This month I want to encourage you to put quality journaling on your layouts. Telling your story in words as well as showing your photos is so important. For my October layout, I worked on having really good journaling. (I still can't write by hand in my scrapbooks—I hate my handwriting.) The pictures are of our front entry on Halloween night and our famous strobe light that pulsates through the big windows, scaring the heck out of the smallest trick or treaters as they walk to our front door.
The strobe lights, loud scary music and sound effects blasting on the porch, and Twix bars for treats are some of the Halloween traditions that have evolved over the years and make the holiday fun for us. Please notice the very large journaling section on my layout. In this text box I wrote about our Halloween night traditions. This is what I wrote:
If it's Halloween, then it's time to get out the strobe lights and scary music CD's. The strobe light flashes through all our big windows making the house look really spooky. We place the strobe right in the middle of the entry so when the door opens it really surprises the kids and they're very curious to know what's flashing in there. We also play loud scary music and sound effects like screaming and moaning. Scott covers the porch lights with green tissue paper for eerie lighting. We have a long sidewalk that approaches the porch so the kids have plenty of time to take it all in and get good and scared.
always have lots of trick or treaters because the two dentists who live on our
street hand out toothbrushes. All their patients come to
to trick or treat. Two other reasons: our street is horseshoe-shaped so parents can dump out a car full of kids on one end and feel safe waiting for them on the other end — plus our street is on the way to the Pumpkin Walk in North Logan. I used to buy 15 bags of candy (usually Twix bars) for trick or treating, but our neighborhood has grown up, so now I go through about 10 bags.
One of my favorite trick or treat memories is when a little girl (all alone) rang the doorbell to the side door of our house — not the usual entrance for trick or treaters. I ran to that door and gave her a treat. Then she went to our front door and rang that doorbell. When I answered the door she had a look of complete surprise on her face and said, "Is this your house too?"