Miscalibrated Internet Receptor Stalks

The song isn't particularly Halloween-y, but I have a soft spot for it because of this.

Both my step-dad and my best friend loved Halloween, and it's just not the same without them.


My step-dad was really mechanically clever. He was kind of a Jack-of-all-Trades, although the one he got paid for was software development. But every Halloween he would have to up his game, and he always asked for my help to do it (he did the technical side, I did the artistic side). It started pretty simply and got more and more complex each year. What began as a few fake tombstones and skeleton arms reaching up out of the ground became a miniature spook alley with mechanized ghosts and giant jumping spiders, which culminated in a human head (which I made) that popped out of an aluminum trash can the year before he died. That was his crowning glory. He even brought it to his workplace on the day they held their pumpkin-cariving contest, installing the trash can next to the buffet line and scaring the shit out of his co-workers. There's video of it somewhere, but not on Youtube, unfortunately.

My best friend would craft the most awesome and gorgeous costumes. Since she started getting really serious about costume-making, she dressed up as the following:

  • Ringwraith
  • Eowyn
  • Cinderella
  • Snow White
  • Mad Madam Mim (The Sword in the Stone)
  • Medusa
  • Rapunzel from Tangled
  • Awesome Victorian Steampunk Lady

And lots more that I can't even remember right now. I put some tiny pumpkins and a Halloween pinwheel on her grave, which is kind of her own built-in Halloween decoration now. I really wanted to find some skeleton arms to stick into the ground there. I know she'd think it was hilarious. But other people might find it to be in poor taste, and it might be seen as disrespectful to the other people in the cemetery. I'll carve a Jack-o-Lantern this weekend and put it there, instead.

So what are some of the best Halloween decorations you've ever seen, Niners?

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