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Halloween 2018

I know, I know… Halloween was so last month.

I am sorry.

I was either out of town mentally or physically these last few weeks but I did want to try to squeeze in a Halloween post for friends and family before I get a holiday behind…ahhh….

I mean, get behind one holiday post when another  holiday comes.

I am such a procrastinator.

Anyway, here are fun, happy, sweet pictures of my two little delicate flowers…


How embarrassing.

They seem to be beating up my Halloween decorations.

At first they were both going to be Greek Goddesses. You know how I like a Greek Goddess. But after wearing her’s for 3 days in a row, Dylan decided to make her own outfit by combining a Super Girl top with a Wonder Woman bottom.

Skye, and her goddess self (she is Greek after all), stayed home this year to hand out candy with mom while lil D and I hit the pavements in search of some treats.

Again the neighborhood did not disappoint as far as the decorations.

These people really go all out!

When I was little all we put out was a jack-o-lantern with a candle inside…that never seemed to make it through the night

This house, D and I both thought the Lord of the Rings looking guy was part of the decorations. But the stolic relic moved!
And handed out some candy..


And as the sun began to set, the neighborhood began to come alive with lights and tricks and treats…


One of my fav houses actually had a sign out front “Trick Or Drinks” in which they had a picnic table set up with cold local microbrews..

It was a popular house with the adults!

So since it was at the end of our walk,

…and we were headed home soon I thought I might try a Lowcountry Lager,

prostate be damned! (cool Halloween pun)

I did not go all out decorating at our house this year.


Come on!?

Its football season! My weekends are tied up!

But I did get lots of rav-reviews for one decoration, my fountain of blood.

mawah ha-ha-ha-ha (scary laugh)

So you wanted to know what I was dressed up as?

I know what you are thinking….

This year I dressed up as a parent

…and a 3-headed monster…

mawah ha-ha-ha-ha

No really cool videos this year, but I did reminisce  about one from years gone by as our little D went door to door. And then at the end of the video the little 3 year old divides up her candy booty and organizes it.

She separates it for a special surprise celebration….her marriage.

If you can stomach family videos the end is too cute! But I have to say that.

The video actually starts out at a Halloween 5K I was in, then moves over to our local Texas Roadhouse where the manager had a fondness for our girls ( I do not mean that in a creepy way)

Trick or Treat everyone!

I hope yours was scary and sweet.

That is all for now. I will try to do a better job next month when we highlight our Thanksgiving..

Enjoy your holiday!

Have another Kit Kat

Well the emails have been pouring in…

What did you wear did you wear for Halloween?”

How did the door turn out?

(Okay, I embellish sometimes )

Well, first things first (delayed gratification)

Here is what the closet doors ended up looking like:

The hinges from the real doors ended up being the hinges on the French doors.

You have to use your imagination about what the door knobs blend into.

She did a good job adding detail to make the waves distinct and took nearly half an afternoon making the detail and shells on the beach.

If you look real close at the bottom you can see what looks like Dylan wrote her name in the sand.

Very cool.

In a few years we can just say she painted the whole thing and signed her name to it.  🙂

Okay, as for the costumes…

Dylan was a kitty skeleton (see the ears?) and Skye was Jyn, the new Star Wars future-Jedi, soon-to-fall-to-the-Dark side girl (spoiler alert!)

And, to answer all your questions about what moi dressed as, well I didn’t feel like dressing up this year.

I was relegated to handing out candy at the front door to all the young boys and ghouls.

I was just my usual chatty, charming self.

Some friends and family had asked about what Halloween Decorations I put up?

You know, when I was a kid, back before the Internet…. and bubble gum, we never decorated houses for Halloween.

Now, at least in our neighborhood, it is starting to get competitive.

I put out old school decorations, stuff that I grew up with, like ghosts and scarecrows on sticks that you shove into the ground.

Boring! Boring!

…is what my kids call me, er, say.

So each year I pick up another $10 Halloween decoration to add to my landscape of chills..

The Fountain of Blood was the big hit!

Little kids kept pointing at it and asking, “what is that?

Well Its blood!…from the darn cat we got last year for Christmas” WhawHaHahaHa!

