Nelson's View

Thursday, October 30, 2008

A less scary Halloween

Happy Halloween. I'm planning on taking my three year old neighbor trick or treating tomorrow. She's dressing up like a witch... a good witch that is. You know, like Glinda from the Wizard of Oz - "Are you a good witch or a bad witch? Oh I'm not a witch at all. Witches are old and ugly."

Her mom is dressing up like a clown and I'm dressing up like a woodland fairy complete with wings. Heck I even have a cute blond wig. I'm hoping the weather will warm up slightly so I don't have to add long johns and winter boots to my ensemble because thanks to Iowa weather all you can ever dress up like on Halloween is an eskimo or polar bear. The one thing I like best about Halloween are the sweets. Though I imagine this year I will let my neighbor get all the treats since I'm technically too old for trick or treating. I might have to sneak some candy out of her pail though when she's not looking - you know to help save her teeth from cavities or her tummy from a belly ache.

While shopping around for a costume I checked out the Halloween aisle at Walmart. I noticed quite a few scary masks in the aisle. Every year the masks seem to get more and more gruesome. Poor kids! I knew I wouldn't want to wear one around my little neighbor because she might get scared or rather I'd scare myself. I'm not a huge fan of haunted houses or scary movies. The only monster movie I'll watch is Monsters Inc. It's hard to find a good non-scary movie on this time of year. I went through Spooky Pointe where it was pitch black so I could get the "full effect," before getting photos.

I took photos of the scary monsters at Spooky Pointe and even got a few brave kids to pose with them. Some of them were a little hesitant.

Yeah I can understand why. I watched as one poor little girl only made it a few steps into the haunted maze, saw just how dark it was and decided to turn around and walk back out. I know the monsters aren't real but I just don't care for the idea of getting stuck in one of those mazes looking for an exit with those guys in the creepy masks lurking around. Hey I've even had people tell me I could hold on to their arm so I wouldn't get lost or scared.

I'm not afraid of the dark but I really prefer to see where I'm going and not have creepy things drop from the ceiling in front of me or feel a tap on my shoulder by an evil clown with a shovel. I remember when I was a little kid I'd walk upstairs to my bedroom in the dark. I'd hurry to my room and once I got there I'd leap to my bed and crawl in, clothes and all. If you are the haunted house type, go for it. I'll hold your stuff for you, but I'll pass on the scare.

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