‘NetNet: Wednesday Addams, 911, painting with light, 1″ buttons, an abandoned asylum & a not-so-abandoned mansion.

I’ve spent a fair bit of time this week tweaking my existing Twitter lists and adding a few new feeds. (If you regularly read this blog, and we aren’t yet hooked up via Twitter, drop your handle in the comments. Mine is @RRudeParanormal.) Paying more attention to Twitter led me further into the wilds of the internet than usual, and I found some cool stuff. There’s still a little of this long weekend left, and here are my suggestions for a few more things to do before the hustle and bustle of next week begins.

CHECK IN WITH A CHILDHOOD FRIEND

Over at YouTube, Melissa Hunter is creating a series she calls ‘Adult Wednesday Addams’. This is episode one:

Link to all 7 available episodes.

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CONSIDER TAKING IN SOME SLOW NEWS

Narratively slows down the news cycle. We avoid the breaking news and the next big headline, instead focusing exclusively on untold, human-interest stories—the rich, intricate narratives that get at the heart of what a place and its people are all about.

Each week, we explore a different theme and publish a series of stories—just one a day—told in the most appropriate medium for each piece…

Narratively dedicated the week of Halloween (2013) to ghost stories, including these:

The Secret Life of a Ghost Hunter by Lenora Desar
Matron of Morbidity by Ella Rubeli and Joel Tozer
Living With the Dead by Jessica Bal
Phantoms of  the Hamptons by Kelly Ann Smith

My favorite, though, was Up in the Old Asylum by Julia Wertz – “As preservationists fight to save a pair of psychiatric hospitals from demolition, a photographer explores their decaying beauty and the century-old tales hidden within.”

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Scroll this page to see what other weekly topics have been covered.

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MARVEL AT LIGHT PAINTINGS

Artist Darren Pearson is painting with light over at Darius Twin. Here’s an example of his work, but there’s a whole gallery at the link.

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... AND MAYBE TRY YOUR HAND AT IT YOURSELF

More information can be found here.

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VISIT A SECRET GARDEN

Two people went for a drive in the country and noticed an old building in a field. They opted to explore the area and found a wonderland. the first video, below, is the footage from the day of discovery, while the second gives more information about the site.


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GET A GLIMPSE OF WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A 911 OPERATOR DURING THE HOLIDAYS

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My friend, Caroline Burau (author of Answering 911: Life in the Hotseat,) lists 10 types of calls here: Ten THE HOLIDAY CALLS!

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ORDER SOME STOCKING STUFFERS FROM MY KID

Pooka tells me there’s still time to order button pins or magnets (and/or magnet necklaces) for Christmas. She figures that anything ordered before Dec. 16th will arrive on time (as long as it’s shipped to an address within the US. International orders are riskier.)

I made a video back in September, to demonstrate how the necklace works and reveal a few of my favorite designs, including several Halloween-themed buttons. If you missed it, feel free to have a look.

She will still honor the 5 button magnets + logo magnet + necklace  for $20 deal here.

Remember, too, that each design can be ordered individually as a pinback ($1.25) for wearing, or as a magnet ($1.75) for the necklace OR for fridges and lockers and such. Here’s some of her newer designs:

To browse ALL of her designs, visit PookCreations.Etsy.com

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There is no way I’m going to capture every great thing that happens in my personal web, let alone on the wider internet. The posts I feature here just happened to catch my eye. They resonated with me and whatever is going on in my life right now. And they are worth sharing.

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Celebrating Halloween for couples, families and / or just a few friends: dates, games and activities, for smaller social groups.

So, what do you do to celebrate Halloween if you don’t want to have a big costume party with lots of stunt food and elaborate costumes? Is it still a party if there’s only three, or five or eight of you getting together? What turns an ordinary date into a celebration of the season? How do you celebrate Halloween with kids that are too old for trick or treating?

I’ve gathered my favorite “fun things to do for two or a few” below. I hope you find an activity that appeals to you and your family/friends.

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DO A PHOTOGRAPHIC SCAVENGER HUNT:

 

 

READ STORIES OR A PLAY TOGETHER:

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This sounds so trite, but it’s actually fun. When my daughter was about 12-13, we read Arsenic and Old Lace together over several nights. (We each had to do a couple of parts.) We picked up three student editions of the play at the bookstore. Our son, who was just little at the time, participated by charging up and down the stairs every time Teddy did.

Here are some resources for stories and plays I found online. Please preview for content and quality – make sure the material suits your needs.

AmericanFolklore.net
Play Script: Arsenic and Old Lace
Radio Script: Sherlock Holmes – The Adventure of the Tolling Bell
Play: Edna St. Vincent Millay – Two Slatterns and a King
FreeDrama.net – small cast plays
Browse one-act plays by cast size
Play: Robert Frost – The Witch Of Coos

HAVE A MURDER MYSTERY PARTY:

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I’d really love to try this one.

Free PDF: Merry Murder Puzzle Book
NEW Free printable PDF: Sour Grapes of Wrath by Michael Akers (for 6 or more)
Or purchase and download instantly:
The Murder of Mrs. Whyte (for 4-8 | $14.95)
MyMysteryParty.com – selection of mysteries with a Halloween-appropriate theme
One too many Witches will Spoil the Brew (for 5-8 female characters | $31.95)

INDULGE IN A GAME OF TWISTED DING DONG DITCH:

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We’re past the age for treats and tricks.

No TP rolls, nor eggs to pitch.

The giving urge trumps prankster itch.

And so our twisted ding dong ditch!

 

 

If you’re too old for trick or treating but still want to have a similar thrill, consider turning the tables and GIVING treats to Halloween Heros — households which are upholding the Halloween tradition.

Special note: This is another activity that turned out to be great fun in 2013, so I am creating a stand-alone post with more details about the how-to aspects of the adventure. Please visit:

Twisted Ding Dong Ditch (Reverse trick-or-treating the Halloween Heroes)

The post features:

  • instructions for making a Halloween-y tree  for a prize
  • information about where you can order “Halloween Hero” buttons to give out
  • tips on how to make the activity go smoothly

I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO CALL MY FINAL IDEA:

Here’s how it works: a couple, pair or small group go out together, as they normally would. They do – you know – whatever is standard for them: dinner and a movie, shopping at the mall, having afternoon coffee, whatever – EXCEPT they do it in a famous pair / group costume. Say, the Big Bang gang. Or the Serenity crew. Or Heathcliff and Catherine. Or Dr. Who and Rose. Or Timmy and Lassie. Or, hell, The Brady Bunch.

The goal, of course, is to pretend there’s nothing unusual about the way they look. OR it’s to play the roles to the hilt, as if they really ARE the characters.

SOMEONE ELSE’S IDEA – GO REVERSE TRICK OR TREATING:

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FOR MORE HALLOWEEN ARTICLES VISIT THE MAIN INDEX

Halloween Index