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Halloween Weekend

Friday, October 28, 2005

Sadly, I think out of all the holidays, Halloween is my least favorite. Probably due to the anxiety of me having to come up with a costume. Once I got dressed up, I was fine. But the dread of "what to wear" was horrible. I used to still dress up when I worked at a place that had a costume contest every year. Out of the four and a half years that I worked there, I had good costumes twice. I won second place the year I dressed up as Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter and actually wrestled a (plastic) alligator. My last Halloween there I won first place for dressing up as Anna Nicole Smith. Complete with Sugar Pie, my Bobby Trendy pillow, a hideous blonde wig, blue eyeshadow and red lipstick, I slurred and flirted my way around the room, cooing at some of the VPs, and won myself four suite tickets to a hockey game at the American Airlines Center. I hate it that Halloween is one of those 'date' holidays rather than a 'the last Saturday of the month' holidays. I mean, a Monday night? That's a school night! We typically don't do the door-to-door trick-or-treating anymore anyway though. We've done carnivals or festivals or whatever people want to call them the last four years. It's actually more convenient and more fun and a whole lot safer. Today, Elle and Zed have a 'Fall Festival' at their after-school program. Tomorrow we'll go to Boo at the Zoo. Breakfast, then a train ride down to the zoo. It should be a great afternoon. The most exciting part though is that Nick is coming along. After four months of dating, and talking to my kids about him for the last month, we're all ready for them to meet. Zed and Elle are both very excited. Nick is really looking forward to it too. I'm nervous as hell of course. Zed is dressing up as Harry Potter. For probably the third or fourth time. I think maybe he took a break and was 'just' a wizard one year. Elle is going as the Pink Power Ranger. Why? We don't watch the Power Rangers! I don't even know the name of the Pink Power Ranger! Needless to say, their dad bought them their costumes. Happy Spooking!
Update: I got a call from my STBX this afternoon. Next Friday is our court date. In less than one week I will be D-I-V-O-R-C-E-D! You know what's sad though? That they even have a CD like this. Next Friday: Party in Dallas...who's buying my first round? ;)

10/28/2005 09:00:00 AM :: ::
  • I grew up in a very small town (pop 450 or so) with a high retired population. So it was very safe for us to go out and about in our costumes. We had this fear, however, of the main street. That was where the high schoolers would go on Halloween night and throw eggs. woohoo, such rebels. Anyway, my friend Doug and I would go trick or treating around, and get our loot. This one year, I dressed up as Indiana Jones. I had a real whip (my grandfather's) and a toy gun and my mom painted a 5 o'clock shadow on my face. Doug and I were going to a party at his church, and he made me put my gun and whip in my treat bag cuz I wasn't supposed to have weapons in church. What a lousy rule.

    I'm not sure, but I think Doug is gay now. Haven't heard from him in years.

    By Blogger Coyote Mike, at 10/28/2005 10:15:00 AM


  • Happy Halloween! Kids don't go out trick or treating in Spain, but people have parties. I am not a particular fan of H. , I do not like to wear a costume but I love the pumkins. Here via Michele's. Did you change your template? I'll look around to find out!

    By Anonymous mar, at 10/28/2005 10:45:00 AM


  • ooops, I meant pumpkins. Always check your spelling before sending your comment...:D

    By Anonymous mar, at 10/28/2005 10:47:00 AM


  • Happy halloween. I have never been trick or treating myself, however I have traumatised a few trick or treaters in my time.

    By Blogger culfy, at 10/28/2005 11:11:00 AM


  • i spent most of my childhood iin mexico, where they didn't celebrate all hollow's eve. there's day of the dead, but that's completely different... so at age 11, when we moved back to the states, i was really excited to get to participate. i was living in a very small town (like coyote mike) and created a tin woodsman costume out of a round water heater box - even drew in rivets - and a funnel covered in aluminum foil. got to the church festival, and turns out i was the ONLY ONE my age that dressed up! the oldest kid in costume was probably 8... i was so embarrassed. btw, c.m., your friend was probably already gay. =;-)


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/28/2005 12:35:00 PM


  • Good luck with the "meeting of the minds" ;) I'm sure they'll all love each other.

    By Blogger poopie, at 10/28/2005 01:38:00 PM


  • Hello, Happy Hallows Weekend, here via Micheles... I just finished re-working a costume for the Fiancee for work on monday - she is in HR dept - and the three of them decided to go as Macbeths Witches LOL so I found a really nice shrouded robe at Goodwill, went and got some red fabric and set about "enhancing the robe to become witches garb for her...... turned out very nicely I might add....... but me? won't be doing anything om Monday.........and I too prefer Dia de las Muertes events....... nice to visit today lots of cool stuff here have a good weekend! Doug

    By Blogger doug, at 10/28/2005 01:50:00 PM


  • My neighborhood is filled to the brim with kids, so my children will get to trick or treat Monday. They will have to come up with a costume though, I decided not to spend the money on an outfit they will wear once anyway.

    Very good luck with the meeting between Nick and the kids. I myself have been dating someone for 4 months also... and when everyone met it went very well!

