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

 

Pics and vids!

This may be the quickest I’ve ever uploaded footage after Halloween. Usually it takes me months to get around to it! Go unlazy Rachel go! Not only do I have a gallery of pics, but I threw together a spiffy little video for your enjoyment. Pics and vids were taken by both Wreck-it-Mike and myself. Some on an iPhone and some on a nice camera.

On a side note: I would like to thank everyone who donated to The SickKids Foundation at Pumpkins on Pendrith. In case you were wondering (many people asked) Haunt on the Hill keeps none of the money collected. We count it and then we deposit that amount to the online donation page on this website, which is a SickKids run page that was set up years ago when we first started collecting donations. SickKids has always been my preferred charity of choice.

Here ya go:

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And the video:

Post Mortem 2014!

2014Another Halloween has come and gone.  Pictures will be up really soon along with video and this time I mean it because I actually have them in my possession for a change.  However, I am dead tired after all this, so it will have to wait till I’m a functional human being again.

Pumpkins on Pendrith was a huge success.  We had lots of compliments.  It was a totally different experience for me, as I used to simply add to an existing theme and this year I changed it up entirely.  There were no tombstone or coffins.  It wasn’t meant to scare.  It was meant to delight and it definitely did.  Children loved it, but more than anything, adults were blown away and that means so much to me.  Getting thanks for bringing this to their neighbourhood is one of the many reasons I do this insane thing every year.  I bring something to families that they may not otherwise see.  For one evening I bring others joy.  It is a wonderful feeling.  The aches afterwards are not though!

 

 

As always though, I like to thank people after Halloween is over and I have many to thank:

Mom – You are by far the most giving person I know and your help with Halloween was exceedingly appreciative.  I don’t even know what else to say about all you have done.  You are my hero.  You put others before yourself always and that is an amazing trait.  Plus, it was your idea to do a whole pumpkin theme.

Dad – You helped as well.  You gutted so many pumpkins!  You carried things and put up with me when I was freaking out over various things.  Year after year you help me.  I am very grateful.  I could not do this without the support you and mom give me!

Mike – You know you are with the right guy when he’s willing to shave off his beard because it doesn’t go with his costume!  (Please grow it back now).  You have always helped me with my insane hobby and I couldn’t be happier that I am slowly converting you into a haunter!  Thanks for everything Wreck-It-Mike!

Rosie – My six year old niece informed me that she feels the movie Frozen is overdone.  That right there earns you major points!  Instead of being some stupid princess, you were the most awesomest vampire I have ever seen.  And you were a wonderful candy hander-outter!

Sam – My 10 year old nephew.  For the first time, you carved a pumpkin all on your own and not just any pumpkin.  I challenged you with a stencil and you took it on.  You were patient and it turned out great for your first time!

I would also like to thank my brother-in-law Marc for not killing me for taking over his house!

Isaac – my 3 year old nephew.  You didn’t help with anything, but you were the best Dr. Octopus ever!

And lastly, the people of Pendrith and surrounding streets.  Thanks for your words of kindness and for donating to The SickKids Foundation.  I loved hearing your stories about what your kids loved from last year and I was surprised they remembered it.  You are one of the reasons I do this.  You keep me going.

With that I must go put my cell in a bag of rice after it landed in a ginormous puddle.  Did I mention it was freezing and raining all day?  Check back for video and pictures in the next little while.  I want to put together a nice video, but I plan on getting it does soon.

 

Exhaustingly yours,

Rachel “Wednesday Friday Addams” Brown

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