Like 2001 to 2003, there was nothing elaborate in 2004. Getting increasingly
discouraged by the lack of Halloween spirit in my area, I jumped at the
chance to visit another neighboorhood's event up in MD. This particular
place gets into the whole thing. They shut down the street to traffic, and
every house is decorated. There is trick-or-treating, costumes, elaborate
sets, you name it. What began as a couple of families trying to out-do each
other for several years became a street-wide event.
I had a blast. The picture you see here is my contribution. I attended as
skeletal fellow (Grim Reaper, perhaps?), and managed to freak out a lot of
people with slow movements, long stillness, and silent approaches from
behind. Muahaha! :)
Some people were completely fooled into thinking I was a manequin, until I started
to move slighly, tracking their movements with my head. People asked me how I
got so good at that. The trick, as strange as it may seem, was to model my
movements after reptiles. The way they slowly, but gracefully, turn their heads,
and silently watch you. With the right mask, this becomes very creepy.
Back at home I left the typical decorations up, with Herb on the balcony and
lights in the windows. But I wasn't home.