    Have fun this weekend! Take care!

    By Blogger Texas_Ivy10, at 10/28/2005 01:51:00 PM


  • Quite the costume designer! How can you go from Steve Crikey Irwin to Anna Nicole Smith??

    Have a fun weekend. Good luck with kids-meet-Nick. Big step!

    By Anonymous abbynormal, at 10/28/2005 01:52:00 PM


  • I love Halloween but don't have a party to go to this weekend. Nor did I get the chance to come up with a really good costume. Dang! Last year I went as Princess Diana. It was a Dead Celebrity party. The year before that I and my counterpart went as Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungeon. Please don't say you don't know who they are.;)

    Sounds like you have a fun weekend on tap. Exciting that Nick gets to meet the kids. Thanks for waiting on that. You're a good mommy!

    By Blogger Carnealian, at 10/28/2005 04:17:00 PM


  • I want to dress up, but I usually don't have anywhere to go.

    At my old place, I'd only have two or three trick-or-treaters each year. But I'd always have several bags of candy. Hoping to have more at my new place.

    Happy Halloween!!

    By Blogger Bone, at 10/28/2005 06:41:00 PM


  • I haven't gotten a costume in several years, I usually buy lots of candy and ooooh and aaaaah a lot. Here I didn't get any trick or treaters last year, because of Hurricane Ivan.
    This year I was going to a party (Tonight, Friday night!) and was looking for a costume, but had to work so I couldn't go, therefore didn't have to get a costume, (whew)

    What I dislike is when big kids come by with no costume at all!

    By Blogger MarkD60, at 10/28/2005 07:31:00 PM


  • I hate places that try to move trick or treating to a weekend night because then you have to have candy for the kids that come the real night too. Besides that keeps the weekend before free for the grownup parties.

    By Blogger yellojkt, at 10/28/2005 07:53:00 PM


  • I hope Boo at the Zoo goes well. Give us the details when you get back! We'll be going to ours on Sunday :-)

    By Blogger Jen, at 10/28/2005 08:23:00 PM


  • Girl, if you can go from Steve Irwin to Anna Nicole Smith (!!!!) and win the costume prizes,then you are TALENTED!!

    I can't get into halloween this year either. I'm just not up for it for some reason. That could change over the weekend, tho.

    And if you send me a first class plane ticket, ill buy you the first and secnd rounds to celebrate the D-I-V-O-R-C-E. generous, I am.
    yes, I am just sooo generous. ;)

    Does anyone have a zip code for a city in Colorado? I want to use it for FTS and sneak him into my Frappr map site. (g)

    By Anonymous Laura at VitaminSea, at 10/28/2005 10:56:00 PM


  • I love Boo at the Zoo!

    Oh.. and please tell Ms. Sea [ahem] that one of Denver's zip codes is 80202. :p

    By Blogger FTS, at 10/28/2005 11:04:00 PM


  • I'll buy the first round...and the 5th and the 12th! We also need to celebrate your marathon victory so I'll plan a happy hour for next Friday.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/29/2005 09:23:00 AM


  • Long time since I wore a costume, but I did drop in an a friends very Jewish wedding looking like an Arab Sheik....
    yeah I WAS that weird

    By Blogger David, at 10/29/2005 09:54:00 AM


  • fr michele

    word verification is a sign of a weak delete key...

    By Blogger David, at 10/29/2005 09:55:00 AM


  • Locally, Trick-or-Treating is on Monday. Boo is a fireman, AGAIN, and I am without an idea as yet. My daughter is now going, unless plans change.

    By Blogger mattandriver, at 10/29/2005 07:49:00 PM


  • Happy spooking to all of you too-Have a fun spooky weekend and I'm sure the boo at zoo
    meeting will go well-that's really exciting and I'm really happy for you:)

    By Blogger jak, at 10/29/2005 09:43:00 PM


  • Hey Interstellar, I will buy you a drink next weekend ;) You know I'm just down the street! Happy Halloween! I will have my costume posted on Monday...

    By Blogger JLee, at 10/29/2005 10:27:00 PM


  • Hope the meeting between Nick and the kids goes well. Then you can breathe a sigh of relief! Those were very creative costumes you came up with. I can only imagine you as a the crocodile hunter!

    By Blogger mommy d, at 10/29/2005 11:28:00 PM


  • An Anna Nicole Smith costume? I'm sure a lot of people remembered that one!

    By Blogger Jean-Luc Picard, at 10/30/2005 12:24:00 PM


  • anna Nicole-woow that sounded like a hoot.

    Nick'll think you've a Harry Potter and a pink flower ranger for kiddiewinks-sweet.

    Not doing anything for Halloween this year, boring eh, like you say it's a school night. have fun

    By Blogger The Wisdom of Wislon, at 10/31/2005 03:21:00 AM


  • Good luck with the big meeting. I'm glad the kids are excited about it. I remember meeting the girls for the first time and I was so nervous- I realized it was a make-or-break time for my relationship. Luckily, we "made" it!

    By Blogger Suburban Turmoil, at 10/31/2005 08:03:00 AM


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