IT'S NOT DEAD YET.
By the first days of November, it already becomes difficult to find a decent rubber bat or artificial lighted pumpkin on store shelves, but why let the spirit of the season die so abruptly? I begin Halloween content three months early, and I'm not going to cut it off on October 31st just because 99% of America already stopped caring and most of the rest of the world never even started to. That's why I originally started doing the Creepypasta Cook-off from November to January, and there's still quite a bit of spookocity going on in our popular culture right now that bears commenting on. In fact, one of the greatest Halloween specials of my lifetime premiered only this month, as have several other ghoulish films and games that we may be looking at over the coming weeks. For once, it almost feels like I'm not the only one refusing to let go of Halloween just yet.
So, just how did my Halloween go, I rudely assume you ask?
To the excitement of probably nobody, I also finally got to experience a proper Animal Crossing Halloween for the first time since 2001. I remember lamenting that you couldn't wear your own pumpkin mask back then, but these days you have your pick of four varieties, plus over a half-dozen other creepy heads. Better still, Lucky the mummy dog moved to my town right in the heart of the season, and you know I pined for that little bastard as far back as the Nintendo 64.
New Leaf is actually the first AC title I've bought since Wild World, marking nine years since I made an incredibly hackneyed but mercifully short "creepy journal" set in my previous town. This was before the term "creepypasta" had even been coined, let alone the trend of basing them on video games gone awry. Animal Crossing was eventually the subject of a more epic, more exciting horror adventure you can read here if you've never done so before.
Yeah, one of the biggest things I have to say about my 31st birthday is about Animal Crossing. That's how I roll.
But there's more!
THINGS I GOT
Clock Owls (Wal Mart)
Finding "homes" for new additions is one of the challenges of amassing way too many Halloween items and refusing to ever take them down, but it also never stops being fun. I never realized I was collecting so many weird owls lately, until I finally had enough for a weird owl corner. If you're wondering what lives in that tank, it's basically just woodlice. Woodlice breeding and thriving without me ever even really paying attention to them. They'll do that, as long as their container is tight enough to maintain fairly high moisture levels and they never run out of decaying wood. That's all there is to it. Why doesn't everybody keep woodlice? They're the perfect low-maintenance pets.
Scararita Bottle (Target)
"Scararita," though? What is that? That doesn't work! Why not morgue-arita?
On a sadder note, I actually did end up asking Target if I could have any of these signs when they were done with them. Their answer? "Sorry, we throw those out." Spoken as though they literally have no choice but to put them in the garbage, and according to the word of a few actual retail workers, that may very well be the case. To think all this beautiful artwork across the country of this happy fly and spider apparently must go in the garbage. What a waste. A heinous disrespect for the fine art of seasonal cardboard banners. My dumb website might very well remain the only substantial artifact of this adorable duo for the forseeable future.
Stuff from Erickson
In the same box were some Nurgle Plague Toads, which I know cost an arm and a leg, so I'd better learn how to paint them nicely enough. And if I can't do that, I can at least paint them ridiculous and probably with some glow in the dark parts.
Among the various other treats was this card, a real card you can generate on a greeting-card-generating website loaded with corny stock art. This was a good choice, I'm glad to have anything at all with this haphazard frog-faced stock ghost on it. This is one of the best ghosts I've ever seen. Look at its orange bow.
Erickson also added an original interpretation of the same ghost, which I couldn't possibly improve upon. I'd go into more details on the other contents, but I don't know how many people care about my Halloween after-party website post, so I'm trying to keep it streamlined-ish.
Stuff from Kiara!
Packaged with Grimer were these nightmarish rubber voodoo dolls with oral prolapse action. These same characters have shown up as stretchy toys and eyeball-popping keychains in recent years, but these unsettling editions are completely new to me!
On an entirely unrelated note, Margret has been reading me Animorphs aloud since our trip to Maryland. I completely missed out on it as a pre-teen, so yes, I'm getting into Animorphs now in my thirties. I think we're up to book fourteen or fifteen, I forget. They just met the dog-worshiping androids a couple books back. Haha. The one killed people and got sad.
Sorry if you weren't really enthralled by some loser's post-Halloween article, but over the coming weeks, I hope to do a few more Halloween-flavored features. Like I said, some of the best content only just reared its head. Halloween doesn't die on November 1st. It only just starts rotting.
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