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Halloween Is Over… Now What?

Our Halloween costumes from 2010!
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Another Halloween season has come and gone, and while it was a lot of work as always, it was fun work and I'm already missing it. The annual Halloween Costume Carnival in West Hollywood did not disappoint. We went with some friends (as seen in the photos above) to walk up and down Santa Monica Boulevard all night long, checking out the amazing costumes people came up with. I had a blast scaring the crap out of people with my "jack-o-skeleton" costume too. Whenever somebody would stare at me for a little too long, I took that as my cue to go right up to them, contort my head and make some wicked screeching sounds as if I was an agonized trick-or-treat demon in search of blood. Sometimes they would laugh, other times they would scream and try running away as I followed them around the streets for several minutes. Do that on any other day, and you get arrested... on Halloween, however, scaring people is the name of the game.

In case you're wondering, the Halloween costumes pictured above from left to right are as follows:

Re as a Gold-Faced Ghost. Me as Jack-O-Skeleton. Dr. Boogie as Boo Berry. Shannon as one of the Frog Brothers. Scott as a Hypno-Bishop.

This Halloween, I also got to live out life dream #874:

Taking out Pee-wee Herman's bicycle for a spin on Halloween!

I got to ride on Pee-wee Herman's Bicycle! As soon as I sat down, I wanted to ride that bike all the way to the Alamo, but with all the pedestrian street traffic in West Hollywood that night, I wasn't going to get very far. Still, it was fantastic to see in person and it had every little detail, including the extremely hard-to-find tiger siren. And yes, I brushed its teeth once when nobody was looking. Couldn't help it.

Our home is now legendary in the world of trick-or-treating!
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Being one who always believes in rewarding trick-or-treaters for their efforts, I wasn't able to let them walk away from our house empty handed even though we weren't going to be home. So I decided to cover our front steps with Boo Berry cereal boxes and a huge box filled with all kinds of candies. I even made signs explaining how much each person could take, and even took my recently acquired discount bin zombie head (who I named "Bob") and made a sign for him warning individuals not to take more than the allotted amount. Everybody was telling me I was nuts for putting that much out and that we probably wouldn't even get any trick-or-treaters, but I did what I always do: ignore everybody and let the voices in my head guide me. I was determined that this would be a home that trick-or-treaters would talk about amongst themselves for years to come, as if it were an urban legend... The house that gave away full boxes of monster cereal and tons of candy!

Keep in mind, I had a lot riding on this. If only a few or none of the treats were taken, all my friends would mock me 'til sunrise and beyond. So what did we come home to after being out all night long for our own Halloween celebration?


WE WERE RANSACKED! Every single cereal box was gone and the huge cardboard box I had filled with assorted candies was completely emptied with the paper lining strewn about. It was as if a bunch of Gremlins had come by, had a Halloween party on our front steps and then left the mess behind for us to clean up. My chums were shocked that none of the treats were left and that the severed head of Bob the zombie wasn't taken. It was a sweet victory indeed, but I'm just glad we had some kids come by and enjoy all the treats I put out for 'em. Of course, if it was one kid or one group that took it all, I'm sure Bob will hunt them down and forever haunt their every waking moment. Either way, the Great Pumpkin has smiled down upon me for doing the holiday and trick-or-treating some justice, and I'm confident that our front steps will forever be a thing of legend come Halloween each year.

Now we find ourselves in November. November has always been a somewhat unimportant month to me. Sure, the first week usually serves as an adjustment period where my life no longer revolves around writing about old horror b-movies and bizarre Halloween costume accessories from China; a return to normalcy, if you will. The rest of the month, however, just feels like the lull before Christmas. There's Thanksgiving, of course, but that never felt like a holiday as much as it felt like a ridiculous feast, and I've never been a big fan of turkey anyway. I'd gladly trade in my turkey & gravy portions for an authentic Philly cheesesteak any day of the week.

Fortunately, even with Halloween over, we have a lot of new things in the works. We'll be launching a new flash game this month that I think you're all gonna have fun with, we'll be starting up our annual Secret Santa event and we're putting that wraps on a brand new pixel poster! This one is going to be a winter / xmas themed one, so we plan to have it available for purchase well before the holidays so you can hang it above your fireplace and stare at it over the holidays as you drink egg nog from moose mugs. And to those of you Halloween fanatics who still haven't had your fill, you'll be glad to know that Dr. Boogie wrote an extra in-depth horror movie feature that we didn't even have time to put up in October, so you can expect to see that up online sometime within the next 48 hours. I'll also be posted the uncensored version of the Halloween Justice Squad video (no bleeped-out lyrics) and a downloadable mp3.

Yep, it's looking like November will be just as busy as September and October were... and that's a good thing. Stick around.


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Harry Lime on 11/02/2010 7:04 pm

and onto Secret Santa in the year 2010!

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Harry Lime on 11/02/2010 7:05 pm

also, excellent 2 months of Halloween this year! Top-notch

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Julio on 11/02/2010 8:00 pm

Damn, -RoG-, You giving away all those cereal boxes was definitely a nice thing for all trick-or-treaters out there, but I think that you forgot to order Zombie Bob to tell them that their parents better not be the ones that throw away suspicious-looking candy or their brains would be eaten too.

