Unless you were Laurie Strode and perpetually being stalked by a psycho killer in a mask eerily resembling William Shatner's mug, you probably had nothing but pleasant Halloween memories.
"What was the worst experience you've had during Halloween?"
Pilfering others' treats was the meanest trick of them all.
"I was walking home with my friend when I was like 9 and a car of high school kids or around that age stole all our candy. Three hours of work, gone."
A Scary Confrontation
"Had a similar thing happen as a kid. I was probably about 5 or 6. Some older kids, one with a bat, approached me and my two older brothers while we were trick or treating. They threatened and then stole my two brothers bags. They let me keep mine. I shared my candy with them both when we got home. Very vivid memory."
"I was like 7 or 8 and dressed like an angel. parents took me to the science museum where they set up little houses for the kids to trick or treat in. I got soo much candy and was so proud of myself. But when we left, all my candy was gone. The little boy behind me had been taking scoops of my candy and putting it in his basket. I cried."
The teen years can be brutal around Halloween.
The Friends' Lie
"My 'friends' telling me they weren't doing anything only to all hang out all evening while I stayed home alone. Teen years can suck."
"Edit: I must clarify this was like 15 years ago, thankfully I have some great friends now."
"Lol my friends in 7th or 8th grade told me they were going trick-or-treating across town and the host parents' car didn't have room for me. And then they instead went to a party at my next-door neighbor's house. Like dude I can see you all arriving, what made you think your lie wasn't going to fall apart?"
"Edit: just remembered that it happened again in college ahahaha a couple girls in my dorm wanted to go to a Halloween party that I was actually invited to and they weren't, but didn't want me to go with them. I didn't have a car and they didn't know where the party was, so they 'went to the grocery store first' and promised to come back to pick me up. What they actually did was go pick up someone who lived off-campus and knew where the party was and then went without me. I ended up just walking there and calling them out in front of everyone it was great."
"A woman telling me I'm too old to go trick or treat :("
At Least There's A Twist
"I was 14 and I went out with my group of friends and I was always the one left out. They dressed in girly costumes and I was a full on clown with big shoes. I walked with of of the girls moms the entire time because they were ahead and the big shoes slowed me down. They went into a haunted house and I was too scared so I waited outside and then I couldn't sleepover because I was really allergic to my friends cat."
"I did find a 20 dollar bull on the floor though."
These former trick or treaters weren't possessed by demons, but they expelled a heck of a lotta yuck from their mouths on Halloween.
Gremlins In The Body
"Had the stomach flu one year on Halloween. I was a month shy of turning 11. My parents took my younger siblings out trick or treating and I was stuck alone in the house blowing chunks out of both ends."
A Bite From A Poison Apple?
"Yeah, I had a really bad stomach bug/food poisoning at Halloween when I was 18ish, when my friends were going to an awesome party at an empty mansion. Was so bummed."
Filling Up The Bucket
"Getting so excited with all the candy I had and puking into the bucket of candy."
Too Much Of A Good Thing
"My mom was pretty strict with how much candy I was allowed to eat on Halloween. One year, after some annoying begging, I finally got my mom to say 'eat as much as you want.'"
"Heh, spent about an hour barfing up peanut butter cups and warheads."
I didn't have a worst Halloween experience, per sem but I remember as an ten-year-old I gave my mom the fright of her life.
Instead of a treat, I was given a trick from one of the houses in the neighborhood. And what a great trick it was.
The lady down the street gave me a plastic nail that had a curved indentation to allow for the the illusion the nail was piercing through a finger.
The tip was painted the fakest tint of red for blood.
When I got home, my mom wanted me to sort through all the candy to allocate some for later so I didn't gorge on them all at once.
In the process, I found the joke toy and faked like I was in pain. When I showed her the nail, appearing to have gone through my index finger from her perspective, she freaked out.
That was until I started laughing, which immediately stopped when my face met the back of my mom's hand.
As far as who had the worst Halloween experience that night between me and my mother, it's a toss-up, because, ouch!
It's that time of year again. It's time to celebrate the spirits. For many it's the greatest time of the year and the best holiday. Like, who needs Christmas when we can relish Samhain. Thanks to COVID, Halloween festivities were a bit muted last year, but now everybody is ready to get out and trick their treat. Safely vaxxed and masked I pray.
