The best sound of the whole night? When young kids were simply unable to really manage the salad tongs, and so it would just be this sound of constant buzzing for like 20 seconds. Hilarious. Made me laugh every single time.
When the power tools come out, things are getting real. It was a bit of a snug fit, but we slowly carved out spots for each of the electrical outlets.
It’s been a long, long time since I did this. But the parts and pieces are all familiar. Though we had a lot of electrical outlets in the basement, the shapes weren’t quite what we needed… so Liz and I made a special trip to Home Depot, just for some newer outlets. Which turned out to be an excellent call, because we got some good stuff.
So this year, finally, Liz and I got motivated a bit ahead of schedule. We got an idea together for Hallween, and set out to make it happen in the few days leading up to the big day.
Each year, I tend to drag my feet and ho and hum about Halloween. I used to really get into the holiday, and the last few years… I’m not sure what it is. It’s been harder to get excited by it. I used to love it, and it’s been difficult to recapture that sense of wonder.
It tends to pop back up the night before Halloween, which is good and bad.
Liz reminded me that we were not going for distance here, which took some adjusting for me, mentally. Ultimately, the snag made the candy delivery easier for the children. And I guess this whole thing is about them. I guess.
We’ve had this bag of leftover Halloween candy in the kitchen. Originally, it was going to go to Liz’s office, but I think we both got lazy and it’s just been sitting here… open. And we’ll inevitably walk by and grab a little something out of it.
But for me, I’ve been grabbing everything except the Snickers bars. Because I just don’t care for them. The result of this natural selection is that gradually, this thing has turned into one ginormous bag of Snickers.
We got glasses of chai, glasses of hot cider, there was chili available, and we also got cookies! And at one point, my neighbor Mark came over with a bottle of scotch (and some plastic shot glasses in his pocket).
Not a lot of photos to share, this Halloween. With Liz under the weather, she only manned the door a few times over the course of the night. Since she didn’t want to risk being outside too much (still recovering from the flu), I ended up doing a lot of the door greeting and handing out of candy.
One of these years, I’m going to get the spirit back again. And I’m either going to dress up, or we’re going to decorate the house up. In the weeks leading up to the 31st, I never feel like it – but the actual evening of Halloween, I feel the bug.
Once again this year, we gave out candy at our house for Halloween. And then around 7:30PM (before the event officially ended), we made our way to Harper Avenue for their annual display of Halloween awesomeness.
When it got to be around 7:30 PM, Liz suggested that we go and check out Harper Avenue – a certain block in Hyde Park that is really well known for their extravagant displays every Halloween and is pretty much the place to go in our area.
We ended up walking from the house over to Francesca’s. And on our way… we passed by a house that was totally ready for Halloween.
Last night, Liz and I trekked to Merrillville, IN, to celebrate Julie’s birthday with a surprise dinner. We left the city earlier than normal, to try to beat the rush-hour traffic, and ended up making great time. We arrived about an hour ahead of schedule, so we hit a nearby Meijer to do some shopping.
I’m sad that I won’t be dressing up this Halloween (due to travelling and being out of town). I didn’t think I’d miss it all that much, but seeing this great costume/prank by magician Rich Ferguson really makes me wish I had another themed/interactive costume to wear this year.