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Title: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on April 01, 2020, 12:13:54 AM
I was wondering what the consensus is here:

Will there be a Halloween this year?

If I'm lucky enough to turn 74 in October, will this be my first year that Halloween parties and trick-or-treating are forbidden?

I will decorate my window, as always - but I'm not planning on any giggling kids telling me to smell their feet.  I've been wondering how I can best decorate my window to let the world know I still treasure the holiday - but my door will be shut and I will not be distributing possibly contaminated bags of "goodies".

A year without Halloween - Really?
Title: Re: HALLOWEEN 2020
Post by: Mike Scott on April 01, 2020, 12:18:46 AM
A year without Halloween - Really?

Just have to wait and see how things go. We can always do Halloween here!  :)
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Hepcat on April 01, 2020, 10:05:35 AM
I will decorate my window, as always - but I'm not planning on any giggling kids telling me to smell their feet.

Is it just your neighbourhood or are kids everywhere in California really kinky these days?

 ???
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Mord on April 01, 2020, 12:29:20 PM
Is it just your neighbourhood or are kids everywhere in California really kinky these days?

 ???

Yes. California has been, and will always be, kinky kapitol (thank god).
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Mord on April 01, 2020, 12:31:44 PM
 Sadly, I do think Halloween will be cancelled. Thanksgiving will probably be celebrated online, as well. Call me a pessimist, or maybe a realist.
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on April 01, 2020, 01:09:04 PM
Sadly, I do think Halloween will be cancelled. Thanksgiving will probably be celebrated online, as well. Call me a pessimist, or maybe a realist. 

Halloween is kind of a unique holiday.

Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas we all gather together with the family and close friends we love best and share food and memories.  They are pretty intimate occasions.

But Halloween we congregate in city-wide celebrations with strangers who would never guess our real identity, hold private parties that include people from work, more or less casual friends and their one-time dates, send our children out in the dark to beg for food from strangers or stay home and hand out edibles to large numbers of kids we would never recognize in their every day dress.  It is a time when we maximize our contact with total strangers.  A single infected person could touch the lives of hundreds that one night alone.

Halloween will fall on a Saturday this year.  Prime scheduling for participation in such goings on.

I don't think anyone will be in the mood for risking such behavior this year.  This year's circumstances might disrupt this treasured tradition for a long time to come.

 

Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: aura of foreboding on April 01, 2020, 01:50:33 PM
The science shows that this may linger into August (and beyond), but it won't be at the level it is now.  We'd be wise to have some semblance of normal in the mid-late summer and early fall.  Wave 2 may (and probably will) hit in the winter, so, if this current wave does die down, I see no reason why there wouldn't be normal summer and fall activities before the next wave.  South Korea is going to online school next semester.  We're not equipped to do that here, and I don't see a reason to do that if it is not rampant and spreading like wildfire, which it shouldn't be if we get things under control now.   
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: zombiehorror on April 01, 2020, 06:03:33 PM
I'm thinking there will be another round of social distancing this fall and Halloween will be cancelled; I'll still be decorating though
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Hepcat on April 01, 2020, 11:32:18 PM
I will decorate my window, as always - but I'm not planning on any giggling kids telling me to smell their feet.

Yes. California has been, and will always be, kinky kapitol (thank god).

Depending upon the neighbourhood and the demographics of the trick-or-treaters making the rounds, that could actually be a plus.

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/g434/Balticprince/16/Spike Heels.jpg?width=1920&height=1080&fit=bounds)

 ;)
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: BigShadow on April 05, 2020, 11:26:09 AM
I think this will all be cleared up soon, however, I worry about another outbreak this fall.  Would certainly be a shame if Halloween was canceled.  Maybe people could trick 'r' treat with social distancing and the houses can just keep the candy in a bowl on their porch or driveway.  I'm sure communities will come up with something to keep the holiday afloat.
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Haunted hearse on April 06, 2020, 11:09:02 AM
I'm taking a wait and see attitude. Halloween already involves some social distancing. When you go to a Halloween Haunted House, you are not supposed to touch the performers, and vice versa. Typically, when you pass out candy to trick or treaters, you drop the candy into their bucket and bag. There's nothing wrong with decorating your home, and going for a drive to see other people's decorations.  What ever happens, it should be better than my Halloween in 2017. I was involved in a nearly fatal car accident, and I "celebrated" Halloween, being stuck in a hospital bed.
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Radioactive Rod Whitenack on April 06, 2020, 02:56:23 PM
I work in the Halloween industry. Not only do I write and edit for Louisville Halloween and America Halloween, I am on the management team for two haunted attractions (The Legend at Pope Lick Haunted Woods and Blood Orchard Haunted Attraction) as well as Louisville's only Halloween Parade and Street Festival. I've been writing about Halloween for about a decade and, of course, I've never seen anything quite like this. The TransWorld Halloween & Attractions Trade Show in St. Louis was cancelled this year, leaving a lot of vendors who depend on the Halloween season high and dry. So, yes, it's going to be a difficult season.

