Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Happy Halloween!

I. Family Time

When I started this blog my kid was still tiny. Now she's a tall 8 year old and has grown accusomed to dealing with zombies every year. Here she is with this really cool family doing the Día de los Muertos theme. Nicely done! They even had cold drinks for the grown-ups.

This time we saw more Walkers. Maybe because Glenn and Abraham's deaths were traumatic. I saw a Negan or two, but far too many Harley Quinns. I think the zombie ratio went up this year and the number of Twilight characters are nearly next to zero. Good numbers if you ask me. Keep in mind that this is the Philippines. I wish our weather was a little cooler so we can have more options for costumes, but I'm not really complaining.

I took the opportunity to walk in full kit (without the magazines and ammo and my firearms). However I did take along an air rifle (the Gamo Whisper IGT) that kinda looks like a sniper rifle to complete the look. I also had my bow.

For the 1st leg of Trick or Treat, Mrs. Zombe Hunter was wearing my chest rig while I went with an archery setuo. It was cool coz she looked really nice in it! Sure wish she could play dress-up with me more. I mean, its only once a year. She wanted to do some Lara Croft thing, so it was pretty easy to sell the idea to her. 

For the rest of the night I wore my whole suit sans the guns plus my short-range bug out bag. I was surrounded by a horde of Zeds, Suicide Squad people, Pokemons, Rick's Crew, dead folks from The Book of Life, and the cast of the Avengers (favorite among the little ones).

I regret not being able to take more photos of the participants, but I was very busy taking watch over three small children. 

I only saw one killer clown. Guess they aren't that big a deal in our parts.


II. A More Serious Note

Mrs. Zombie Hunter had a reflection about how many people were walking around all over town tonight: "out of the thousands, how many are trying to break in and steal things or do bad stuff?". It was something on our mind while we were walking with our daughter.

What if this horde were refugees fleeing some crisis or how about a roving band of desperate people? What if they were gangs pillaging food?

Say the same bunch of 200 people lining up outside that big house asking for candy was really asking for ALL OF YOUR STUFF, not just half?  And even if you wanted to do something to turn them away, could  you?

I think it was nice that she was thinking about all of this without me sounding like some know-it-all. I mean, she always gets an earful when I geek out talking about SHTF. It does not have to be SHTF if even a minor crisis forces people into getting desperate.

III. Two Kinds of Threats

A hungry crowd can become emotional and then turn desperate. I think with the preparations I have, this is something we can manage.  What I'm not so sure about is a crowd that would deliberately terrorize and attack the unprepared. Add that to my list of reasons to bug out. You can't hunker down for that.

IV. On the Nature of Crime and Crisis

Just now, as in literally 2 minutes ago we were talking about criminals. In all our experiences regarding the people who've swindled or stolen things from our property or company we both agreed on one thing:

Criminals will do their thing simply because an opportunity presented itself. Damn the consequences. 

Now factor that in a crisis scenario and all the big kahunas leading bands of wannabee marauders. That's what we should look out for.

Yeah. This Halloween was good. Nobody got hurt, except our teeth :-)

Stay safe and stay vigilant!

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