Friday, October 31, 2008


I'm a fantasmagoric fan of all things Halloween. From the spooky shows to the ghoulish garb, from the unearthly yard decorations to the princesses and warlocks who haunt my front stoop on All Hallow's Eve--it's my favorite season.

Check out my pumpkin which I carved and decorated personally. I forwarded a picture to my sister who showed it to a co-worker. Her response? "He needs help."

What! I thought I did a good job all by myself. Does the mouth look too crooked or something?

And how about my yard display. And my Michael Jackson dummy is quite light and mobile. He's been there to scare Wendy as she stepped out of the upstairs shower, and again by hiding behind the door when she went to bed at night. Fun stuff.

Can you guess the theme of my yard display? Hint: count the skulls. And don't miss the few lying on the ground by the grave of Evil Bob.

I sent a picture of my yard display to my buddy Bob via e-mail. He wondered why I picked "Bob" and not some other name for the tombstone. I said I couldn't remember since it's been a few years since I fashioned the epitaph, though I couldn't rule out it being inspired by one of his anti-University of Michigan rants, Bob being a Michigan State alum and booster.

So beware any would-be Wolverine bashers out there, lest you be similarly immortalized in my garden of horrors.

My sister-in-law out in Kansas thought my yard display was "pretty cool... but stop terrorizing all the little kids!!!"

But that's what Halloween is all about? Isn't it?


Blogger Carine said...

Well Dave, I think you did a terrific job! I wish we had trick or treaters around our neighborhood to decorate for! The most we've ever had in one year-5 and they were all brought in from other areas-our parents from the day care we ran.
this housing track has no halloween spirit!

12:48 PM  
Blogger jan said...

Most creative. Hopefully you will strike fear in the hearts of the Wolverine nonbelievers.

4:32 PM  
Anonymous babette said...

Trick or threats?!

Have I ever told you that my son-in-law is a Purdue alumnus? What a great day for the greatest schools on God's GREEN earth!

6:45 PM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Your yard looks good to me.....I really wasn't into Halloween this year. I did take the grandkids to the church party and they had a wonderful time. This year I didn't decorate, have a pumpkin or play spooky music. I just couldn't get into it for some reason..... We did give out candy at the front door......

2:51 AM  
Anonymous babette said...

Also, nice digs you have there, Dave. Are there any dead hopes in that coffin?

I celebrate the Reformation (Oct. 31, 1517) instead of All Hallowed Saint's Eve, though I have fond memories of Detroit during Devil's Night on the 30th. Perhaps you should extend your love of the scary season by embracing your inner SPARTAN.

That Texas/Texas Tech game brought an analogy to mind, but, in the spirit of reformation, I'll try not to mention it.

7:29 AM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

CARINE--We had 150 or so trick-or-treaters on Friday. I swear they bus them into our subdivision.

JAN--I hope so. The Wolverines aren't striking any fear in any opponent lately.

BABETTE--Hmmmmmm, Evil Bonnie and Bob? It's catchy, don't tempt me. No, didn't hear of Tech's upset win since I'm not following college football that closely, but it just goes to show that every dog has his day, right?

Didn't know that Purdue was one of your faves too, but you usually don't mention your faves unless they do something good. Which reminds me, how are your fav Seahawks doing?

LUCY--Some folks don't even give out candy. So you're doing as well as most.

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Popping by to see what you've been up to. Love your pumpkin! And that yard display...really great. Watch year Homes & Gardens will be doing a feature article on your creativity.

4:29 PM  
Blogger Kacey said...

Terrific job, Dave! Nobody decorates for Halloween down here in Golden Age Village....we don't get any kids trick or treating either. They must be afraid of old people. I must admit your spiders on the pumpkin creep me out.

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW you actually had kids come. most of them here went to private parties.. they had way more fun there. Wonder how long it will be before kids forget what trick or treat is all about? Yard looks good but the pumpkin is unique to me.. one of a kind for sure. SO cool the yard stuff around here would have been stolen the minute you put it up. Rough times, and mean kids.. Have a great week! : )

9:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, your yard looks AWESOME! Love the unique spin on the pumpkin.


11:04 AM  
Blogger Fred said...

You do need help. That's why I like your blog. Us weirdos have to stick together.

2:07 PM  
Blogger Betty said...

How cool! I have also always loved all things Halloween. I own an inordinate number of skeleton light sets (both muti-colored and realistic), flashing pumpkins (isn't that the name of some rock band?), a life-sized vampire, more bats that I can keep track of, a fake rat that scared the bejesus out of my mailman, and, of course, the obligatory graveyard set complete with outdoor cobwebs. I can't bring myself to put it all back in storage yet- we'll see how the election turns out first.


5:03 PM  
Anonymous cassie-b said...

The pumpkin looks great! And don't let anyone tell you differently.

I love carved pumpkins.


9:26 AM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

TERRI--Home & Gardens? Well, OK, but I was kinda hoping that Martha Stewart might drop by for one of her Halloween special episodes.

KACEY--I'm not sure I want to get any older if they don't celebrate Halloween. It keeps me young myself.

CAROLDEE--My yard display was vandalized one year. The police insisted on coming out even though it was just a couple broken plastic skulls.

DEB --Thanks, Deb. I saw a show on professional pumpkin carving though and those guys would be me to shame in no time at all.

FRED--Weirdos, yeah, right on. My future daughter-in-law prefers nerd however.

BETTY--A life sized-vampire? What I wouldn't give for one of those. I'm keeping my eye out next year.

CASSIE--Thanks. Wendy and I came to Pennsylvania near Halloween one year and they had some pretty impressive decorations there as well.

2:26 PM  
Blogger Spider63 said...

Cool pumpkin, and great display. Halloween is a great holiday for kids, too bad that the Fundamentalists try to ruin it, and that people who are afraid of crime also are unable to enjoy it.

It would be great to be living in a USA where kids can go have fun on Halloween in an innocent and carefree manner!

1:14 AM  
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