But Halloween isn't going to be cancelled. I have connections to haunt owners across the country and nobody is talking about throwing in the towel. The Halloween industry will survive and be open for business in some capacity this season. In our state, The Kentucky Derby and several large music festivals have been pushed back into September. To compensate, we plan to eliminate our usual early weekends the last couple weeks of September and focus completely on October. I can't speak for trick-or-treating, but that is a tradition that has been on the decline for a couple of decades now. But the celebration of All Hallow's Eve is a very old tradition with very strong roots. It will absolutely survive.
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: BigShadow on June 15, 2020, 01:44:46 AM
Since my days off just changed to Wednesday and Thursday from Friday and Saturday, I no longer have Halloween off.  Bummer.  Hopefully I can take a vacation day or call off.  I like to spend Halloween night watching horror movies, vintage scary cartoons, and eating lots of candy!


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Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 15, 2020, 01:49:29 AM
... I like to spend Halloween night watching horror movies, vintage scary cartoons, and eating lots of candy! 

Without any trick-or-treaters, I will not be able to say I am just eating left-over candy.  I have to man up and confess that I am buying all those bags for myself.

(I never fooled anyone, anyway.)
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: BigShadow on June 15, 2020, 01:54:52 AM
Iím lucky to have several neighborhood kids.  I usually give them my leftover candy and a few comic books.  Along with candy this year, Iím trying to think of something. Lassis Monster related to hand out.  Might buy a bunch of Scary Monster $3 back issues to hand out.  If I can spark a Fire in just one kid to start liking the classics, then it would all be worth it.


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Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Mike...In 3-D! on June 15, 2020, 08:02:03 AM
We recently moved into a neighborhood that doesn't get a lot of Halloween traffic, much to my dismay. This year was going to be year one of my five year plan to get a decent crowd. I still plan on doing what I was going to do, because it'll be a dark day when I don't celebrate Halloween, but I'm also tempering my expectations.
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: BigShadow on June 15, 2020, 08:05:54 AM
A majority of my city has had a decline in families with children so they implemented a trunk-r-treat at our park.  It's good because the kids can hit many cars and get candy rather than walking down a street of 50 houses and only have 6 of them passing out candy.  We still have regular trick-r-treating, but it's dwindled down to only a few blocks.
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: marsattacks666 on June 21, 2020, 06:00:26 PM
Yes. California has been, and will always be, kinky kapitol (thank god).

Oh, my! Indeed it is.👹
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Flower on July 26, 2020, 11:21:45 AM
The solution could be everyone wearing a mask and using "grab sticks" to deposit candy in the kids bags or for the kids to carry grab sticks and pull the candy from your candy dish or whatever you use.  Either way, the grab sticks would work.


https://www.amazon.ca/Housolution-Foldable-Aluminum-Reaching-Rotating/dp/B078YBBMX2/ref=asc_df_B078YBBMX2/?tag=googleshopc0c-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=292927229241&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=17495542225948333050&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9000934&hvtargid=pla-435333138711&psc=1 (https://www.amazon.ca/Housolution-Foldable-Aluminum-Reaching-Rotating/dp/B078YBBMX2/ref=asc_df_B078YBBMX2/?tag=googleshopc0c-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=292927229241&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=17495542225948333050&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9000934&hvtargid=pla-435333138711&psc=1)
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Kidagain on July 27, 2020, 11:32:42 AM
Only had 1 kid last year compared to over 100 the year before, this year with the virus who knows!
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: John Pertwee on July 28, 2020, 09:55:41 AM
Universal Orlando cancelled Halloween Horror nights, and it's not looking good in my town for any festivities.
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on July 28, 2020, 11:12:32 AM
Universal Orlando cancelled Halloween Horror nights, and it's not looking good in my town for any festivities.

Not when they have MLB playing games before digital crowds with applause & shouts piped in like on a really bad 70's sitcom.

Blessed are the people who can work from home.


