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Hey hey ... [29 Jan 2006|12:24am]
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1.) What was your first Halloween costume you can remember?:

Dracula. There's film of it, too, lol. I was being rolled around in a Radio Flyer wagon.

2.) What is your favorite aspect of Halloween (the costumes, decorations, parties...):

Every year my family puts on a Haunted House for charity, where we raise a decent amount of money for a different group every year. We also have an party every year that's a blast, usually having a psychic or magician as entertainment.

3.) If you could plan one special Halloween party for all of your friends, how would you do it?:

Psychic. Like we always do. I'd edit a three-hour repeating video of classic horror movie scenes played over and over on mute in the living room.

4.) What's your favorite trick? Or your favorite treat?:

Trick: When I was little, my friends Chris and Sean and myself waited behind a large bush outside our elementary school. I was dressed as Michael Meyers, and had a small tape recorder with John Carpenter's music on it. We scared a group of kids we didn't like, I popped out of the bush, they ran, we took their candy.

Treat: Popcorn balls.

5.) What is your fondest Halloween memory?:

This past year I rocked as a chainsaw-wielding skull-headed maniac that I named "Booster". I was incredible, lol.

6.) What reminds you the most of Halloween?:

The smell of the air in late September gets me ready for it and gets me in the mood for it.

7.) Post a picture, send a recipe, a poem, anything you'd like.

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This is me after a night of working in a Haunted House two years ago. I kid you not. Note the leftover makeup, sweaty-ness, and my large bottle of green tea.

Great community, by the way.

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Corvus Corax, the Halloween Wh*re [29 Jan 2006|03:05am]
1.) What was your first Halloween costume you can remember? I dressed up as a Gypsy, complete with billowing shiny shirt, fake goatee, big hoop earing, and tall boots. I think I was about 7 years old

2.) What is your favorite aspect of Halloween (the costumes, decorations, parties...)Aw, man! That's a tough one. It would have to be a tie between my parties and my decorations, as I spend the ENTIRE month working on both (and get stressed out regarding both because Im far too anal-retentive about Halloween)

3.) If you could plan one special Halloween party for all of your friends, how would you do it?There are some apple orchards around here I would LOVE to have a "Sleepy Hollow" party out in those orchards. Of course, I would have to have complete control over the weather (it gets COLD here on Halloween), and I'd have to be able to call up ground-fog on cue. That's not too much too ask is it?

4.) What's your favorite trick? Or your favorite treat? Trick? Ive had bad experiences with tricks, so they leave a bad taste in my mouth Treat? My special "Halloween brew". Adults only :D

5.) What is your fondest Halloween memory? Taking my twin brother and sister out trick or treating when I was about 12. They were 5. It was a good time had by all.

6.) What reminds you the most of Halloween? Falling leaves, lead-grey skies, fog (we get lots of fog here during Autumn and Winter)

7.) Post a picture, send a recipe, a poem, anything you'd like.

My picture
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My recipe-
(Actually not mine, but it's good nonetheless)
Butterbeer
1 cup (8 oz) club soda or cream soda
½ cup (4 oz) butterscotch syrup (ice cream topping)
½ tablespoon butter
Measure butterscotch and butter into a 2 cup (16 oz) glass. Microwave on high for 1 to 1½ minutes, or until syrup is bubbly and butter is completely incorporated.
Stir and cool for 30 seconds, then slowly mix in club soda. Mixture will fizz quite a bit.

My Poem
(Yes I wrote this)
Corrosion
He sits atop a rooftop laughing,
Laughing in the acid rain.
The stench of smoke and steel surround him,
And the silent cries of pain.

The city stretches out beneath him
Playing at this thing called life,
As holes are rent in the walls of years,
By a blackened hate spawned knife.

A bird lies in a waste choked gutter,
An infant screams it's need,
A neon flash on an oil slicked soul,
Testament to human greed.

He sits atop the rooftop laughing,
Horror floating like a dream,
And in the silent, deathless echo,
All he hears is his concave scream.




Happy Halloween in January!!
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I'll Figure Out This Posting Thing Some Day [29 Jan 2006|11:31am]
[ mood | embarrassed ]

Happy Halloween from Catland!

First, a thank you to the community mod for catching my error (I posted this in the wrong community!)


1.) What was your first Halloween costume you can remember?: I was a fox. We were living at Grand Forks AFB in North Dakota. Anyone who has even approached North Dakota in October knows how ridiculously cold it can get there, and my mother, fearing frostbite, bundled me up like Randy from "A Christmas Story". This was not a costume, of course, so she knitted a pointy nose with whiskers and a pair of pointy ears onto a red ski mask, and suddenly I was a fox!

2.) What is your favorite aspect of Halloween (the costumes, decorations, parties...): Yes. All of 'em. There is nothing I do not love about the holiday, and I celebrate the religious (I'm a Shaman) aspects of the day as well.

