Monday I shared a project, you can find it here, that I made and use to help celebrate Halloween with my mostly adult children ( no grand babies yet, I was a very young mama and even though my oldest is 24 and just recently engaged finally, I think mini versions of him or the others are years away)
Today I’d like to share another little way I have kept Halloween “trick or treating” alive in our household along with one of my favorite board games of all time that fits in with the theme of Halloween.
I am not one for horror films at all, paranormal I can watch all day and night, slashers and gore no thanks, I also am not one for scary decorations etc. The one time I was talked into doing the haunted house at the pumpkin patch ( 6 months pregnant with my daughter who is now 22) lets just say the attraction came to a sudden halt and was shut down in order for them to repair partition walls that this girl wiped out screaming her way away from a corpse display that scared the bejesus out of me when it came to life and chased me.
Back to today’s share, I don’t know the first time I played it but can tell you it became a family favorite starting with me and my little brother. The game is marked 1991 making him 7 and me 15, it may have been a few years later that we discovered it but I know for a fact from the memory of him being a very young teen/preteen playing with me, it was a long time ago. We played any chance we got, and if you’ve never heard of the game YouTube it! its scary! but at the same time oh so cute, NIGHTMARE is the game I am talking about! To this day if I hear the word gatekeeper only one vision comes to mind, yes my gatekeeper…creepy gatekeeper!
Fast forward to many years later, I had long donated the game away, I have 4 children, he 3 of his own, but it was always one of those things that we remembered and talked about often, I had mentioned it to hubz how I’d love to have it and play it again but didn’t give it much thought as it is a VHS tape game and a VCR is not a retro device we have ( we did but it broke, we sold our bins full of children’s tapes at a garage sale a few years back).
Two or so years ago I went thrifting at a half price sale and Hubz took our two youngest (the oldest may have gone that day as well, the 3 boys and dad) to a games convention, we do them often as here is a house full of techies and gamers, they are mostly retro video game booths to buy, sell,and trade, but this one, this day, hubz surprised me with not only the nightmare game, he found all four! and the best part, they were all converted to DVD! The guy selling them had them for him and his wife and he told hubz how they loved the series and they too played any chance they got, one of our family game night favorites came back to us from someone who also thought of it as one of their favorites, how cool is that?
We played it with the kids and even though it is meant for multiple players it is much more chaotic then when my brother and I played, I say 3 max for a good game as it is very fast paced. We are still to play the other 3 and we also found the more modern version which was made on DVD called Atmosphere, but we will get there and I love walking by our shelf and seeing them there, the memories they hold of family game nights with my brother bring a smile to my face every time.
As the weather turns cold, and dare I say it winter arrives and we are kept inside away from the dreaded white stuff our family will have a lot of family game nights, here is were I have snuck in another way to still celebrate Halloween with them.
I found 2 wooden canisters at a thrift store, they are stamped on the inside of the lid made in Canada and maybe someone is gasping as I type this that I painted them black, distressed them, then Modge Podged on some Halloween pics. I fill them with mini chocolate bars and candy and keep them down in our games room for family game night. I am on the look out for more to do Christmas and retro themed ones.
One is Jack Skellington, our youngest was obsessed with The Nightmare Before Christmas and I must admit before his taking to the movie I hadn’t ever watched it much or was a fan, now of course it’s not Halloween unless we watch it and there is Jacks scattered throughout the house. The other, The Simpsons, hubz is obsessed, some may think its odd a grown man can recite the dialogue along with the airings but I have always found it oh so cute! However I am not a fan but for him I include them where I can, even at our wedding, as our cake topper, speaking of our wedding our anniversary is October 28th, I decided on collecting pairs of Skulls for every year that goes by, will share those later.
Happy “trick or treating”
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