It now officially feels like fall. Why? Oh, because Pat started putting up our massive graveyard in the front lawn. For those of you who don’t know, he is obsessed with Halloween. No really, I’ve never seen anyone love it so much.
We have a complete “haunted garage” with a handmade (by Pat) electric chair with lights, screaming sounds and strobe lights that go off by the click of Pat’s hand held remote….oh yeah, and an actor. Our friend Thom wears a prisoner costume and a mask. He pretends he’s fake, Pat presses his button and Thom acts like he’s being electrocuted and then it dies down and he goes limp again….until the kids stand there looking at him and he chases them out of the garage with a fake knife.
Don’t believe me? Watch this.
Yes, this happens every single year. Some of the kids know what’s going to happen so Pat always has new tricks up his sleeve. Last year was the addition of his monster in a trashcan at the end of driveway. So when the kids ran to the end, he set off the trashcan that a “monster” pops out of screaming just so they could get a second scare.
My grandma even got in on the action last year to hand out candy. But here’s the best part, I let her borrow a curly blonde afro wig that I had from dressing up as Richard Simmons the year before (sexy) and bought her some hippie jewelry and glasses to rock out. Somehow, she translated this into THE scariest costume in existence and decided to talk like a ghost to the kids all night while telling them, “Don’t worry kids, I only poisoned every other one”…imagine that in an 85 year old ghost voice, with a blond afro wig. My life is now complete with this memory.
I don’t know what we’re going to top it with this year because Pat hasn’t had the time to put his craftsmanship to work but maybe we’ll add some more actors. I think we need to make a costume with leaves on it so someone can popup out of the ground and give the kids another scare.
Fall, isn’t it dreamy?
Pat was made famous and made the news last year.