I am not that old, but I do remember growing up with cutesy characters, happy faces on pumpkins and little ghostly smiles on most Halloween decorations. What has happened to our imagination during the scariest holiday over these past years?
Nowadays, monstrous and grotesque images can scare the socks off of unsuspecting shoppers just strolling the aisles at local drugstores, grocery markets and retail outlets. Some interactive Halloween decors convulse, suddenly scream, and jump out at you delivering a solid anxiety jolt as you pick up a nearby carton of milk or loaf of bread. If that doesn’t scare you, the high price tag on these lurching and hauntingly spooky decorations is enough to tear the skin off of you, or at least your snakeskin wallet.
We really don’t need to go to such expensive extremes to create the fear-factor during the season of haunts. Simplistic ideas such as a shovel and cross protruding from loose dirt will provide an active imagination with the right scream factor, if a good ambiance is created. Add the dark of night, dimmed yellow or blue lighting, a CD soundtrack of blood-curling noises, and a creepy-costumed person to deliver treats--Pow!--there will be a night filled with plenty of screaming terror and scare. All of it left up to the impressionable imagination of the gullible mind.
If this should not give the necessary heart-stopping jolt, then add some more scare tactics. Simply add a bowl of slimy gelatin, or perhaps oily marbles at the bottom of a bowl of rock pebbles. This will offer the unsuspecting hand a spine-tingling fright as they dare retrieve what they think is their treat. Timing is everything, too. Delivering a wicked scream or howling holler just as the hand dives in will give additional fear-factor fun.
Tricking the imagination IS the treat, and it shouldn’t cost a boney arm or leg to create it. Check back for more hauntingly good and boiling budgetary ideas before the season of scare hits, or you may be the one screaming as you balance your checkbook.
Additional sources for San Diego, CA area Halloween wares:
Party City_11465 Carmel Mountain Rd., San Diego, CA 92128 http://www.partycity.com/category/halloween+costumes.do?kwid=costumes&qc...
Incharacter Costumes_5950 Nancy Ridge Dr., Suite 500, San Diego, CA http://www.incharacter.com/
Fun ‘n Folly Costumes_13223 Black Mountain Rd, #1-20, San Diego, CA http://www.funfolly.com/