The park a couple of blocks from me is having their annual jack-o’-lantern thing. 5,000 of them are arranged along a walking path. It’s open from 7:30 to 11:00.
Iroquois Park is one of the three major parks here designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. There are a lot of smaller ones designed by his firm. Olmsted is probably best known for designing a park in Manhattan, but he did a lot of others.
@medz Same here, but the municipalities restrict trick or treating to the 3PM - 7PM hours, about the time we get home from work, so except for weekend Halloweens, we only every see the scrungy freeloading teenagers who come later, not the kids.
I live like 10 mins at most from Erebus haunted house in Pontiac (but don’t live in yak). It held the Guinness book world record from 2015-2019. There’s tons of haunted houses, hayrides, corn mazes around here but unfortunately non of my friends like to go so I never go anymore.
My … “town”? The nearest town (of about 2000) is 14 miles away. I’m out on a country road where houses are about a half-mile or so apart. Anyone (adult) showing up in the dark wearing a face mask/costume is not likely to get a warm reception. Or candy. Or fidget spinners. The kids around here go “into town” for trick-or-treat or to a Halloween party at the school. (By the way: My little town is the one depicted in season 3 of True Detective, which was filmed here, including on the highway going past my house. I live a couple of miles from the park/cave where the first body was found in the TV show. You really, really don’t want your kids coming here to get candy. )
@medz And any suspicious burials around my back field and woods, which may or may not exist, and which I may or may not have knowledge of, and which may or may not contain the bodies of people in strange costumes and carrying tote bags, and may have (or not) been dug on or after Halloween, is pure speculation about which I cannot comment.
When I lived in Arkansas I lived a block away from a Victorian house that was on the ghost busters TV show. So a bunch of us paid to tour it. Run down in a decayed elegance kind of way, in its day it was likely gorgeous.
The tour was pretty funny actually. Someone’s cell phone set off the ghost detector and the kid running the tour asked the lady not to use her phone since it triggers it. A loose floor board rocked the shelf. The alleged photo of the ghost on the wall you could see the spotlight reflected on some of the other decorations in the room - they really should do a photoshop of that alleged 1960’s B&W photo. Those folks had a good racket going though. The kid doing the tour said they made about $25,000 each halloween from tours. And they did a spectacular job decorating the outside of the house.
@therealjrn I did mention that to her and about blowing their ‘secrets’ (it was a faculty member where I was working who owned that house and some of his students helped out as tour guides). They did need the money though to resurrect that house - it was really, really run down. In its day it was likely spectacular. And where we both worked at the time paid less than 1/2 of the going rate so it wasn’t going to come from that. I never did ask how they got on ghost busters to begin with.
We live out in the country, so we get no trick-or-treaters at our house. The nearest town (about 11 miles away) is the original Halloweentown, where the movie was filmed. They put on a (pretty lame, IMO) month-long celebration to bring in the tourist trade. It is apparently still pretty popular I guess, with people traveling from all over the country for it. Whatever, not my cup of tea.