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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Uncle John and Aunt Liz's Terrifying Haunted Treasure Hunt





This is my brother Todd. Liz did a bang up job with the make-up.




Here is Todd the witch with Trent the Reaper.


Todd and a brain.







So last night we had our haunted treasure hunt. 5 of our neices and nephews came over and followed clues around our yard and neighborhood, finding bits of an ancient treasure map. They encountered several frightening persons including a witch and either a dementor or a ring wraith (it's hard to tell the difference). Ultimately they had to go inside a haunted house to converse with the ghost of the miserly banker who originally hid the treasure in the first place. There they ran into a screaming severed head, a levitating corpse, and a real live (ahem) ghost. The treasure wound up being buried in a graveyard- practically in a grave- and some serious excavation took place. Turns out my backyard did indeed have a honest to gosh treasure hidden in it! A pic of the inside of the haunted house. Wish I had a few more shots of that. Maybe I'll pass some on later.
Wren, Jonni and Mark with loot.



All in all the results were-- Unpredicted! Fun. A few things that I did not expect:

1) a treasure box buried only a foot and a half down still requires alot of work to get out of the ground intact.

2) The Elderidge kids fight back. Ross and Mark were scared, I am sure, butI hadn't planned on them trying to use a cursed skull stone that they found on the hunt to fight off the ghosts, witches and monsters. (I have no idea where they got the idea this stone was cursed). Also, they have been going to Tae Kwon Do for a while. Ross aimed some kind of roundhouse at the crotch of a ghost in the haunted house.

The Elderidges were the only ones who made it through the whole haunted house with out adult accompaniment.

3) I am glad the walls of the haunted house were strongly built. They took more of a beating than I expected.

4) The clues were a bit harder to follow than I had expected- part of this I suspect was because we got off to a late start and the light was going faster than I had planned. Still, the last thing any one wants is a weenie treasure hunt.

5) I expected that the kids would be disappointed when the treasure turned out not to be gold and jewels, but instead just a bunch of old candy, toys, books and sparklers. I even had a back story prepared about how the ghost changed his treasure into that sort of thing by magic for some reason. Turns out nobody was disappointed. I would say that the frenzy after the treasure box opened up was one of the highlights.


So we had a swell time. Todd, Suzanne, Ashely, and Trent came over the night before and worked like dogs to help me finish up the haunted house and turn my backyard into a killer (ahem) graveyard. I don't think I got a pic of Ashley's head cut off and on a tabletop (a shame). I may go get one of the backyard though. It looks pretty cool.

Welp. I'm off. More later maybe!



Oh, this is a shot of the invites we sent out.

20 comments:

Hoba Chi said...

Me first! Me first!

Kudos to Der Jungen Severs und applicable spouses for a great time for the kids and all.

I know that Bruce and I wowed everyone with our talk of the pros and cons of mixed martial arts training and the street. ;P

Hope you make it an annual tradition.

Renae said...

A good time indeed! Yes, my kids are the coolest.

Renae said...

By the way, I absolutely didn't recognize Todd the witch (my own brother) when he first spoke to me! It took me a few seconds to figure out who he was. Good make-up Liz.

Renae said...

plup

Renae said...

Potato soup

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Renae said...

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Renae said...

marshmallow cream

Eyepoke said...

Renae? Die!!

Renae said...

mount doom is coming to pick you up and eat you.

Renae said...

it is unlawful to scratch that spot

Renae said...

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Renae said...

There is a giant hair growing from the center of your iris, and it's grossing me out.

Renae said...

Do not attempt to stick a bandaid on a severed tree limb. The toad fairy will cleave your brain in twain.

Renae said...

You are a gay head

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puss filled, maggot infested, grotty old, fecal matter covered unsocketed eye balls

Renae said...

Do you have Prince Albert in a can?

timpani76 said...

Vance had lots of fun, and I know Quisqueya was really excited about the candy. I got about 5 pictures of the kids all digging into the loot.

Vance seemed to enjoy following the older kids (mostly Lydia) as they went from clue to clue. He did not like his light being stolen (since the Eldridges left their flashlights in their car).

All in all, the best Halloween party I have ever been to! If you want help with next year, Erik & I would be glad to help as well to keep up the tradition!

ps I left my good gardening shovel at your house. Don't lose it!

Eyepoke said...

Found the shovel t-dog. It is safe so far. glad you had a ball! most flattering.

Dana Cheryl said...

sounds like a really great time. the pix are great. i totally didn't recognize Todd.