After spending a couple hours working on Halloween stuff in the basement last night, I went for a walk around the neighborhood. Wanted to see how the area was shaping up by way of decorations. Saw only a few homes with decorations so far. And I recall that happens in my area. They're latecomers and cut it really close. Most houses are dark until the weekend of our High Holiday.
But then I saw something going on up the road on a darkened lawn and porch. Some flickering lights, some orange and red lights, and a small strobe light making a few small tombstones flash with lightning around the base of the tree where no one was buried. There were tiny foot-high ghosts staked into the ground, and some foam bones, and some hands reaching up from the cut grass. I then noticed that the homeowners were out adjusting the decorations. An older couple moving around in the dark. The husband was fixing a hanging lantern that had a spooky face speaking spooky sounds. All neatly arranged store-bought stuff. And all of it really perfect.
The couple had this look of slight embarrassment as I walked by. And I know that exact feeling. There's something about setting up for Halloween when one of your peers walks by. A weird, very brief feeling of yeah-I-know-it's-weird-but-it's-what-I-do feeling. Like a miniscule apology almost. Maybe it's just me. Well, me and those folks. I said "Looks GREAT!" and the wife quietly thanked me and nervously laughed as I passed.
I'm thinking I walked in on a prop test of sorts, as the house was completely dark when I walked by on the return home. Here's hoping they feel it was a success, and that the premature compliment by some guy going past was a good omen of a successful Halloween night of Haunting to come.
October is flying by...
|This isn't a photo of their Haunt...but that's how it felt...|