Mama Diaries

Friday, October 23, 2015

The Scariest House on the Street

A few weeks ago, my kids and their friends carved pumpkins. They placed their lovely creations on the steps leading up to my front door.

It didn't take long for the Georgia heat to rot those babies. After three weeks, they were infested with fruit flies, which swarmed around them. Their insides were black. I'd say they looked a lot like shrunken heads.

Did I do anything about them? No. I wasn't home much, and when I was, I was too busy doing other things.

Finally, my boy, Bubba, commented on them. "Mama. We have the scariest house on the block. Seven rotten pumpkins and a dead mum (which wasn't quite dead, just a little thirsty). Who's going to come trick-or-treating here?"

I gave him an evil laugh. "Nobody. This is the house of doom, and I'm the evil witch who will give them bags of carrots instead of candy!"

Hee, hee, hee!


  

  

54 comments:

  1. Is Bubba still getting excited about going trick-or-treating?

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    1. Yes. He just got his costume today. Even my daughter is excited about it - and she's a teenager.

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  2. Or you'll give them a fruit fly disease, one of the two!

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  3. I have one of those pumpkins! And a live spider that keeps his web nearby. :D

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    1. Awesome! Your pad sounds perfect for Halloween!

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  4. HA! Bags of carrots, huh? That might do more to keep the kids away than the shrunken-head pumpkins will. :)

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  5. This is a very smart move... lol... I will have to try this... :)

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    1. Nobody will be ringing your doorbell if you do!

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  6. That's certainly a way to have unique Halloween decorations!

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  7. Bubba might have started a new trend - making Jack-O-Lanterns a couple of weeks early, allowing them to rot and turning them into bug infested shrunken heads. That's plenty scary! I don't care if you are an evil witch that hands out lumps of coal on trick-or-treat night. If I was a kid in your neighborhood I'd still be knocking on your door just to get a glimpse of the coolest mom on the block.

    Have a safe and happy weekend, dear friend Sherry!

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    1. Hahaha! We'll have to make shrunken pumpkin heads every year. Thanks for your nice comment. I'm thinking we must have a pretty cool house, because the other day, there were five kids playing in my front yard, and another four in the house baking pumpkin chocolate chip muffins.

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  8. I swear I red somewhere a few days ago on something that you spray the pumpkins with inside so that they won't rot but I forgot what...

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    1. I'll have to look that up, because around here, pumpkins rot way too fast.

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  9. Its that time of the year, so no fear.

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  10. Many years ago, during January, I visited a former friend. She had a strange, mushy mess on the concrete that led to her door. It was the remnants of her Halloween pumpkin. I shall want to know if you still have your rotted pumpkins after Christmas. I told my friend to use her other door because the pumpkin junk was slippery and dangerous. It had spread out, blob style.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I have discarded the rotten pumpkins, so there will be no slipping on my front steps.

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  11. Good thinking! One of these days Bubba will appreciate what a cool Mom you are!

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  12. I bet Bubba is getting excited about the coming of Halloween.
    Have a peaceful week-end this week-end as next will be a busy one.
    Yvonne/.

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    1. He is excited. There's never a slow week at my pad. It's constant activity!

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  13. lol carrots, all the better for them to see the evil witch

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    1. Maybe I'll give them Brussels Sprouts, too! ;)

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  14. You've got great atmosphere, and you didn't even have to really try. Nice.

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  15. Goodness me, I would be so lost & scared cause I'm really afraid of insects! Hahaha! Happy Sunday, dear! xoxo

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    1. These were little bugs. If they had been giant scorpions, that would have been another story!

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    1. I'm going to go stock up on carrots now. ;0)

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  17. I love how you take a situation that would drive most crazy and turn it around to be funny. You have got to be the world's coolest Mom.

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    1. I'm pretty laid back. But not too laid back. ;0)

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    1. I'll remember that if I have any trouble with future pumpkin goo.

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  19. Wonderfully atmospheric though with all of those flies perhaps a little too realistic.
    I can just picture the faces of those little ones being handed carrots and you in all your Halloween splendour laughing.

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    1. They would not be pleased upon receiving a bag of carrots!

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    1. We've been getting into the festive spirit

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  21. Your house will keep the evil spirits away on Halloween just like it's supposed to.

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  22. I wonder how many brave souls will venture past the bug-infested pumpkins!

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  23. Handing out carrots...I like that. If you can't tell, I'm not much for that whole handing out candy thing.

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    1. Good. Then you can stop by my pad, and I'll give you a bag of carrots. Just watch out for the swarm of fruit flies. ;0)

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  24. This time it seems that mama got frustration with Babu's dialogue.

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  25. It's a shame kids don't have the same taste as grownups. I eat baby carrots like they were candy.

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