Strange world.
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Hepcat on July 28, 2020, 12:23:55 PM
I agree. The canned applause is worse than silly. It's a travesty.

 :o
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on July 28, 2020, 01:08:03 PM
I agree. The canned applause is worse than silly. It's a travesty.

 :o

I have M*A*S*H* on DVD.  It gives you the options of watching the shows with or without the stupid laugh track.  It is SO much more enjoyable without.
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on August 06, 2020, 07:27:13 PM
From Today's (August 6, 2020) Los Angeles Times:

    "Is Halloween Cancelled?"

            https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2020-08-06/covid-19-halloween-canceled
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Mord on August 11, 2020, 01:32:42 PM
From Today's (August 6, 2020) Los Angeles Times:

    "Is Halloween Cancelled?"

            https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2020-08-06/covid-19-halloween-canceled

 I'm afraid the answer is "yes". We all speculated about this when the pandemic first started. Who would have thought it would become a reality? This was supposed to disappear, "like a miracle:. We can all go to New Zealand for Halloweeen. Come to think of it, they don't want any Americans there. Can you blame them? Very sad turn of events. Btw, I'm absolutely in love with Jacinda Ardern. THAT'S a leader!
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Hepcat on August 11, 2020, 02:20:31 PM
I'm afraid the answer is "yes". We all speculated about this when the pandemic first started. Who would have thought it would become a reality?

I'm saddened. I would have preferred to see any and all other holidays cancelled instead.

We can all go to New Zealand for Halloweeen.... Btw, I'm absolutely in love with Jacinda Ardern. THAT'S a leader!

Has Jacinda Ardern ordered New Zealand's air force to shoot down all planes heading for New Zealand? Has she also ordered the navy to sink all ships approaching New Zealand coastline as well as the strafing of any survivors in the water before they reach New Zealand's fair shores?

 ???
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Mord on August 12, 2020, 11:21:40 AM
I'm saddened. I would have preferred to see any and all other holidays cancelled instead.

Has Jacinda Ardern ordered New Zealand's air force to shoot down all planes heading for New Zealand? Has she also ordered the navy to sink all ships approaching New Zealand coastline as well as the strafing of any survivors in the water before they reach New Zealand's fair shores?

 ???

Not sure. Whatever she's done, I want. I also want her panties.
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on August 12, 2020, 11:42:43 AM
Not sure. Whatever she's done, I want. I also want her panties. 

Too much information.
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: BRICK on August 13, 2020, 08:23:08 PM
He puzzled and puzzled till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. Maybe Halloween, he thought...doesn't come from a store. Maybe Halloween, perhaps...means a little bit more!

Just something to think about.
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Most Horrible on August 18, 2020, 05:31:23 PM
Time is ticking closer to Halloween...for 10 years I lived in an area that never got t-r-trs...only 1-2 kids from my complex if even that. The candy was selected by moi due to this expectation of 0 attendance on All Hallows Eve...well, someone had to eat the candy.  ;D

A recent move to a different neighborhood and current Global Health Situation has me thinking that despite this... two bags of candy are in order. Ya never know.
I'm looking forward to a stroll in my neighborhood in October to see how folks will decorate their yards.

The decorations will still go up in the house...but of course. Yay! Can't wait!

There will always be a Halloween in some shape or form... tynhrt

signed,
mh

ps - Like the Grinch reference, Brick!
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Wolfman on August 19, 2020, 05:50:47 PM
Halloween will live forever in my house! Official decorating day shall commence on Friday, September 18.

JP
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: eviljim on August 27, 2020, 10:24:07 PM
Everyday is Halloween in our household.
Me and about 10 friends will gather regardless and have a bonfire on Nov 1.
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Most Horrible on September 07, 2020, 05:22:30 PM
Halloween will live forever in my house! Official decorating day shall commence on Friday, September 18.

JP

Hey, Wolfman...why Sept. 18?
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on September 09, 2020, 08:06:05 AM
Los Angeles County Shuts Down Halloween for 2020

     https://tinyurl.com/yyn3hslj

Yeah, I knew it was happening.  It's just sobering to see it made "official".
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Sir Masksalot on September 09, 2020, 07:21:50 PM
Los Angeles County Shuts Down Halloween for 2020

Now it seems they've flip-flopped and said, while it's not outright banned, it's just not recommended.
My thanks to whoever lobbied in favor of saving our Hallowed Eve!

