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Hi Halloween People! I am back from hibernation, and ready to talk and discuss some Halloween! so I was wondering on my first post back, what is the 1 thing you do that highlights your season? adventure parks, conventions, haunted houses, etc.. For us we go to Universal Halloween Horror Nights each year and participate in there VIP experience! give me the 1 big Adventure you do!?:D
 

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I'm still looking to start some traditions. I'm a very simple person... I want to make a chili feed/scary movie night an annual thing around here. I think I would also like to have a kids' Halloween party... my kids are 4 and 11 months. I haven't dressed up for Halloween in years, and that is something I'm thinking about doing too.

I do, however, hit up several haunted houses, bake my butt off, watch scary movies galore, etc. during autumn anyway. I'm just saying I desire to incorporate more Halloweeny stuff into the Halloween season. :D
 

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October becomes busier , my first (front room) routine has to be sharper,quicker, NEW! Memorable,and somewhat"Educational"... all in 15 minutes or LESS! Spoken clearly,plainly and loud enough so all may hear.
It always includes some physical things for my tired old body to do. I have to do them well or suffer embarrassment and/or physical injury to myself!
Most it done in a small, crowded room in mostly the Dark!
As I open the drawbridge and allow them in I am looking them over a bit and preparing to make some judgement calls in the area of sobriety and other physical attributes they will be needing to be call upon for a successful time here.
 

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Hi Halloween People! I am back from hibernation, and ready to talk and discuss some Halloween! so I was wondering on my first post back, what is the 1 thing you do that highlights your season? adventure parks, conventions, haunted houses, etc.. For us we go to Universal Halloween Horror Nights each year and participate in there VIP experience! give me the 1 big Adventure you do!?:D
The Carving of the Pumpkins. Easily.

100+ pumpkins carved the afternoon of the 30th by the neighborhood kids with Pizza and child safe knives.



Followed by a no music, no scares lighting preview that night with dougnuts and hot chocolate.



I can mostly sit back and enjoy that night. Halloween is rushing everywhere. The party before is more intimate, "only" about 100 people come over.
 

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That's awesome ox, I do a similar thing, just a lot less kids, so much fun though!
 

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I have taken my son trick or treating every year since he was born. I know it was almost not worth it when he was a baby but I want him to have as much Halloween as he can get (I was raised in a...let's call it, 'strict', home and was not allowed to celebrate Halloween for the first 18 years of my life).

When I was single and/or childless I would go to the local county bar's Halloween party at night and spend the day watching horror movies.
 

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Well there are many little traditions and activities that have been a part of my Halloween season since I was a kid - but the first true adventure of the season is the October trip to Disneyland. It's a cross-country trip so a lot of planning goes into it but it's something I look forward to all year long.
 

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There are a lot of things that we do for the Halloween season. Now that we have a son, our goal is to pretty much make it special for him. We throw a Halloween party every year that we enjoy. But the thing I love the most is just sipping on some warm apple cider, going for hayrides, and enjoying the cool weather. I try to be outside as much as possible.
 

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My best adventure was to St. Augustine to the lighthouse. Just walking in the door gave us all chills. The history and doing it close to Halloween was an absolute blast.
 

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We have several traditions we do each year - sometimes we get to do them all, sometimes just a few, depending on time and budget restraints.....

We have several Halloween functions we hit, including a couple of haunts (one is at a farm/produce market with hayrides & everything!) and Piratefest, which is a bunch of shows, events, & vendors pirate-themed. It's a blast! I usually have a Halloween party, even if it's only a few people coming by, & they help me dole out the TOTer stuff. Gotta catch the Halloween specials on TV when we can (and DVR them when we can't)....sometimes we dress up, but most times we just deck out in Halloween garb.....& then there's the day-of-decorating...the pumpkin carving.....stuff like that.....

And of course, the Reaps, the card exchange, & all the fun stuff we do here! That's become some of my favorite new traditions! :D
 

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I have posted this before, but myself and a bunch of other nurses go on a trip to haunts every October,we live in western Kentucky and we have been all ten,key,Ga,oil and Missouri. It is a blast and a much needed stress release. We works 7p 7a in the Er. I have got these kids all reeked up about the Halloween tradition.
 

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Fun activities here! We have 2 little kiddos so we try to balance things between their needs & our desires to do stuff.
We have a family tradition that no one is allowed to go into a Spirit store until we all go together. LOL! We make a little afternoon of it and poke around the place and let our kids push the buttons and get re-acclimated to the "scary stuff".
We also take a family trip in early October to Knoebels Amusement Park in PA. It's something I've done with my best friend for going on 15 years now, and I love how the park is family-oriented and decorates beautifully for the fall. :D
Recently, my DH's family has started a large group outing to an apple orchard with hayrides, a bouncy house, corn maze, treats and a petting zoo. So that's starting to become a tradition too.
 
