Ailsa has requested ‘Spooky’ posts for her travel theme this week, and I think I can oblige and probably scare the pants off you all. Actually, that thought is also quite scary. 😆
In South Africa, Halloween has never been a big thing, but a couple of years ago, we happened to be in New Jersey at our son’s house. I was amazed to see how people had really gone to town, decorating their porches and gardens. Some of them were ghoulish in the extreme, and very spooky indeed.
We were invited to a friend’s house, from where the children were going out “trick or treating.” The house was in almost total darkness when we arrived, and I could make out the shapes of black mice and spiders on the staircase.
My granddaughter Sienna was only four at the time, and so excited to go out with her bigger friends, collecting candy, but granddad soon had to bring her back to the house, because she was too scared to go up the garden paths, and can you blame her?
The older kids had done this before, and weren’t at all phased by the horrors they saw. The promise of sweeties was so much stronger than fear.
They did really well, and soon filled up their baskets. Sienna got her share when they arrived back with their booty, and we all had a great party.
Now for something completely different, and unrelated to Halloween. The eeriest place I’ve ever been in, was at Graceland. Walking around the late Elvis’s home, we suddenly found ourselves out of the bright lights of his ‘Hall of Fame’, as we stepped into these very dimly lit rooms. I think this was his bedroom,
and sitting room. All the blinds were closed, and in the very subdued lighting, and with his music softly playing, I could almost imagine that his ghost was in there with me. It really gave me goosebumps.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my spooky pics. If you’re feeling brave, and want to see more entries for the challenge, just head over to Ailsa’s post.
Great pictures of Halloween! Some people in the US really do go all out decorating for the holiday. I used to do it too, when my kids were little. It was so much fun. 🙂
Thanks, Cathy. It was my first experience of an American Halloween. 🙂
Love the last part better. Love this post, adin.
The eerie pictures gave me the creeps than monster and ghost decorations.
Each to his own, rommel. 🙂 Glad I ‘creeped’ you out just a little. 😀
Wow adorable halloween party 😀
Thanks, Dell Anna. It was a new experience for me. 🙂
Your son rocks! I’m loving that Halloween spirit. Everyone down here goes all out, some of the houses get very creative. Great pic!
Thanks, TG. I’d love to see some spooky pics from down your way. 🙂
I’m working on that…come Halloween the pics will be there 🙂
Shotto! 🙂 Look forward to them.
Hi Ad, Spookylicious photos. Love those little mice on the steps. TFS.
Regards Florence x
Thanks, Florence. Happy Sunday to you. 🙂
Wow, these look really spooky, AD 🙂
I thought so too. Paula. I was quite shocked to see such scary displays in people’s gardens. 😯
Great shots, those would be perfect for this weeks Sunday Stills too..:-))
Thanks, Ed. Yours is really scary. 😯
WoW! That is quite the collection of Halloween spooky stuff. 😉
I thought so too, Elizabeth. Quite enough to handle in one go. 🙂
the mice on the steps are so wonderful…I can imagine Halloween would be really scary to kids at first…but ah the temptation of sweeties. Graceland spooky – I’d never thought of that. I am a huge Elvis fan and so want to visit Graceland…I’d love it if I felt him around…wow. Even scarier thought. I typed Graceland wrongly and the spell check picked it up !!!!!
Yes, I loved the mice. This friends husband had just arrived back from an overseas business trip, and got quite a surprise when he walked in the front door and saw them. 🙂 We just had to visit Graceland, as we were passing. It was very interesting.
Some shops here are now trying to cash in on Halloween selling costumes and decorations. A pity because there is no meaning and understanding behind it. All commercial.
I agree with you. Hallowe’en has no meaning in South Africa at all.
Sjoe! really spooky stuff, especially Elvis bedroom.