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img84/5080/morepumpkinsgo2.jpg)
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: capoetc on September 09, 2020, 08:44:33 PM
A couple thoughts for this upcoming Halloween:

1) For those who are in a locale where there will / may be Trick-or-Treaters ... I am planning on making a "chute" delivery system.  Michael Myers (me!) will be up on the porch of the Myers house with pre-packaged bags of candy.  As the kids arrive, I will deliver bags of candy down the chute to their waiting bags ... a no contact candy delivery system!

2) For those who have trick-or-treating cancelled (that could be me!) ... what if we have a scary movie watch party right here on the UMA forum?  We could set up a schedule of movie start times (or just use TCM, I assume they will have a slate of scary movies again this year) and watch together while commenting on a dedicated thread.

We'll just have to make lemonade out of the lemons this year!  :-)
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Wolfman on September 10, 2020, 11:53:29 AM
Hey, Wolfman...why Sept. 18?
I always do it on a Friday, and thought this was a good day to do it. Also, I always play the original Monster Mash to kick things off. Lol

JP
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on September 20, 2020, 08:20:28 AM
Suddenly dawned on me how I want to decorate my window.

Graveyard:   Trick-or-Treaters, heads bowed, standing around a gravestone.  Engraved on the stone is the single word "HALLOWEEN".  (This should be an editorial cartoon. *)

Then, I'll put a "Sorry, No Treats This Year" sign on the door.


At least I'll be warmer this year.  I always set near the open door until after midnight.

  *  Alternate to T-o-T's would be real Witch, Ghost and Skeleton
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: marsattacks666 on September 22, 2020, 12:58:43 PM
I don't know about anyone else, geographically.  But in my area,Walmart, Michael's, Spirit, Halloween Express and Party City are selling their Hallowe'en decor and costumes quite well.
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Haunted hearse on September 22, 2020, 07:16:37 PM
Here's a cartoon I did on the subject.
https://underbridgethings.tumblr.com/post/629391577908903936
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: marsattacks666 on September 23, 2020, 10:39:09 AM
Here's a cartoon I did on the subject.
https://underbridgethings.tumblr.com/post/629391577908903936

😃
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on October 02, 2020, 01:33:00 PM

Halloween is bombing at the cash register:

      https://tinyurl.com/y265k5p9

Because of the Leap Year, next Halloween is on a Monday.  If much of the C-19 concern lingers then, things will be grim 2 years in a row.   Some of the less dedicated among us may lose the habit of blowing big bucks on decorations and costumes.
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Hepcat on October 03, 2020, 12:58:15 PM
The candy was selected by moi due to this expectation of 0 attendance on All Hallows Eve...well, someone had to eat the candy.  ;D

Personally I'm looking forward to the sales of unsold Halloween candy on November 1st. That's the silver lining to this cloud!

 8)
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: marsattacks666 on October 03, 2020, 05:20:43 PM
Personally I'm looking forward to the sales of unsold Halloween candy on November 1st. That's the silver lining to this cloud!

 8)

🎃
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Sir Masksalot on October 04, 2020, 06:48:45 AM
I just don't know what to expect this year. Our annual Halloween Festival is canceled so families are going to
want to do SOMEthing else. My wife brought home a box of treats that were on sale so there's pressure from
one side; plus, our neighborhood rabble-rouser is trying to organize a caravan so there's more. I dunno ...
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on October 04, 2020, 07:55:46 AM
I just don't know what to expect this year. ... 

It's sad to see the confused faces whenever the subject comes up.  Parents of younger kids who haven't figured out what to do - or what they CAN do.

They don't want to let the day pass unnoticed, but even the schools won't be offering "trunk or treat" this year.  The one thing that had been deemed safe for all.

Poor kids trying to decide on their costumes, but having no where to wear them and be seen.  No one to scare and no one to scare them.

Everyone will be skipping a beautiful, Saturday full Blue Moon on the 31st, that will shine for the whole world this year.  Wasted.

Even if things are semi normal next year, because of the stoopid Leap Year, Halloween will fall on a Monday and parents will still be cautious.

