Friday, October 29, 2010

FSO - Spooky

I don't do Halloween so this is a bit of a challenge for me.  Halloween is not as popular in New Zealand as in other Western countries and in the past has not generally been celebrated here. I belong to the old school who claim it it not part of our heritage and why should we adopt something just because it is done in other countries?  However, Halloween is slowly gaining in popularity with some retail outlets actively promoting Halloween costume sales. As a result more and more children are participating in "trick or treating” each year.  In rural areas such as where I live, children don't go around trick or treating, to start with its just not practical but some schools hold a Halloween Party, so children still have the opportunity to dress up in costumes.

So, being a grouchy old sod, I don't have any Halloween photos. But I was in Canada a few years ago for Halloween and have to admit that I enjoyed every minute of it.  

I think I can be pretty scarey at the best of times but, thanks to Picnic, made myself even more so:

 
 
I have to admit I took ghoulish pleasure doing nasty things to this photo of the magpie that has been dive bombing my grand-daughters.


This is probably as spooky as it will get around here.  When you disturb a cow that is intent on muching grass, the result can be a bit frightening.  

16 comments:

  1. Yikes! You are a fast learner and that is one scary cow!

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  2. This is wonderful. You really got into the whole scary halloween theme. That is the scariest cow I have ever seen.
    That purple Pauline is pretty scary too...

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  3. That was pretty scary for not being a Halloween fan1

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  4. I see I have serious competition. I like these.

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  5. I absolutely agree with you. Today, we are having our disco nite, and the kids are getting very high about what they will wear.

    Then I hear the minority who say they don't believe in H. I told them, I don't believe in it too. I really don't understand why people celebrate the ghoulish thing.

    Partly because I come from Borneo where people practise black magic, and partly I am a Christian.

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  6. Nice effects! I don't care for Halloween very much. As a mom I have always kept it on the wholesome side...no horror costumes and such. Pumpkin carving and home made character costumes is where we keep it.

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  7. That COW!!! Nice build-up to the freakiest heifer ever. I want a tee shirt with that picture on it.

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  8. Holy Cow Batman!!! That's a spooked cow if ever there was one....great capture! I liked your take on Spooky! Good job!

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  9. whew! that cow looks possessed. we need an exorcist here haha. i wish i will never see a cow looking like this.

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  10. great job Pauline! very very spooky, especially the cow.

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  11. Loving the cow. And swooping magpies are among the scariest things I know! Yeah, I don't really get Halloween, and this is actually the first time we've done it in Australia. I do believe it's been foisted upon us by retailers by putting the stuff and expectations onto us. All the neighbours' kids are doing it, so guess we will too!

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  12. In Sweden, too, the trick-and-treating and carved pumpkins etc at Halloween don't really belong in our traditions. But through the infuence of American TV etc they have been growing in popularity in later years.

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  13. That cow is way scary. With stuff like that around, you don't NEED Halloween.

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  14. Spooky doesn't begin to describe them!

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