Slim Randles' Home Country
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[October 27, 2012]
To look at Herb
Collins, you wouldn't think he was like that. A nicer, kinder guy
you never met. But for one evening each year ... one little slice of
time ... he's downright diabolical.
Every small town has one, of course. There is always that one person
who takes Halloween to its extremes of horror and fantasy. We have
Everyone knows about his penchant for decoration. Ever since
he retired, his yard and house has celebrated every holiday from
Christmas to Grover Cleveland's wedding anniversary with great
festoonation and an increase in the electrical bill from all the
But on Halloween, Herb goes plumb nuts. It's a good thing heart
trouble is rare for the age group who go trick-or-treating, because
Herb's yard is a veritable booby trap of pouncing ghosts, swooping
bats that swing out of the trees, loud sound effects as witches pop
straight out of the lawn in front of children and cackle, and
porch-side demons that shriek and leap just as the kid reaches what
he considers the safety of Herb's front porch.
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It's a running of the gauntlet that only the bravest of the brave
attempt. Herb says he hasn't had a 4-year-old make it to the front
door yet. But for the older kids, this is an annual challenge, and
one by one they leave the safety of the sidewalk to do a
broken-field run, often with screaming, until they hit the safety of
the doorbell. Once that doorbell rings, they know, it's all over but
Ah, the candy! As if to make up for all the screaming and terror,
Herb gives out dollar candy bars. Some kids have been known to carry
them around for several days to show off before eating them.
"It gives the little guys something to shoot for," Herb says,
laughing. "And the big guys get a different dose of demons every
year so they aren't sure what to expect."
"I just have a lot of fun."
[Text from file received from Slim Randles]
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