So let the costume parade commence. Who has been plotting what? And why? Explain your costume vision. Let's dish...
Redditor u/ral365 wanted to hear about the plans for this year's trick or treat season, by asking:
What's your Halloween costume this year?
I'm not even sure I'm gonna go out this year. I have plans, I always have plans but my execution is a mess. When I do the costumes though, it's all out.
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"Eating candy in the dark with the lights off, watching scary movies. - best costume."
THIS IS THE YEAR!!
"La Llorona. Finally! THIS IS THE YEAR. I've been wanting to do this costume for a number of years, and I finally have the time and means to put the costume I've always wanted together. Just for the record, this is not themed after the Llorona movie that came out a couple years ago. Rather, I'm putting my own spin on it and so far have the main components of the costume, just need to do some alterations, plan out the make up, and work on my ghostly wailing."
"Last halloween i didn't dress up and i got stopped 3 times for people to compliment my Pablo Escobar costume. So I guess Pablo Escobar."
"Handmade (started this b**ch in June!) 1883 Victorian dress in pale blue. I'll wear white-out contacts and powdered white make-up. Going for a ghostly look."
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"My kids have been adamant that we're going as Scooby Doo characters this year. They have yet to assign me a role."
Well y'all seem ready to go. Sounds like Halloween is gonna be a bit LIT this year. I love Scooby-Doo. In my book that's the win so far.
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"My son wants to be a ninja. my daughter wants to be a ninja. So we are going to be a ninja family!"
I LIVE for Willow!
"Vampire Willow. I'm trying to convince my twin to be Willow, but I don't think it's working."
"Omg, that is amazing! I'd love to do a Buffy themed Halloween but most of my friends haven't seen it. The younger crew haven't (although one is watching and loving it!) and my age are way past it. I still love it though! I don't think my close friends know how much I love it. I might not have the crazy knowledge base I have for the power rangers but its up there!"
"I will be dressing as Jim Henson and Kermit, and I will be performing karaoke as drunk-and-entitled-TV-star-Kermit all night. I was thinking of doing Institutionalized, Walk on the Wild Side (with Muppet names instead of Candy, Holly etc) and then maybe an ending with particularly drunk and belligerent version of Bein' Green. I do Kermit voice karaoke of Rainbow Connection regularly, my Kermit voice kills. I plan to stay in character all night, saying inappropriate sh*t as Drunk Kermit then apologizing for it as slightly-more-sober Jim Henson."
Lots of Money
"I've spent an outrageous amount of money putting together a film accurate original trilogy stormtrooper costume this year, and it's probably going to be my Halloween costume for the rest of my life. Also, shout out to r/501st. I ordered an armor-only kit from a builder. It's made of vacu-formed glossy white ABS plastic, and is pretty complete."
"The kit cost about $800 and you have to trim to fit your body, and assemble and glue the halves together, cover strip the seams, etc. The kit did not include soft parts such as undersuit (I purchased underarmor compression shirt and leggings), belt (fitted to the size of the wearer), holster, neck seal (also fitted), and boots."
"The grand total, including accessories (fan kit) and construction materials like glues, paints, etc. was in the ballpark of $1200, and there are still things I'd like to add like a voice amplifier. I also have a 3D printed E-11 blaster kit I'm working on, but isn't finished yet that I'm not including in that total."
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"Macaulay Culkin. As I'm home alone. Except I'm missing the part where I have a home. And family. And friends…"
Well those are all interesting. I plan to stay in and rewatch all the Halloween movies. I love Michael Myers. He's masked, which is safer. I'll be ready next year.
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Its that time of year again. Time to get scared and get spooky. Covid be damned, we can still find ways to enjoy Halloween. One of the staples of this time of festivity is Haunted Houses. In any given non-pandemic year they'd be everywhere. Over the last few decades the planning and launching of a House of Horrors has become an art form. In fact there are houses you have to sign waivers for in order to enter. So has to make one wonder, what sort of tales do the actors and people behind the scenes have to tell. They've seen it all.Redditor u/thotthebot wanted to hear from the thespians who partake in creating spooks for the masses by asking them to chat about.... Haunted house workers, what is something that a guest had said or done that made you break character?
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I was an actor at a haunted house years ago. We had separate rooms connected by hallways for guests to walk through (like, there was a murder room, a haunted house room, a circus themed room, and a zombie room). I worked in the zombie room, and played a zombie.
