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"Halloween Lucky" a success

I was pleased with how it went. I had a big vat of candy, as usual, and then a glow-in-the-dark plastic pumpkin with the cards in them. (Confused? Entry here.)

This is how the setup looked at about 5 pm:



The jack-o-lanterns are supposed to look like No-Face from Spirited Away (right) and the cat bus from Totoro (left)--the latter without the ears, though, which takes away from the effect. Pleasingly, a number of kids not only recognized No-Face, but commended me for being in what they considered an elite club of people who knew and liked the movie. That's almost as rewarding as when you recognize a kid's costume and are told you're the only person to have done so--which happened when I realized that the girls whose hair had been dyed and stiffened to points were going as crayons.

People were really curious about what the "Halloween Lucky" sign meant and what the lucky cards were supposed to be for. I told them they were just for fun. It was great seeing people congregated at the bottom of the driveway, reading the cards, or hearing kids say, "My lucky ride is a stagecoach! All right!" Or "My lucky ride is a race car--that's what I wanted!" (Lucky ride was the category that elicited the biggest response.) One kid got caber tossing for his lucky sport and sounded disgusted at first, until he read the description of it, and then he seemed pretty pleased. A girl who got fuchsia as her lucky color was dressed in fuchsia, so that was cool.

One dad-aged guy came by without a kid in tow and took a lucky card. "Maybe it will bring me luck," he said, very seriously. I hope so, dude. I hope so.

Many many girls were dressed as cats this year. Is there a popular cat anime out there?

One kid was in a giant inflatable T-rex costume. When he walked, he really looked very lumbering.

Here's the scene from later in the evening, around 7 pm.



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sartorias
Nov. 1st, 2017 01:00 pm (UTC)
What a great idea, those cards!

Halloween must be so fun in your neighborhood!

(Well, it can be fun here, too, it's just that we only had half a dozen groups of kids or so. Which was better than some years. I put candles along the walk, since the porch light proved to be burned out, and two inside ceramic Jack o'Lanterns.)
asakiyume
Nov. 1st, 2017 03:38 pm (UTC)
The flickering path up your walk sounds lovely! And I empathize with the burned-out light situation--our porch light has burned out too, which is why I dragged the standing lamp from my study out there.
stormdog
Nov. 1st, 2017 02:09 pm (UTC)
I saw a lot of cats in this area too. And one of those big inflatable Tyranosaurs! That was nifty!
asakiyume
Nov. 1st, 2017 03:39 pm (UTC)
I'd love to know what the story is behind the proliferation of cats....
yamamanama
Nov. 1st, 2017 05:21 pm (UTC)
We had a No-Face at the Wildlife Center's pumpkin walk.
I recognized the cat bus but only when it was lit up.
I saw a photo of a Totoro on Twitter.
asakiyume
Nov. 2nd, 2017 12:20 pm (UTC)
Maybe I'll try Totoro next year.

I should have made No-Face's facial features **larger** on that pumpkin, but live and learn.
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