Friday, November 02, 2007

Prescott Valley does the standard "Trunk or Treat" activity in the church parking lot, which includes all four Prescott Valley wards and usually a pretty big mass of people. Meanwhile the town's streets are pretty much deserted. Why bother going door to door when you can go car to car? I think the time is coming when trick-or-treating will pretty much disappear and everyone will just throw parties. Kinda sad. Anyway, the last two years we went kinda generic and just had a couple Halloween decorations on our car, but this time we decided to do something a little cooler. We brought the truck and turned it into a graveyard complete with haunted house on the hill and spooky music! I know, pretty sweet... We busted out a black light and shined it on all the fluorescent paint and it turned out great. The best part is it's all cardboard so we'll just fold up the pieces and use them again next year (with a few minor improvements.)
Amberly was a Japanese geisha and I was a Samurai. I even borrowed a real katana (that's a sword.) Cute couple theme, huh? Well, I think we might need to work on our costumes a little more. Maybe next year... Jolie was Rani, the "water talent" fairy from a series of books she likes. She was getting her wings caught in the masses of kids so we took them off and forgot to put them back on for the picture. Bronson was Squirt, the little sea turtle in Finding Nemo. Too bad I don't have a picture of him crawling around in his costume. It's hilarious.

Amberly and Jolie made some really top-notch pumpkins. Well, they didn't make them, they carved them. Notice the Frankenstein monster one in the top picture. It's really good, but the one that everyone kept asking about was the crazy polka dot one. Amberly used one of those melon ball scoopers to make the big craters and a drill and spade bit for the smaller holes that go all the way through. The craters kinda glow because the pumpkin is thin there and the holes obviously are bright. It's a really neat effect that got everyone's attention.
New home construction update --
The walkout basement of our new house is framed and we're almost ready to do the backfill against all the retainer walls and pour the garage slab. Then the main floor can be framed. It doesn't look like much in the pictures, but there are over 1500 square feet in the basement alone. That's bigger than the entire house we are living in now!