The first week in October has traditionally been the day we set up the outside decorations, and thankfully the weather held out and we were able to get everything up and the garage cleaned up as well.
Once again we are using the spider and the horse and carriage but this year we have the luxury of not having to work around the lamp post which was removed when we had sod put in a couple months earlier. We think it makes it look more balanced without the post and are very happy with the results.
The indoor decorations are up as well and can be seen in the promotional video for James Halloween Party.
The haunted garage sale has sure come a long way and we were glad to be there for the ride. When we first went there it was in Belleville, then it moved to an Ice Rink in Canton, this year it moved to the Dearborn Community and Performing Arts Center – the same location James Dad graduated from some 40 years ago.
The parking was much better than the ice rink (plus so much closer to our home than either of the other two locations) and we had a blast there checking out the new and old Halloween decorations We did not buy alot (no room to put the stuff) but as always enjoyed the atmosphere as there were many people dressed for the occasion including Pennywise. James got a couple Goosebump Books, Mom got some funny Halloween artwork, and Dad got a Godzilla T shirt.
We have all our upstairs Halloween decorations in the garage and hope to have a Halloween Garage Sale the weekend of 1 June 2019, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We plan to have all decorations in the basement and only a few select ones upstairs.
A great time was had by all at the 2018 Halloween Party. This year we really got the haunted library and the outside decorations looking good. James and his friends had a great time and I believe everyone had a good time, parents and grand parents included. The dates for next years party are already set, it will be on Oct 19, 2019 and we hope to see everyone there again if possible.
This year our first Spirit Halloween store that was opened and reasonably stocked was in Canton MI. The fact that its mid August did not deter the family as we made a quick visit and Mom bought a T shirt (she had a 20% off coupon she got in email). James really liked the blue fog (we took several pictures of it) and says he wants that for his Birthday, not sure how practical that is but the important thing was we all had a little Halloween fun at a very early stage of the year. Continue reading
This year many of our usual reliable places must not have ordered as much as the selection was sort of light this year. Cracker Barrel had 70% off, Michaels 80%, Walmart 70%, Spirit 50%, Halloween City 50%, Home Depot 50%, and CVS %50. We did not find any 90%. Spirit and Halloween City had disappointing years in our opinion so there wasn’t much we even wanted at either of these stores. The big winner for sales this year had to be Home Depot and Big Lots (we can throw in Walmart for the cheap skeletons which were less than Spirit or City at 50% off and just as good). The big winner for after Halloween sales had to be Cracker Barrel and Home Depot, both had good selections of their stock left. Walmart did good as well but you had to find the right Walmart, same with Michaels. Some Walmarts and Michaels literally had nothing left, others were great (Belleville Walmart and Allen Park Michaels saved the day in our opinion).
One of the interesting things we found were toilet paper holders that when you spin to get toilet paper they make scary sounds. We also picked up some more projections since the ones we used this year did fine. For materials we were able to get more crafts from Michaels and door covers from Walmart. Life size we only got a were wolf from CVS and a toxic zombie from Spirit.
This year James split time between handing out candy and going trick or treat (just on our block since he is in High School). James had several visitors who had classes with him at Annapolis so that was fun for him, seeing his friends both as a trick or treater and as a candy handler. The weather was good so we moved the giant spider from the back to the front and moved out the skeletons from inside that were set up for the party. This made a very crowded scene that was well received, event the security cameras on the house caught some of the fun video taping all the visitors.
Despite overcast skies and temperatures in the mid 40’s as highs, we finally got to see the Halloween displays at Greenfield Village on the last day it was up. Road the Train, a Model T, and the Carousel so the day had much fun. Noticed lots of visitors from Pittsburgh due to the Lion VS Steeler game which comes on tonight 8:30pm. Highlights include the spider forest, the graveyard, the used broom shop, the birds outside the school, and the coffin maker! However the biggest highlight as always is all the carved pumpkins that line the streets, there must be hundreds if not thousands.