Glowing Faces in Old-Time Places

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Jack-o-lanterns adorn trees for Hallowe'en in Greenfield Village
Hallowe'en in Greenfield Village is one of those things that's been on my to-do list since I moved up here. Originally intrigued by the idea of a Halloween-themed event, but a little hesitant because I'm a wimp when it comes to haunted houses and the like, I took two years to finally buckle down and buy some tickets.
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As it turns out, it's a good thing I didn't shy away from the event. What I originally imagined as a super-creepy haunted village was actually a lot of fun--just the right amount of spooky (not scary) for families with small kids (and people like me who have a low level of scare-tolerance).

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Costumed Creatures Kids Hanging Out in an Autumn-ized Greenfield Village
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Village Decor Details
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Plenty O'Pumpkins
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Creepy critters hanging out on the Eagle Tavern.
The village looked awesome. Jack-o'-lanterns lined the streets (remind me to get in on the carving action next year!), side shows and movies waited in every corner, and candy stations dotted the path for a little trick-or-treating fun. I was actually surprised to find out that the event was set up as a self-guided tour along a pumpkin-lit path (rather than a free-for-all throughout the village), but I kind of liked that idea better since it didn't involve wandering into dark, hundreds-of-years-old houses in the middle of the night.

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Glowing skeletons danced atop the gazebo . . . Macarena, anyone?
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A pop-up theater played old Betty Boop and Looney Tunes-type movies
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Stages were set up for dramatic readings of stories such as
 The Tell-Tale Heart  and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
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And the food. This gigantic caramel apple officially made my night.

One of my favorite stops? The singing Jack-o'-lanterns, of course! These guys put on an awesome show.

"Jaaaack-o'-lannnntern . . . "

Lots of colorfully-costumed characters also greeted us along the way, taking on an old-time Halloween style:

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I'm not sure who this guy was supposed to be, but he hammed it up just the right amount for my photo.
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Me and my new BFF--love her costume!
Of course, there were some eerie sights along the way--but it wouldn't be Halloween without some scare factor, right?

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This ghost bride called out for her long-lost love in a creepy, high-pitched voice. I did not stay here for long.
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Creepy McCreep Face, a.k.a., "The Face on the Wall."
He talked to passersby and contributed to the general creep factor of the evening.
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What lies beyond this "doorway?" Dun dun dunnn.
On the way out, I had to catch a glimpse of the Headless Horseman, who had been riding through the village all night. How does a person accurately guide a horse in the dark without eyes, anyway? Galloping past the onlooking crowd, the costumed Sleepy Hollow villain took a swipe at us with his sword, but I ducked out of the way just in time. And I'm sure you're glad that I lived to tell the tale.

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Camera flashes have a way of taking the fear factor out of some things, but to have this guy charge towards you in the dark--you actually forget for a second that he's not really out to make you his next prize.

Are you a fright-seeker during Halloween, or like me and just in it for the candy and festivities? Share your favorite Halloween stories in the comment section below!

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