Home Grown Halloween

Halloween and costumes, especially homemade costumes, go hand in hand...

At Hobbie's House, it has become a yearly event – dare we say a neighborhood event.

Detailed planning plays an important role in the overall success of a well-planned spook night.

At Hobbie's House, getting ready for spook night requires several "planning" meetings.

Elaborate sets are sketched out, constructed and assembled as secretly as possible.

The storage area normally reserved for holiday decorations now also houses an ever-growing assortment of elaborate standards: the fog machines, strobe lights, incredibly realistic skeletons, specially recorded music, trivia games, accessories such as the creeping, severed hands, which come out only on this night.

Not a soul outgrows the fun of dressing on this one night of the year.

We'll rephrase that statement to specify that no one at Hobbie's House outgrew this particular day.

We now have as much fun preparing to give others, especially our littlest elves, as memorable a Halloween experience as we had when all of Hobbie's Elves were younger.

Don't forget your camera - There are fabulous memories to be made even before the sun sets!

How do you make the elves or wizards pose for a photo?? Better yet, how do you make them smile? Tricks of the photography trade!

For a monster collection of professional hints, tips and how-to information, be sure to check these photographer and photography resources.

Let the costume wearer, whatever the age group, do his/her own thing and you will be rewarded with fabulous photos to add to your albums or scrapbooks.

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