Preparing for Halloween

Conny By Conny, 3rd Oct 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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When shopping for Halloween decorations, the dollar store sometimes is the best option.

Shopping for Halloween

Nearly twelve years we’ve been in Canada and for the first time we’re gonna decorate for Halloween. Previous years we may have hung a spooky little something on the front door, or placed a little pumpkin on the coffee table, but that was pretty much it.

Being from Europe we don’t actually celebrate Halloween. In Belgium we observe All Saints on November first and All Souls on November second by way of a trip to the cemetery. No, not to scare the living daylights out of visiting mourners, to place flowers on loved one’s’ graves. A beautiful sight it is too, when the dull cemetery is transformed into a sea of flowers. Mostly white, yellow or purple chrysanthemums .

But not this year, this year we’re throwing our heart and soul into decorating. In preparation for the big day, or big night, we did a little shopping. Most stores were a bit of a disappointment though. Other than a few pumpkins, cauldrons and face masks they didn’t stock any Halloween decorations. So we went to the one store where I thought we might have more luck ... the dollar store.

They usually go all out with their Christmas and Easter decorations, so I figured they would stock an abundance of Halloween decorations too. And I was right, the dollar store held aisles and aisles of decorations: crows, rats, cats, bats, spiders, jack o lanterns, bloody severed limbs, gravestones, etc. etc. etc.
Short of the bloody limbs and the spiders, we got a bit of everything. We walked out of that store with two big bags to the value of $46, so you can imagine.

Part of the decorations will be for home and part will be for our work cubicles. We can do more decorating at work than we can at home because at work we don’t have five cats roaming around, taking an interest in anything and everything. I mean, we could place some decorations on top of cabinets and tables at home, but how long would they remain standing? Not long, I can tell you that. Birds, rats and cats would be knocked off their socks; bats would take a flying leap; and as for graveyard stones and jack o lanterns ... let’s just say they wouldn’t live long.

So we’ll be doing some decorating tomorrow and the rest will be taken to work. It’s a safer environment for the scary bits there.


Bat, Cat, Cubicle, Decorating, Decoration, Graveyard, Halloween, Halloween Traditions, Headstone, Jack O Lanterns, Rats, Scary, Work

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
3rd Oct 2010 (#)

sometimes you can get good buys on these things from second hand stores too!

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author avatar James R. Coffey
3rd Oct 2010 (#)

Halloween decorations are like Christmas decorations, things you accumulate over the years until you have a big box to drag out each year full of memories.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
3rd Oct 2010 (#)

I'm with James, except in our case, if you consider all the holidays, we have an attic full of big boxes full of memories and we add to those boxes every years.

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author avatar Denise O
12th Oct 2010 (#)

I love the dollar store for halloween decorations.
I also love after halloween sales when things are
70 to 90% off.
Same with every holiday.
Nice read.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
12th Oct 2010 (#)

My wife is with you Denise, she loves the dollar stores and can spend hours prowling up and down their isles. She also loves the Christmas Tree Shop, "Don't You Just Love A Bargain?"

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author avatar Conny
16th Oct 2010 (#)

I don't think we have a Christmas Tree Shop here in Toronto. I never heard of it at least.

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