special time for me as a child and I think so many of my memories are jumbled up together.

2:51 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I'll have to post my true story of us taking our kids in search of the Legendary Booey Light in North Carolina.

10:49 AM  

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