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The family of the late Steve Jobs has continued an annual tradition of hosting trick-or-treaters for Halloween at a "haunted garden" outside their home in Palo Alto, Calif., with two neighborhood children even coming by the house dressed up as an iPad and iPod.

Synthetic fog, rumbling thunder and jack-o'-lanterns created a creepy atmosphere outside the Waverley Street home on Halloween night, Mercury News reported on Tuesday. In addition to the fame of its owner and residents, the house had also become well-known in recent years for its elaborate Halloween decorations.

Roughly 50 children waited in front the residence before the front gate opened at 6:30 p.m. on Monday. Three women were on hand to distribute out cellophane bags of candy at the entrance to the yard, according to the report.

Though trick-or-treaters' costumes included Vikings, Spiderman and priestesses, perhaps the most fitting were two boys who had dressed up as an iPad and an iPod.

"It's a wonderful testament to Steve Jobs and his family. My daughters will be talking about this for the rest of the year," said local resident Bob Kocher, who brought his two daughters by the house.

Students of nearby Palo Alto High School have said Jobs' family transformed their yard into "a spooky Halloween world" in years past, though some noted that the treats being passed out were disappointingly healthy, as reported by Katy Abbott of Verde. According to one student, Jobs handed out Odwalla energy bars to trick-or-treaters one year.

Two boys wore iPad and iPod costumes outside of the late Steve Jobs' home on Halloween. Credit: Mercury News.

Several anecdotes point to Halloween as a special holiday for the Jobs family. According to a eulogy given by Jobs' biological sister Mona Simpson at a memorial service, his son Reed insisted on dressing up as a witch every year. Also, one of Jobs' neighbors shared in August a memory of Jobs dressing up as Frankenstein for the haunted garden one year.

The trick-or-treat tradition at Jobs' house wasn't the only tribute to him this Halloween. For instance, AppleInsider reader Raymond created a jack-o'-lantern replicating a famous image of Jobs. Numerous fans also paid homage to the much-mourned former Apple CEO by dressing up in his signature mock turtleneck, jeans and sneakers for the holiday.



Following Jobs' death on Oct. 5, mourners flocked to the Palo Alto home, leaving flowers, apples and notes in memory of the Apple co-founder. Jobs passed away at age 56 after a years-long fight with cancer.

Flowers and Apples left outside Steve Jobs' home in Palo Alto. Credit: Peter DaSilva/The New York Times.
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I wonder if Mrs. Jobs would've let kids in dressed as Android?
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I wonder if Mrs. Jobs would've let kids in dressed as Android?

Perhaps it'd be more fitting, given the 'horror' theme of Halloween?
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I wonder if Mrs. Jobs would've let kids in dressed as Android?

They're probably too old for that.
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I didn't realize that people left flowers out side of Steve's home in Palo Alto. I wonder how long it will take his wife to get over her loss. Being that people may come up to her and say "sorry for your loss" of the flowers outside the home may end up being dropped off there for up to a year. Wonder if she will move away to heal.
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They're probably too old for that.

Read again. Kids, not her kids.

And you can never be too old for playful follies. You CAN, however, do it the absolutely wrong way and come off creepy and depressing about it.

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Read again. Kids, not her kids.

And you can never be too old for playful follies. You CAN, however, do it the absolutely wrong way and come off creepy and depressing about it.

Yes, I know all of this.

And yet I stand by my comment. As a matter of fact, I think you inadvertently validated it. Enjoy!
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I wonder if Mrs. Jobs would've let kids in dressed as Android?

Only the kids who can't get through saying "trick or treat" without rebooting. "Trick or (long pause) drrroooooid (very long pause) treat"

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Yes, I know all of this.

Then why don't you know your comment doesn't make any sense?

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As a matter of fact, I think you inadvertently validated it.

I'm game: explain to me the nonsensical logic that leads you to believe you've made any sort of coherent point here.

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I wonder if Mrs. Jobs would've let kids in dressed as Android?

I see you dressed up as a fake iPhone. ;-)
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Perhaps it'd be more fitting, given the 'horror' theme of Halloween?

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I wonder if Mrs. Jobs would've let kids in dressed as Android?

Got it backwards. It is Bill Gates who has famously banned the opposition's devices from his house.
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What does this topic have to do with Apple? I mean- seriously?
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What does this topic have to do with Apple? I mean- seriously?