The room was made up to look like a living room of a house that had been broken into by zombies-- furniture toppled over, lamps laying on the floor, the door hanging off the hinges, a broken window, blood everywhere, and a half-eaten body lying on the floor. I was to be hunched over the dead body, pretending to munch on it when the guests walked in. And I'll say, our make-up crew was skilled. I looked like something from The Walking Dead.
Well, this dude walks into my zombie room, he sees me hunched over the dead body, and I did this creepy thing where I slowly look up at him and stare with my mouth hanging open. He goes "Oh, HELL No!" and stumbled backwards onto the couch, tried to scramble off the couch, only to trip over the lamp that was on the floor, and wound up falling facedown on the floor.
I have to admit, I broke character and laughed. I couldn't help it.
"well I guess we don't go"
One night this couple comes in with a 3-4 year old girl. She is throwing a huge fit, kicking, screaming, crying, the whole 9 yards, she doesn't wanna go in.
Now, a logical human being would see this and say, "well I guess we don't go" but not these two idiots. They keep trying to force little girl to go through the house, but she won't budge. This is causing a bit of a scene as well as backing up the line. Myself and one or two other monsters tell them "look, you gotta either get her to go in, or you gotta leave, you're holding up the line" but they are adamant that she has to go through and she is not having it.
Now were pissed off because, why the hell are you trying to make this small child go through when she is obviously terrified and scared out of her freaking mind? We realize something has to happen, so we seek out one of the girls from further down the house who was a witch we called Baba Yaga since she was the most human looking of us. We told her the situation and asked if shed help walk the girl through the house, and she agreed.
So we bring Baba to the little girl, and she goes into this cartoonish Russian accent "HellO leetle gorrl, I am Baba Yaga the gOod weetch! I am going to heyalp you scare all the mon-stors awaY!" She takes the little girls hand and off they go. We run off through the house spreading the word, "If you see Baba with a little girl, let the little girl scare you". Sure enough, whenever they got to where one of the monsters was hiding, the little girl would yell "BOO!" and whoever was there would lose their marbles. Screaming, running around in circles, falling all over the place.
Sometimes there'd be more than one monster and they'd run into each other like the Three Stooges, all to the delight of the little girl, who was now giggling and jumping up and down, clapping her little hands, it was adorable. The adults that were with her look annoyed, but f**k them, the rest of the group that got lumped in with them were having a great time as well watching this tiny child scare the mean ugly monsters away.
I've never seen an entire house break character like that, but it was fun to be a part of.
So I was stationed in a small room just off to the side of a long hallway with a strobe light at the end. It made it hard for guests to see down towards me, but very easy for me to see them. So one evening a group of a five teens come through; four girls with one guy leading them.
Just as they enter the hall, the guy turns around to talk with them. Having just been handed a golden ticket here, I sneak up right behind this guy. The girls all go stone silent and when the dude realizes they're looking at something beyond him, he turns around and finds me standing within inches of his face.
I give out the most guttural scream I can, and in response, the guy LEAPS backwards and knocks down all four girls behind him like they were bowling pins, leaving them all a tangled pile on the floor.
I literally could not hold it together. I had to run off into a staff only area because I was laughing so hard and could not stop. Easily one of my favorite memories from that place.
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As a haunted house customer...
My Type 1 diabetic girlfriend and I were waiting to enter and begin the actual house. This was after the line to get in and the holding area for parties to be able to go together. There was this big demon tree thing that had an actor actually talking to us.
"Tell me, mortals. What do you think your souls taste like?"
I looked to my girlfriend. Just a sheepish grin and a shrug. Then I chime in and respond
"Well, I don't know about me, but her soul would be pretty sweet because she has diabetes."
Still one of our favorite memories but that whole evening was just lovely and pleasant.
"is he real?"
Used to work in one years ago. I worked the crowd - but mainly by standing at the entrance in a coffin that was fitted with an undertaker. I walked in the undertaker's feet but my upper half was in the coffin. One night I was standing there. Bone still. I did my own makeup and frankly it was good. Made me look "fake".
I'm standing there completely silent and still. Some German woman; drunk (because you can smell the beer on her) goes "is he real?" Cue me to kick the back of the coffin as a jump scare. She then proceeds to back hand me across the face.
