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When I saw this Halloween decoration last week atop a cart in Disney’s Magic Kingdom I thought, ‘Look! It’s a pumpkin snowman – how cute!’ (Check out his ‘buttons’… they’re candy corn :-)).

“Pumpkin-man” (White Pumpkin Snowman, Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Main Street USA) Canon PowerShot SX40 HS, 26.9mm, F/4.5, 1/1000s, ISO 100

Little did I know then I was getting a sneak-peek into what was in store for us here on the east coast. Sigh.

Have a happy and safe Halloween, everyone.

The Seas with Nemo & Friends is one of my favorite EpCoT attractions. Little did I know then that I would walk away with photos perfect for Karen’s October Photo Hunt, which is all about idioms.

We begin with two shots taken outside the pavilion:
“Birds of a Feather Flock Together”

“Birds of a Feather” (Animatronic Seagulls, The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion, EpCoT) Nikon Coolpix P7100, 16.3mm, F/4, 1/1000s, -1.7EV, ISO 400, Built-in Rear Curtain Flash

“Swimming with Sharks”

“Swimming with Sharks” (The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion, EpCoT) Nikon Coolpix P7100, 6mm, F/2.8, 1/80s, ISO 400, Nik Silver Effex Pro ‘Strong IR HC’ Filter

For the third entry we head on into the ride itself. When I find myself on certain dark and rather slow-moving attractions, I like to play with slow-shutter speeds allowing colors and forms to bleed into interesting compositions. So, from inside my ‘clamobile’, I clicked the shutter release and held the camera as steady as I could:

“Blur the Lines”

“Blur the Lines” (The Seas with Nemo & Friends Ride, EpCoT) Nikon Coolpix P7100, 6mm, F/2.8, 2s, ISO 1600

Visions of coral reefs, sunken vessels and sea life are instantly transformed into a land of pink and apricot clouds along with a lime green sun (or, is it an alien ship??) 😉 

For the bonus Halloween shot, we head on over to the Magic Kingdom. I simply couldn’t resist this little guy dangling from one of the scarecrows that decorate the common at the very start of Main Street, USA: 

“Hung Out to Dry” 

“Hung Out to Dry” (Pumpkin Mickey Doll, Magic Kingdom, Main Street USA) Canon Powershot SX40 HS, 20.3mm, F/4.5, 1/800s, ISO 100

So, there you have it… THREE days early and complete with idiom bonus! 🙂

When you see to what extent Disney decorates for Halloween, I’m a bit embarrassed to admit I didn’t even put out a single pumpkin this year! 🙂

“Halloween Magic” (Main Street Railroad Station, Magic Kingdom Theme Park) Nikon D300, 28mm, Combined Exposures (F/2.8 at 1/25s and F/2.8 at 1/50s), ISO 1000


When I was a kid, we went Trick-or-Treating on “Beggars Night” which was the night before Halloween. Many of you may not have done this as it appears to be somewhat a regional thing and to be honest, I don’t think one that is practiced much, if at all, anymore.

“Skull Jack” (Pirate Skulls, Magic Kingdom Theme Park) Nikon D300, 48mm, F/4, 1/60s, -1.0EV, ISO 800, In-Camera Sepia Color Setting

From Wikipedia: Beggars Night is a regional term for the Halloween-related activity that is referred to in most parts of the United States as “Trick or Treat”. Specifically, the term is broadly but not exclusively used in Ohio and in many parts of Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and western New York. In general, Beggars Night represents the “treat” portion of “Trick or Treat,” where children in costume make evening rounds of homes and are given candy. This event is closely tied to, but distinct from, Halloween itself when various forms of mischief (or “tricks”) may occur. The night has often been scheduled by municipal governments on a date prior to the actual Halloween date of October 31.

“The Happy Couple” (Skull-topped Canes, Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Africa) Nikon D300, 112mm, F/5.3, 1/6s, -0.7EV, ISO 640, In-Camera Black/White Color Setting

I loved dressing up and making the rounds with my sisters to all the neighbors (FREE candy, are you kidding me?? 🙂 ). We made our own costumes (store-bought was not in the budget) and typically stuck with the classics – hobo, ballerina, cowgirl, etc.

After a few hours we’d head back home and spread our bounty out on the kitchen table so mom could sift through and make sure everything was safe. (This was also the time for fierce trade negotiations amongst siblings).

Mom would then let us select a few items for immediate consumption, warning us not to eat too much. Futile attempt on her part as I recall heading to bed on more than one occasion with a belly ache. Ahhhh, good times. 🙂

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