What could Steve Jobs's possibly have to do with Apple? If only there was some connection between Steve Jobs and Apple¡ Something… anything… that could tie this man and this company together¡
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What does this topic have to do with Apple? I mean- seriously?

Seriously? Crikey.
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What could Steve Jobs's possibly have to do with Apple? If only there was some connection between Steve Jobs and Apple¡ Something… anything… that could tie this man and this company together¡

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Seriously? Crikey.

Well then I suppose you should be anxiously awaiting for what the Steve Jobs family Christmas decorations should look like on their Palo Alto house and what side dishes will be served with Thanksgiving dinner too?
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Well then I suppose you should be anxiously awaiting for what the Steve Jobs family Christmas decorations should look like on their Palo Alto house and what side dishes will be served with Thanksgiving dinner too?

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I see you dressed up as a fake iPhone. ;-)

Fake iPhone? I dressed up as a Samsung Galaxy S. Yes, you're right. I did dress up as a fake iPhone.
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I didn't realize that people left flowers out side of Steve's home in Palo Alto. I wonder how long it will take his wife to get over her loss. Being that people may come up to her and say "sorry for your loss" of the flowers outside the home may end up being dropped off there for up to a year. Wonder if she will move away to heal.

The flowers have been removed (nothing there a couple of days ago). I live close by. Security vans are still there though...
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Also, one of Jobs' neighbors shared in August a memory of Jobs dressing up as Frankenstein for the haunted garden one year.

That's very unclear. I wonder if that means he dressed up as Frankenstein or Frankenstein's monster. Given that it's Jobs we're talking about, I wouldn't assume this was an editorial gaffe and that they really meant he did dress up as Dr. Frankenstein.
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That's very unclear. I wonder if that means he dressed up as Frankenstein or Frankenstein's monster. Given that it's Jobs we're talking about, I wouldn't assume this was an editorial gaffe and that they really meant he did dress up as Dr. Frankenstein.

It would have been much more fitting for Andy Rubin to dress up as Dr. Frankenstein.
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Sennen... calm yourself.

Haha, don't fret, I'm quite calm. It's just amusing to see what stupid things some people say.
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Curious, did anyone dress up as Steve Jobs? I think some kids in mock black turtlenecks, jeans, runners and glasses would look cute. It could be seen as traumatising, but it could be reassuring to his wife that Steve has inspired a whole new generation to be like him. Plus it would be a kind of "Think Different" about Halloween. His wife sounds like a smart person in the biography, she would "get" it.

(Note: As Steve Jobs not as "The Ghost Of Steve Jobs". That would be disturbing.)
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I didn't realize that people left flowers out side of Steve's home in Palo Alto. I wonder how long it will take his wife to get over her loss. Being that people may come up to her and say "sorry for your loss" of the flowers outside the home may end up being dropped off there for up to a year. Wonder if she will move away to heal.

I don't know. Although loss of a loved one hits everyone at a personal level, I can't help think it would be different if your loved one were a public figure. I would think that, for the most part, it would be very comforting to know how many people cared.
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I appreciate this is off the main thrust of the topic but using the words 'traditional' and 'Halloween' and discussing dressing as an iPad is pretty strange. Halloween is about spooks, witches, vampires and all things related to the fictional undead. Only modern day marketing (or perhaps Christian sensitivities?) has turned it into a night where dressing as a cowboy or an iPad considered normal. Personally, I miss Halloween costumes being in line with tradition.
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Fake iPhone? I dressed up as a Samsung Galaxy S. Yes, you're right. I did dress up as a fake iPhone.

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Haha, don't fret, I'm quite calm. It's just amusing to see what stupid things some people say.

Isn't it though! It was very thoughtful of the Jobs family to continue with the Halloween tradition and no doubt families from the neighborhood very much enjoyed it, although with deep sadness no doubt.
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I appreciate this is off the main thrust of the topic but using the words 'traditional' and 'Halloween' and discussing dressing as an iPad is pretty strange. Halloween is about spooks, witches, vampires and all things related to the fictional undead. Only modern day marketing (or perhaps Christian sensitivities?) has turned it into a night where dressing as a cowboy or an iPad considered normal. Personally, I miss Halloween costumes being in line with tradition.

Well, if you do want to be more purist about it Halloween was not always about fictional undead... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samhain

While I get your drift, tradition is something that also evolves over time.
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