Thursday, October 21, 2010

They’re creepy and they’re kooky…..they’re altogether ooky….


I wrote this first part last week but didn't get a chance to post it:

I was driving along in a school zone a few days ago and saw something that freaked me out. Off to my right, out of the corner of my eye, I spied a nice normal looking house. The house sported a nicely manicured lawn and three pretty trees spaced equidistant near the sidewalk. But…and here's the creepy part…. someone had lashed a toddler sized snowsuit to each of the trees. A pink one, a blue one and a white one. I slowed my car to a crawl and looked really hard to see what was up with the snowsuits. After I ascertained that the snowsuits seemed to be filled with leaves [not babies] I felt a little bit better.

I'm going to drive back by the house a bit closer to Halloween to see if anything changes with the display. At this point I don't know if the creepy snowsuits were Halloween decorations in progress [they had no faces] or a warning to the other children to stay away.

All I do know is it was freak....y, and it's probably one of those houses that mothers should hold tightly to their children and pick up the pace to walk quickly past when they go out trick or treating this year.

I'm just wondering if I should call the cops….

~

Then yesterday I drove by the house again, stopped, crept up quietly and took a photo to share. Each snowsuit has a "face" now, and the display is definitely geared toward Halloween, but take a look at the photo and see if the face they added to the snowsuit is likely to make me feel any better about the owner of the house……


36 comments:

Mary said...

I realize that decorating is to personal taste but I find this display more than a little disturbing.

Erin Cole said...

Damn trippy! Little zombie children can be cool, but that's only when they are real children having fun. If I were a kid, that would be one house to skip, or dare the bully to go up first!

Laurita said...

A warning to children - I find that both hilarious and super creepy. This is a house you should run past on a dark night, methinks.

Alan W. Davidson said...

Nice Halloween display. Humourous, yet unnerving...now I have a king-size case of the willies...

John Hayes said...

Do not trick or treat at this house, oh no.

Milo James Fowler said...

Yikes. Thanks for the horror-story inspiration!

Jodi MacArthur said...

Yikes! Just such an odd thng to do. Atleast thy are simply slumping against the trees and not hnging by nooses. Ive seen 'zombie children' all ovr the plce this yaer, so it mst be something to do with that. I tnd to agree wth you, its a disturbing kind of weirdness.

Cathy Webster (Olliffe) said...

That is SO funny! And creative, too! Like the Martha Stewart of Child Zombie Decorating!

estrella05azul said...

Oh my gosh, I couldn't have believed it without that photo evidence! This really is very disturbing Halloween zombies or not!

PS: like Jodi said, at least they weren't hanging by nooses...

estrella05azul said...

PPS: thanks for the earworm... :P

Harry said...

I saw a place around here where someone had twisted the little plastic baby heads off of dolls and lined them up on their fence. I kind of had the same reaction as you, especially since it wasn't even Halloween.

Karen from Mentor said...

Now that's scary Harry. giggling...I can't even imagine the stops needed in the artistic thought process one would have to go through to arrive at that particular train station.

Karen from Mentor said...

I did it to myself too Estrella, I've been singing the Addams family theme song ever since I posted the piece.

*sigh*

Karen from Mentor said...

I felt kinda bad pointing out the out there factor of someone else's decorating vision Mary, because like you, I feel it's a free country...etc....but the comedy potential of this just couldn't be resisted.....

[so I didn't]

*grinning gleefully*

Karen from Mentor said...

Wow, Jodi, Erin and Cathy, you've all seen child zombie decorating before?

This trend is news to me.

[I've got to get out more.]

Karen from Mentor said...

Thanks for all the great responses guys.

I'm really enjoying everybody finding this as creepy as I did. I'm also really glad that I was able to get a picture of the little tyke before it rained all day yesterday.

Last evening the poor zombie kid looked REALLY bedraggled. She looked so bedraggled in fact it almost made we want to bundle her up and take her home to feed her a nice comforting bowl of rotting flesh...

[ok, now I'm not going to be able to eat lunch for at least 3 hours]

*looks green*

Laura Eno said...

