Ahhh, it's here at last! The wonderful day where you can dress up as whomever or whatever you want (although, hopefully within some bounds of reason), gorge yourself on candy (Pixy Stix are my addiction this year), and delight in a magical mixture of spooky and silly. Yes, my darlings, this is Halloween!
As previously mentioned, our backwards little city held its "official" trick-or-treating yesterday afternoon. It started out slow, just as it has in years past. In the first hour we got about 3 groups of kids (so, MAYBE 8-10 children). Hubby and I had decided to stop the show we were watching, in case things picked up. They didn't. In fact, it started to rain around 2 or 2:30. Ugh.
So we decided to start carving our pumpkins, a tradition that I don't think I'll ever grow too old for (people might deny me candy if I tried trick-or-treating, but I'll be damned if a store is going to reject my money and deny me a pumpkin to carve). About 10 minutes or so into carving, the doorbell rang. Some kids were braving the rain to get their candy. In fact, we seemed to get MORE trick-or-treaters in the rain! That, my friends, is something I can respect, and to those kids, I tip my hat.
When we finished pumpkin-carving, we finished our show (American Horror Story pilot episode - perfect for Halloween). Then it was time to choose one of my annual Halloween movies to watch. We decided on "Young Frankenstein" (because Mel Brooks is always a good choice) and made a delicious chuck roast for dinner (which had been marinating since 8 PM the night before). We watched a bit of 'Punkin Chunkin' to wrap things up before Hubby headed to the garage and I headed to my computer.
Today, I am sadly sans costume. I was going to paint my face black and white, put on my panda ears and frown a lot (get it? I was going to be a sad panda!), but it just seemed like a lot of effort when I don't plan on going anywhere. Instead, I'm just calling myself either a stressed college student or a disgruntled employee, no costume required.
Alas, I will NOT let my lack of costume or the grey, cloudy day ruin my Halloween! Tonight, we shall watch another of my Halloween movies (possibly 'Repo! The Genetic Opera') and toast some pumpkin seeds. And in the meantime, there's plenty of awesome Halloween music waiting to be heard! Need a few examples to get you started?
1) "Thriller" by Michael Jackson - Probably the most epic music video ever, "Thriller" is a perfect Halloween anthem. Werewolves, zombies, and kick-ass choreography; what more could you need? Of course, if you're looking for something a little different (or don't have time for the almost 14-minute long video), Glee's mash-up of "Thriller" and the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs' "Heads Will Roll" is also a ton of fun.
2) "Purple People Eater" by Sheb Wooley - If you didn't grow up listening to the radio around Halloween, then there's a tiny chance you aren't familiar with this song. Fix that. Now.
3) "Monster Mash" by Bobby Pickett - A staple of any good Halloween event. I'm still not exactly sure how to do the monster mash, but I'm pretty sure any kind of movement will suffice as long as you're having fun.
4) "Calling All the Monsters" by China McClain - If you have kids, or if you just love the Disney channel, then you're most likely torn between hating this song for being overplayed and loving it for being so damn catchy.
5) "This is Halloween" from 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' (written by Danny Elfman, my hero) - Boys and girls of every age should love this song AND this movie. If you don't, no sweat. I'll just judge silently from afar.
Now go get your ghostly groove on and have a happy Halloween!