I think that Halloween shops are getting wise to the fact that most of the Halloween are after Halloween and for half price. Lots of places did not have anything worth while left and we had to work extra hard to find what we did. We kind of saw this coming as items that were available in Sept were not reordered in stores. Fortunately we think we did ok, highlights were 80% off at Michaels on Halloween wreaths and two animated items that were store demo’s that we bought as is, but were allowed to try before bringing home. The demo’s were 65-75% off which made them worthwhile.
Our main goal is to get items that are used every year but not reusable, such as invitations, scene setters, napkins, plates etc. This year we did not find any scene setters but we did get a box of Spirit Halloween backgrounds for a $15 donation to charity. It is rolled up in the big brown box visable on the back left of these pics.
James was on his own this Trick or Treat as he headed to a friends house while Mom and Dad held down the fort (James is dressed as a surgeon which we thought was pretty scary). For the first time in three years the weather was nice on Halloween (not only nice but borderline spectacular) so we were able to put out the inflatables and other decorations to enhance our display. We had a great turn out as the kids came in bunches and the vast majority had their parents with them which we think adds to the fun. James came home with a huge load of goodies and had dad drive him to a couple spots that were “traditional Halloween stops” for him. All in all, a great day.
Today was the last day Cedar Point HalloWeekends is open, and despite early rain (we did not arrive till about 2pm) we made the trek down to Sandusky and had a great time. Our friend Dynamike the Magician joined us and we were surprised how many people at the park recognized Detroit’s Master Magician. The park crowd was mild but increased as the weather improved throughout the afternoon, one of the roller coasters wait was over an hour while others were only 15 minutes. Cedar Point was still decked out in Halloween gear so it was a perfect place to be the day before Halloween.
Michigan has many small treasure throughout the state, the magic capital in Colon Michigan, the Antique Capital near Allen MI, Frankenmuth, Mackinac, etc. But just when you thing you have seen it all we found a city in Michigan where for one month the entire town is filled with skeletons. It seems the whole town (businesses, houses, apartments) gets involved in the Halloween spirit by placing skeletons somewhat related to their businesses on the streets of Northville. Our favorite was the election platform in the town square where Hillary and Donald were squaring off in a debate. Lots of fun and a great big thank you to the city and citizens of Northville who put this event on.
James visited Henry Ford Museum with his class at LPMS and after was picked up by his parents who took him to visit Greenfield Village and their 1000 pumpkin display. It was very cool today, 48 degrees and the family had to bundle up but they made the trek through the Halloween decorations in the village, although most of the traveling was done via train. The village was very empty compared to the visits we usually make on the weekends so we basically had the whole village to ourselves.
James had a really good turnout for the 2016 edition of the Halloween Party. Lots of visitors and friends including meeting some of James’ (future) new classmates at Best Middle School. The weather was perfect and we did things a little differently with the pizza by pre-ordering Papa Johns and then getting Little Caesars later, rather than Little Caesars all day. James is getting better at being a host each year and that certainly helps Mom and Dad. Thanks to everyone for supporting the party, next years party will be Oct 21st, 2017 (Saturday).
Another great weekend prompted us to hit Cedar Point Halloweekend on a Saturday. This is the first time in years we went to Cedar Point on a Saturday and the place was packed. We still had a blast but will confine our weekend trips to Sunday to avoid the long lines in the future. Even crowded we found several sights we did not see before including 3 singing pumpkins that reminded us of our own behind the pumpkin bar. We figured as James party gets closer and the autumn weather turns cooler that this might be our last chance so we took it. James, Mom, and Dad each got a Cedar Point hoodie for the fall and while this might be our last visit before the winter (Cedar Point is only open weekends till Oct 30th), we are hoping to maybe squeeze in another day weather permitting of course.
What a fun time we had at Cedar Point on a Sunday when two of the Detroit sports teams lost games they should have won (Lions and Tigers).
The first thing we visited was the Graveyard of rides, where most of the rides in there were rode by Dad as a child, next we had lunch at the market place, then James went on some rides while Mom and Dad visited the Rock and Roll Graveyard. Next we took the train (billowing with black smoke was a cool effect) to the Western town and went on the mine ride and took in the sites. Outside the mine ride was a rock monster that was cool, we then went on more rides, saw a parade celebrating 50 years of the Great Pumpkin, and visited their Dinosaur exhibit. Many sites to see, we hope to return shortly to this extravaganza.
After a full day of football on Saturday the family was “sports out” and decided to visit Cedar point for their HalloWeekend extravaganza. Good thing as the Lions lost to Chicago, the Tigers were eliminated from the wild card race, and our favorite Nascar driver was eliminated from the Chase.
James enjoyed the rides as well as the decorations and Mom and Dad were particularly impressed with the rock and roll graveyard. Honorable mention to the rides graveyard as well.
The first weekend in October we begin setting up the Halloween decorations outside, but this year there were two issues with the 2016 first October weekend. 1) It was raining the last few days and was raining Saturday morning and 2) The Michigan Wisconsin game was on at 3:30 featuring two top ten teams. Fortunately the rain gave way around noon and with James’ help we were able to get most of the items up before the Michigan game (Michigan won 14-7 but missed 3 field goals). After the Michigan game we were able to test the lights and replace any bulbs that had burned out. All in all not a bad days work.