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My Haunted Halloween Hub

Updated on December 12, 2016

Haunted House

Enchanting Haunted House Located in Minnetonka, Minnesota
Enchanting Haunted House Located in Minnetonka, Minnesota | Source

History of Halloween

Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats. Source: History.com

The Neighborhood Haunted House

Enter at your Own Risk

This enchanting haunted house in a Minnetonka, Minnesota neighborhood, takes Halloween decorating to a new level. They start creating the haunted house on October 1st and continue adding ghoulish decorations every day until Halloween. It's a common occurrence to see cars pulling up to the house to get pictures and admire the work that goes into it. It's also the popular 'must see 'trick or treat' destination for children in the area.

Happy Halloween to Kids and Grown Up Kids

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. Mom and Dad made this such a memorable celebration, that as an adult, I get excited like I'm still a child. I remember like it was yesterday, the great halloween parties we had at our childhood home. We would bob for apples, have costume contests, eat lots of candy and hang out with our friends. The kids in the neighborhood always looked forward to the Rogers' tradition of Halloween and fun.

Nowadays, we are the house on the block that goes crazy with Halloween decorations. Even the little kids know that it is the fun house to check out. We have scary music blaring as the kids dare to enter our front doorstep. Monsters and goblins of many types are there to greet the children with blinking eyes and blood curdling sounds. If they want some great treats, they have to be brave enough to reach into the witches basket. Healing Touch, aka Mom, will eventually creep into the night streets with her kids and the rest of the neighborhood children and parents. Minnetonka Twin, aka auntie mom, will stay home and give out candy and make the traditional baked pumpkin seeds. The children will gather lots of goodies in their bags, only to come home later and count the treats. There will be candy exchanging going on and scary movies to watch late into the night. The smell of lit jackolanterns fill the night air and beckon the ghouls that run rampant in the darkness.

Halloween at my House

Our Scary Doggies-Spooky on left, Joey on right
Our Scary Doggies-Spooky on left, Joey on right
Do you have the guts to step onto our doorstep for some treats?
Do you have the guts to step onto our doorstep for some treats?
Halloween Party in 1967 at my childhood home in Minnesota. Can you guess where the twins are? Hee Hee
Halloween Party in 1967 at my childhood home in Minnesota. Can you guess where the twins are? Hee Hee | Source

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    I know, you can see that the puppy did not approve of my antics but only tolerated it because she loves me. They were troopers. Kids sure thought it was cute though. :-)

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    Daffy Duck 6 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

    You say you love your dogs, but you dress them. How cruel. :) Those poor dogs. I can't help but laugh.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Never too late to check out a hub. As you can see, I'm a halloween fanatic. Just love it and everything creepy about it. It just brings out the kid in me.

    Thanks for coming by, I appreciate it:)

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    Doug Turner Jr. 6 years ago

    Well, I'm a little late for this hub but I'm glad I checked it out. Creepy fun stuff. The pictures were absolutely great. Enjoyed this, cheers.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Christmas. Fa La La La La. Hope you had a great Christmas and that your new years is happy and healthy:)

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    Micky Dee 6 years ago

    Boo! Oops! What day is it?

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Tammy and I know what you mean. Halloween was definitely not the same when we were kids but we thankfully have a great and safe neighborhood. We get about thirty or so kids that come to the door every year and we know them by name. I am blessed to have a close neighborhood where most of us know eachother and their kids.

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    Tammy L 6 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

    Halloween had always been a fun time for me when I was a child. I no longer participate in the giving of treats to the kiddos. The times we live in make the art of door to door hauntings by little goblins a near thing of the past. It's really sad that kids can't enjoy Halloween like they used to.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi RNMSN-Thanks for commenting on our oldie picture. I remember that Halloween Party like it was yesterday (which it wasn't). I loved reading your hub about your trick with the tide. Naughty Naughty but so darn fun. Kids will be kids:)

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    Barbara Bethard 6 years ago from Tucson, Az

    our daughter Katies favourite holiday!!

    I loved the '67 picture...you guys were too cute and so young eh?