Glad you ‘enjoyed’, cocoa. 🙂
Oh no – you scared the pants off me! LOL 😉
I love the pictures, no wonder Sienna was too scared to go up the garden path – that one is a beauty (and I wouldn’t walk near it either)! 😀
Hehehe. I’m so glad I did, Dianne. 😀 I agree with you. Those garden displays are the scariest I could ever imagine. 😯
I thought a lot about Graceland was a little creepy!
Love the NJ yards – glad you got there when you did. In NJ this year, I expect most folks are pulling decorations down until the Hurricane Sandy passes – winds are supposed to be daunting in our corner of the world!
Yes, I agree with you, but it was worth popping in, as we were passing almost right by the door. I was just chatting to our son in NJ, and he is very apprehensive about the next couple of days. I hope everything will be okay.
Everyone’s hunkered down and prepared as best they can be – Hopefully it will be mostly inconvenience. They’ve evacuated the areas where they feel there are dangers, and the rest of us are just preparing for wind, rain, and some time without power – i’ll keep your son’s family in my thoughts.
Looks like the kids had a wonderful time!
graceland…you’re right!, that looks SO spooky!!!
Yes it was all good fun for them. Glad you agree with me about those Graceland pics. 🙂
And now that you’ve got everyone nice and petrified …
*snigger* That really made everyone jump! 🙂
You’d best get to bed before you turn into a pumpkin. 🙂 That would be really scary. 😆
Woooo freaky stuff at the Elvis mansion. I’ve been there and there are some weird vibes. Love all the Halloween decorations at your son’s friends neighborhood. Too fun! I think Sienna was pretty smart in that whole deal. 🙂
Yes, you’re right. I think that MJ’s house must have even weirder vibes. 😯
Sienna did very well out of the whole episode. Lots of cuddles and candy too. 🙂
Ooooo scary!!! 😯 Fun stuff Sylvia!
Where in NJ does your son live? We used to live in NJ.
Hope they don’t get hammered by Sandy. 😦
Hahaha. Not nearly as scary as your allis, Phil. 🙂 He lives in Glenridge. I also hope that Sandy will ignore his house. 🙂
Ha We lived in Montclair the next town over, for many years.
Best of luck to him in NJ
These photos were actually taken in Montclair. Maybe it was your house that was so scary. 😀
Could be, there were plenty of things about our house that were scary. 😀
Our leaky basement being only one of them. 😯
We do seem to get carried away with this holiday and, for the most part, the kids seem to have fun. Of course the last thing some of our kids need is more candy! 😉
Very true, Gunta. You’re sweet enough, so don’t need to go trick or treating. 😀
Awwww… how sweet of you to say so!!! 🙂
LOVE this post,Halloween is my favorite holiday…the one time per year I don’t have to wear my humanistic disguise 😀
Oh wait…I’m dressing up as a mtn biker 😛
Thanks, Steve. Glad you enjoyed. Some people are pretty scary enough just going as themselves, I guess. 😆
Wonder if Halloween is slowly taking over from Guy Fawkes in the UK, or maybe they do both 🙂
I have no idea about that. i used to really look forward to Guy Fawkes night, but that was a very long time ago. Maybe he’s now very out of favour. 😉
I can’t quite imagine 7 year old SA kids walking around any neighbourhood unaccompanied. They’ll have a heck of a time negotiating the barbed wire and electric fences and locked gates…
Scarier than anything the Americans can think up!!!
You’re so right. It definitely wouldn’t work in South Africa. Even adults don’t feel safe out at night. That’s what I love about living here. 🙂
I can quite see how it might make a welcome change from being locked up in your own house!!
A very welcome change indeed. 🙂
Thanks so much, Pablo. 🙂
What fun they must have in the USA on Halloween night…France do it a bit…shops have got costumes and nik naks but not sure about the trick or treating!!
