A few years ago, I made a grappling dummy out of electrical wire, PVC pipe, and some foam insulation so I could practice BJJ moves and submissions away from the gym.
Every Halloween since then, we’ve been dressing up the dummy in my old clothes and set him up on the front porch with a mask. Well this year, I’m doing something a little different. I’ll be hanging out with my dummy in another chair and mask, sitting real still, and scaring older kids. It is going to be awesome. I figure I will leave a bowl of candy on Dummy with a sign that says “please take only one,” and while they’re distracted, I’ll move or yell or something. So looking forward to this.
As a quick aside, Holly and I have been jumping out of dark hallways and rooms at night over the last couple of months, taking turns scaring each other. You never know when you’ll scream and get your heart racing. Good times.
Then, after trick-or-treating tomorrow, my wife and I are headed to a grown-up Halloween party sans kids. Should be a fun night. Maybe we’ll keep the costumes on after we get home. You never know 😉
Have fun out there and be safe!
[AMD Edit 11/1/14 – Post Script: I masked up next to Dummy yesterday and it was awesome! We have a Halloween “spell book” that opens up to a void space that is voice-activated and you can hide candy in it. I put a note “Please take one, Open book” and placed it on the book, on Dummy. Kids would come up, say stuff like “Oh, they aren’t real!” because they were distracted by my obviously fake dummy, then when they opened the talking candy book, I would move or move and yell, and they’d jump or scream. So awesome! But lest you think I’m an asshole, literally all the moms and dads on the sidewalk, watching this whole situation play out, were laughing their asses off seeing their kids (most were 3rd grade plus) get scared (and then laugh and say “you really scared me” – put the ‘trick’ in trick-or-treat, not many people do). I was real nice to the really small kids though, this was age appropriate shit scaring, not diaper scaring. I highly recommend something like this if you enjoy a good laugh, maybe my favorite halloweens eva.]