“The wind outside nested in each tree, prowled the sidewalks in invisible treads like unseen cats.
Tom Skelton shivered. Anyone could see that the wind was a special wind this night, and the darkness took on a special feel because it was All Hallows’ Eve. Everything seemed cut from soft black velvet or gold or orange velvet. Smoke panted up out of a thousand chimneys like the plumes of funeral parades. From kitchen windows drifted two pumpkin smells: gourds being cut, pies being baked.”
~Ray Bradbury, The Halloween Tree
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. It’s the time of year when everyone forgets about being self-conscious, dresses up in costumes, and pumpkin-flavored goodies arrive in coffee shops. I try to make the most of it every year. This year was no different.
Every year I throw some sort of Halloween party. I began planning my party in mid-September, getting my party games and associated prizes planed to perfection. Of course this year life decided to get in the way, so I didn’t get any actual planning done until the week before the party. The same could be said of my costumes. I had begun making my General Cross jacket in September, hoping to finish it in time for my friend’s Halloween party the Saturday before the 31st. As I started getting underway, life happened and I knew that I wouldn’t be able to finish it. This happened with three other costumes until I realized that it was the night before the party. Oops.
Vampire Rath takes to the streets
I ran through my cosplays, but none of them seemed quite right for a Halloween Cosplay Party, so I decided to sleep on it. As I was drifting off to sleep, I had a revelation: I would go as a Vampire Rath from Dragon Knights. I already had the wig, and could pull the rest of it together easily. Besides, I had a frilly shirt I had been wanting to wear for a while….
My friend’s party was about 2 hours north of me, but I was going to stop part way to pick up my friend and have lunch. Of course, it was no question that I was going to wear my costume all day. We decided to have lunch with a couple of friends at a Japanese place. We waited in a narrow hallway for lunch, shuffling to the sides when people had to leave. At one point a family with a little girl finished and turned to leave. We pulled up against the wall to make room, but the little girl couldn’t stop staring at me. She was mesmerized by my fangs and wig, and then ran smack into the wall. She shook her head, and then toddled out, turning to stare at me every few steps.
After lunch we climbed back into my car and went to the party. It was a lot of fun! I don’t get to see these friends nearly as much as I’d like, so we spent a lot of it catching up and eating delicious food. Man, you really gotta love potlucks!
Those long straps were too tempting to play with…
I had a day’s reprieve from the festivities, and then Monday drove back to San Jose to visit a Fishie, who was on break from school in Florida. Of course, as per tradition, we pranced about in costumes, drawing strange looks and stares. One of our other friends joined us for our jaunt. Fishie had pulled out her AkitoGito, but those long straps were far too tempting for me and our other friend, and pretty soon we were dragging her long the road by them. We were simply looking out for her well-being. I don’t think she was too amused….
By this time I had a couple of days until Halloween, and I needed to figure out what to wear for Halloween day. I was working in the morning, so I needed something easy enough to move around in that I could fit a backpack. My original plan was to go as a Jurassic Park worker, but the patches I had ordered wouldn’t get there in time for Halloween, so I moved onto Plan B. I had started making a Tigger outfit, but there was no way I could sew it and paint it in time for it to be ready and still get sleep, so I began to get a Katniss Everdeen ready. I probably could have finished her coat, except that the night before Halloween I realized that I had the wrong sized zipper and a horrible headache. Once again I decided to sleep on it.
The next morning I decided that I could just do a casual Katniss. Besides, I already had the wig. And then, twenty minutes before I had to be at work, my patches arrived. I hurriedly pulled out my shirt and hat and ironed them on (I’m SO glad it was iron -on!) before leaving for work. I was so excited! This was the costume I REALLY wanted to do! My main regret was that I didn’t have time to grab my dinosaurs from my parents’.
I love scar make up!
I love my job. Almost everyone dressed up, so we ended up paging everyone by their costume rather than their name. Our computer systems also decided that they would play a Halloween trick, so the first few hours of the day the registers didn’t work, so we had to check everyone out manually. Haha.
I got off work early so that I could get ready for my party. I hurriedly cleaned up the house, and, after applying Velociraptor scratches on my neck, ran out for last minute errands. While I was in Target one of the associates started following me down the aisles. Finally I stopped as asked, “Can I help you with something?” She hesitated, and then asked if I was okay. I had forgotten that I had my make-up on, and said that I was fine. She hesitated again and, pointing to my neck, asked, “Were you in some sort of accident?” I laughed and let her see my make up.
My party was set to start at 6:00 pm, but I had posted everything in military time, so people had very mixed ideas of when the party was supposed to start, so most of the games began around 9:30ish. Between costume contests, monster relays, the limbo, and bobbing for apples, I think that everyone had fun. I had a lot of friends drive down that I don’t get to see very often, so it was great seeing them and introducing them to my friends from the area.
Halloween was amazing fun this year! I can’t wait to see what spooooky surprises next year brings.