    I know exactly what I was doing halloween night of 1967 and it was not getting treats but instead it was putting tide powder in the fountains at office park in Bham Al :)

    well hey

    "Roll Tide yall"!!!!

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    lxxy-Hey, we can't always be home for the kiddies but it sure is fun. Thanks for coming by my Halloween Hub. We have always loved Halloween here and it is mostly about tradition for the kids.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi KKGals-I know, I love seeing those little ones too especially now that our kids our pre-teen and teen. There is something soo precious about the little ones saying "trick or treat." Thanks for coming by:)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Your too kind pmccray. Yes, we are Halloween lovers over here. It's all about tradition more than anything. Thanks for stopping by:)

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    lxxy 6 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

    Loved the photos and layout--and of course, easy to read. :) I flubbed up halloween, but K@ri ended up being on call..so we didn't pass out candy.

    There's always next year!

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    Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    I can see you truly love Halloween. I love seeing all of the little ones come to the door in their cute little costumes carrying their pumpkin treat holders. They are all so cute. Great job.

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    pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

    Sounds and looks like a good time had by all. Very fun hub, voted up, marked awesome.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi singlmom-Oh goodie, another adult that's a kid at heart and loves Halloween. I'm glad to hear your Halloween was so great. We still have all our Halloween decorations up and they will stay until Christmas decorations go up. Thanks for stopping in:)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi twentyfive-Yep, you see the twinnies. I don't even know which one is me and which one is sis. You get over caring about details like that when your a twin. I appreciate you checkin out my Halloween Hub:)

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    singlmomat52 6 years ago

    Oh what fun!!!!! The pics are great. I do enjoy Halloween! I had so much fun this Halloween, I think maybe the most fun ever. I enjoyed your hub and your spirit. Thanks for sharing!

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    twentyfive 6 years ago

    Hey twin! Thanks for sharing this though Halloween is over, it's still so cute to look at those pics :) I guess the twins are at the bottom, sitting first and third?

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi susie-Great to see you. Thanks for checking out my Halloween Hub. All I can say is I vote you as BEST MOM of the YEAR for figuring out a great costume with just .50cents. The doggies stayed home with me while I handed out candy. Kids in the neighborhood love the dogs, so it was fun for them. Lots of OOOO's and AAAHHHS.

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    Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

    What a great Hub!! We went with our grand children this year, the town went all out, it was a blast! I live in an out-of-the-way place now so we don't get any trick or treaters, darn... Halloween is so much fun! It'd be great to do a haunted forest or something cool like that.

    When my kids were little I usually made the costumes, they were the best! One year I had (yes this is true!) .50 cents... that's it... 2 quarters, so I bought super big balloons and made a paper mache` head to create a costume... "All Star" from the Snorks (a cartoon).. My son LOVED it!! LOL

    The last pic is GREAT! BTW do your doggies go trick or treating?? hehehe

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Colin-Thanks so much for visiting me because you know it makes my day. Yes, that picture of the Halloween party when I was a kid brings back memories galore...I just love Halloween. Good to see you friend:)

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    epigramman 6 years ago

    ....I love the last picture here of all the children lined up for a picture in their costumes - memories are made of these - lol lol lol - and this is simply just a fabulous Halloween hub - although to be quite frank - your kindness, support and thoughtfulness towards me has made it feel more like Christmas all year round - you have the true spirit of giving and that is a lovely thing indeed!!!!!

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thank you stars. I guess were both animal lovers. They were good sports letting us put costumes on them. Hope you had a nice Halloween. God Bless You my friend.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thank you stars. I guess were both animal lovers. They were good sports letting us put costumes on them. Hope you had a nice Halloween. God Bless You my friend.

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    stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

    Wonderful Hub. Love the pictures and the dogs. God Bless You.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks carolina. Glad your a kid too :)

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    carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

    It certainly is a fun holiday - and a fun hub!

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Youngcurves-I am soo jelous of you-Hawaii-Trust me, you are not missing a thing. I'll pretend I'm there. I will check out your poems my friend:)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    RedElf-Don't you trust me???