I hate this.
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on October 06, 2020, 06:54:06 AM

For localities that haven't forbidden trick-or-treating altogether, here are the CDC's Halloween Recommendations:

     https://tinyurl.com/yxkl5hre
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Mike...In 3-D! on October 06, 2020, 07:39:47 AM
I'm making treat buckets for my nieces, nephews and kids of my close friends. I'm whipping up about 14 in total and doing deliveries in costume on Halloween day. I don't want them to be without in case their parents decide not to go out this year. As for standard trick or treating, I'm considering setting up a table at the end of my driveway for the kids that may be out and about. It'll likely be a game time decision, so we'll see.
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: marsattacks666 on October 06, 2020, 09:46:48 AM
Anyone remember these?
Mcbuckets Hallowe'en

(https://nightmarenostlagia.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/mcdonalds-halloween-buckets.png)
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Mike...In 3-D! on October 06, 2020, 11:10:00 AM
Anyone remember these?
Mcbuckets Hallowe'en

(https://nightmarenostlagia.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/mcdonalds-halloween-buckets.png)

I sure do. I'm surprised they haven't brought them back in recent years. Unless they did and I just didn't know.
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Hepcat on October 06, 2020, 11:27:01 AM
Anyone remember these? Mcbuckets Hallowe'en

How big were they? What was inside them?

 ???
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: marsattacks666 on October 06, 2020, 01:20:59 PM
How big were they? What was inside them?

 ???

Hep. I really do know the dimensions.  However. As I remember,  these buckets are really small. But big enough to hold a Happy Meal.
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on October 06, 2020, 04:14:02 PM
Mars Wrigley Offers Virtual Trick or Treating:


       https://tinyurl.com/yyzjzmm4
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: fearliath on October 06, 2020, 04:33:22 PM
Personally I'm looking forward to the sales of unsold Halloween candy on November 1st. That's the silver lining to this cloud!

 8)

Apparently Halloween Candy sales are up dramatically this year even though candy ad spend is down 19%. Maybe people are worried it will be the next toilet paper...
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/new-sales-data-shows-halloween-candy-sales-are-up-in-2020-301133508.html (https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/new-sales-data-shows-halloween-candy-sales-are-up-in-2020-301133508.html)
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Hepcat on October 21, 2020, 11:41:04 AM
So trick or treating in Toronto and area this year has now been cancelled by the authorities. I guess my Don Post mask will stay in hibernation for another year:

(http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g434/Balticprince/HepcatHead.jpg)
 
(http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g434/Balticprince/Head.jpg)

 :(
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on October 21, 2020, 01:11:21 PM
So trick or treating in Toronto and area this year has now been cancelled by the authorities. ...  ...   :( 

Even if they didn't make it "official", how many here want their kids to to be going house to house and bringing strangers' treats home?

I was figuring it was about 50/50 that this would happen, when I started this thread back in March.  Too bad for the kids that it fell on this side of the line. 

One of the girls I babysit decided to pass up a chance to go to an advanced school and remain in homeschooling - they let her decide- because she is surrounded by grandparents.  And she REALLY wanted to go.

I finally did make it to 74.  (I wonder what the Vegas odds are for me making it to 75?)  I hope I get at least one more Halloween where giggling ghouls come to my door demanding chocolate.

We'll have to see what changes 2021 brings.
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Mike Scott on October 21, 2020, 01:52:21 PM
I finally did make it to 74.

Congrats! (I won't say HB, in case it was 6 months ago.)
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on October 21, 2020, 02:05:05 PM
Congrats! (I won't say HB, in case it was 6 months ago.) 

It was the 16th.
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Mike Scott on October 21, 2020, 02:19:27 PM
It was the 16th.

"Happy Birthday!" 5 days late.  :)
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Kidagain on October 21, 2020, 02:32:39 PM
Made it to 70 on the 17th. So when do you start feeling old? At least I'm still a Kidagain here.
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Mike Scott on October 21, 2020, 02:53:20 PM
Made it to 70 on the 17th.


"Happy Birthday!" 4 days late.  :)

So when do you start feeling old?

30 years ago.

Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Kidagain on October 21, 2020, 03:11:20 PM
Thanks Mike.
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on October 21, 2020, 03:27:32 PM
Made it to 70 on the 17th. So when do you start feeling old? At least I'm still a Kidagain here. 

Depends on your health.  Take care of it.
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on October 22, 2020, 01:04:46 AM
This lady doesn't like the fact that Halloween will be restricted this year:

     https://youtu.be/nvDI9Bel7-o
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: skully on October 22, 2020, 01:44:07 AM
Turned 66 on the 18th.
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Mike Scott on October 22, 2020, 03:29:29 AM
Turned 66 on the 18th.

"Happy Birthday!" 4 days late.  :)

(I just recycled my post to Kidagain.)
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: skully on October 22, 2020, 06:40:08 PM
Thank you Mike!!
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on October 22, 2020, 06:42:14 PM

It ain't just Halloween.  Here is another tradition shot all to hell:

     https://tinyurl.com/yyq8a4cb
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: BigShadow on October 23, 2020, 02:13:45 PM
What a shame.
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: BRICK on October 25, 2020, 01:37:51 PM
If nothing else, this is one silver lining for this time of year!

