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House Decorated For Halloween 2020 — Part I.

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Not my work. You must know WHO. Her favorite holiday — even more so than Christmas, & she loves her Christmas. She started working on this stuff in late September. We are NOT finished as yet. This is just the start. I will keep you posted.


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We Won An Halloween-Themed Hamper At The ‘North Barnstead Congregational Church’ 2019 Fair.

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They were raffling off quite a few hampers. This, however, was the only one I wanted and as luck would have it, it was the only one we won. Given that it was Halloween themed and all, my adoptive father’s favorite saying about I could still be very true: “The devil takes very good care of his own“. I love that saying.

This hamper was not for I. I just knew someone who would love it and she did. So, that was good.

We won a bunch of stuff in silent auctions too, though we didn’t win as many as we lost. That is ‘OK’ too. We spent a fair amount at this fair as it was.

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An End Of A 24-Year Era: No More Taking Kids Trick-Or-Treating At Halloween.

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Started way back in the 1990s. That what happens when you have 4-kids spanning a 17-year age gap. The only reason I am not contending 27-years is that I think I had a 3-year gap when Matthew was around 8 and no longer needed I to take him around. Then, in 2003 Devanee came around. I have taken kids trick-or-treating in: New Ipswich, Greenville, Temple, Nashua, Gilford and Alton. I can honestly claim, that in 1992, I established trick-or-treating on Route 45 (the shortest marked highway in the U.S.) between Greenville and Temple. This was rural, with minimum 4-acre lots. Houses were far apart and at the end of long (often steep) driveways. You went from house-to-house by car. If you walked you would, at best, in 2-hours, get to 5 houses. So, nobody had done trick-or-treating on that road.

Danielle was three and Route 45 was the nearest road to us. So, I took her, in a Jeep, trick-or-treating. Nobody was expecting trick-or-treaters. It never had been done. Some were very embarrassed and distressed. There were offers of money and dollar bills put into her pail. Others rummaged around. She got a lot of apples — this being prime apple orchard country. But, universally, there was a consensus that we had to come back next year and that they would be ready. And they were. We had fun.

Up until 4pm today I was not 100% sure that I would not be going out. She could still have changed her mind. She didn’t.

I must confess I was glad we didn’t have to go out today. It was raining quite heavily — though the temperature was blamy, in the mid-60s. We would have got soaked.

So, that is that. No more trick-or-treating.

We had two kids, from the same family, turn up. That was it.

But, this year we had more Halloween decorations than ever before — including our first inflatable. I have feeling that that is going to be the new trend. No more trick-or-treating but more decorations.


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We Take Our Halloween 2019 Decorations To The Next Level With A 12′ Inflatable & Even More Lights.

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Our first inflatable! IF we were going to get one, then it had to be the tallest, i.e., 12′. We had seen this one, at a hotel, in Maine last weekend. So, I knew what it looked like.

The flickering flame tiki torches were for I. Again had seen them in Maine. I wanted those BADLY. They are BRILLIANT. Really authentic looking and was on till past mid-night on a 4-hour charge. Might have to get more. In general I am not in favor of solar lights but these look so real and they are not obnoxious in terms of light pollution.

Still have two more sets of lights to put up this weekend. Then we should be done for Halloween. Christmas decorations will go up mid-November.



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More Halloween 2019 Lights & Decorations Go Up.

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It has been a few weeks since she first put up the lights and this year, for the first time really, we have competition! That will not do. So, I got her more lights. So, she put those up. we are not done jet. The coup de grâce is yet to come — I think. I have some ideas and Amazon has the goods. SMILE.


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House Lit & Decorated For Halloween 2019 — With 6-Weeks To Go!

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All Teischan’s work — today, 6-weeks ahead of Halloween, and she is complaining that she was LATE!

Christmas & then Halloween are her two favorite holidays — Easter a distant third and Thanksgiving not even making her radar.

Lights and decorations are her thing. She has been doing the lights on her own. All I have to do is keep her supplied with lights. I got some fancy flame lights for the front door. Upside down flame. Pretty cool.

Given that she put up the Christmas lights on November 19th last year, I assume we will just go from these lights straight to the Christmas ones. The infrastructure with the timers etc. is all in place.

What can I say?

Makes her happy. Keeps her happy.

P.S., I have been informed that she is TOO OLD to go trick or treating this year! Well, I will believe it on the day. This could be the END of OVER 20-years of taking kids trick-or-treating! Yes, over 20-years. 4-kids, widely spaced.


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Halloween 2018 In Alton, New Hampshire.

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It was a good Halloween. Compared to some past years the weather was pretty close to ideal — dry and in the mid-40Fs. It also didn’t get dark till close to 6pm. In terms of decorations this was probably the best I have seen in Alton. Some folks had gone all out. Thank you.

Funnily enough, I didn’t think it was as busy as prior years. When we were leaving Main St. around 6:15pm, the road was not that busy. Usually it is thronged. But, I am sure everybody had a great time. There was a LOT of candy — though I can honestly say that I did not have even one BITE!


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Taking Selfies My Way — Part XXXVI; Halloween (The Pirate In I) — October 31, 2018.

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I can identify with being a pirate. So, this was apropos. Saw the hat at a ‘Goodwill’ store some months ago. Teischan thought I should get it. Though it had a hefty price tag of $1.50 I figured I could afford it.


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‘Wason Pond’ Covered Bridge In Chester, New Hampshire.

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As with the amazing scarecrows, this too was a serendipitous discovery in Chester, New Hampshire, on Sunday, October 28, 2018, on our way to an estate sale.

It is relatively new — i.e., built in 2011. We were in Chester around that time to pick up Maya. Don’t think we noticed it then. Maybe it was still being built.

Very picturesque. Nice job. Another kudos to Chester. Obviously a justifiably proud town. Bravo.


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The Amazing 2018 Scarecrows Of Chester, New Hampshire.

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We stumbled upon this extraordinary display of creativity, historicalitybonohime, serendipitously, on our way to an estate sale in Chester, New Hampshire, on Sunday, October 28, 2018.

It was certainly different and worth lingering over. And that we did, on the way back from the sale. We stopped at the Town Center and got out and walked — taking these pictures.

Appears that it is a yearly tradition — and I assume that it is time to coincide with Halloween. How cool. Bravo Chester. Kudos Chester. It is a lovely town. We do have an association with the town though I only recalled it when we were driving through. We got Maya, from Chester, in 2011. So, we have an emotional connection with Chester.

Definitely worth going to see, though I suspect, alas, that all the rain we have had over the last few days, including today, would have taken a toll — though the beauty of their design is that they appear to drain well.

Hats off to Chester. Great job. Very clever.


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