See that note on the door?

That is a Dylan creation. It is a note to trick or treaters to ask for certain candy if….



Back in the day we worried about razor blades in apples. This day and age they worry about Food Allergies.

It is truly a new day.

HERE is what I tried to make the big scare up front

the risks of being a careless skateboarder

But the fierce wind the night before just shredded the cobwebs over the spider. (Le sigh)

Yes, the Pumpkin Head ghoul spoke as the kiddies went by….

Want some candy boys and girls? Any food allergies? WhawHaHaHaHa!

Also, here is last year’s $10 HALLOWEEN bonanza find…

My last two good ideas… RIP

…glowing Styrofoam Tombstones

And the Blood fountain…

…with a hand left in it from last year’s Halloween from some teenager who reached one-too-many times into the host candy bowl for another Reese’s after I had told him No!

If you noticed, or maybe you didn’t, there is a large spider theme here at the front door.

Almost invisible on these pics are the 10-12 little black plastics spiders that came in the $5 bag of make-believe cob webs.

I dangle each spider on some thread from the ceiling at the front door so the little trick-or-treaters have to walk through them to get the candy.  (WhawHaHaHaha)

The thinking is lots of people are afraid of Spiders.

We aren’t so much, except the ones that swim in the pool.

We actually had one as our first pet when we got married.

My wife named him ‘Boots’.

Meet ‘Boots’

He was shy, largely housebroken, and a real couch-potato.

Some people thought having a spider for a pet a bit odd and kinda left us alone back then.

What about you?

Are you afraid of spiders?

Do they freak you out?

Me? I kinda got used to them. You have to when you keep them as pets.

…and as the Man of the House!

I’m not afraid of them at all!

No fear. No fear


That’s about it for now knuckleheads. I will try to do a better job next time.

I hope you ALL had a fun time on Halloween and had both some scares and some sweets.

I hope you have an even better weekend! Take pictures.

I have to go throw my pile of Kit Kat wrappers away.



Trick Or Treat?

Hello gang,

Its your phantom blogger again in an attempt to resurrect a stale, cold, dying blog. After several summons to come back from the dead I thought I would treat you all to some scary updates from our realm of the world.

OK, here’s a word that will send chills down your spine,


Report cards came out last week and our ghouls got straight A’s!

No loping off of fingers or toes this nine weeks!

Dylan made the A Honor Roll. Skye was all , 4’s as well. Adding another spice to the scholastic caldron, their Mom completed her last class for her MBA this past month too! She now has a bootiful new degree to hang on the wall and, AND  is officially as smart as me now.


In a recent open house, in which the PTA did NOT ask for money, Skye had her picture of our local suspension bridge hanging in the main hallway.

She did it Van Gogh style

Yes, our little goblin draws better than moi.

Speaking of Art, the girl’s local Art teacher agreed to paint a sunset scene on Dylan’s closet doors.

Oh no!

…she has to see Dylan’s messy room!

It all started when Dylan said she wanted her room painted. Well, this dead-as-door-nails, motionless-as-a-corpse Dad of hers quickly diverted her idea to the closet getting painted due to my ailment and the bloody, ghoulish opening of my belly several times back in September.

I was having none of that at the bloody time.

Skylar even has an interesting teacher who has them growing produce in some areas of the school. Her Children of the Corn have raised, or at last planted and watered a harvest of vegetables.

Like these sweet potatoes below.

Which brings us to the nightmarishly spooky part of the year…

Fall Festivals.

We have been to a few so far this year but apparently we have chosen the lame, er, ahhh…cheap Fall Festivals so far.

Riding Sharks…

Trying to lasso giant bubbles…

a band with a grandmother shaking maracas…

Nothing really to stand up (or play dead) to write home about

(but apparently some sorry blog fodder)


That is it.

Take a deep breath.


Did this inhuman Tick or Treat blog bore you

or relax you?

Have you been sufficiently lulled to peace and a deep sense of rest and relaxation?

Are you now open to suggestions?


Now you will look at D’s and S’s fund-raising videos from school where you are asked to pledge a dollar for how many laps they run. Vote on your favorite one, and then make a donation to that favorite video.