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img924/4470/GlcDdC.jpg)
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Dr.Cyclops on October 25, 2020, 08:21:05 PM
I'm officially turning off the lights.Sorry Kids, sucks for you.
 Though I will celebrate it by myself, I'll drink wine with the Pizza while watching a Hammer-Horror fest.
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: ravenloft on October 25, 2020, 09:48:39 PM
Safety has always been a part of Halloween, probably the utmost concern, this year will be no different. Kids must be kept safe period. If that means no Trick or Treating so be it.
We have bumped up our scary movie and Halloween themed TV considerably.

This year we are doing an All Hallows Eve party for my close family like they did in the days gone by:
Vintage dťcor from the 1920's to the 1980's (mine and my twin brother's Halloween collections)
Autumn feast
Donuts on a string (no hands allowed)
Monster Mash Dance
Bobbing for apples
balloon drop
pumpkin walk
telling ghost stories
spooky board games
pin the tail on the witch's cat
fishing the black lagoon
Bean bag cemetery grave toss
Trick or treating door to door down the Hallway (family member with candy behind each door)
Chilling records playing
bedtime for the little ones then scary movies for the rest.
Sadly, no candy for the neighborhood kids, we will have an apologetic sign on the door. No one wants to chance or eat lysolled strangers' candy.
Regrettably we are also phoning in our costumes a little bit too this year; no prosthetics, advanced makeup, or months of planning, just a simple theme outfit.

I'll be damned if I am going to give up making Halloween the most important night of my kids lives. I'm going all out, just all indoors this year. We are going to party all day and night like the Mask of the Red Death with the plague swirling outside and not answer any knocks.




Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Hepcat on October 26, 2020, 10:05:16 AM
If nothing else, this is one silver lining for this time of year!

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I'm saving my dimes and quarters to stock up on the post-Halloween sales!

 ;)
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Hepcat on October 26, 2020, 10:10:41 AM
This lady doesn't like the fact that Halloween will be restricted this year:

     https://youtu.be/nvDI9Bel7-o

That's fabulous! Elvira still rules.

 8)
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Hepcat on October 26, 2020, 10:15:40 AM
I'm officially turning off the lights.Sorry Kids, sucks for you.

Though I will celebrate it by myself, I'll drink wine with the Pizza while watching a Hammer-Horror fest.

Pizza and Hammer are a fabulous combination!

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/g434/Balticprince/Dracola_and_pizza.jpg)

 :)
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Hepcat on October 26, 2020, 11:46:19 PM
This lady doesn't like the fact that Halloween will be restricted this year:

     https://youtu.be/nvDI9Bel7-o

Here's another:

Elvira's Pumpkins Song (https://youtu.be/vS7c41AbjQI)

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 8)
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on October 27, 2020, 12:10:23 AM
One couple with two little kids had an interesting idea.

The adults are going to go inside of different rooms in the house and have the little kids roam around knocking on different doors, as though they were different residences.  Each time they kids yelled Trick or Treat, they would open their door, wearing different hats, masks, etc., pretend to be different people and give them candy.  Might be fun for the really little ones.
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on October 27, 2020, 02:30:43 AM

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Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Hepcat on October 28, 2020, 01:40:01 PM
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There comes once a year the dark fest Halloween
With tricksters and treaters not other times seen.
Scarecrows and witches, plus sometimes a ghost
In masks by Ben Cooper and even Don Post.
For Mars bars and Cheetos they're all very keen.


tynhrt
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Nosferatu79 on October 31, 2020, 11:15:36 AM
Though it may be different this year, Happy Halloween!
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Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Hepcat on October 31, 2020, 11:36:32 AM
The second of two full moons in a single calendar month is called a Blue Moon. Thus we have a Blue Moon this Halloween, but thatís not all. On this Halloween, bright red Mars Ė now just past its closest approach to Earth in two years Ė will appear in the sky near the full moon.

Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Xmas.

Fifty percent of kids prefer to receive chocolate candy for Halloween, compared with 24% who prefer non-chocolate candy and 10% who preferred gum.

The owl is a popular Halloween image. In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches, and to hear an owl's call meant someone was about to die.

According to Irish legend, Jack OíLanterns are named after a stingy man named Jack who, because he tricked the devil several times, was forbidden entrance into both heaven and hell. He was condemned to wander the Earth, waving his lantern to lead people away from their paths.