Yes, the kids and the adults here, really throw themselves into every celebration with great enthusiasm. 🙂
Great shots! They definitely set the mood… 🙂
Thanks, Esenga. 🙂
Yay! Being from a different culture, I really don’t understand the desire to have spooky decorations. Halloween was unheard of in the Philippines when I was growing up. Then, the sight of real graveyards – which were markedly different from the ones here in the States – spooked me. I walked with eyes half closed and as fast as my short legs could go. 🙂
Hahaha. That conjures up a very funny picture, Imelda. When I was a kid in England, my sister and I often used to take a short cut through a graveyard. We also ran as fast as our legs would carry us. 🙂
I would like to try the spooky thing once 🙂
That would probably be enough, Tandy. You could bake some really scary cupcakes. 😀
it was like that when we lived in the suburbs though out here in the country the kids would have to walk a mile between front doors
So, you’re probably exempt from having to buy candy for Halloween. 🙂
You could buy some, and then if no-one comes, eat it yourself, like we did last year with a big bag of M&M’s 😆
Cool and spooky entry AD 🙂
We don’t do it here either. But the building my daughter lives in, has a lot of children and they have an annual fun party, that ends with pizzas and brownies on the lawn!
Thanks, Madhu. Glad you enjoyed. I love the sound of the pizza and brownie party, Yum! 🙂
Oh my goodness!! I think those are some pretty spooky yards. I agree, Elvis’s rooms you showed are pretty morbid looking. I hope Sienna gets to enjoy it more, now that she is older.
Thanks, Lynne. Sienna is really much braver now, but I’m not sure about her younger sister. 🙂
Our American cousins certainly throw themselves into Holloween. The whole Graceland thing is very strange. I imagine that would be spooky. Nice post Sylvia. 🙂
Thanks so much, Adrian. Yes, you really have to visit Graceland to believe it. Elvis is such an icon. 🙂
It’s such a shame that it isn’t a bit of a bigger thing here, I think it would be pretty cool. The kiddies in our complex do dress up and come around every year to collect sweeties
I’m sure it will get bigger every year, once the shops realise how much money they can make out of it. 🙂
I enjoyed this post.. and as you say we don’t do it here… I still sit and wonder why they do it there… I would happily join in just for the sweets… but I still don’t get it… maybe its because I’m an old fart…
Hahaha! Nothing wrong in doing it just for the sweets, and I’m sure you’re no such thing. 😀
I noticed today that my local PnP Hyper had quite a few orange pumpkins on display in the veg area, one of which had the “scary” face cut out. I don’t know how I feel that these USA celebrations seem to have come to SA. Aren’t tokeloshes enough?
I’ve never seen a Tokoloshe, but I think a pumpkin head would be preferable. 😀
It amazes me how children these days don’t mind the things that would have given me nightmares when I was 20 never mind a child!
I absolutely concur with this, Gilly. I don’t do ‘Horror’ at all. 🙂
Great post for the season!
Thanks, Frank. Glad you liked it. 🙂
Love the mice on the steps! Great entry.
Thanks, Jennifer. 🙂
I think it would tough for ME to cross that lawn. YIKES!
I agree with you, Gemma. I’d be too much of a coward to walk past that ghoulish lot. 🙂
BOO to you too. 🙂
great photo’s 🙂 think I’d be pretty freaked out to! Yep, we never quite get it right over here do we. When we lived in Newlands (CT) the neighbourhood would get together and groups of children would be out with their parents of an early evening. They all looked so good and I wished I could have been with them! I could have been the wicked witch of the east….hang on a minute, that’s what my hubby thinks I am most of the time… 🙂 LOL! Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2012 11:54:26 +0000 To: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hehehe. I’m sure your hubby thinks nothing of the sort. 😆
Amazing – makes me want to be a kid again
Well there’s nothing stopping you. Get out there and demand sweets, “or else.” 😀
It really is a big deal in the States. Here, it’s more about the shops trying to cash in 🙂
I’m sure it’s all about the shops cashing in here too, but at least the kids have a great time. 🙂