Click on the videos then cast your vote for the most dreadful one…

Scary Skylar:

Devilish Dylan:

I know, its hard to pick which one is better than the other!

It’s a fundraiser for their school. It brings in needed supplies.

Just pledging a mousey $1 is GREAT!

The more pledges our girls get the cooler the prizes they earn along with a class full of notoriety and self-esteem…

I know…


Before you go….for those that are still reading. I would ask that you say a prayer.

You see…. this guy below… his team is playing the devious, merciless, scoundrels of Ohio State on Saturday. What ever team wins will most likely be crowned BEST EVER College football team and also the Big Ten Champs.

Poor Saquon. Millions of people are calling him the best player in college football this year (see the video) but if his team loses on Saturday it all means nothing. (le sigh)

So please pray for Saquoun (he’s such a humble guy or he would do it himself) to beat the pants off those Ohio State Buckeyes, for Saquon to have a BIG game, and watch all things right in the world come together

..as Good defeats Evil

We Are!

Anywho, before I leave you with my much-anticipated Halloween play list that all of you can play while sitting in the school line or in traffic on the way to work, I want to wish you the SCARIEST Halloween yet!

Have fun, be devilish, don’t be safe….. mhawhahaha..

…and take pictures!

Happy Halloween knuckleheads!

I will try to be scarier next time….











Our new Stars

I wanted to give everyone a quick update.

I know a few of you have been wondering about trick or treat costumes. But it wasn’t until I received this little gem from the archives of Grandma WaWa that I realized what great memories are made with these things.

Remember this one? I think that was our oldest’s very first Halloween.



Grandma WaWa thinks this one’s adorable. She ain’t lion’!

Here are this year’s outfits. We are posing with our neighbors first.

Their youngest may have been the cutest this year in her Dory outfit.

Can you find Dory?

Can you find Dory?

Here is another with one of Dylan’s friends we ran into.


And I really enjoy trick our treating in our new neighborhood. These folks get more excited for Halloween in their front yards than we do for Christmas.


We never had any houses decked out like this when I was a kid! I never thought of ‘Lights’ for Halloween before we moved here.


Speaking of our neighborhood, we are getting a new one….

Right behind my house! Last week they started clearing out trees for the 100 houses being built, starting right behind us.

Remember this scene from last week’s storm?


This is will be the new and evolving backdrop now.


Its sad.

Just getting started. Pulling the trees out of the ground like twigs...

Just getting started. Pulling the trees out of the ground like twigs…

Other things going on…

The school held their monthly PTA rally by dragging inviting the 3rd graders in for a presentation. We captured this little gem below.

For years I have mentioned Dylan’s ‘happy-go-lucky’ demeanor.Here is a good example captured in this video as they sing Rockin’ Robin. (sorry again for inflicting ‘kid videos’ on all you non-family readers)

That’s her! She has always been that way. She helps her sister, cleans her sister’s room, picks up trash while trick or treating and more. A great kid!

Thank you God!

Speaking of pimping out my blog, it is Fundraiser time at their school.

It is the annual Fun Run this time where the youngsters are asked to get $1 pledges for how many laps they can do around the school’s track.

The organization made a crafty way to get you involved and help separate you from your money with some cute videos, Starring our little Angels.

These videos are adorable, if not identical. And so if you can stomach one or two more kid videos check these fun ones out below.

Then, if you feel led, or inspired, or sorry enough for one of our young ones please donate to them to help their school. The school gets some good cash (help keeping our taxes down) and our girls get prizes for when they hit their target of $10 per lap.

So here is Skylar’s Dashboard and ‘Star Video; the Greatest Star in Hollywood:


And here is the link to the reigning fundraising champ at our house, Dylan and her ‘Star Video; the Greatest Star in the World‘.


“I am definitely their biggest fan!”

Thanks gang for stopping by!

Have a GREAT fall weekend.

I’ll try to do better next time knuckleheads

Magnificent Malificient says have a Kit Kat or a Reese's

Magnificent Maleficent says have a Kit Kat or a Reese’s



Folks, I have to apologize. I have been lax on my blog posts here because the camera is busted in my phone. I can’t take pictures!

