Well after dodging the Covid-19 bullet since 2020, I managed to get it. Worse, I didn't know I had it and I ended up getting everyone in my family sick, save for one of my sons. I am VERY surprised he didn't get it, since the entire house was contaminated. Now for me, I didn't get the symptoms bad, in fact, I just felt under the weather and figured I needed rest. My wife and my one boy (on the other hand), felt worse and my wife felt that her sickness was 'different' and that was what spawned her on to take a Covid test. It was positive. Given that my one boy was hacking up a lung, I told her to test him too. Sure enough, he had it also. My other son was fine. However, I didn't feel the need to test myself as I seemed to be feeling OK, just very sluggish. When the sluggishness didn't go away the next day, I took the test too and it was positive! So now I had to stay home from work for 5 days and this was Wednesday last week, so that would mean I would be clear to go back to work, however, I had taken Monday and Tuesday off for Halloween. So in the end, I ended up getting a week vacation due to Covid!
Ok, now moving on to Halloween. Well, I went a bit crazy this year and I regretted it. More on that later.
So my plan for this year was to fill that dead space that is in the corner where my front stoop was with The Singing Pumpkins! Yeah, I had decided to bring them back. I didn't make up new songs mainly because no one at this location as seen them yet. In my decision to bring the pumpkins back, I looked through all my old signs. Low and behold, I did find one from 2013 that fit the bill. However, it also mentioned "Spydro-The Jumping Spider". At first I was just going to cover that part of the sign up, but then thought that it couldn't be too much work to add to the lineup and I would have a well rounded Halloween! Further, being that Halloween was during the week, the signs reflected the right times of 4:00pm through 9:00pm.
I proceeded to get everything set up in the few weeks leading to Halloween. The plan was to set up the Magic Mirror in the garage, as usual. Put Spydro on the side, next to the garage so it could make use of some of the garage's soffit lights. And finally, put the singing pumpkins up front next to the stoop.
Now the thing was that I had wanted to capture people getting scared by the jumping spider and even though I had the one Go-Pro set up by the Magic Mirror, I had no way to monitor the spider. So I ended up buying on of those trail cameras. I figures it has PIR triggering, it was waterproof and it could pretty much do what I wanted...idealistically. Realistically though, the trigger times were much more than the manual stated and this posed a problem that forced me to relocated the spider so that the camera had a longer chance to react and would start recording before TOTs would trigger the spider. Luckily I managed to find a good spot and tested the triggering. Now this was Halloween day, mind you as I redid the spider setup in the morning.
The Magic Mirror went without a hitch, and (for the most part) so did the Singing Pumpkins. However, I was reminded HOW long it was to prepare the Singing Pumpkins and I kept hoping that I would have a good turn out for the day. I figured that more people would come later since it was a school day and that I would have more TOTs for the night.
Last year I had 40 Tots and was preparing to get at least that amount, so I bought 3 bags of candy...initially. But on a whim, when I went back to the supermarket to pick up a few items, I ended up worrying about falling short and I had picked up another 80 piece bag of candy.
Enter Halloween day/night:
The day looked promising even though the forecast predicted rain late in the day. Even though my signs said "4:00pm" for a start time, I was ready to go at "3:00pm", just in case. So I wasn't disappointed that no one showed up for the first hour. Around 3:30, my boys went out for TOTing and I helped them get ready. So they left and I still waited. It wasn't until 3:45 until the first pair of girls came by...they ended up walking right by the house!!! This is with my singing pumpkins blaring Halloween tunes and that big a$$ pumpkin I had out on the front lawn! Now, this wasn't the ONLY time that happened during the night. It happened twice more in which people came up to the Singing Pumpkin display and after watching it for a bit, they turned around and left without coming down the driveway! So I don't get what happened with that.
Overall, the day was a bust though. I didn't count how many kids I got, but it was more like the first year when I received about 18. Maybe it was a little more. I don't know. But as I was wrapping things up, this was the first time that I felt that I had wasted my time. Luckily it was a warm night and I wasn't freezing my colyouns off in the garage.
Wrapping up, I could feel it drizzling off and on and I wanted to mostly the electronics, props and signs pulled in before 10:30pm as I was expecting it to rain harder.
This morning, when I woke up, it felt like I was hit by a Mack truck, (it might have been a Peterbuilt, I didn't catch the name on the badge). I was completely worn out from wrapping things up last night. In fact I didn't get up until 11:00am to start to wrap up the Magic Mirror display in the garage.
I know I never had thoughts of what I was doing to be a waste of time before, but considering the efforts that I had put into the display to have a poor turnout like that is disheartening. I even began to dwell on that thought as I was putting everything away today. It has me really stopping and thinking about future Halloweens.
For one, despite putting new money into the Singing Pumpkin display to revive it, I am not so certain I would do it again. Then there is the Magic Mirror display itself. It takes a long time to set it up and dismantle it. Also, with my getting older, everything takes longer. Also, the weather is affecting me more and I start to feel cold in the low 50's. So I am not relishing the idea of spending entire Halloween nights in the garage.
Finally, there is the amount of lights I put in my display and it seems like only a few groups get to see them. At dinner time, which is about 6:30, only a half hour after dark, the amount of TOTs I see drops drastically. In fact, I only had two more (new) groups come and one from earlier in the day came as my last group and that was about 7:15. So from that time to 9:00pm, I had nothing. Hence for 6 hours being outside and only receiving about 18 kids for a school night, I only used half of one bag of candy and I was giving out multiple pieces for each kid too.
I know that between the candy and new items I bought for this year, I have invested about $400 into this Halloween and what do I have to show for it?
Needless to say, I am very disappointed with Halloween this year.
I don't know what I am going to do for next year, but for certain, I am not doing the Magic Mirror. It just takes far too long to set it up and take down.
I will be back with pictures and videos from yesterday.
That being said on my end, how was everyone else's Halloween?