Every Day is Halloween
For real. There's always something
Halloween-related going on at our house.
We have done Halloween costume photo-shoots
months after Halloween. This owes mainly to the fact that you
really can't work with children or animals. But I repeat
myself. Kids are animals, just worse. Sometimes you have to
wait a few months when he isn't so cranky to put a kid (read: Stan)
back in a Halloween costume.
We're almost always decorated. The decorations come out more than
a month before Halloween and stick around for months afterward.
Fully a quarter of my attic is dedicated to Halloween stuff. I
installed a winch so we can get the all of it up and down
quickly and easily since there are so many crates of decorations and
other things (old costumes, party supplies, etc.).
The house looks like a retro cineplex. Year-round the walls are
decorated with assorted sci-fi and (mostly) horror movie posters in the
living room, stairway, breakfast area, and hall. With more to
come in other places.
Stan could identify most classic monsters by name before he was
three. He grew up playing with the figures, watching the movies,
and seeing the posters on the walls and computer.
We eat off Halloween plates year-round. In fact, we set out
Santa's cookies on one of those Halloween plates on the night of
Christmas Eve before we went to bed last year (2012).
I have years'-worth of Halloween costume
ideas. I literally have the next three years planned most of
the time, with contingency plans
regarding pregnancies and/or the gender of the baby in such cases.
We watch classic horror movies every Saturday (or at least tape them)
hosted by Svengoolie.
We never stop making Halloween decorations. I have photos of us
working on Halloween projects where you can see the xmas tree in the
We live in a 100+ year-old house. Our stairs creak. I could
fix them, but won't.
Sometimes I find cobwebs around the ceiling or in corners where the
walls meet, but I don't clean them. To me, those are free
I added four additional electrical outlets on the front of the house
just for decorations (e.g., lights, fogger, animatronics, etc.).
We eat monster cereal pretty much all year round. I buy loads of
it on sale after Halloween, so we're still eating it in July!
Our kid is named after Halloween. Stan is named in equal parts
after effects wizard Stan Winston (Aliens, Jurassic Park,
Pumpkinhead, etc.) and Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee. I
wanted to have his name be Stan Winston, but Dani said, "No.
'Winston' is a dog's name.'" But we didn't name the dog Winston.
We had a dog named Boris Dogloff. Dani had the name Boris in her
head for more than a decade, but it didn't fit our previous dog.
Then a dog who fit it came along because he was a huge terror.
We had a foster dog named
Spooky. His real name was BlackJack, but he was scared of
everything, and it was close to Halloween when we got him (He was at
the Halloween party), so I started calling him Spooky.
Stan wears costumes most days of the week. Dani has made him
dozens of costumes completely independent of Halloween: several Batman
costumes (including a full Batman Beyond outfit with wings and
and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (she also made a bo staff like
Donatello). This is in addition to the costumes we bought:
Spiderman, Superman, plus costumes she made for school: Scarecrow,
Lion, etc. I once made him up as a werewolf at his request... in
Stella goes through three costumes a day: princess, ballerina, and
sometimes Rey from Star Wars!