But before I get to any new jukebox tunage or waxing poetic about the end of Autumn and all that, I wanted to pass around a few pics of our 2011 yardhaunt, the 'Greatest Hits' display I was able to put together.
Yes, I was going to do a big tribute to the anti-genius of Edward D. Wood, Jr. But time... time not only slipped away, it was fairly torn from my daily schedule with alarming regularity all through September and October.
No complaints. I love working.
But I decided I had backlogged so many great props, figures, routines, music and decor that a greatest hits display would be perfect -- a kind of Hallowe'en version of a cheap TV clip show.
It worked just fine.
Now don't get up, I'll just pass a few around:
Our 'graveyard' just before adding the animatronic characters.
The lovely 'V' helping set up 'Boo Corner' (for littler spooks and scared grown-ups!).
'Uncle Bill' setting up the stupendous 'De Witch Woman' display he built
last year in honor of the family-favorite James Lewicki illustration
Our cat Hallowe'en ('Halli') always helps us move the leaves around.
She also spent a lot of time hanging out with Cap'n Lantern an Ficketts.
The graveyard ready to go, seen through the web of a spider
that decided she had to set up shop here.
(Sorry Frog Queen!)
An angle I only get to see once a year: the business end of my
Cap'n Lantern, First Mate Ficketts, a tombstone-perched raven named Nevermore...
... and the Lean Bros & Ghoul, ready for spooky swingin' songs!
My one and only Ed Wood tribute piece.
The completed Boo Corner...
... and guests.
'De Witch Woman' took the place of the usual Treat Room we have on
that side of the porch. That foot pumped, that spindle spun, and de ol' witch woman
sang (in my Aunt Gail's voice) 'Turn an' spin, come off skin!' all night long.
The decade-old Great Pumpkin animatronic character, in his perfectly
glowy, perfectly plasticky pumpkin patch!
A blurry but colorful shot of the display from across the street.
Of course, the Skull & Pumpkin has always been a Post-Hallowe'en Blues-Free Zone, as you well know. There is nothing about cleanup that saddens me -- not really -- and in fact it has grown to become a rather Zen-like ritual, at once cleansing and inspiring.
Besides, there simply isn't a reason for sadness.
For one, we had a grand time.
For another, it's still Autumn. I mean, look at the view I get to and from work every day...
Still very, very Fall.
I'll be back soon with new musical diversions for a new month.
In the meantime, I'll gather up the pictures and let you all get back to whatever you were doing. I hope you're all discussing your own amazing Hallowe'en 2011 stories!
Until next time!