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Post Mortem 2015!

setupI cannot move my legs.   That’s the quick version.

Oh, you want more than that?  Ok fine.

Halloween was a mix of things.  Mainly it was awesome, but there were some hiccups along the way.  Like when I accidentally knocked my Oogie Boogie pumpkin off its stand and he fell and broke.  Or when I lost the remote for one of the projectors temporarily.

On the plus side, it was incredible weather right up until around 9pm.  We managed to raise a lot of money for charity and everyone on Pendrith and the surrounding streets were thrilled with the display.  Thriller was also one of the new songs the Trio of Singing Pumpkins performed this year!

The main set-up was amazingly fast!  That’s what happens when Halloween is on a Saturday and you get people to help you.  I actually had time left to work on my costume properly!  As you can see, my husband and I were a Day of the Dead bride and groom.costumes  It was one of my favourite costumes.

This was the first year we actually rented a u-Haul to get everything from my parents’ house over to my sister’s house.  It made it so much easier than taking multiple trips in different cars.  And with help loading the van at the end of the night, we were able to pack it all in very quickly.  Although I don’t recommend setting up a haunt of this proportion in one day.  I may need several bottles of ibuprofen to survive now.

There will be pictures and video of the haunt eventually.  I’m not sure if they will be here on this site or on the Benevents site.  So, keep checking back.  I have all the footage, it’s simply a matter of gaining my sanity back before I can compile them into something nice.  Not to mention I do have to work from time to time so I can pay for my obsession!  Today I am simply trying to work up the energy to hit up the after Halloween sales, which is something I’ve always wanted to do, but could never get around to.

I would like to thank the following people:

Mike – Obviously this would not have gotten done without your help.  Thanks for everything, including driving the u-Haul.  Roger roger over and out!

Mom – My spider web guru.  Thanks for the webbing and thanks for sewing Mike’s cummerbund.

Pops – Thanks for loading and unloading and hanging Bubbles.

Marc – thanks for handing out candy and helping with the tear down.

Thanks to the rest of the family Haberer.  Thanks for letting me use your house.  Thanks to Rosie for being her usual awesome self.  Sam, you didn’t really do much this year and when we were running low on candy, you refused to let us steal from your haul, but I understand.  You worked hard walking all those blocks.  You earned those Kit Kats!

And a special thanks to all the wonderful and generous people of the Pendrith neighbourhood!  You are very appreciative and welcoming of Rebecca’s weird little sister and her strange hobbies.  And thanks to you, we raised a nice amount of money for SickKids Foundation.

Exhaustingly yours,

Rachel “Wednesday Friday Addams” Brown

 

Happy Halloween 2015!

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Wednesday Addams and a whole lot more!

Firstly, I would like to remind you that for all things Halloween, you should be following my new organization Benevents on Facebook or on the official website.

That being said, I have some exciting things to share and I had to share them here because I’m bursting at the seems with pleasure!

wednesday3.jpgAs many of you may be aware, for countless Halloweens I would dress up as my alter-ego Wednesday Friday Addams (Christina Ricci version).  It was my favourite Halloween costume and still is (but I no longer have long hair, so I’ve temporarily shelved the costume).  You may also be aware of Zombie Pumpkins, the website where I get all of my pumpkin carving patterns and tools.  I have written about the owner, Ryan Wickstrand, many times.  I have interviewed him and also reviewed some of his tools.  Each time I mention him on this site, or when I actually communicate with him via email or elsewhere, I beg for a Wednesday pattern and each time he never does it!  This has been going on for years and we would always joke about it.

Well, no more joking, for today I received this very email and the actual pattern:

 

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I could not be happier! Thank you Ryan Wickstrand! It may have taken a lot of nagging and many years of me being patient (which I suck at), but I finally have my pattern! You can have her too. Visit his website and get carving. This will be the 9th pumpkin being carved this year for Panic on Pendrith. I will possibly post pictures once done, but in case I forget, it will surely make it’s way onto the Benevents site after Halloween.

And now, here are some random shots of Panic on Pendrith in the early stages of being set-up:

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Your’s truly,

Rachel “Wednesday Friday Addams” Brown

Benevents!

image  Fear not! I have not fallen off the face of the earth, I have simply been busy with life. On that note, I wanted to bring to your attention my latest endeavor: Benevents. What is Benevents you ask?   It is a website that highlights all of the charity events I put on throughout the year. These events raise money for charity, namely the SickKids Foundation.

As usual, Halloween will be one of the featured events.   And while I may not be updating this website on a regular basis with info about this years’ haunt, I am constantly updating the Benevents website and Facebook page.

imageI will say this about Halloween however, this years haunt is called, “Panic on Pendrith”. And it is an entirely spider-themed spooktacular!

Again, you can find out more about this on the Benevents website and social media.

If you want to donate, but cannot make it to this event, you can also donate online through the Benevents website.

I will  definitely update this site closer to Halloween when I have time.

Yours Goughly,

Rachel “Wednesday Addams” Brown

 

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