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Brilliant!!! Your Halloween sounded fantastic!

As a kid in the sixties, the feeling of freedom I got going out in the night in costume w/just my older brother and sister was amazing; I had never loved my run-down neighborhood in Philadelphia so much. Sad that kids mostly don't get that anymore. I'm glad your island does it up right.

I grew up in Ohio- which had that stupid curfew law. It used to be worse. Until I was 5 Halloween wasn't even celebrated- no trick or treating! Might hurt the kids! And then for about 10 years Halloween was never allowed to actually BE on Halloween.

Now I'm in PA and it's awesome. My kids were out in the middle of the night, people in great costumes, haunted houses. It was a blast. And my kids had fun, got scared, had more fun.

That's what Halloween is supposed to be about.

WOW the bottom one looks amazing - like a steampunk pumpkin!

Your island is the goddess of all islands. Your island exists in its own island dimension. The Robots of Mu made your island and then disappeared again beneath the waves. You were always meant to live there, and I to visit you there. One outta two ain't bad.

Happy Halloween, but even more so - happy anniversary. And congratulations on "Habitation." It is all very exciting!

I love your island, too. (And Portland in general). This year was the first in many that I really had a great Halloween (well, it was the night before technically). Actually, I had the problem of having TOO MANY options! Which, well, was pretty awesome.

On Halloween proper there was a crazy parade in my neighborhood, complete with stilt walkers and giant puppets. And it made me so happy. Although reading this makes me wish I'd gone out to the island, because DUDE!!!

Really I should just look for more excuses in general to go out to the island...

Aieeee that's awesome! <3 <3 <3

That is the BEST! I've always wanted to be able to do something like that. Not robots specifically, but to make an actual attraction out of my house. As always, that it's an island makes it somehow more magical.

I LOVE Halloween and am sorry that it's suffering in other parts of the country. We got trick or treaters here until past nine o'clock, kids of all ages from tiny infants to playful adults, of all races, all shapes and sizes. At LEAST fifty, probably more.

We never got this at any of our previous houses. We lived in crappy neighborhoods. Kids from poor neighborhoods tend to get driven to nicer ones when it's time for trick or treating. Now we live in that nice neighborhood, and I can tell that a lot of these kids come from the bad neighborhood across the way. I take great delight in telling them how great their costumes are, and giving them fistfuls of candy.

Halloween was one of the most special times for me as a child. I trick or treated until people would no longer give me candy -- which broke my heart, by the way, and is why I will never NOT give candy to anyone in costume, regardless of age. It makes me happy to know that there are grownups out there making it special, still.

I actually saw several grown ups trick or treating here.

Oh, this is so not fair. I got TWO trick or treaters. Two. I had a giant basket of candy and dressed up and everything, and barely any kids came down the street.

Glad to see it's still a thing SOMEWHERE. My mother wouldn't let me trick-or-treat when I was a kid (SATANIC HOLIDAY EVIL EVIL), so of course it's my favourite holiday as an adult.

...I didn't have a single one. VERY disappointed.

The cities have municipal trick or treating hours, and everyone has to be inside by full dark.

Mercifully, my corner of the city doesn't do this. My kid went trick-or-treating for the first time... after dark and on Halloween, as is the sensible way. One of the neighbors circles the neighborhood on his motorcycle dressed as the headless horseman, with a carved pumpkin lashed to the back of the bike. It's not quite as awesome as disco robots, but still pretty awesome.

Trick-or-treating in daylight, or at the mall, would kill all the joy in Halloween for me.

Thats what Halloween should be like...

Oh, that's awesome.

You should come to Salem, MA sometime for Halloween. It's crazy!

Salem makes me uncomfortable--it makes light of its horrific past and turns it into Disneyland. Also, to me this is better because it's my home, being awesome, and nobody ever hung a woman here and then built a magic shop on the spot.

The cities have municipal trick or treating hours, and everyone has to be inside by full dark. For their safety, obviously.

Seems as though they've rather missed the point of the enterprise, then!

That looks wonderful. Such fun! My neighborhood, alas, isn't much for trick or treating, though other parts of Seattle are.

This is so fabulous that I cannot deal. It's wonderful!

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dude, can I come hit your neighborhood next year?

My new neighborhood is better than my last one, in that just a couple blocks over you get more than two houses participating per block, and there aren't a lot of streetlights, but still, by 7:30, barely past full dark, it was winding down hard, with people running out of candy.

If you're local, sure. Lots of people come over.

DAMN that is awesome. I speak as someone who spent her childhood helping out a friend of the family who ADORED Hallowe'en and would dress as the Easter Bunny (only non-threatening costume a 6'7" guy could think of) and stand in front of his business handing out full-size Three Musketeers. We must've gotten 500-600 kids a year, in a small town.

I was his sidekick, the tooth faery.

Did I mention that his business was a funeral home? Yeah. :-D

Hallowe'en today makes me sad, with all the "you can only trick-or-treat from civic centers, downtown, in the daylight" and all that nonsense. Your town's take is so much better. Can I move to your island?!

HOLY SHIT. I had no idea the island went so Halloween happy! That looks amazing!

I also had no idea that there are mystical places where kids have to be done trick or treating by the time it gets dark. WHAT?? But that's when it starts!

Nope. Especially west coast and midwest, I've found.


The fear and keeping inside keeps areas of people from becoming neighborhoods. It's everyone coming out and meeting each other that makes a community a much safer place to live.

So many words, so much incoherent babbling...and most of it boils down to "I am eight, and this is better than Christmas."

Why do I have the mental image of Robots doing the Electric Slide?

I'd never heard of trick or treating hours at all, so I wonder if it just hasn't caught on in Washington...

I'm coming to visit next Halloween.

You should! You're most welcome.


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