    My porch is safe and magical. I'm just a kid at heart

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Kimberly-Glad you had fun on my haunted hub. Your Cool girl:)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Ingenira-You are so sweet. Thanks for talking about my doggies. They mean soooo much to me:)Joey, my older dog, doesn't like costumes but was a trooper. My baby spooky, is very laid back.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Ok BadCompany-You have made a new BEST FRIEND. Anyone who likes bad company is a friend of mine. You have great taste and I'm so glad I found you:)

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    Youngcurves19 6 years ago from Hawaii

    AWESOME hub minne! I love love love halloween! i would love to visit ur house on halloween if i weren't in hawaii lol I wrote some wicked halloween poems you should check it out!

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    RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

    Twin, this is such fun! You wouldn't catch me on that porch ;)

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    kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

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    Just fabulous!

    Fun ya! Thanks!

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    Ingenira 6 years ago

    Those doggies are so cute !

    And the house looks so scary, I'd not dare to walk a step closer.

    I can imagine the great memories you have.

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    BadCompany77. 6 years ago

    Loves the hub and yes my profile name is after my fav rock band BadCompany formerly called Free, and lucky you seeing them, 77 is my fav number hence BadCompany77 ; )

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thank you Shirley. Yes, memories of halloweens past and present are so great:) Thanks for checking out my Halloween Hub.

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    Shirley Pisa 6 years ago

    It is nice to remember great memories...and see the kids relive those great Halloween experience.

    Happy Halloween to you and your family :)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi poetvix-So glad you enjoyed my little Halloween experience. It was fun to put together. I love these cool videos for Halloween. Just wish I could jump inside the video and hang with the ghouls. I'm like a little kid when it comes to Halloween.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    akirchner-I know that it can be scary for parents to send kids out in this crazy world. It feels really good to live in a neighborhood where we're all really close. We get a big group of parents and kids going out and its really fun and bonding. I'm glad I could remind you that there is still some good neighborhoods and people. My older dog doesn't like costumes either and he too growls at us. He was ok with the hat and neck warmer but we learned long ago that he would have nothing to do with a costume. Thanks for coming by friend:)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Kashmir-Oh, it was a GREAT halloween. The weather here in Minnesota was mild, so the kids didn't have to wear coats under or over their costumes. It was one of the busiest halloween in years. I think in the past we didn't have a lot of trick or treaters because people didn't know eachother good enough to trust it. Now we've gotten to know so many on our block that we all feel safe about going house to house. I take it from your dog profile pic, your dog doesn't have issue with getting a costume put on. My older dog hates it but the puppy is fine with it. Thx so much for stopping by my Hub:)

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    poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

    The video was great as were the pictures and overall fun holiday feeling.

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    Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

    Cute - I don't dress up my malamutes (much) as they look at me and growl. I figure that's malamute for 'don't go there.' They are too dignified - except at Christmas I do get to take pics for our Christmas cards but I can only get antlers and a hat on them - if I'm lucky.

    Halloween used to be such fun - I think I've lost the Halloween spirit ever since they started x-raying the kids' candy - but you remind me of the fun parts. This is good!

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    Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

    Great Halloween hub and loved all the pictures,hope your Halloween night was a spooky and safe one!

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Happy Halloween carrie450, acaettna, justom, mysticdave, Robwrite and vietnamvet68. Wow, we've had about 25 kids so far tonite and that's pretty good these days. Some years trick or treaters were sparse. Sis and I are having a blast! Thanks for stopping by my haunted hub.

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    vietnamvet68 6 years ago from New York State

    great Halloween Hub and loved the pictures. HAPPY HALLOWEEN...

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    Rob 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

    Happy Halloween. It's my favorite holiday!

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    mysticdave 6 years ago from Salt Lake City, Utah

    Halloween is also my favorite holiday :)

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    justom 6 years ago from 41042

    Great and timely hub, I just came in a while ago from giving out the treats and as always I had a blast. I don't dress up anymore but it's still fun to see all the kids and watch them enjoy themselves. Again, great story and I love the photos! Peace and Happy Halloween!! Tom

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    acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

    Awesome, brilliant hub. I just love Halloween, all the dressing up and fun things to do.

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    carrie450 6 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

    Happy Halloween to you. I can see why you would love this holiday. You have beautiful precious memories from childhood.