Two Frights In One

On October 28, 2013 by Jamy Shaffer

halloween3tt9Because I found so little time between the two weeks (shame on me) to post on our newest events, I was glad the the last two get togethers shared basically the same theme: Scary, Frightful Fun!  A few weeks ago, we travelled to an Geren’s Ghoul Yard.  This is operated (basically out of their own pockets) by a family who is headed by none other by my father;’s cousin, Ed and his wife, Barb.  Each year, they set up the haunt in their country yard to entertain people from all over the country and even parts across the big pond. I find it absolutely amazing that my own family did not know about it until maybe 10 years ago… unless of course, someone was keeping it from us.  There is  no charge for admission and monetary donations are politely refused.  However, I have know of donations of flour, sugar, and various baking supplies being accepted.  AH, YES… when your excursion through the yard of horrors is complete, stop inside the house for a plate full of goodies for each family who signs the guest book.  This is truly their Christmas!  Seeing the delight (if a little fright) on the faces of the little ones year after year is sheer joy to them!

Some of the highlights include: a small maze house that may or may not have things lurking inside; an electrocution table on which victims can lie upon; a ghostly graveyard in which various tombstones contain names of victims and humorous anecdotes on their demise.  However, the visit is not complete without a ride on the miniature Wabash Cannonball from which you will see all of the ghastly frights.  One especially frightful body appeared in our own DENNIS JONES who has been helping out at the haunt for several years.

Before the adventure began, we met at our typical pavilion in the park.  We were running short on hot dogs and buns.  So I graciously accepted the task of purchasing more.  Little did I know that I would be making four stops in the huge metropolis to locate some.  A party store no more than a few blocks away had neither.  A convenience store around the corner had buns but no dogs.  I proceeded to another stop that I was sure had both.  Well… half… hot dogs (2 for $7.00!!!!!) but no buns.  So, I finally relented and concluded my cross town trek to Wal-Mart.  As I was about to turn the corner to approach the park, I received the welcome call asking me where the heck I was.  Well… more like concern making sure nothing had happened to me.  WHAT a GUY!

Jump ahead to this past weekend!  The Spirit of Halloween was in full display.  The leaves are all but gone or have received their beautiful Autumn color.  Really, my favorite season of the year with a slight chill in the air.  We all met at the home of our fearless leader in costumes in order to scare away the evil spirits.  I was floored when I noticed my brother-in-law in attendance.  I was informed that he was going to sit in the car until I arrived (I am very infrequently not early for one of our extravaganzas, but I was on the schedule to sing at mass Saturday night).  Chris went out and started talking to Rich until he rolled down the window and he opened the door and sat beside him.  I was told that Rich would make an appearance occasionally from now on, but was not willing to promise to come every weekend!

Another of our regulars had an exceptionally horrifying experience last week.  I won’t go into detail but he spent a few hours in the ICU of the local hospital.  Chris and I gather around Lowell and Kat and offered words of thankfulness and a prayer once again praising our AWESOME GOD who blessed Lowell with improving health.

We also were visited by the group of Mormon missionaries who live across the street.  Joey was very intrigued by their visit!  What a great mind who is always soaking up information like a sponge!

Finally, we were also graced with a visit by Lisa’s family from the West.  I am always so delighted when I get to interact with other family members of my indescribable friends.  I believe that I have gained another little buddy in Ryan.

Finally, we discussed another blessing in our group.  A super friend has been battling personal demons of his own and he crashed and received the help that he has needed for so long!  He has now been sober for nearly two weeks!  We are all with you, Llama!  May God strengthen you in your battle.  SO MANY BLESSINGS TO BE THANKFUL FOR!

“Pray then like this:

“Our father in heaven,

hallowed be your name.

Your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil” (Matthew 6:9-13)


Cousin Ed and his passengers



We ain’t afraid a no ghosts!


All aboard the Wabash Cannonball, Jr!


Two Dennis’s for the price of one!

The visiting missionaries (seriously, no joke) and the ever-inquisitive Joseph.

The visiting missionaries (seriously, no joke) and the ever-inquisitive Joseph.

Awww... Ginger...

Awww… Ginger…


Charnel and the Baby of Frankenstein?





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