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Ex Leper on 11/02/2010 8:19 pm

I hope -RoG- participates this year. It would be an honor to get him as my Secret Santa

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-RoG- on 11/02/2010 8:45 pm

I'm definitely participating in this year's Secret Santa event! There's already a thread about it here:

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Shadowdancer21b on 11/02/2010 10:13 pm

I'm looking forward to the things to come.

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ChrisGlass on 11/02/2010 11:57 pm

Yeah. Post-Halloween is a drag, stripping down decorations to just harvest-themed stuff.
But my big draw in November is Black Friday. I love the thrill of camping out at stores with random people, and then, when they open at dawn, seeing people just blow money on useless garbage.

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GrindhouseCinema on 11/03/2010 1:08 pm

Hey Rog (and everyone else) I thought you might want to check out the photos of my 2010 Yard Haunt. Everything you see here was all built and done by myself! Enjoy guys!

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dextire on 11/03/2010 5:03 pm

That's a mighty fine display, Grindhouse! I especially like the "Halloween Town" ghost.

About how long would you say it took finish it? And when you say "done by myself" do you mean you built everything, or do you actually mean no one helped you set everything up?

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GrindhouseCinema on 11/03/2010 5:53 pm

Thanks Dex! I really appreciate it the feedback. The "Halloween Town" sign/ghost was one of my big new editions to this years display. I cut and made the sign from scratch... the ghost I picked up at Target for $14.99.

It's tough to say how long exactly it takes to finish. I don't put everything out at once. I like to "build up" as the month goes on. October 1st I start with some simple stuff like lights around the deck, and as the month goes on I slowly add more and more. It took me all day on the 31st to get the side of the lawn set up with the projector and projection screen.

Everything on there was build, fabricated, modified, bought, and set up by myself WITH the exception of the two (fake) movie posters. Those I figured out the text, layout, and concept for, and then actually had my cousin (and her boyfriend) airbrush for me. The rest of it is all my handwork.


ColdFusion (Guest) on 11/03/2010 6:22 pm

yes please new game :D
Turkey is kind of crap. People make 'em way too BIG so they're dry and hard to cook. I love turkey BURGERS and such.. proper turkey should be pinkish, not bland white
What? oh, my dad likes to make other meats for thanksgibbons.. filet mignon.. pork loin..

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kentucky_fried_negger on 11/03/2010 8:27 pm

They should have a game called Bad chicks similar to Bad dudes you start off in Vegas fighting your way to L.A rescuing Hugh Hefner

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Robodie III on 11/03/2010 9:05 pm

Holy crap. RoG is the nicest person in the world (at least around Halloween).

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ljdarten on 11/03/2010 10:57 pm

awesome, you should have hidden a webcam so you could see the looks on kids faces as they saw the spread.

Also to see if anyone took severe advantage of it.


MixMeister (Guest) on 11/05/2010 2:33 am

Shouldn't the two months of Christmas have begun by now?

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-RoG- on 11/05/2010 5:00 am

ChrisGlass - I've never really done the Black Friday campout. I'm sure there are some good deals to be had for those dedicated souls who don't mind getting up super early for 'em, but I guess I just relish what little sleep I get these days too much to put in that kind of effort to get a sweet deal on a microwave with a built-in television. Actually, if I could get a microwave with a built-in television, or vice-versa, I probably would camp out for that. That'd be incredible.

GrindhouseCinema - Nicely done! Looks like you put a lot of work into that man. I always appreciate it when people create custom decorations instead of just using store-bought stuff.

ljdarten - Yeah, I wish I had one, cuz that'd certainly be fun to watch.

MixMeister - Nah, we've never done a two months of Christmas, only two months of Halloween. Christmas always overshadows Halloween in every retail store each year, many of which put up their Christmas items for sale before Halloween even rolls around. So, I've always made a point to let Halloween have a chance to overshadow Christmas here on I-Mockery. It's the underdog holiday and always will be, but to me, there's simply no greater time than Halloween season. Don't get me wrong, I love a lot of things about the Christmas holidays, and always pay homage to it each year, but not two months worth. I'll probably start up Christmas coverage in late November. We have some other stuff going up on the site before the holidays, including the new game I've been talking about. That's what November is for really... it's the buffer between the two biggest holidays of the year.

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GrindhouseCinema on 11/13/2010 1:16 am

Quick Halloween Recommendation for all. Definitely check out the game COSTUME QUEST. It's available for download on the PSN/XBL for only 14.99. It's a very fun, addictive turn based RPG where you play as a small group of kids who must fight monsters on Halloween! You get to collect different Halloween costumes, each one having different powers that you take to battle. I've been clear though the game once and cannot wait to give it a second go around. It's the perfect "quick fix" to enjoy Halloween now that it's officially "out of season" again!

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Istoleyerkeys on 11/13/2010 10:06 pm

From past experience, I can honestly say Black Friday is the absolute worst day of one's life if they work in retail! But it's interesting to hear all the people getting trampled stories that happen every year as stores open.

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Istoleyerkeys on 11/13/2010 10:09 pm

By the way, I would have to change my pants after being given the opportunity to ride the peewee herman bike!

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-RoG- on 10/31/2013 2:34 pm

Pee-wee Herman just made my date by sharing my 2010 Halloween costume photo on his Facebook fan page and Twitter account!

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