Dare to Trick-or-Treat Here

With less than two weeks to go until Halloween, some people are decorating their houses with pumpkins (some carved as jack o’lanterns), ghosts, and fake tombstones.  Others are taking their decorations to new heights.

I added a few spooky effects for fun.

I drove by this street and saw the yard, so I had to check it out.  Oh. My. Goodness.  Even the roof is decorated with spiderwebs and giant spiders.  Creepy things all over the yard.  The part that most amazes me is the walkway to the front door.  It’s a dark narrow tunnel with who-knows-what inside. The ladders in the yard tell me that they aren’t finished yet.

My younger daughter gawked at it with me.  She was a little grossed out and a little impressed with the roof.  She was relieved when I said that we would not be trick-or-treating on that street.

Often on Halloween night, parents let their children run up to doors by themselves.  I know I’ve stood back twenty feet or more with other parents as our gaggle of goslings in their cute costumes charm our neighbors.  Looking at that house though–I’m not so sure that I would let my daughter walk into that tunnel by herself.

Heck! I’m not so sure that I would let her walk into that tunnel with me!  I know with absolute knowledge that my teenager daughter wouldn’t go near the house in the first place.  I’m glad she’s beyond the whole Halloween thing anyway.  She’d rather stay and hand out candy at our house.

What about you?  Would you take your children into that tunnel?  Do you go trick-or-treating or provide the treats?  Do you decorate your house for this event?  If so, I’d love to hear what you do. Please share–that comment box is ready for stories.

7 comments on… “Dare to Trick-or-Treat Here”

  1. My daughter’s 18 and my son is 11, so I’d allow my daughter to take my son. Both of them would want to go, as would I. I’d probably walk in with them. Last year one of the houses not only decorated (to a lesser scale than this house) but also dressed up and scared the bejebbers out of us by walking the sidewalk dragging an ax. It was a delicious kind of fright though. And yeah, my daughter’s going out this year too. 🙂

    • I’ve got goosebumps from the sound of the axe on the sidewalk. I liked the staged haunted houses when I was much younger, but I just don’t enjoy that kind of fright anymore. You’ll have to tell me what you find this year. I mind the experience, not the stories. 😉

  2. I was hoping to get a bigger picture when I clicked on it. We used to create a tunnel down the side of our house full of scary things (clowns). It morphed over the years and we had people going through our house, out the back (cemetery) and down the side tunnel. The whole thing was full of scares. The neighbor did the same. We had lines all night long. We gave out the good candy, too. When we moved, we were so happy no one knew us and now we do very little for Halloween. Our old neighbor, on the other hand, has become a very big deal and the city offered him a public space to host the city’s official haunted house. He works on it year round. Check it out. He totally out did us BIG time. http://rothauntedhouse.com/gallery/

    • Wow! Of course, having your own scary house is not the same as going through one. I worked at one in college–one time only. LOL. They still creep me out. Your old neighbor hit the big time! That’s a huge project. Just think, if you still lived there, you might be working on the city one with him.

      • I actually have him a lot of our stuff. So now when I walk through it I can say, “Oh! That was mine, and that was mine,” etc. LOL. He gets all kinds of people to donate their time through some sort of Haunted House network. Who knew there was such a thing. It has a dedicated space and is up all year around now. No tear down and set up. That’s sweet. This year we’re too busy to even stop by. Writer stuff and what not. You know how life gets. But having kids changes the whole haunted house and Halloween celebration. You want to see their faces light up. Not see them fill with terror.

        • It really has become a big deal. I bet that’s fun to recognize your old spooky stuff. I didn’t know there was Haunted House network either. That’s a great resource for a big house.

          Kids do change everything. Mine love the fun of trick-or-treating not the trick of it. One year, we skipped a friend’s house because they all wore horror movie bad guy/girl costumes (Jason, Michael, Freddie, Wednesday, Bride of Frankenstein) and stood in the yard and acted menacingly. My little one was 3 and terrified.

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