This is our post for Kimo Stowell's Haunted Post Parade contest.
These are shots of the front of our home, showing just some of the decorations Mary has put up to welcome trick or treaters. This is Mary's big holiday decorating event, bigger for her than all of the others combined, so she goes all out.
This first one is her pride and joy - our ghost that she made out of cheese cloth and spray laundy starch. Pretty scary, huh?
This one is Mr. Bones. For eleven months, he lives in my study and keeps me company while I'm reading, but every October, he's banished to the front porch and decorated with ravens and vultures. You'll be seeing Mr. Bones again later on in this contest.
This is my pet tarantula Quentin's big brother, hanging on our front porch (you knew I had a pet tarantula, right? It's always Halloween in our home).
And this is some scary stuff right next to our front door.
There's a lot of other stuff out there too - pumpkins, skulls, scary lights, whatever Mary finds on her annual Halloween buying binge. I think we're going to need a bigger porch pretty soon. One year, we had a big kettle that we put dry ice into, to smoke up the front porch - except it was too cold for the dry ice to bubble.
The saddest thing about Mary's Halloween is that we might get a half dozen trick or treaters if we're really lucky. Our neighborhood is all large lots and long driveways, and all the smart kids head to much denser neighborhoods, where they can score a lot more candy. The ones that do make it to our front door at least get full-sized candy bars, though, and hopefully, a little creeped out in the process.