3.) If you could plan one special Halloween party for all of your friends, how would you do it?: Ah, I have been adding to this fantasy every year! First, everyone would arrive on one of four sides of a large outdoor maze (I envision tall stacks of hay, but I could use plywood walls, too). They would then race through the maze to the center. Prizes would be given for the first from each side to reach it. The center of the maze would be a large clearing with one or more long tables laden with food. Once everyone arrived, we would sit down to eat, and while everyone was eating, the maze would be restructured so there was only one exit and filled with haunted house effects. Boards would be placed across the walls in places, blocking out much of the moonlight (the dinner would end a little after sunset), and workers in costume would terrorize guests (and help them out of the maze should they become lost). At the exit of the maze, a path lined with Jack o'lanterns would lead guests to a large empty house (money is not an object in this fantasy) where they could use the bathroom, hang out, dance and play other games for a while. Movies would be playing in different rooms, but after about an hour (during which time workers posing as guests would be quietly setting up effects around the house and outside) the power in the house would suddenly die, and haunted house lighting (running on batteries or on different breakers in the house) would turn on. Workers would be in each room to help keep guests from panicking or getting hurt and to help usher them out of the house. The path lined with jack o'lanterns would have been reset to lead people through the woods to a clearing with several campfires and a stage. Here guests would hang out, roast food on sticks, and there would be a costume contest and a storytelling contest onstage. After that, the workers would be brought forward and thanked, and the organized events would be over. People would be free to sleep at the house or at the campfires. A small ceremony would be held later in the woods for my pagan friends.

4.) What's your favorite trick? Or your favorite treat?: For me, seeing the reactions of people to my costumes is the biggest treat. Since 1999, I have been making more elaborate costumes each year, using everything from chicken wire (a staple), melted garbage bags, PVC tubing, liquid latex, fiberglass, truck bed lining, bullhorns, speakers, car headlights, paper mache...you name it, I have probably used it somewhere in a costume. Also, I spend October 31st in a different city each year. This year it's going to be New York.

5.) What is your fondest Halloween memory?: Telling a ghost story I wrote at the Vampire Lestat Masquerade Ball in New Orleans a few years ago.

6.) What reminds you the most of Halloween?: There is a change in the air. It's a scent, a feeling.

7.) Post a picture, send a recipe, a poem, anything you'd like. I don't know how to post a picture here yet, but I would be happy to if someone could teach me. So instead I will share a haunted house technique that I have found scares over 98% of patrons; even the hardcore are not immune! You start with a door frame (or build your own. The important thing is to ensure that your patrons walk past it, not towards it). Anchor the end of a long 4' x 4' board to a chain or rope and hang it from the ceiling. Make certain that the ceiling can support the weight of the board and whatever you build onto it.) Next, nail a thick plywood board across the 4' x 4'. Ensure that it is longer than the width of the door frame! This is of prime importance, so you don't hurt your haunted house customers. Once this is done, staple chicken wire to the side of the the boards that the patrons will see. You can mold the chicken wire into any shape you want (I made a giant, fanged skull). Cover the chicken wire with paper mache and paint. The point of the effect is this: As patrons walk past the door (use lighting to direct their attention elsewhere so they do not try to walk through the frame and get hit), someone working in the haunted house stands on the other side of the door frame, holding the board up and away from the frame. The worker releases the board, which will swing down on the chain or rope and crash into the frame. The loud noise and sudden appearance just feet away of a giant skull (or whatever you design) is a guaranteed shock. The year I built that, only two people did not jump and scream when that effect went off, and they were two of the people who helped build it.

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[29 Jan 2006|12:58pm]

1.) What was your first Halloween costume you can remember?: My first halloween costume EVER was when i was a newborn baby and my mother dressed me up as a princess. it was really cute and i still have a picture of it, crazy to think that was me.

2.) What is your favorite aspect of Halloween (the costumes, decorations, parties...): my ultimate favorite aspect of Halloween is definitely the decorating. i spend my whole entire month of september and october buying and decorating every inch of my house. thoughout the town my house is considered, "the halloween house" due to the excessive amounts of decorations outside. each year i keep adding on which really makes halloween so fun for me.

3.) If you could plan one special Halloween party for all of your friends, how would you do it?: i would go up to sleepyhollow like i did last halloween. only this time i would bring all of my friends and we'd sit around the old dutch church till midnight eating caramel apples and drinking apple cider. that would be the best. although this halloween i'm forcing my friend to take me to fright fest, but hey, we can do both ;)

4.) What's your favorite trick? Or your favorite treat?: my favorite trick of all is prank phone calling people with the ebaumworld.com's soundboards- to make it more halloweeny, there's a norman bates one that weirdly people fall for every time. my favorite treat is definitely candy corn or reeses pieces. i'm leaning towards candy corn.

5.) What is your fondest Halloween memory?: my favorite halloween memory was actually last halloween when i did go up to sleepy hollow and we went to this little party on a farm and there was this huge bonfire, behind it, hovering over us was a scarecrow & with a glowing jack-o-lantern on its head. everyone just gathered around the fire and listened to ghost stories while a ghostly fiddler played in the background. it was beautiful.

6.) What reminds you the most of Halloween?: there's a distinct scent in the air late september that i can't explain. i just know that halloween is coming soon. but i'm always in the spirit :)

7.) Post a picture, send a recipe, a poem, anything you'd like.

i'll put this behind a cut :)

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