My Dad is a Halloween nerd.
My parents have that one house in town that totally goes overboard on the decorations to the delight of kids and the annoyed gripes of parents. Every town has one. “This year…” he told me over the phone, “It’s gonna be all about the FOG MACHINES!”
While he likes to change it up with the house decor, he’s never really swayed from his staple costume: The Grim Reaper. He was always proud he painted his face himself. It WAS pretty impressive that he covered his huge mustache to make them look like teeth. He’d put on his makeup and then wear a black hooded robe to cover his hair and ears.
This transformation used to scare me! It was fun-scary, but still…creepy, dad!
I remember one year, after the previous Halloween being scared to tears by my dad suddenly jumping out in full makeup with no warning, my mother had me watch how he put on the face paint so it wouldn’t be so scary when he was done. That took the edge off a little!