Creatively Celebrating Halloween

Computational demonology lab, inspired by Charlie Stross’ Laundry novels and of course, H.P. Lovecraft

My writing time usually takes a hit in the month of October because I have certain Halloween obligations that seem to grow each year. Since these are creative obligations, I like to think that they are exercising my creative muscles in different ways than writing, but that ultimately strengthen the writing as well. It’s my rationalization and I’m sticking to it.

Every year I create a scene in my garage for the enjoyment of trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Consider it my small contribution to keep celebrating Halloween alive and well.

It all started in 2008, when I made Harvey Dent election posters and put them on the front lawn (remember, it was an election year), and hung a giant bat symbol of light strings from the portico of the house. Then I dressed up as Batman, hid in the dark (sometimes on the portico) and scared trick-or-treaters with my Batman voice.

In previous years, I have done the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, a computational demonology lab (above), and a Victorian vampire’s dining room. I have a reputation in the neighborhood now, and it must be defended. My kids are the right age that they score points with friends and classmates because of whatever production I put on.

This year, my daughter decided on the theme (pirates) while we were on vacation. She left it to me what to do with it. There are plans being assembled and supplies being purchased, I can assure you.

Here are last year’s preparations for Legend of Sleepy Hollow:

Prep for the Sleepy Hollow scene. Yes, those are actual tree branches that I used to create a forest.

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