So Halloween has come and gone and I had another fantastic time celebrating my favorite day of the year by going out trick-or-treating with the chums you see pictured above. While I'm now recovering from the past two months of nonstop Halloween madness, and preparing to wrap up a certain huuuuge game whose titular character kinda rhymes with "Robohobo" (which sounds like an awesome sequel to Robocop, doesn't it?), I thought I'd share with you some photos from our October 31st trick-or-treating adventure. So continue after the jump to see all the pics for one last dose of Halloweeny goodness.
So we decided to go trick-or-treating in Brentwood, because it's one of the rich neighborhoods in LA (which neighborhood isn't?) and some friends had gone there in previous years and had a lot of success. We heard that the decorations on many of the homes were amazing and tons of people go trick-or-treating there, so off into the night we went. This was one of the first homes we came to, and despite the glowing "Dead End" warning, we scored a nice handful of candy from 'em. A fine start!
This house had a large portion of their decorations surrounded by a circle of lights, as if to suggest it was some kind of sacred burial ground. Or perhaps it was an ancient sacrificial site? Either way, we dared not step within its boundaries, for we were sure that anybody who did would be cursed with an awful candy haul that night.
Some people went the extra mile with their decorations, like this family who even covered their Volkswagen Bug in spider webs and stuffed a psycho killer clown into the driver seat. Gotta love it.
It's a little hard to see, but this was probably my favorite home of the night, for not only did they have great decorations and candy for us, they also converted their garage into a miniature walk-through haunted house. If you look to the right, you can see where there's a dark covered entrance to the garage, and as small as the space was, they had people jumping at you from every angle along with some great decorations. And just when I thought it was over as I lifted the black curtain to exit the mini-maze, a hand draped in black fabric popped out to grab me. Awesome. I had more fun in that little garage than I had at the Ghost Ship. Seriously.
Yet another front yard with killer decorations. I particularly liked the stack of pumpkins that reminded me of a Halloweeny version of Pokey from Super Mario Bros. 2.
Someone had an animatronic Jason Voorhees that I've been wanting for ages on their front porch. I saw these on sale for $200 at K-Mart a few years back, but this was the first time I saw one being used as part of somebody's Halloween yard decorations. I walked up to the front door, got my candies, and then he chopped my head with his machete just as this photo was being taken. Talk about perfect timing. Well played, Mr. Voorhees.
Some places like this one not only made use of their front yards, but they also created eerie little scenarios inside their front windows. Fortuneteller skele-ghosts with a skull inside the crystal ball? You just can't go wrong with that.
Other yards had so much stuff hanging from trees, you had to watch your step or your walk straight into the crotch of some random goblin hanging from a wire. Believe me, nothing is scarier than running into an undead crotch.
There were loads of jack-o-lanterns... but it's a rare occasion when you find them being guarded by a giant cockroach. Oh the wonderful sights of Halloween.
As you can see, we amassed a very respectable amount of candy in our pillowcases over the course of the night. Granted, they would've been even more full if we hadn't eaten much of the treats while we were walking around. But hey, such nutrients are necessary if one is going to keep up such a feverish pace of visiting countless homes throughout the night.
One of my favorite memories was from the end of the night, when I reached into my bag and actually found that somebody had given me a rock. A ROCK! That's right... I had an actual real life "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" moment! Good grief. Absolutely amazing.
Of course, when I got back home, rocks were the last thing on my mind. Oh yes, Skeletor had himself quite a sugary feast back at Snake Mountain that night.
Sadly, reality eventually sets back in when Halloween draws to an end and we realize it's time to get back to our regular daily routines - like grocery shopping.
But Skeletor didn't let that get him down, so you shouldn't either... for Halloween shall return for all us ghoulies to enjoy once again next year. Here's hoping you all had a happy Halloween!
JoeyJoJoJr on 11/03/2011 5:15 am
Is that a giant pine cone in your shopping cart?
Aaarg on 11/03/2011 6:23 am
buying pinecones at the safeway. what a life
Al Boondy (Guest) on 11/03/2011 11:33 am
This actually got me thinking ... Is it really cool for adults to go out trick-or-treating and (be extension) taking candy that could've been taken by little kids?
