Friday, November 4, 2011
Just in time for Halloween, a headstone is found in Waukesha Patch freelancer Amy Gilgenbach's house.
It was like a scene from a scary movie, one where you shout at the TV: “Don’t open that door!” Setting Last weekend in October. A husband and wife cleaning out the basement of an older house, bickering about what to keep and what to toss. Wife throwing out old useless things and complaining that stuff hasn’t been unpacked despite moving in over a year ago. Husband stoically sorting and putting things away. Wife pauses, absent-mindedly looks around, focuses on a particularly disorganized area and notices something leaning up against a back wall. (All husbands out there know something bad is going to happen, right? Cue spooky music.) Script “What’s that?” wife asks. “What’s what?” Husband delays. He is busy and preoccupied and doesn’t want …
Monday, October 31, 2011
What did you dress up as for Halloween?
Children and monsters alike went door-to-door pillaging candy for this year’s Trick or Treat in Waukesha neighborhoods.
Huge success during Saturday's special Trick or Treat hours. Regular trick or treat is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Halloween.
Trick or Treat in downtown Waukesha was not what I was expecting! The turnout was much, much higher than I thought it would be. I guessed wrong. I considered printing out 200 fliers to promote Patch and our Halloween costume contest to the parents who were out trick or treating with their little pumpkins during the special downtown hours. I opted for 300 fliers. At the end of the day, 299 fliers were in the hands of parents and one was left for me to take home. That means more than 300 parents – closer to 600 because I only got to about half the parents – were taking their children for the special Halloween tradition. I’ve no idea how many kids there were, but let me tell you – their costumes were creative! The Waukesha Business …
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Elementary and middle school students show their creativity at Piala's Nursery & Garden Shop.
Waukesha children had the chance to compete to see who was the best pumpkin carver Saturday morning at Piala's Nursery & Garden Shop on Highway 59. Sponsored by the Waukesha Optimist Club, the elementary and middle school-aged kids brought their best work to shine for judges Steve Fisher, the fine arts coordinator for the Waukesha School District, and Allison Olson, an art teacher at Waukesha South High School. The winners of the contest in the junior high level were: The winners of the contest in the elementary school level were:
Saturday, October 29, 2011
You’ve got the spooky costume, but do you have what it takes to win our contest?
Downtown Waukesha is holding Trick or Treat from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today (Saturday), and if you bring your children downtown, you can find all kinds of spooky characters during the special Trick or Treat hours. Make sure to bring the camera, because this Halloween Waukesha Patch is taking part in a national competition, and we want the child with the most creative costume to win big with Heidi Klum. So come out and find me during the special Trick or Treat. The folks at Martha Merrell’s and Cuddles have graciously allowed me to come downtown and partake in the Halloween festivities. I’ll be the one dressed like a Patch editor passing out candy and fliers promoting our contest. Can’t wait to see you down there – come say hi and don’t forget …
Friday, October 28, 2011
Are costumes for young girls getting too racy?
Fish nets….CHECK. Push-up bra…CHECK. Fake lashes…CHECK. High heels…CHECK. This isn’t my Halloween check list. No. My costume will consist of jeans, sweater, a glass of wine and a face full of chocolate. I will be going as an I’ll Diet Next Week Mom. ‘Why the wine?’ you may ask. Well, the vino is helpful in retaining my sanity while witnessing all the little girls who DO use the above check list. I wish I were exaggerating, but truth is there are times I feel I should be handing out condoms instead of Snickers. For females in general, Halloween has gone from spooky to slutty. Forget the Dorothy costume unless she is sportin’ 5 inch platforms and exposed cleavage. Don’t bother with the creative, humorous or – God forbid - scary outfits. If …
Here today, gone tomorrow nature of seasonal stores can leave customers with a disappointing costume and no way to return.
Temporary costume stores like the inflatable pumpkin at State Fair Park and other Halloween boutiques pop up across the area in August, but are usually gone by Nov. 1. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is therefore advising last-minute shoppers to check the businesses out with the BBB before patronizing unfamiliar stores or websites. According to a release from the BBB, it "received 378 complaints about costume stores and websites last year. The complaints included deliveries that were late or never arrived, poor quality and difficulty obtaining refunds. Some customers found the stores closed when they returned to report a problem." “A costume may look cute and the price may seem right, but it pays to check into a site’s reputation and …
Thursday, October 27, 2011
You’re ready for Halloween, but be sure to grab that camera and join our contest.
Halloween is not too far away, and there are plenty of ways for Waukesha residents to find a spooky experience. Between haunted houses, trick or treat times, pumpkin patches and corn mazes, Waukesha Patch has you covered. However, we can’t protect from ghosts, goblins and haunting tummy aches from too much candy. Meanwhile, Trick or Treat hours became controversial this year after Alderman Paul Ybarra suggested Mayor Jeff Scrima look at changing the date and time when Halloween falls on a school night. Trick or Treat is still scheduled to run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 31. Trick of Treat in Downtown Waukesha is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Meanwhile, children were dressed as princesses and scary creatures during last week’s …
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Waukesha children – dressed in costume – come to Minooka Park for Halloween event.
Children were all decked out in their Halloween gear Friday night as they participated in games, a dance and a spooky hike at Minooka Park for Minooka Mash.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Waukesha Patch highlights several Halloween events and traditions that are taking place in the area.
Halloween is not too far away, and there are plenty of ways for Waukesha residents to find a spooky experience. Between haunted houses, trick or treat times, pumpkin patches and corn mazes, Waukesha Patch has you covered. However, we can’t protect from ghosts, goblins and haunting tummy aches from too much candy. Meanwhile, Trick or Treat hours became controversial this year after Alderman Paul Ybarra suggested Mayor Jeff Scrima look at changing the date and time when Halloween falls on a school night. Trick or Treat is still scheduled to run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 31. Trick of Treat in Downtown Waukesha is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Check out our Waukesha Patch Halloween Page for all things Halloween.