Mrs. Bates

Full Size SkeletonYears ago when we were first setting up the bookstore we were determined to find a full-size skeleton for an idea we had. Seems like it would be easy, right? Nope. At least not then anyway. All of the skeletons we found were not full-size. Most of them were 3 or 4 feet tall at the most. Finally we were forced to go to a medical supply company to get one. It looked great, but it weighed a ton and the bones were very sharp. It was so hard to move around without getting poked. I am very excited to see that finally a light weight realistic full-size skeleton finally exists for only $34.50. At 64″ it still isn’t as tall as I would like, but it is adult size so I can’t complain. Every year we take a few things from the store to decorate with at home. The skeleton quickly became one of those items. In the store she is set up in an antique wheelchair and sits near the window. We put a victorian looking dress on her with a Mrs. Bates wig. You know Mrs. Bates from Psycho? Gray hair in a bun? Anyway, we bring Mrs. Bates home every Halloween and set her up in a wing chair in our front window. We turn out all the lights and point a slow strobe light on her. We then tie clear fishing wire around her wrist and run it through a hook in the ceiling. Whenever an unsuspecting trick-r-treater comes to the door one of us sits behind the chair and pulls on the fishing wire to make her look like she’s waving. This really freaks the kids out and some of the parents too. I’m tempted to get one of these light weight skeletons too, so we don’t have to drag Mrs. Bates home every Halloween. Each time I set her up I think of the ending of Psycho when Norman has been arrested and is thinking to himself:

They know I can’t move a finger, and I won’t. I’ll just sit here and be quiet, just in case they do… suspect me. They’re probably watching me. Well, let them. Let them see what kind of a person I am. I’m not even going to swat that fly. I hope they are watching… they’ll see. They’ll see and they’ll know, and they’ll say, “Why, she wouldn’t even harm a fly…”

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