Sometimes I think Halloween gets a bad rap. I mean, I know that society & Hollywood have turned Halloween into a gory & even demonic holiday. However, it wasn’t always that way. It used to be all about becoming your favorite super hero, cartoon character, or a princess, attending the school costume party, going trick-or-treating, & ending the night sorting through & trading candy while watching It’s a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown & The Wizard of Oz. On occasion we had that older cousin who played a prank or two, & going to the local haunted house was a dreaded good time.
In our family we’ve vowed to keep those old traditions alive.
When the kids were younger it was easy. They loved going costume shopping, getting all done up, only to pile up in the back of our truck & go from neighborhood to neighborhood collecting all sorts of goodies. Now, not so much. It’s costume shopping with friends, parties, & lonely parents passing out candy to random neighborhood kiddos who still love our decorations.
What’s a lonely mama & daddy to do about this?…
For starters, we’re stinkers! When guilt tripping our daughter, niece, nephew, & their friends into our traditional pool side Halloween Bash finally ran its course & they’d all finally collected the courage to say, “No”, we had to change our tactics…We got sneaky…We got tricky…And Halloween has become a week long game of Watch Your Back. Yes, we still start with begging & bribing, but just when they think we’ve given up…the antics begin.
Below are a few of our favorites. Some of them don’t work for us anymore, the kiddos have wised up. Maybe we’ll break them out for the next generation. Others leave them in suspense all week because they know they’re going to happen, it’s just a matter of when or where. Then there’s the one that’s sort of mean…Oh!, who am I kidding…All pranks are sort of mean.
We typically start the pranking at my in-laws house, with the Prickly Carpet gag. My mother-in-law still has those god awful plastic mats…You know the ones…The clear jobbies with the thorns on the back! Can y’all believe they still make those things?! They’re sold by the foot at home improvement stores. Obviously we flip them over & wait on an unsuspecting barefooted victim to head to the door. This prank never gets old! We keep it fresh by being inconsistent. Just when they think we’ve forgotten about it…BOOM! It’s worse than stepping on Legos.
Liquid Stink Bomb
We’ve only done this one once & it was sort of out of necessity. You see, in our line of work we stay in hotels sometimes for months on end. With these long hotel stays comes housekeeping. In this particular instance, housekeeping was complaining that one of our guys room was too messy for the housekeepers to get in & do their job, so much so that his room was becoming unacceptable to the hotel. Now, we’re pretty laid back & do our best to not be demanding. However, after asking the guy several times to prepare for housekeeping to no avail, we decided to get creative & actually pulled a prank this guy had used on us years before…The Liquid Stink Bomb! Y’all these are not the kiddy stink bombs you light & throw in the middle of the street. These guys are “sleepers” that will make you gag. They are actually tiny vials filled with yummy flavors like doggy doo, rotten eggs, & vomit, just to name a few. They are so potent that you can wrap one in a paper towel, break it open, put it in a sealed zip loc bag, & it will still be unbearable (You can get them here), so please only break them on a hard surface that can be easily cleaned or outside. Anyway, just before lunch we used two via the zip loc bag method, one behind his toilet the other behind his bed, by 1:00 he was begging housekeeping to clean his room…Oh! By the way…The hotel was in on this little doozy too. Getting by standers in on the joke is always a plus.
Pull & Pop
Now, what would Halloween be without a good jump scare? This is where an old time-y toy comes into play. I’m a sucker for anything nostalgic, so when I came across some “Pop Snaps”, I had to “snap” them up. Y’all remember those lil’ things from our childhood, that you could throw at the ground & they popped? Anyway, that’s what I thought I was buying, only when my husband & I opened them, they turned out to be finger poppers. Same concept only with strings you have to pull to make them pop, too scary for me, so I gave them all to my husband. These little guys carry a big bang & their small size makes them virtually undetectable, especially in car doors, bedroom doors, cabinet doors…well y’all get the picture, any door really. You simply wrap one string around the latch & then wrap the other end around the knob, plate, or tape it down, this leaves the “popper” part in the middle, then gently close the door. Once someone opens the door the two strings pull apart & BANG! Your victim is jumping sky high wondering what just happened.
A little something about my husband…he’s the king of pranking in our house. He has a sixth sense of how to take advantage of any situation on the fly…& he always does
Case in point, The Pull & Pop. We worked with this carpet layer who was always bragging about how he came from the mean streets of New Orleans. He’d seen it all, done it all, & nothing scared him. That is until my husband got a hold of those finger poppers. This guy had a “special” toolbox just for cutting carpet. It was one of those old school metal ones, the kind with the little flaps that can be locked onto the rings. Once my husband saw that tool box he immediately had a plan. We must have tied an entire box of those little poppers to that toolbox. Y’all when he opened that thing it sounded like a machine going off in the parking lot. That guy dove down flatter than a pancake & army crawled under the nearest truck faster than we could hide! We thought we’d pee ourselves we laughed so hard. Thankfully his sense of humor was much like ours, otherwise the Cajun might have come out of him & we’d be at the bottom of some bayou somewhere, instead of telling you this story.
In our family it seems everyone has a weak stomach, so messing with someone’s food is strictly off limits, which is why this next trick is so funny. It is a food prank, but it messes with the kiddos “greed” instinct rather than the food. We have not met a kid yet, that has not fallen for Fool Whip…Once…then, they wise up pretty quick now days.
What You Will Need
- An empty Cool Whip bowl
- A big table spoon from your silverware drawer
- Sour Cream
Can y’all see where I’m going with this one? Now take that spoon & get a big ‘ole glob of sour cream on it. Get your empty Cool Whip bowl, hopefully it’s fairly new because that will make this much more believable. Once you have the Cool Whip in one hand & the spoon in the other, walk from the kitchen to the room where your victim is, then simply say, “hurry eat this before your sister comes in”. Y’all that youngin’ will drop whatever it is for a “secret” taste of some Cool Whip! Every Time!…Every Kid…It Never Fails…The looks on their faces are priceless.
Rotten Egg Shower
Last but not least is the Rotten Egg Shower. This one takes a little planning the night before, your victim will probably be random, & hopefully the weather has cooled down enough to open some windows. You need a water soluble sulphur pill (you can get them here). Now go to the most showered in bathroom & unscrew the shower head from the pipe (leave the pipe). Place the pill in the end of the pipe, don’t push it in too far, you want in to lay on top of the shower head. Holding the pill in place, screw the shower head back on. Now it’s a waiting game & the first person to get in the shower looses. Once the water hits the sulphur pill everyone in the house can smell it. What makes this so funny is the person in the shower doesn’t realize what’s happened to them until they get out. The undeniable smell of rotten eggs will make them think everyone’s laughing because someone tooted, pooted, farted…whatever y’alls word is for passing gas. We once had a victim get mad because we said it was them & they were trying to convince us that they didn’t. We’re children…we know. A little note though, do this on a weekend or a lazy day with nothing planned…your victim will need at least one more shower.
Halloween doesn’t have to be blood & gore or have demonic undertones. All we really need is an active imagination, a sense of humor & some un-expecting victims to have a little fun. Just remember, “what’s good for the goose, is good for the gander” only dish out what you can take.
I’d love to hear y’alls funny Halloween stories & traditions.