Where to go get scared?

We’ve gone to the St. Paul Jaycees setup in the caves by US Bankcorp the last 2 years, but I’m wondering where the best haunted houses are here in “the TC” for Halloween? How about the best yard setups to take a look at? Any in your neighborhood? Personally, I’d rather go look at these setups than the Christmas ones. On Monday I’ll probably be handing out candy. Next year I hope to set up a little better to scare them, but this year I need to get an idea of how many kids there will be and if they’ll put forward any effort. At my old house in St. Paul, virtually none of the kids even bothered with costumes.

2 Comments so far

  1. Paul B (unregistered) on October 28th, 2005 @ 11:52 pm

    The best yard setup I have ever seen was done by my friend Mike about 10 years ago. Mike has always loved woodworking, as it got closer to Halloween he decided to build a coffin.
    The week before Halloween he put it out in his yard, leaning it against a tree. He stuffed a snowmobile suit and put a mask on top, and placed it in the coffin.
    Two days before Halloween he set a lawnchair next to the coffin and moved the “creature” into it.
    Halloween Eve, he took the “creature” inside the house, removed the stuffing, and donned the outfit himself.
    The “best” story he told me of the resulting mayhem was that of a mother walking through the yard with her two young kids.

    Kid: “Mom, I think theres someone in there.”

    Mom: “No honey, that’s been there all week.”

    At this point Mike stood up. The mother’s scream was probably heard for miles.

    God, I love that story!

  2. J Wynia (unregistered) on October 29th, 2005 @ 7:09 am

    That rocks. The best pranks, scams and performances are ones that are set up really well and the setup fools you completely. That’s part of what I think makes this holiday so great. You make the normal (the people you know, the place you know), into the unknown and surprising.

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