Can you imagine?

Its come to that in this day and age…’I can’t take pictures cause my phone-camera is busted‘…

But I did not want to let friends and family down for Trick or Treat night. So I had to whip out my trusty ol’ Casio 35mm camera to capture the event. So, with my apologies, all these pictures are about 3 seconds late now, if you know what I mean.

No? If you don’t remember your ‘old’ 35mm cameras, you will see what I mean a little later.

But first, to  answer all your questions, may I present this year’s Halloween customs: my very own Cutesy Cops!

Cagney and Lacy

Cagney and Lacy

This year we traveled with a few other undercover CSI candy detectives for Halloween, officer Miranda, disguised at Princess Sophia and officer, Kate disguised as the mom of a new-born pumpkin.

CSI Unit: Undercover

CSI Unit: Undercover

This year’s assignment, stake out the neighborhood in search of counterfeit chocolate, fake Tootsie rolls and suckers, as well as and bootleg gummy bears. Rumor was….there were a heist of Reese Cups to be found somewhere!

And so as the sun started to set. …they were on it!

Policing the neighborhood

Policing the neighborhood

Now the evening was full of scary costumes and decorations and people. But no one was scarier than the man in the picture above drinking a can of beer  with an iced 6-pack slung over his shoulder in that portable cooler…by himself on Halloween night


Now I was impressed with several costumes but, being a new homeowner is this neighborhood, I was impressed with the costumes people gave their houses.

Like this with the mummy standing in the corner:


Some people really take this Trick or Treat day seriously!


Some diabolical homeowners have to actually scare you first before you get ‘their’ treat….

I want to see a Warrant

I want to see your Warrant

There was a life-size statue of Darth Vader that instantly got animated as soon as you reached for his candy; light-saber and all. The screams came then!

Here might have been the most elaborate Scare in our neighborhood. My girls police officers had to call for their superior, Detective Daddy, before they approached this joy bed of Candy mayhem…


Skylar wasn’t afraid though.

Open Up In The Name Of the Law!!

Open Up In The Name Of the Law!!

But with multiple adults running around with wicked laughs and sickles my Cutesy Cops didn’t know if they could handle all the scariness by themselves.

I'm calling in for some back-up

I’m calling 5-oh for some back-up

There seemed to be a lot of houses dressed up with huge huge spiders! Spiders were very trendy this year in house outfits. One house had a house projector with 3 foot spiders shined, crawling all over their house. There were lot and lots of webs to avoid too.

And then there was this house I wanted to show you that had an air-filled spider on the roof. But here is where the 3 second 35mm camera rule fell into play.

I snapped the picture…and BAMM!!


…this Twilight girl got BIG Flash right in the eyes as she walked in front of me.

She said, “Ouch!‘ I shot her right in the eyes!

Here was my intended target…


See the big ol spider up top..


It was a great fun night for the girls.

They got their treats!

And I got mine….

Yes, that is an eye ball sticking out of that green donut

Yes, that is an eye ball sticking out of that green donut

But by far MY biggest treat came at the end of the night as I was putting Dylan to bed.

You see before trick or treat the girls spent the afternoon at their nanny’s house as she celebrated the 1 year birthday of her only son, Luke. Our girls have watched Luke grow over the years as he is here in our house every day she works. So they have grown quite found of baby Luke.

Well they had a great time at his birthday party, cupcakes, jump castles and all, only to come home, scarf down some dinner, put their CSI outfits on and go trick or treating harvesting a bounty of snacks and sugar.

What a great day to be a kid!

So as I tucked Dylan in I kissed her good night and I said, “You had a pretty good day today didn’t you?” reflecting over the fun day’s festivities.

Dylan agreed but said, “Tomorrow is going to be an even greater day!

I said, “huh?

She exclaimed, “Each new day is a better day! Getting to the next day is just a better day!

This 7-year-old is wise beyond her years.

When you get to may age and above, we all know and think about this.

Very profound there officer Dylan!

How old are you again?

Happy Trick or Treat everyone!

We hope you had a sweet and scary weekend too!




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