HALLOWEEN: Scary? Or Whimsical?

While riding around and taking pictures of Halloween decorations in people’s yards today, two great things happened: 1) Nobody came running out their front door with a loaded shotgun to question what I was doing. 2) I invented a new, exciting and challenging game.

I called the game Scary? Or Whimsical? It’s a great game for all ages, though some of the subject matter might be considered traumatic for children under the age of seven. Also, it requires that the players are old enough to ride a bike.

The rules of the game are simple. The players ride around town — like I was doing — and whenever they pass a Halloween decoration in somebody’s yard they have to give it a rating of either “SCARY” or “WHIMSICAL.” (There is one more option –“VERY SCARY” — to be used for only the most extremely frightening displays. Hopefully, that rating would be used very rarely.

Anyway, I saw many dozens of yard decorations today and rated them all. I took 28 pictures, but that’s too many to post here, so I narrowed it down to about 10 of my favorites. Let’s play Scary? Or Whimsical?

Often times, a display will have elements of both. In this case, certainly shrunken heads are scary, but skeletons aren’t. I rated this one “WHIMSICAL” because I think a skeleton mowing the lawn is hilarious.

I love the reference to Edgar Allen Poe who wrote some scary stories, but the Elmo character solidified my rating of “WHIMSICAL.”

Spiders, spider webs, beheadings . . . SCARY”



A coven of ghostly witches? “SCARY”

This one is easy. “WHIMSICAL”

I’m not sure if this is a happy spider or a happy octopus, but it is definitely earns a rating of “WHIMSICAL.”

The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong normally has no emotions whatsoever, but even it knows this display is “SCARY.”

“SCARY” (Plus, an arch.)

Who could deny that scarecrows wearing anti-covid masks is “WHIMSICAL”?

EEK! “VERY SCARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Well folks, that’s the end of this tour. It only covered the northern half of MY Town. Perhaps next week I will ride the southern neighborhoods and we can play Scary? Or Whimsical? again at that time.

Hi. My name is Greg and I ride my bike a lot. That is to say, I ride my bike almost every day. I go on long rides and short rides. Sunny rides, cloudy rides, and rainy rides. I like commuting, errand-running, day-tripping, overnighting, and touring on my bike. I ride on city streets, highways, gravel, single track, and snow with equal enthusiasm. Sometimes I ride fast and sometimes I ride slow. I try to keep my feet on the pedals at stop lights and I do not dismount when I hop up on a curb. I have a roadie bike, a mountain bike and a touring bike. I try to accept any challenge a bike ride can throw at me without complaint. But I don't like bugs.

4 response to "HALLOWEEN: Scary? Or Whimsical?"

  1. By: DJG Posted: October 9, 2020

    Greg, this dressing your garden up with scary things well before the end of the month must be a cultural thing as this post has been more than a bit of an eye opener.

  2. By: Rocky Posted: October 9, 2020

    Great post! I agree about the last one being very scary! I look forward to the next installment.

  3. By: BobinVT Posted: October 10, 2020

    I’m a bit of a Scrooge when it comes to Halloween, even if it does happen during my favorite time of the year. But, I think I agree with all your Scary/Whimsical ratings.

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: October 12, 2020

    As I said in Nancy’s earlier post, I think there is too much scary stuff going on in America right now to add scary decorations in the mix. America does not need more doom and gloom. I think whimsical is the only thing that should be allowed this year so as to lighten the mood a little.

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