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Pame^ is a bit under the weather so I (alllie) am
subbing. Here are some Halloween memories and pictures (click on
each picture for a larger version) from our NewsGarden chatters:
Memories from PlagueRat:
It shouldn't surprise you that Halloween is the
sort of holiday that really appeals to a rat. There are so many
wonderful memories to share. Some of the earliest memories include
the Cal Tech pumpkin drop - where we would freeze a pumpkin in
liquid nitrogen and drop it from the top of the 9 story library.
It would shatter into dust. One year a group of us got black body
suits and painted white bones on them. We took various simple
music instruments such as flutes, xylophone (we called it the
bone-o-phone), and drums, and did the Danse
Macabre through the sreets of Santa Cruz. This
is the mediaeval dance where death leads lords and ladies, peasants
and serfs, all in a line of dance and death - the great leveler
painted the Danse in some of his apocalyptic scenes.
Another year Mrs. Rat and I dressed up as 16'th Century Scots
(actually we used our Renaissance Faire costumes) and went door
to door with shot glasses crying out "Trick or Drink".
If somebody would ask our preferences we'd say "What do ye
expect? SCOTCH of course." Oh gawd, was I drunk by the end
of that night. Then there was the year that I made magic pumpkin
pie... I remember the beginning of that party, and I remember
waking up about 5 AM in a room of about 30 sleeping people. Perhaps
I put in a bit too much green leafy herb.
But nowadays my exploits are much more sedate.
This year the fire department will dress up in our turnout gear,
and starting around 5:30 we will set up the trucks and rescue
unit at the three roads leading into the village, and use the
lights to warn motorists that the kids of our little village are
out and about. We will drive our mini firetruck around town giving
rides to the kids, and we have a whole bunch of little bags of
candy with STOP DROP ROLL printed on the different candies. Da
rat is getting long in the tooth.
This is the amazing lizard costume Dixiegal's son
Caleb is wearing this year:
Dixiegal's son Caleb, the Lizard
When I was seven I ended up in intensive care
with pneumonia because I went out trick or treating with a croop
cough :(....mom tells me they almost lost me). My mom knew I was
sick but I begged to go....so she said, OK for a half hour"
and bundled me uip. I took all of it off because it hid my cool
costume. It was really my fault.
<GPReporter> what was your costume?
<Chicago7> It was a devil
So Chicago7 was a red even then!!
SuzzieQ's decorations for Halloween
SuzzieQ's Halloween Lights& Deocrations
I can be the 'scrooge' of Halloween ..whatever
that is called LOL! I thought Halloween fun then [when maggijo
lived in the US, in Waco, Texas]..wouldn't let a kid of mine participate
in it now though... in fact mine were only allowed to go to shopping
centers when we did live there years ago now ..too dangerous
They should scrap it .. It's too commercial....
and certainly unsafe for kids too go wandering around a neighborhood
... there had been 'stories' in Waco where we lived of cats being
killed and poisoned candy etc so the majority of kids went to
the mall and the storeowners handed out candy in a safe environment
..a shame that kids can't enjoy what Halloween used to be.. I
used to work in a supermarket in Waco..the Halloween aisle was
like hell!!! no appreciation by kids or mothers of anything in
it..everything got ripped open,broken, messed up..always had to
get someone to clean it up..it was disgusting !!!
A great picture from MrMalo, who's vision must be extraordinary:
<GPReporter> did you trick or treat as
<trybe> yes, of course! I still do. I wear a costume and
take neighborhood kids. This year I am going as a witch...green
face and a mole on my nose...heheh. Last year I took 4 kids when
it first gets dark. I bring a bag, so yeah [I get candy]. I am
small..5 ft 99 lbs...I fit right in with the kids.
2 years ago I took 3 kids trick or treating...went
to a friend's house where her hubby was dressed as a bum, laying
on the porch. When we came up to the top step, he jumped up...scared
the hell out of me...while the kids I brought thought it was hysterical.
I fell backwards down the stairs! My candy went flying...and then
my friends snapped pictures of me picking it all up in my wizard
costume. She showed everyone at the next civic association meeting...I
Some funny stuff sent in by various chatters:
Patty says: Dear Friend - It is *imperative* that you read the
following article: AN
INTIMATE GLIMPSE BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE SIZZLING 2002 GOP HALLOWEEN
DRAG BALL & FUND-RAISER
A witch who didn't watch where she was going!!
Send your Halloween pictures to Alllie!