10.24.2006

Halloween

My mom has always had a love of Halloween. Beginning October 1st, her house is a mix of spiders, bats, coffins, skulls and rats. All things gross and creepy. To her liking. Her entire street is this way. It is seriously a contest to see who has the most Halloween decorations. My moms front yard has a "Gateway to Hell" blow up, a coffin, a graveyard etc. Every year for as long as I can remember, my family had a scary front yard for trick-or-treaters. My dad would dress up as a mummy, my mom as a zombie, my sister had the best witch costume this side of the Mississippi and would stir up a cauldron of smokey witches brew (homemade rootbeer with dry ice). My other sister took her turn as Frankenstein, I was his wife. My brother was a great wearwolf. There is a constant stream of creepy noises coming from her cd player.

When I moved out, I started to celebrate Halloween differently. I was more a cutesy, autumn decor-type girl. The most morbid thing I had was a candleabra shaped like a hand. You lit the finger tips and the wax dripped red like blood. Underneath was a skeleton of a hand. I became nauseous the first time that I lit it and promptly gave it to my mom. Back to just the cute wood pumpkins and the silly-faced ghosts and lots of scarecrows everywhere.

Then I had children.

Things changed quick. I have decided that things skip generations in my family. My children have a love of all things scary. I take T to Wally-Word and we have to spend at least ten minutes looking at all of the "scawees". M loves the disgusting things. At Sunday dinner she was fascinated with a squeezy skull that my mom had bought. You squeezed it and the eyes popped out. Not only did they pop out, they seeped "blood" and then maggots fell out of the orphis. Disgusting. She also took part in placing rubber rats in our drinking glasses (which were appropriately skeletal hands holding goblets...can you say obsession!) My kids get the biggest kick out of my mom's latest purchase, a punch bowl fountain where the fountain part is a skull. She makes red punch and adds almost a whole bottle of food coloring to get that thick red color. When she plugs in the fountain, the eyes of the skull weep red.

T's new favorite movie is "The Nightmare Before Christmas". We have watched it at least two times a day for the past week. Lest you think I am a rotten mother who lets the television raise her child, she only goes into the room to watch it when the songs are on. She loves dancing "scawee" to the songs. She also appropriately calls it "Scawee Cwistmas".

So now my life has changed, as have my views on Halloween. For the very first time I put cobwebs in my front room. I have a witches menu on my kitchen counter complete with jars of lizard legs, toe of frog and eye of newt. I have big metal spider webs to put on my front porch. I am in the process of making tombstones for my front yard.

They say having children changes you. In my case it took me back to my roots.

Happy Halloween everyone!

21 comments:

Valarie said...

I'm not into the creepy side, either. It must be fun for your mom to get to share that with your girls.

Suzanne said...

Isn't it funny how things change from generation to generation? That's neat that you make these efforts for your kids! :)

beth said...

I think it's great that you're going all out for Halloween. You're kids must love it as will the kids of the neighborhood. I can't wait to have an actual house so that we can decorate.

Thoroughly Mormon Millie said...

You said "maggots"... ewwwww! :)

It's funny how differently we all celebrate Halloween - it's kind of an "anything goes."

Anonymous said...

My mom was afraid of people in costumes, so our Halloweens were always sucktacular. I find myself overcompensating in the opposite direction. Speaking of which, I should be sewing right now....

Nettie said...

I guess the "Scawee" genes skip generations! Good for you for going against your inclinations and making it fun for your kids!

Tori :) said...

I love Halloween decor, but not totally gory stuff. And I hate haunted houses. I don't like the feeling I get when someone is chasing me with a chainsaw. My dh said, "There's not a chain on it." like that should make me feel better?!

Kristen said...

Wow. Talk about going all out. My mom hated even purchasing halloween costumes for us. We were NOT into Halloween at our house. I love it for my kids, but mainly stick to just carving pumpkins.

Sounds like you all have a great time at Halloween! :-)

Pattie said...

Hey,
I love the creepy decore! Nice job.

My neighbors do their houses up, too, like your Mom. My kids keep reminding me how we aren't keeping up. Somehow I just can't seem to put spiders and tombstones up. Truthfully? It scares ME! Hahaha!

Dawn said...

I'm the mom who "hated" Halloween - pretty strong word. But at the time our kids were growing up, Halloween became not okay for Christians. I never liked making costumes, even before that, because I didn't like to spend the money. I still don't like it much. Oh, well, to each his own.

No Cool Story said...

I'm not into scawees either. When my kids were younger we didn't do Halloween, but now that they are older we get more into it, but still, no bloody scawees.

When "Nightmare" came out I didn't like it at all, I thought it was inappropriate for kids...but something happened along the way, now I love that movie! We have watched many times, gets me every time.

Childhood is all about making memories, and you get to chooses them, cool!
Your mom sounds like a super fun grandma.

BTW, glad you are back :D

Gina said...

Very ironic... that is awesome that you give in to fun holidays like this!

Sketchy said...

How funny! I think I want to come trick-or-treating on your mom's street!

Mel said...

Your the coolest mom ever!

Nikkie said...

I'm not big into the creepy halloween thing either. But its fun!

itybtyfrog said...

I had no idea your family was so into halloween. How could I have known you for this long and not known that, or been to your house on halloween? I am glad you are making the holiday fun for your kids. And, I love that I am not the only one with empty picture frames hanging on the walls! Happy Halloween!

KaY said...

I'll do that when I move there coz to do that here would definitely have everyone send me to the loony bin. I love how you guys celebrate it.

Heidi said...

Happy Halloween! Fun, my husband loves it but since I'm the one that decorates I do mostly the fall harvest kinda theme. We'll see what happens as the kiddo grows up!

Lisa M. said...

*Laughing*

Isn't Halloween great.

I enjoyed this post!

Paula said...

Looks like soooo much fun!

txmommy said...

cute decor!