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As long as I can remember mom and dad would take us to one haunt year after year then over to a BBQ place for dinner. In high school it became a group of friends trying to get in as many haunted houses as we could, maybe a scary movie at the theater and then out for late night pizza chaser. Marriage messed with that a lot and the fact hubby wasn't into Halloween and hated scary movies didn't help. Unfortunately the kids were in the golden TOT stage went the dang Tylenol scare happened so no one did door to door TOT and being newly moved into the area didn't help. So being a mom who didn't want to take that sitting down and wanting my kids to have the joy of TOT I started the annual Trick or Treat party.... Everyone had to bring enough treats for each guest invited... my kids got to invite up to 10 kids each and each of those guests could bring any siblings... as long as they too brought a treat for each guest coming. We'd decorate lunch sacks for our trick our treating, ate pizza and had dry ice cooled punch then go trick or treating. It sounds complicated but it worked really well. Kid 1 stands at the door and waits for Kid 2 to ring the doorbell. Kid 1 gives kid 2 their treat and then kid 2 comes in, locates their treats and waits anticipation. While Kid 2 is doing this Kid 1 continues handing out treats to the rest of the group. When the Kid at the end of the line gets their treat Kid 1 now becomes the end of the line and we close the door. Kid 3 rings the bell and Kid 2 answers it and starts handing out treats, Kid 3 comes in and prepares to hand out treats while Kid 2 finishes up and becomes the new end of the line.... On and ON and ONNNN... Depending on how many this could take an hour or more.... Every time I tried to phase this out I got a resounding NOOOOOO... one year it poured rain... they did at the back door cause it was covered.... another time it we had a power outage 30 minutes before parents we due to pick up, another year we had a measles outbreak... trick or treating got postponed till just before Thanksgiving. Wasn't until High School and "other" things took over their interests that the trick or treating party adventures came to a close. Yes they could be adventures.. beside power outages, rain and measles there were the various "haunts" the kids would build... first a cardboard box maze in the carport, then a spooky forest walk in the lot next door, then yes oh yes... a hay maze in the unfinished basement bedroom complete with old mattresses for sliding down the steps.

Now that the kids have been on their own for a long while I have resumed my haunted house visiting... My Haunting partner Frog and I will take our visiting far and wide... Mostly Washington, Oregon and California. I sometimes feel like the old foggy when standing in line... now that is an adventure an over 55 standing in line with a bunch of teens and 20 somethings.... All they want to do is scare and rush through... all I want to do is leisurely stroll through and appreciate the work that went into the haunt.
 

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All that sounds great Stinkerbell!


As long as I can remember mom and dad would take us to one haunt year after year then over to a BBQ place for dinner. In high school it became a group of friends trying to get in as many haunted houses as we could, maybe a scary movie at the theater and then out for late night pizza chaser. Marriage messed with that a lot and the fact hubby wasn't into Halloween and hated scary movies didn't help. Unfortunately the kids were in the golden TOT stage went the dang Tylenol scare happened so no one did door to door TOT and being newly moved into the area didn't help. So being a mom who didn't want to take that sitting down and wanting my kids to have the joy of TOT I started the annual Trick or Treat party.... Everyone had to bring enough treats for each guest invited... my kids got to invite up to 10 kids each and each of those guests could bring any siblings... as long as they too brought a treat for each guest coming. We'd decorate lunch sacks for our trick our treating, ate pizza and had dry ice cooled punch then go trick or treating. It sounds complicated but it worked really well. Kid 1 stands at the door and waits for Kid 2 to ring the doorbell. Kid 1 gives kid 2 their treat and then kid 2 comes in, locates their treats and waits anticipation. While Kid 2 is doing this Kid 1 continues handing out treats to the rest of the group. When the Kid at the end of the line gets their treat Kid 1 now becomes the end of the line and we close the door. Kid 3 rings the bell and Kid 2 answers it and starts handing out treats, Kid 3 comes in and prepares to hand out treats while Kid 2 finishes up and becomes the new end of the line.... On and ON and ONNNN... Depending on how many this could take an hour or more.... Every time I tried to phase this out I got a resounding NOOOOOO... one year it poured rain... they did at the back door cause it was covered.... another time it we had a power outage 30 minutes before parents we due to pick up, another year we had a measles outbreak... trick or treating got postponed till just before Thanksgiving. Wasn't until High School and "other" things took over their interests that the trick or treating party adventures came to a close. Yes they could be adventures.. beside power outages, rain and measles there were the various "haunts" the kids would build... first a cardboard box maze in the carport, then a spooky forest walk in the lot next door, then yes oh yes... a hay maze in the unfinished basement bedroom complete with old mattresses for sliding down the steps.

Now that the kids have been on their own for a long while I have resumed my haunted house visiting... My Haunting partner Frog and I will take our visiting far and wide... Mostly Washington, Oregon and California. I sometimes feel like the old foggy when standing in line... now that is an adventure an over 55 standing in line with a bunch of teens and 20 somethings.... All they want to do is scare and rush through... all I want to do is leisurely stroll through and appreciate the work that went into the haunt.
 
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