The ultimate in my Halloween decor for me has to be the full size coffin my father and I made together back in 2009. It took 2 days, three wooden pallets, and the meticulous mathematic genius of my father to accomplish this not so small task. I found instructions on the internet to make this, but my father is more of a hands-on woodworker. He looked at the plans then set out to do all his own measuring, angling, and cutting. He just needed the picture of what I wanted it to look like, and off to work he went.
Every time I look at this, which is practically every day of the year as it is stored in the garage next to my car, I smile. The memories of all the fun my dad and I had making this are priceless. Probably the funniest memories are from when we were deciding how large to make the coffin. After we debated for a bit, my father laid down on the floor and told me to mark a few inches above his head, below his feet and on either side of him. When I was done he said, “There! Now when the time comes, I’ll be all set.” We laughed, but it was even funnier when he yelled upstairs to my mother and said, “Honey, come on down here for a minute. It’s time for your fitting!”
Of course my mother didn’t find this the least bit funny, but we did. Iy was all in good fun. Perhaps morbid fun, but to this day my father and I still have a good laugh when we reminisce.
You might not think the size would really matter, but being that it is a full size coffin, it has been perfect for photo ops at every Halloween party we’ve had. You’d be surprised how anxious people are to crawl inside and get their picture taken. The first year we had this displayed, I had a hard time keeping Zeb out of it. He was constantly crawling inside it and trying to scare everyone.
Now I keep the lid screwed on tight for display purposes, as Halloween parties are a thing of the past for now. Maybe when the kids get over being “too old” for Halloween, we can once again enjoy Halloween for what it is intended for — FUN!
This final piece of Halloween decor went up this morning in the front foyer and is the perfect finishing touch for the season. What great fun and wonderful memories, and for this I am — Simply Grateful.