There are times when you look back and simply surprise yourself. Sunday happened to be one of those moments for me. In late September Linda and I had a long discussion about whether we could actually pull off the Annual Halloween Party this year. Project Auuunnnoold had the basement in full hurricane mode, Linda’s trip to Iowa was coming up, I had an event to train for and way too many odds and ends to get done before even considering having people over. It’s hard to give up a tradition and eventually we decided to give a try but pushed the date out later than usual to provide a few more work hours to address the reams of to-do lists. Linda’s key requirement – there had to be a working bathroom in the basement. Two weeks before show-time Auuunnnoold was wreaking havoc on me. Walls needed to be anchored, wire needed to be ran, drywall had to be hung, tile laid, grout ground in, plumbing finished and doors installed. I cannot tell you how thankful I am to have such good friends and family. With the saving assistance of Jeff, Rocket, Pez, Pakage and Vonno we managed to pull it all off. Drywall and wiring went in the week before, tile went down on Monday, grout on Tuesday, grout sealed on Wednesday, plumbing finished and a Thursday and I was literally installing the doors Friday morning. In the midst of all this I was cleaning up like a madman and dealing with the high decorations – Linda was busy decorating the rest of the house and planning out the food and drinks. After a huge event Friday night I was back cleaning up the mess from the doors only to wake up early the next morning to prep the outside for the party and attack the new tradition of “The Haunted Trail”. Oh, on Tuesday I had to dispose of a body… but more on that in an upcoming post.
So, I picked this picture as the lead image because it represented how I felt leading up to the party… and it was the lead decoration on the 2012 Haunted Trail – Yep, we got it all done but huge credit has to go to RenderBoy who came to our rescue and did a stellar job.
The alert viewers out there might have noticed an intriguing orange cord in the image above. That’s right folks, this year we stepped it up and brought the element of power to the trail. Thanks to a truckload of extension cords, RenderBoy was able to get power all the way down to Serenity (link here). If you are familiar with the property you are likely amazed at this point! Now we had a whole new avenue for decorations and RenderBoy used it to the fullest. As a special treat, I’ll take you through some of the trail. Before that, I need to mention my favorite photography quote “One bad picture is a mistake, a hundred bad pictures is a style.” 61 blurry pictures pretty much puts me in the style category so in celebration of Halloween I give you the Blair Witch style of the Haunted Trail (translated.. crappy cell phone photos – it definitely deserved better). Also note this is just a subset of the shots – you can see all the pictures up on Eddiesoft’s Photo Gallery (link here).
Hit the jump to see a sampling of the trail!