It's been about a week since Halloween, and I'm still holding on to that Halloween glow. Christmas sales commercials have started popping up on TV; Christmas ads have slowly been making their way to my mailbox, but I'm not ready to give it up. I'm still listening to horror music on my iPod all day. I'm still eating Franken Berry and I still have monster "stuff" up on my desk at work. (Granted, this is typically how I live my life anyway, but still . . . )
Halloween this year was different for me. I haven't dressed up in costume and make-up for work for the past few years (ever since they stopped doing the costume contest . . . ), and last year, I didn't touch the make-up at all. I missed it a little, but I'm sure Brenda was happy to not have fake blood staining the bathroom and/or kitchen sink for once! This year, I didn't make myself up either, but I did play with liquid latex and the trimmings when I helped Brenda's 12 co-workers dress up as zombies for their work Halloween celebration/costume contest.
It's been a long time since I've made up other people, and while I don't know if I'm 100% satisfied with the results of my own work, Brenda's team won, and we all had a good time, so I'll chalk that up as a "win!" (When I mentioned this on Twitter & Facebook, some folks asked for pictures, but as I don't really know a lot of Brenda's co-workers, I didn't think it was appropriate for me to just start posting pictures of them, so no pics, but I swear, it DID happen . . . !)
The Saturday before Halloween, Brenda and I went to a Halloween party hosted by one of her co-workers. I DID dress up for this party, and it was the first time in YEARS that I dressed up as something non-horror.
(Tangent time. Here's the thing - I've been against dressing up as something non-horror for Halloween for YEARS. I wish I still had it, but I have strong memories of writing an essay in grade school - it would have been when I was living in Great Falls, MT, so it would have been sometime between 2nd and 5th Grade - in which I railed against little girls dressing up as princesses for Halloween. I wrote that Halloween should be about celebrating the monsters, namedropping Lugosi, Chaney and Karloff, and that dressing up as cute or fun is somehow against the idea of Halloween. I was, apparently, a know-it-all brat of a kid . . . once . . . anyway . . . )
This party had a theme of "historical figures," so Bren and I came up with the idea of dressing up as Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan (respectively - don't be silly). We put her in a flight suit, a flight cap and a pair of goggles, and since all the pictures we could find of Noonan were pretty much just him in a dark shirt and tie, I got off easy costume-wise.
While I've softened a bit over the years, I still think that you can have a theme party or masquerade party any time of the year, so let Halloween be about the dark and spooky (dress up as your princesses, your nurses, your medieval whatever, your pirates, your superheroes, your Transformers, your whatever any other time of the year for any other theme party!); I was happy when one of the themes of this group's Halloween party next year will be "Horror" ("Heavy Metal" was also picked as an accompanying theme, but I think everyone knows how I'm going to approach our costumes for that party!).
Back to Halloween day itself - after spending a few hours at Brenda's work making sure everyone was happy with their make-up, I came home, cleaned up and watched Scars of Dracula. I had a few other movies picked out to watch afterward for an at-home movie marathon, but ended up writing instead, which was just fine. I picked up Brenda from work later that day, after she got cleaned up, she agreed to watch a horror flick with me, so we saw Paranormal Activity 3.
Then we caught up on "American Horror Story."
Ummm . . . still working through all my thoughts on that one.
And that was Halloween.
All in all, it was a good Halloween for me. Next year, I'm looking forward to dressing up proper, though, and I've got some ideas for some things . . . not just for that Heavy Metal and/or Horror theme party, but overall. I don't know if I'll come into work dressed up or not, or if I'll take that whole day off again, but I definitely want to get the liquid latex out and get to work. (And, yes, I have plenty of leftover liquid latex from the zombie-work I did at Brenda's job . . . !)