Really creepy...I'm not sure I'd want to go trick-or-treating there... :D

shannon said...

Even on Halloween, I can't go there with kids...it's just sooo creepy & wrong. I hope zombie kids don't become a trend!! Yikes

Karen from Mentor said...

I'm with you Shannon, I like my monsters fully grown. Give me Frankenstein any day. I like a bit of dash in my scare. Give me a nice green complexion, platform shoes, a good old fashioned neck bolt wrapped up in a slow shuffling walk... and I think "now there's a monster with a bit of style."
...ah the simple things....

Karen from Mentor said...

Really Laura? That's funny because I took the photo in your front lawn.

*looks puzzled*

Maybe Jezebel has been decorating behiind your back.

Laura Eno said...

*looks out the window* Oh no...you're right.

Kaye Barley said...

I looked at the photo before I read your piece and HOOTED! But I must admit - I am very glad I didn't see the little snow suits, like you did, before they were completed. I suspect then I would have been freaked out by it all - for sure!!!

Nicole Humphrey Cook said...

Oh my goodness... that's awful!! LOL More than a little disturbing for sure. Why children? Why snowsuits? LOL Of course if you have been in any halloween stores this year, there are all these little creepy kids for sale that are animated and gruesome to say the least. I have 2 16 year olds who even found it weird - ones a boy. Those faces are awful! LOL

Sam said...

Crikey! Those folks must be ...err, a bit odd to say the least. At least we know what bad taste looks like now, right?

Karen from Mentor said...

Or, it was a case of hey, I have these two things, I think I'll put them together....laughing...maybe all we have here is a case of frugal decorating.

--Hey, I have a slogan for that--

"Creepy, but cost effective"

Hmmm....even in this economy I don't have high hopes for that campaign to catch on.

:0)

Karen from Mentor said...

I wasn't in any of the halloween stores this year Nicole, but I believe you. Sometimes they go too far.
Speaking of which-- The scariest thing I ever had show up at my door during trick or treating was a six foot adult neighbor wearing a hocky mask and brandishing a HUGE butcher knife. I slammed the door- and after I could see again -[the little black dots stopped dancing in my vision] I opened it back up and told him he couldn't have any candy.

[I guess I showed him]

Thanks for stopping in.
:0)

Karen from Mentor said...

If you got a hoot out of the photo Kaye, I'm glad I braved being kidnapped and fed to the zombie children from hell to capture it for you.

*Huge grin*

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That's a little odd, even for Halloween.

Rebecca Emin said...

OMG this is so creepy, definitely the stuff of nightmares.

Kris said...

CREEPY! I think I'd pass by that house fairly quickly.

My favorite Halloween yard decoration is one I remember from my neighborhood growing up. A stuffed shirt and pants were facing away from the road and bending over. The pants were down a little bit and two pumpkins had been strategically placed to look like... well... butt cheeks. There's nothing to brighten up your day like getting mooned by pumpkins!

Clarissa Draper said...

The someone that thought this was a good idea can not be right in the head. I like your blog. Thanks for visiting mine.

CD

Karen from Mentor said...

Laura leaves me a trail of breadcrumbs so I can follow her wherever she goes Clarissa. It was nice to see her talking about writing at your place.

Thanks for stopping in to mine.
Karen :0)

Karen from Mentor said...

Kris I'm grinning at the idea of your neighborhood being mooned by pumpkins.

I just know that if I typed "mooning pumpkins" into a search box I'd find someone recreating your childhood memory. BUT then again....maybe I'll just picture it in my head since a search like that would probably underscore the ass in the word "embarrassing"...

[FratBoysR-Us]<--don't want to go there

Happy Halloween my dear!

Karen from Mentor said...

I agree Diane-- "odd" is a great word for decorating with zombie babies.

Oh dear Rebecca, I hadn't even thought of using this as nightmare material....I was still busy shuddering at it in the daytime.

*has that to look forward to now...*

Thanks for stopping in guys.
:0)

Jen Brubacher said...

AUGH.

Kaye Barley said...

re: my hoot.
blame it on my mom - that's where I get this totally odd & irreverent sense of humor. Gets me in a lot of trouble.