When I was a kid, we'd invite friends over for snacks and a spooky tale, the story of "Joshua Brown," who one Halloween night disappeared from town.
|Don't forget the sweet treats!|
Dad was a great storyteller, so we'd sit in a circle outside in the dark and listen to the tale of Joshua Brown. It was the same tale every year, but we never got tired of it.
Unfortunately, we lost the story years ago. I looked for it online and found a similar story called "Poor Joe." The words are totally different, but the concept is the same. "Poor Joe" isn't as scary as my childhood 'Joshua Brown,' so this milder version might be better for some folks.
Both 'Joshua Brown' and 'Poor Joe' use peeled grapes for the eyes, which are passed from one person to the next. Squishy, slimy, and shaped like eyeballs. Great effect!
For the hand of 'Joshua Brown,' a latex glove filled with flour was used. The above 'Poor Joe' site states they used a glove filled with jigglers jello.
|Boo! Don't forget to serve cookies!|
We used a peeled potato cut in the shape of a big toe for 'Joshua Brown.'
The 'Poor Joe' site used ten pieces of carrots for toes, a wig for hair, and a dried apricot for an ear.
It sounds disgusting, doesn't it? We knew it wasn't real, and we thought it was great fun.
If you want to do this type of story with friends and family this Halloween, go to the 'Poor Joe' site and use that version. It will make for a spooktacular party.
Don't forget the booberry punch...
and spider (black olives) deviled eggs!
Oh, how about making it a costume party, too? I love costumes. They're great ice breakers.
What's the best Halloween costume you've ever worn? Have you ever had a wardrobe malfunction? Do you like spooky stories?