Every Neighborhood Has One, This Halloween It's ME!

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Halloween in Lost CreekAustin, Texas is really in to Halloween and frankly it's one of the biggest holidays because we do take the moniker "Keep Austin Weird" very seriously! I have lived in the Lost Creek Neighborhood here in Austin for almost sixteen years and we are no different. Situated in the Eanes School District we have a large population of children of all ages so there is usually a good crowd of "Trick or Treaters" of all ages out haunting the night beginning around dusk and continuing to the wee hours or whenever the candy finally runs out! Halloween is a fun and silly time but it's always good to be careful and here is a site with some excellent tips

safety tips from injuryboard.com

When our children were younger, my wife and I would take turns accompanying the kids around the neighborhood or staying at home to dish out the candy to the assorted goblins, ghouls, super heroes, tinker bells etc. For many years a neighbor who lived a few houses down installed a stuffed scare crow in a rocking chair with a large bowl of candy and other goodies. Bathed in a dim and spooky light, it was innocent but still a bit scary. The first year we approached the porch with some trepidation and my children carefully reached in to the bowl and scooped up some treats. Walking away to the next house, we passed a group of older kids heading up to the porch and just as we were about to knock at the house next door, we heard the group of teens all scream in unison. Puzzled...yes, but we were on a candy gathering mission so we moved on and thought nothing of it.

A year goes by and for some reason I get Trick or Treat patrol duty again so we head out together in the early evening to begin the annual romp through Lost Creek. Once again, we approach the house with the scare crow but this year both of my children are hesitant and stand at the edge of the porch carefully eyeing the bowl of candy. I finally tell them we need to get a move on because we still have a number of houses to haunt. Neither of them budge. Exasperated, I step on to the porch and reach into the bowl. All of a sudden, the scare crow grabs my hand and I am so startled that I want to scream. Here is the worst part, have you ever been scared and when your mouth opens to shriek, the only thing that comes out is a pathetic squeal? Well, that was me..and my children also screamed and then began howling with laughter. The scare crow also started cackling and eventually I did too.

A few years ago, this mischievous neighbor moved out of the area so I decided to take up the challenge. Last year I dug around in our garage and found the all time creepiest mask ever, some very large clothes, pillows for stuffing, gloves and a large sombrero. I did an excellent job of looking like an inanimate object(for those who know me, this was a herculean task). I planted myself in a lawn chair and strung some colored lights around and waited. The outfit was so creepy that I had to badger convince my daughter to join me in a chair and read a book posing as someone who was there to make sure everyone got a fair share of the candy. The outfit was so creepy that EVERYONE who walked up did so with caution! I have to say that I was very responsible and did not move a muscle when the little ones accompanied by parents approached.

Each and every group of visitors asked, "Is that real, is someone in there?" My daughter was a pro and said nothing but would also whisper the status of the groups so that I would know whether to stay perfectly still or if I could, at the right moment, scare our guests. Towards the end of the evening it got to be a lot of fun because by then it was mostly teens. My daughter knew many of them and I have to tell you took great pleasure in watching then scream as I would suddenly come to life and scare the beejeebers out of them!

This week, my wife asked me if we were going to be doing the stuffed sombrero routine again and I said yes! After all, there are some new kids on the block and there are some that were too young to scare last year so it will be their turn now. And of course, there are all of those parents I let slide, who will see the scary candy clown and still think I am just a stuffed prop! She just laughed and told me that she will be taking her place beside me as the innocent candy monitor this year. We might even set up a video camera for some interesting clips. Whatever you do this year, please remember to:


Russell and his disappointed friend

It's the day AFTER Halloween and at the Lewis house, the Scary Clown is bummed and starting to grouse!

Yes, due to any number of circumstances we sadly only had three groups of "trick-o-treaters" (and all too young to frighten) Soooooo....it's back to the garage with our frightening friend and another year before I will have to sit still again! I guess we will have to eat all the candy ourselves...





