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.
We think this was one of the funnest parties yet, as we had a great turnout plus great weather. This year we had the benefit of a magic mirror photo booth (compliments of Dynamike the Magician) which was a lot of fun and gave guests a little souvenir of the party. This year we also decorated outside a little more than usual (thanks to our old backyard fence being put to use) and the weather held out for us so it was worth the extra effort. We have many more pics (nearly 400) that we have added to our pics page on this website so for a complete look at all the pics (including many from the magic mirror photo booth), be sure to check out the pics page!
This year everything we have outside in the front yard was bought in the last 7 years at a garage sale or a greatly reduced after Halloween rate – A truly economical display. We also are using the old fence from the back to provide a little protection and looks to the yard. The fence was cut in half and every other board knocked out to create the effect we wanted. In the back we have the giant spider and web so the last thing people will see when they look out the back window is the big spider trying to get in.
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).