Posts tagged "Halloween"

Get psyched for October with a Halloween GIF dance party

Get psyched for October with a Halloween GIF dance party
It’s almost October, which means its time to transform this site it to its seasonal variation, Listing Toward Halloween. Hooray! It’s about to be a party! (An on-line, largely text-based party, but a party none the less.) Gloss up your reading glasses and get your ghoulish groove on! Last year, I did something a little... Read more »

11 reasons Halloween is better than Valentine's Day

11 reasons Halloween is better than Valentine's Day
It’s almost Valentine’s Day. Although I don’t hate Valentine’s Day as much as some people do, I’ve never found it to be that much fun. There are a lot of other holidays that I enjoy a lot more, most notably Halloween. Here are a 11 reasons why Halloween is better than Valentine’s Day: You don’t... Read more »

Why must Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas be close together?

My Halloween preparations began in mid-September, although I’d been thinking about it for longer. That’s when I started finding pieces for my daughter’s Princess in Black costume, deciding on my own costume, and trying to find the best deal on a Boba Fett costume for my son. I also bought some new Halloween decorations and... Read more »
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40 Halloween things to do (before October 31st)

Halloween is too much fun to only celebrate for one day. Luckily, you don’t have to wait for October 31st to celebrate Halloween. Here are 40 Halloween things to do to get in (or stay in) the Halloween mood while you are waiting for the big day. Shop for costumes. Shop for decorations. Go to... Read more »

Halloween on my block is already spoiled this year

I love Halloween. The main reason that I love Halloween is that the people in my neighborhood, and specifically the people on my block, love Halloween and celebrate in big ways. I’ve written about how we get over a thousand trick-or-treaters. I’ve written about what it’s like adjusting to life in a Halloween destination neighborhood.... Read more »

5 last minute Halloween costumes for cold weather

5 last minute Halloween costumes for cold weather
It’s cold and yucky in Chicago today including rain and even some snow, and we aren’t the only ones dealing with a cold Halloween. Instead of complaining about having to cover up your Halloween costume with a coat, you can just bundle up in one of these last minute Halloween costumes for cold weather. Skier, snowboarder, or other... Read more »
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The Halloween Key

The Halloween Key
Trick-or-treating in Maggie’s neighborhood was regimented. No kid dared show up on a porch a moment before 6 pm or a second after 8 pm. All candy was nut-free. Most was chocolate with a few other options kept off to the side for anyone who was allergic (Lewis). The ritual always ended with a careful... Read more »

18 weird Halloween stock photos

18 weird Halloween stock photos
I am often looking for images to go with my Halloween posts. Sometimes I use personal photographs or I make something using design software. I also try to look for pictures with creative commons licenses or in the public domain, but when all else fails I sometimes look for Halloween stock photos. Most Halloween stock... Read more »

Adjusting to life in a Halloween destination neighborhood

Adjusting to life in a Halloween destination neighborhood
When we were looking at houses I never thought to ask, “How many trick-or-treaters do you get?” Neither did my husband. We had no idea that we were moving into a Halloween destination neighborhood. I didn’t even know that Halloween destination neighborhoods existed. Prior to moving into our house, Halloween wasn’t a very big deal... Read more »
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The Haunted Dollhouse, a favorite creepy book from my childhood

The Haunted Dollhouse, a favorite creepy book from my childhood
The Haunted Dollhouse is a book from my childhood that has survived multiple (usually move-inspired) book purges. I still have it even though the pages are falling out of the binding. The copyright says 1982. I’m not sure if that’s exactly the year my parents gave me this book, but it wouldn’t have been long... Read more »