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Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com) - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

Gotta watch out for those scary porch sitters.

Wasn't there an America's Funniest Home Videos a couple of years ago that had a video clip of something similar.

Of course, the "scared" dude instinctivley reached over and knocked out the scarecrow.

Watch that distance when you scare em.

Here's an example!



Nov 10, 2009 11:01 PM #71
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

That was funny!  Too bad you didn't get more takers that night.  Looking forward to the video clips.

Nov 11, 2009 09:00 AM #72
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Russell I keep checking in hoping to see a new po

Nov 12, 2009 09:30 PM #73
Renée Donohue
Savvy Home Strategies Realty, LLC-REALTOR®-Estate-Probate - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate Broker - www.urLVhome.com

Ooooooo that mask is scary.  I probably would have opted out of going to your door when I was a young lass!!

Nov 14, 2009 11:22 AM #74
Sharon Paxson
Arbor Real Estate - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate - Arbor Real Estate

Hi Russell - hope your son has a great birthday and send him wishes from California!!!

Nov 20, 2009 03:41 PM #75
Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate

What a great story!  You truly made Halloween very special in your neighborhood.  How wonderful that you spend the time to give such joy to the children!

Nov 22, 2009 12:30 AM #76
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

I love it!  My husband would probably have fun with that, so I passed on your idea to him.  LOL.

Nov 22, 2009 10:27 PM #77
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

All one has to do is visit Sixth Street on Halloween to realize that Austin is weird, and probably always will be. It's Texas' version of a safe haven.

Happy Thanksgiving from our house to yours!

Nov 23, 2009 01:57 PM #78
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL


I'm getting tired of this post.

Those are my six words today :)


Nov 24, 2009 06:26 AM #79
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Russell, Please don't wear that scary mask to Thanksgiving dinner, and I hope you enjoy your day!

Happy Thanksgiving Russell!

Nov 24, 2009 03:51 PM #80
Rebecca Gaujot
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Russell, I just got around to reading this post, and enjoyed it immensely.  I know you had some great times with this scary costume.....a great Halloween trick!

Nov 27, 2009 04:33 AM #81
Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula
Realty Works Temecula - Temecula, CA
Realty Works Temecula

Russell:  I am glad that was a mask because I was scared when I first opened this post!!!   You're lucky to have a look out like your daughter who can keep quiet.


Only three goups...wow, the kids in your neighborhood must be too old to Trick or Treat.  Here in lovely Temecula, I had over 100 kids of all sized and ages, drove max nuts!

Nov 30, 2009 02:12 AM #82
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

OK  Halloween has passed - you missed Thanksgiving - are you planning a big Christmas post?

Dec 01, 2009 12:53 AM #83
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL



Dec 01, 2009 04:57 AM #84
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX

TLW UH-OH...2nd notice from you AND my friend Karen Kruschka,! I better get my tail in gear!

Dec 02, 2009 12:42 AM #85
Taylor Shults Philley
Austin Realty Firm - Austin, TX
Broker, Realtor , GRI

Russell, thanks for the comment! And yes, I am one to "Keep Austin Weird," lol! :)

Dec 02, 2009 04:46 AM #86
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

This is so funny!  My husband did the same thing several years ago...he wore a mask and spread himself across the front steps like a scarecrow.  He scared the heck out of many a trick or treater.  He really enjoyed himself.

Dec 02, 2009 06:12 AM #87
Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

Hey slacker! Do you know how far down my subscription list I had to scroll, just to find a post from you?  >.<

Anyway... only 11 more shopping days til my birthday! =P   LOL

Dec 04, 2009 03:03 PM #88
Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC

You are getting pretty close to 100 comments on this blog!  Hope all is well.

Dec 06, 2009 08:59 PM #89
Kristy Owen
Moreland Properties - Austin, TX
Realtor, G


This is absolutely hilarious you just had me laughing out loud! Costumes are always so fun!

Dec 18, 2009 08:34 AM #90
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