Roads Traveled with With Linda L. Osmundson
Fall is in the air. If the wind doesn’t strip the trees of their colorful leaves, clumps of rust, gold, green, and brown will continue to dot the landscape. Fall brings to mind Halloween and other holidays. Decorations of witches, ghosts, cats, and goblins appear in yards and porches in October. They wait to
welcome costume-decked children on Halloween night. Looking for some Halloween fun? With travel hindered by the floods, create your own fun, spook house, trick or treat location, and/or costumes.
Choose a central location such as a church or school for a trick or treat event and invite the young goblins to bring their treat bags. Encourage families to participate, pick a theme and decorate their own area/booth. Some churches provide spaces for families to park in their lot, raise their trunks, and distribute goodies from within. To make it more fun and interesting, decorate your trunk with jagged teeth as if receiving treats from the inside of a shark’s mouth. Big eyes peer over the open trunk and hang scary objects like handkerchief ghosts and thread spider webs inside. Fill baskets or pumpkins with treats. Use your creativity and surprise the tricksters.
Two Channel Nine reporters searched for inexpensive costumes at thrift stores. In ARC, they discovered wigs of all colors. Those contributed to Sonny and Cher as well as Miley Cyrus costumes. Clothing such as leather pants and vests, long skirts, cowboy boots and hats lend themselves to other costume ideas.
I found children’s cowboy boots for $2 at Goodwill and saw plenty of hats and vests. Thrift stores provide a wealth of ideas with items from high heels to scarves or scarecrow-like flannel shirts to jeans. You and your little goblins can gather items to create witches, sports characters, ballerinas, cheerleaders, comic characters, and more.
If you want to share some scary evenings, check out ghost tours presented by Dori Spence of Spooks, Inc. Every year near Halloween, she conducts ghost tours in nearby towns. Ms Spence is president of Spooks, Inc., a non-profit paranormal investigative organization located in Longmont. Her 30 years experience as a professional psychic channel and medium provide plenty of fodder for her walking ghost tours. Ms Spence has given Lyons tours in the past.
She hopes to resume those possibly this coming summer.
Longmont: Attend History and Mystery tours on October 27, and 30, at 7 p.m. Late night tours happen October 27, and 30, at 9 p.m.
Loveland: Downtown Ghost tours October 20, and 29, at 6:30 p.m.
Frederick: Downtown Ghost tour October 18, and 22, at 7 p.m.
Enjoy this fall season and Happy Halloween!
As mentioned in the last article, my husband and I will be traveling a good part of November and December. Therefore I plan a two month sabbatical from my column. Let me take this opportunity to wish readers Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year. I’ll look forward to resuming my column in 2014.