Halloween Begins

Halloween is kind of a big holiday in our home.  Preparation takes up alot of our time in October. Last year Chip added “The Mouth of the Beast” to our front porch staircase.

You can see the tusks – both top and bottom – and the red tongue coming out – made from an old yellow slide.  The top mottled teeth were old vinyl floor tiles we picked up at the Re-Store.  The black curtains were closed and the candy on the other side.

It looked better at night.

This year we are hoping to add glowing eyes that awaken by a motion detector.  Every year it grows.

We also have 65 feet of walkway that leads to our front porch – which the boys (including Chip) have turned into a spooky cemetery where the dead try to dig their way out of their graves.

There are also motion detector eyes that light up as someone comes up the walkway attached to the tree and things hanging from the arbor and bats and rats and a fog machine and . . . . you get the picture.

The boys get to pick our their costumes each year and we work on creating them.  Markus and Jesse were pirates last year and Vash was a ghost.

It was Markus’s second year as a pirate and Jesse’s first.  I loved the orange and black material with batiked skulls that I found at the fabric store that year.  We made their sashes from it.

But the best costume last year was the ghost costume.

It was nothing more than layers of cheesecloth sewn onto the top of a foam beany but it lifted and flowed beautifully as he walked – soooooo cool!!!  And it was simple to make with great effect.

Of course, they all head out early to trick or treat (because they want to be home at night to see what everyone thinks of their spooky house) and last year LadyBug went to because we happened upon a ladybug costume for her and could not resist.

So it is not surprising that we have already started working on our Halloween for this year.  My job is the costumes – Chip does the outside stuff.  The first costume was completed today and I will post about it tomorrow for my Monday project report.  It is Jesse’s and he’s pretty excited about it.

I am trying to get back on track with my blog so I hope you stop by again soon – there are lots of new things happening to tell you all about.

About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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6 Responses to Halloween Begins

  1. danielle says:

    I can’t wait to see everything!

  2. pentalia says:

    Omigosh, what a super-fun Halloween you had last year! And it sound like you’re all going to top that this year. Love the grave(s) with the bones coming up.

    For a few years when my kids were young, we built a maze, Renfest-style (but smaller), for the trick-or-treaters to go through in order to get their treats… very popular.

  3. pentalia says:

    Heh, heh… I thought you’d like it. The first year, we made the cloth walls 4′ high so little kids could go through and see over the tops, to make it easier. That was about right for it to be fun, but not too hard. The next year, we added a back section, which was 6′ high, and the walls were black plastic, for big kids–the little kids still had the front section. Also, at the center, we placed a screaming door mat, and we told the kids to step on the mat when they got there. That was a hoot.

  4. Shelly R. says:

    We debated 4′ or 6′ and decided that 6′ was the way to go. We are not going to do it this year just because we don’t have enough time to pull it together with everything else going on – but it will be next year. We have to work out how to light it and I want something at the end of each wrong turn – like a scary skeleton or bats – to signal that is the wrong way. I also am thinking of a smaller one for the little kids. We have a big front lawn so we could set up both. My biggest concern is if we have another really windy day like we did last year. You can’t tell, but the mouth of the beast originally had black plastic which lined the sides of the mouth (to make it look more like you were walking into a mouth) but the wind was sooooooo strong that day that it blew everything down. Material was ripped right off of staples and our fog was blown into the driveway instead of onto the walkway, where it was pointed. We got big rolls of black plastic for tablecloths at parties which I think would work for the walls of the maze if we build the wooden frames. This idea was a big topic of conversation last night. Thank you. 🙂

  5. pentalia says:

    Here’s how we made ours:
    1) Graph paper design, approved by the family, then stake points were added.
    2) Posts were made from 8-foot-long 1x1s, sawed at 4′ or 6′ diagonally to create an angled end for driving each post into the ground.
    3) A string grid was staked-out on the ground, and the stake points were flagged.
    4) A rubber mallet was used to drive-in the posts.
    5) Yards of fabric (from my departed mother’s stash) were stapled to the posts, leaving the correct openings. (Black plastic for the taller section.)

    Couple of notes:
    a) The taller walls eventually started to fall, due to the big kids getting excited and rough-housing in the tall maze section. We’re talking middle-schoolers.
    b) Wind protection was provided by the location: the space between house and privacy fence, where our boat was usually parked. We opened the wide gate, and all the passers-by could see the maze.
    c) We mounted a few floodlights under the house eaves, to shine over the maze–worked great.

    (I can email a few pictures, if you want… do I have your email address?)

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