November 02, 2004

Up in Smoke

What a Halloween! Not only did I have an awesome costume, but Amy and I finally took advantage of the Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown Halloween festivities.

First was the Tarrytown Halloween parade on Saturday, which was surprisingly good for a small town. Amy marched in it, since her company was asked to march by the Chamber of Commerce. She had a great angel costume.

The parade was also educational. I learned that my lifelong distrust of Winnie the Pooh was well founded. Here he is hanging out with the Headless Horseman, who is hiding behind a tree.

I can only imagine the horrible fate that awaits Eyore.

After the parade, we went to Sleepy Hollow's "Legend Weekend" to see the Headless Horseman riding around, sans-Winnie-the-Pooh. It was pretty cool, but they didn't allow flash photography, so, sorry, no pictures.

We wrapped up the evening with a showing of Tim Burton's version of "Sleepy Hollow" at Tarrytown's Music Hall. Quick Review (since everyone loves reviews of five-year-old movies): The scenes with the Horseman were awesome -- the rest, not so much. And Christopher Walken was somehow able to be even creepier than he is normally.

On Sunday, we carved pumpkins and gave out candy, since carving candy and giving out pumpkins proved impractical (on a side note, little kids are weak). The pumpkins turned out well -- even if the pictures didn't -- but unfortunately, the rest of my decorating plans didn't work out as I intended.

I decided to get serious this year, and I bought a fog machine. Not just any fog machine, mind you, but the Fog F/X 700. Anyone who's anyone in the world of amateur fogging knows that this is the machine to have.


I had this awesome vision of the fog rolling down the stairs from our second story apartment as trick-or-treaters came to the door. Unfortunately, I forgot some basic rules of physics: The only way fog rolls down is if it's cold, like dry ice fog. If fog is warm -- for instance, like the fog that comes from the heater-based Fog F/X 700 -- it will go up. So instead of cool fog rolling down stairs, I got an effect that looked more like cigar-smoke-at-poker-night. It hung at the top of the stairs, which was pretty useless, since the trick-or-treaters would be at the bottom. On top of the disappointing performance, there was a small note on the box that I missed: "Use in open areas." And by "open area", I think they mean "Ohio," not a four-foot-wide staircase. One blast of fog was enough to (a) make the place reek of whatever the hell that stuff is made from, and (b) fog up the room to the point of having to navigate by outstretched hands. This was also the point in time when our neighbors came home, and looked none-too-pleased. So the fog machine went back in the closet until we have a place big enough to use it.

I also set up a speaker at the top of the stairs, and found some spooky music/sound effects to play. But I realized that the only way to play it loud enough so they could hear it on the porch was to also make it loud enough for the downstairs neighbors to hear -- constantly. Since I had probably just filled their apartment with a smelly impeneterable mist, I didn't think music would be appreciated. So that plan got shelved along with the fog machine.

Overall, it was a great Halloween. My plans didn't really come together, but I'll get there eventually.

Posted by Kevin at November 2, 2004 11:21 PM

Excellent looking pumpkins!

We had neighbors all the way down the street that we could hear playing spooky music. I don't think you need to worry about disrupting your neighbors unless it's 1am.

"Hey Man, is that freedom rock? Yeah man. Well turn it up!"

Posted by: CDog at November 3, 2004 09:43 AM
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