She did not get to go through the haunted house and was not refunded her money.
I said "I'm gonna skin you b***h!"
She replied, "no you're the skinny b***h!"
I broke character and told her what I really said.
Maaan, I was there to scare not body shame.
I (M) was playing a grim reaper statue that comes to life and lowers my (fake) scyth blade in front of guests from behind. This college age girl walks up to me and, convinced I was just a statue or a prop, grabs my parts to prove to her friends it was safe. I looked at her slowly and asked "So do you take me to dinner now or..." that was the best scream we got all night.
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Worked a haunted trail/hayride when I was younger. When we see someone clearly not into it we'd ask if they were okay and if not we had a codeword we'd pass down the line to let them just go through. Not sure if others worked like this though.
Not a worker, but as a customer, my sister and I once took a wrong turn in the haunted house. We were cornered by a dude in a hockey mask who was revving his chainsaw as he approached and we were screaming in terror...
Then he took his mask off and said in exasperation, "guys you're not supposed to be back here." Then he shooed us back into the main hallway. Lol
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Not a worker, but I got to witness it. The worker was dressed as a crazy doctor.
We enter the room, and the worker says "Are you ready for you autopsy?" in a really creepy voice. My friend responds "...Yes?" The worker's face just changed from menacing to complete confusion, then she dropped the act and asked "Do you know what an autopsy is?" My friend did not know, so we had to explain it to her.
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Halloween 2020 was all set up to be the Halloween to end all Halloweens! Its on a Saturday, its going to be a Full Moon and.... it's daylight savings thereby giving us all an extra hour to party! This sort of miracle may never happen again! But of course 2020 has to extinguish any spark of fun or frivolity! So now we have to make contingency plans to try and salvage some sort of spooky pleasure. Let's see how creative we can be....Redditor u/THeReISnoCarOL-inHR wanted to discuss how we're gonna get through Halloween 2020 by asking.... How will you be celebrating Halloween during this pandemic?
Same way I celebrate every night. Try to take over the world.
The Dead Bringer....
I'm going to dress up in my renaissance clothes and pull a wagon around the neighborhood shouting, "Bring out your dead!"
I've spent the last two weeks trying to gauge how inappropriately appropriate it would be to dress as a plague doctor this year.
I've run the idea by a few people I know, concerned that it might be a little insensitive. Some think it would be. But I'm afraid my love for the idea might overcome my sense of propriety.
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Get some red contacts and go to work as if nothing's wrong.
Trick or Treat
Put treats in individual snack baggies on a table on my front lawn. I will replenish in between groups.
Also, we will have a costume parade for the young kiddies at a set time, all groups staying 6 feet apart, just walking a set path in a circuit around the neighborhood.
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Same as every year, Virgin sacrifice followed by vampire orgy.
What is wrong with you? You cant possible ensure social distancing at an orgy.
Shutting off all the lights, ignoring the doorbell and watching a movie.
Same. I was considering giving out candy, but nah. It seems like most people aren't planning on taking their kids out anyway in my area.
Sounds like a typical Halloween to me!
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Like me n the boys always do: play horror games together on Discord. Gotta keep up the tradition, worldwide pandemic or not!
Hopefully by being scary/weird for the poor kids on our street who have been cooped up for 6 months and deprived of a social life. I don't know if we're handing out candy because Covid, etc. but we're going to try to make it special for the little folk somehow.
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This is the first time in a long time that it'll actually be cool on Halloween in my area. Plus we're going to have a full moon.
So. Roasting marshmallows over a fire pit. A movie screen & projector setup outside in the edge of the woods, with a marathon of Paranormal Activity movies playing. Homemade hot cocoa kept warm in a crock pot.
My fiancee & I curled up under a blanket, snuggling while watching the movies.
A guy decorated a length of PVC pipe and attached it to the handrails along his front steps, angled down toward the sidewalk. He can shoot candy down the tube and kids can put their buckets under the pipe and catch it, hands-free. I can't wait!
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Do you remember the scary 2016 clown sightings?
Within the span of a single month, all 50 states plus Puerto Rico and Washington DC experienced some form of sighting of an evil clown. To this day, it is mostly unclear who and how did it, but now one brave redditor is searching for answers.
Will they get any?
Here were some of those answers.
I asked a friend. He said it was just Payday cosplay.