Trick-or-treating evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year.

The first known mention of trick-or-treating in print in North America occurred in 1927 in Blackie, Alberta.

In an effort to convert pagans, the Christian church decided that Hallowmas or All Saintsí Day (November 1) and All Soulsí Day (November 2) should assimilate sacred pagan holidays that fell on or around October 31.

Black and orange are typically associated with Halloween. Orange is a symbol of strength and endurance and, along with brown and gold stands for the harvest and autumn. Black is typically a symbol of death and darkness and acts as a reminder that Halloween once was a festival that marked the boundaries between life and death.

Ireland is typically believed to be the birthplace of Halloween.

Scarecrows, a popular Halloween fixture, symbolize the ancient agricultural roots of the holiday.

Halloween was influenced by the ancient Roman festival Pomona, which celebrated the harvest goddess of the same name. Many Halloween customs and games that feature apples (such as bobbing for apples) and nuts date from this time. In fact, in the past, Halloween has been called San-Apple Night and Nutcrack Night.

Dressing up as ghouls and other spooks originated from the ancient Celtic tradition of townspeople disguising themselves as demons and spirits. The Celts believed that disguising themselves this way would allow them to escape the notice of the real spirits wandering the streets during Samhain.

 tynhrt
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Hepcat on October 31, 2020, 12:11:42 PM
Who's going to be bold enough to check out the pumpkin patch this evening?

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 ???
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Anton Phibes on October 31, 2020, 12:45:09 PM
Halloween isn't cancelled here. Beggars night is from 6-8. Those of you still locked up/in/down....you have my condolences on the continued losses that 2020 keeps on chuckin'. :'(
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Hepcat on October 31, 2020, 02:53:23 PM
Soon, soon!

(https://i.pinimg.com/736x/2b/b9/4b/2bb94be52ed2f6ca355457f1653d7817--be-witched-beautiful-witch.jpg)

 tynhrt
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Kidagain on October 31, 2020, 03:28:30 PM
4:30 PM and not a soul in sight for a Saturday Halloween.
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Hepcat on October 31, 2020, 05:36:28 PM
I'm patiently waiting for the eve:

(https://i.pinimg.com/736x/db/3b/3b/db3b3b5740acbc66129f5472b7a560d6--witch-cat-male-witch.jpg)

So are some of my best buddies:

(https://i.pinimg.com/736x/b9/78/04/b978047ea77d5f33830daca8fb370df3--witches-black-beauty.jpg)

 tynhrt
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Anton Phibes on October 31, 2020, 06:03:31 PM
Biggest batch of Trick or Treaters we have had in years! Visited by probably 100 kids in an hour. Out of candy. Getting dark, and the streets are emptying. So one solid hour of passing out candy and watching all the little goblins have fun. They had fun and so did we. Best costume goes to my 2 year old neighbor kid who was a "Scawey Spider". Good time.
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Hepcat on October 31, 2020, 07:46:34 PM
The still before the darkest hours!

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 cl:)
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on October 31, 2020, 09:09:13 PM
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Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Dr.Cyclops on October 31, 2020, 09:38:18 PM
Wishing my UMA Brothers and Sisters a wondrously fiendish Halloween
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Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: marsattacks666 on October 31, 2020, 09:50:02 PM
Happy Hallowe'en to all🎃
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: HorrorToyCollector on October 31, 2020, 10:21:41 PM
Don't post often. But I love this message board so much. Happy Halloween everyone.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KFAkh--YVI&t=13s (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KFAkh--YVI&t=13s)
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: John Pertwee on October 31, 2020, 10:25:57 PM
5 kids came by tonight. That beats the 3 we got last year and the 0 we got the year before that.
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Hepcat on October 31, 2020, 10:42:45 PM
Yippeeee!

(https://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g434/Balticprince/General%20Album%202/CatW.png)

 8)
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: marsattacks666 on November 01, 2020, 03:08:55 AM
I think Trick -or -Treating will be a thing of the past. Just my opinion. 
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: BigShadow on November 01, 2020, 03:30:24 AM
Happy Halloween to all.  Trick-or-Treating was kind of slow this year. Last year had about 50-60 kids, but only had about 20-25 this time around.  A few friends told me they had even less or none at all.  Some of the constantly busy areas of my city were still jam packed with kids, but not as many as last year.  Hopefully next year will be better.  After the trick-or treating hours were over I just sat around and watched movies on TCM then went to my local cigar lounge and had a few cigars and watched some more contemporary horror movies: Evil Dead and House of a 1000 Corpses.  Had a pretty good time.  Now I'm finishing off the night with a cold IPA and Watching I Walked With A Zombie (1943) on TCM.
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on November 01, 2020, 04:55:58 AM
5 kids came by tonight. That beats the 3 we got last year and the 0 we got the year before that. 