Seriously, it might be "hiply ironic" to put on costumes and visit houses when you're 30-odd years old ... but what if those houses run out of candy because all of the adults have taken it, leaving the children (the ones who are meant to building Halloween memories that they can treasure when they're 30-odd years old) with no treats to call their own?
THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!!
Hahnsen (Guest) on 11/03/2011 12:33 pm
What exactly did the animatronic Jason Voorhees do? Like swing his machete, turn his head, go "KI KI KI MA MA MA"?
ColdFusion (Guest) on 11/03/2011 1:20 pm
Al, it's LA. nobody has kids. Just like nobody ever grows old.
-RoG- on 11/03/2011 1:25 pm
JoeyJoJoJr / Aarg - Come on... everybody knows that Skeletor's diet consists solely of cinnamon scented pine cones!
Al Boondy - By the time we finished trick-or-treating, we were the only ones still out there, and every house still had LOADS of candy left. So to answer your question - trick-or-treating is cool and it's not taking candy away from the children. The only people to blame if a house runs out of candy is the owners of said house, for they should've known better to stock up like crazy for Halloween. Not having enough candy is what causes some kids to egg or tp your house - and they're totally justified in doing so. It's the law on Halloween.
Hahnsen - Yep, that's exactly what it does. Jason random turns his head and swings his machete while it makes that classic Friday the 13th sound that we all love. Here's a video of it:
They also make Freddy, Michael Myers, and Leatherface ones. Gemmy is the company that makes 'em.
theworryrock (Guest) on 11/03/2011 2:13 pm
While trick-or-treating is generally for the kids, I think adults should be allowed to go and I wish someone would've gone with me! (Granted I'm short and could probably pass for a 14 year old if I had a mask on). But seriously - it's not like anyone's "owed" candy on halloween. Kids not being able to have meals at home - sad. Kids not getting a few bags of m&ms because some adult did?- not sad. CANDY FOR EVERYONE!
zzz! (Guest) on 11/03/2011 9:29 pm
Is that actually Keith Apicary with you guys?
-RoG- on 11/04/2011 12:05 am
zzz! - This should answer your question:
Grindhouse Cinema (Guest) on 11/04/2011 1:08 am
Wow... I live in the wrong state. Here in Iowa I am the ONLY person in the entire town who goes overboard with decorations like this. I will be sure to post photos for you Rog, once I get them online that is.
And I am really digging the Skeletor costume but I do have to admit... Keith Apicary's "Virtual Boy" costume is my favorite of the bunch.
PoGo on 11/04/2011 5:02 pm
I've decided next Halloween I'm going to decorate the house in Christmas gear just to fuck with people. Either that or Easter gear. Haven't decided.
ColdFusion (Guest) on 11/04/2011 5:14 pm
Oh my lawd, RoG, did you see Doctor Dreadful is back?
zzz! (Guest) on 11/04/2011 9:53 pm
RoG- It's a little hard to recognize him without his glasses! I wonder how many fences were tumbled over that night...
The_Punk_Hippie on 11/04/2011 11:06 pm
I'm glad to know I'm not the only 'adult' to go trick-or-treating. I just wish I had an epic neighborhood to go to - I swear, one in three houses had decorations, & 90% of those just had a jack-o-lantern D:
Tacobot on 11/06/2011 8:29 pm
Nice article i wish more people where i live got into the spirit like this. Those were some great houses bums me out that i had to go do something stupid like get a job and didn't have time to decorate. But next year i'm not screwin around!
ThisGuy (Guest) on 11/08/2011 1:37 am
Yeah, adults trick-or-treating is just sad. Quit muscling in on a good time that wasn't meant for you.
ColdFusion (Guest) on 11/08/2011 7:00 pm
I've always thought of trick-or-treating as Santa, I mean he's got to get the candy for stockings from somewhere, right? If it's two months old, all the better.
I dream of a world where mocking adult trick or treaters (or anyone really) would get you sent away for reprogramming.
Vetus (Guest) on 11/30/2011 11:39 pm
A Virtual Boy cosplay. That's something new. And creative. And funny.
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