I had made a sweet tooth costume from scratch and I wasn't about to just throw it away, I had put way too much work into it. Edit: Created an imgur account to share the photo
Me and my friends tried to because we lived in a small town and nothing interesting happened there. But turns out a group of 13 year old girls running around with bad white face paint, all black clothes and red wigs we got for a dollar isn't very scary. All that happened is we got grounded.
It Caused My Life To Be Threatened
I dressed up as a creepy clown for Halloween, and a bunch of drunk frat guys drove past me, slammed their brakes, and threatened to beat the heck out me
I've never been more scared in my life
The costume for anyone interested
Edit: well this blew up more than expected, here are some more pictures of the clown and some other costumes I've made
I remember when this was happening, Facebook posts came out about someone dressed as a clown on my road. I lived on a kinda secluded road, so the rednecks in the area wanted to go "hunting" (I'm assuming because they were such big strong men to hunt down a supposed child/prankster).
Well, it turns out the "clown" was a mentally ill man that ran off in the woods and had been missing for like three days. And to make matters worse, the caretaker for the man never made a missing persons report for the man.
A Continual Cycle
I didn't dress up as one, but was a cop in a city that had this happen a few times a week.
Between responding to creepy clown calls, multiple stabbings/ assaults/ attempted murder accusations with the clowns as the victim, and the Pokemon Go trespassers/ prowlers, it was a really weird and uncomfortable 6 months or so.
Almost Died, Fam
About this time of year, nearly halloween but not too spooky yet, was homecoming for the local high school. I was at my boyfriend's house and his younger sister had a bunch of people over after the dance. They were all hanging out upstairs. I knew they were the type to scare easy, so I hatched a plan.
I did some shopping at Walmart, picked up a purge mask and some face paint, along with the classic rainbow poofy hair clowns have. I painted the mask to look like a clown, donned the wig, and just used a black hoodie.
With help from his parents, I acquired a ladder and crawled up onto the porch roof, just outside her window, and banged on the siding while leaning to the window.
Poor friend was the first to see me, let out a shrieking, "CLOWN!!!" And basically it was around 7 girls that sounded like they were getting murdered. I took off the mask when one came at the window with a hammer and they have not trusted me since.
Doesn't help that after the first IT remake, I put a red balloon in her room.
People Are Scared
Not me, but two people dressed up as clowns and in our art room we have these large windows, and the two people dressed up as clowns jumped up at the windows and the school actually went on lockdown. The two clowns got arrested 15 minutes after.
Too Close For Comfort
I didn't dress up as one, but my neighborhood was covered in them for about two weeks. I lived in a neighborhood that was right on the edge of a sketchy area, so I was used to some interesting characters, but these people scared the living daylights out of me.
I let a friend and her two kids going through a rough time move in with me prior to this, and I was watching them for her while she was at work. The daughter (4) and I were in the kitchen while I was cooking dinner and the baby was asleep. We'd seen the clowns a few times at the end of the road under a streetlight that was blinking, but they never got that close to the house, but I was already on high alert because of it.
I was cutting veggies and there was a window directly in front of me, and I hadn't been looking out of it but I FELT someone staring at me. I look up, and like something out of a horror movie that clown is staring up at me from my driveway like 6 inches from my window. I had a giant knife in my hand and I tried not to lose it because I didn't want to scare Kammy (friends kid), so I kind of just held up the knife and stood right where I was and stared back. This jerk never moved. He just stayed right where he was for several minutes. I backed up and got my gun out of the case and called 911. They never found him but it scared the heck out of me and I was a nervous wreck having those kids by myself that night.
Ruined By A Pupper
I only did it once and it was to scare my friend while he was out walking his dog at about 11 pm. I texted his mom earlier that day and asked if she could make him walk the dog late, and she did. I stood at the end of my driveway which is about a quarter mile long and surrounded by thick woods on either side so you couldn't see very far into it. I crouched behind the padmounted transformer box giggling like a little kid as I heard him approach, I waited for him to pass then crept down the road behind him carefully as to not make any noise.
After a minute of careful creeping I was right behind him so I yelled and wrapped him up in a bear hug from behind. Let me tell you, he freaked out. He Jumped about 3 feet up in the air and shrieked. It went perfectly until I was tackled by his great Dane and drowned in slobber, she recognised me when I took the mask off so I didn't get mauled.