Well...  It's a trend.

Sounds like it will be a few years before you need to buy a whole bag of candy.

I got none - Zero.  (Did very little to lift my spirits.)
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Rex fury on November 01, 2020, 09:33:44 AM
I had about five small groups of kids. They were all younger, out with their parents. I wonder what happened to all the tweens in my neck of the woods? Lots of candy left over which I think Iíll donate to the food bank.
Had a great view of the full/blue moon, a bonfire and a nice bottle of red wine. All was not lost! Hereís to next year🎃
RF
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Hepcat on November 01, 2020, 11:13:19 AM
Lots of candy left over which I think Iíll donate to the food bank.

Being an environmentally sensitive individual I'm reluctant to make any trips that aren't absolutely necessary. Therefore I just eat any leftover candy myself.

 ;)

I bought a 24 count box of Old Dutch Twists yesterday morning for the deeply discounted price of $4 and got 31. Rather than returning the box to the supermarket in a huff, I decided to be a more reasonably mature individual and just eat the extra seven bags.

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I'll be checking out drugstores and food markets later today for deeply discounted Halloween candy.

 ;)
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Mike...In 3-D! on November 01, 2020, 09:40:25 PM
This is my second year at my current house. We skipped last year and handed out candy at the in-laws because their neighborhood is always bouncing on Halloween (and the person that sold us the house said that neighborhood was dead on Halloween). This year we set up at our house and had about 50 kids, which surprised the hell out of me. Luckily I was prepared and had a nice little set up to safely hand out candy. We're looking forward to adding more to our outdoor decorations next year.
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: skully on November 02, 2020, 01:17:10 AM
Here in Reading,  there were more than I thought going door to door.  Most of the households had tables set up outside,  but still a bit sparse,  nowhere near the usual.  However,  outside of the city in nearby Exeter Township,  my 2 grand daughters had filled bags like other years,  I was surprised,  evidently my daughter knows where to take the kids for the goodies.
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Hepcat on November 02, 2020, 06:15:53 PM
I bought a 24 count box of Old Dutch Twists yesterday morning for the deeply discounted price of $4 and got 31. Rather than returning the box to the supermarket in a huff, I decided to be a more reasonably mature individual and just eat the extra seven bags.

I'll be checking out drugstores and food markets later today for deeply discounted Halloween candy.

The Old Dutch Twists are delicious! They absolutely melt in your mouth so you can just keep eating them non-stop.

I found a 50 count box of the Twists at a different supermarket for $6. It was the last one on the pallet so I snapped it up immediately. While there were only 52 in the box, I have to say that I still made out pretty well.

 8)
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: fearliath on November 02, 2020, 06:35:39 PM
In my neck of the woods it was a totally normal Halloween. Maybe a 10% decrease in Trick or Treaters. Again, maybe. Probably about 200or so came to my house.  Most houses people were outside  with bonfires (propane powered for the most part) and had candy laid out on tables in the driveway, which is fairly normal for most years. My kids didn't notice a difference. I had several other parents ask me (before Halloween) if my kids were going trick or treating and we all came to the common conclusion that walking around outside, collecting wrapped candy from a bag, with a mask which is itself under a Halloween mask, is significantly safer than going to school everyday (as every kid here does), eating at a fast food restaurant, or going to Walmart.

Halloween happened. One of my kids was King Kong (gorilla suit with a small doll attached to the shoulder representing Ann Darrow) and one kid was Princess Anck-su-namun (which consisted of dressing like an Egyptian princess and carrying the Super 7 Mummy bucket).
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: Monsters For Sale on November 05, 2020, 01:46:31 AM
The parents of two young girls surprised them with a fully decorated house, spooky games and some interesting homemade foods.

Here are a couple that I liked:

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                              Finger Food Cookies

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50568962897_ac531a842a_c.jpg)
                                Ham Skull
Title: Re: The Year Without HALLOWEEN
Post by: BigShadow on November 05, 2020, 03:22:33 AM
Very cool food ideas!  I've always been a sucker for Halloween themed treats, especially spooky life-like ones.