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I sat down to carve a pumpkin with my friends last week and I was completely intimidated by that bright orange blank canvas staring at me. Vivian had the seeds toasted and perfectly salted before I could even draw a bat on my tiny pumpkin.

It has been eons since I’ve decorated for Halloween “normally”. The last five years I was engulfed by Halloween decor and parties at the store. For many years before that, our block up at my Mom’s house would go all out for Halloween… it became an obsession and competition with my neighbors. Mostly Gary… but… we’d spend hours and hours decorating. This included taking the day off of work and/or school the day of Halloween and many nights of burning the midnight oil in our closed garages to hide any hint of what we were creating. Then, days beforehand we’d drill each other to get ideas of what the other one was doing.

I’d see air conditioning duct in the corner of his garage…
“Hey… are you using that in the front of your house as something?” I’d ask nonchalantly…
“mmmaybe…” Gary would say with a smirk.
We’d hide our schemes… and hide them well until the last minute.

Turned out the duct was leftover from the scary, creaking DOCK he built on his front yard. In a matter of hours, he built a spooky lagoon complete with rickety dock. The duct became the body of a dragon I made and stuck on the roof that same year. It had huge wings, glowing eyes and fog-machine breath. Prior years… we made 6 foot tall cutouts of all the Nightmare Before Christmas characters, projected movies onto suspended sheets, done entire tents in the front of our homes… I recreated the “hell” portion at the end of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride at Disneyland… did a haunted Mardi Gras theme… wow.

And a pumpkin scares me now.

So, I did a little bit of decorating on our front porch… just some ribbons and lights… it’s a bit underwhelming actually (and blurry… daytime pics would be helpful)… I’m very disappointed with myself ;) Perhaps at the 11th hour on Thursday I’ll be out there with ladders and rolls of canvas… turning the house into a haunted pirate ship… calling every store in the area to find an antique mast…(Sue, I think you can relate?)

Our neighbors are decorating for Diwali, The Festival of Lights. If it’s anything like their party a few months ago… it’s going to look amazing. They had tea lights every foot or so in the entire cul-de-sac. It was enchanting to come home to!

And… some foliage in front of the house…

Fall is turning out to be crisp and gorgeous! Yay!

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