So my favorite holiday (or the best one I know of) is coming up in a few weeks. Halloween-related comments/ideas?Anybody got some great original Halloween costume ideas, exciting Halloween plans, or some tradition they do? Got some fun Halloween stories? I still am not sure what I’m going to do on Halloween. Last year I threw a little party, and that was pretty fun. (Also, Andrew’s looking for a good costume idea — I’m thinking mad scientist… but maybe that’d be too close to every-day reality 🙂

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Last year we went to the Chapel Hill street party, which has upwards of a hundred thousand people squeezed into the downtown business district. I was Wayne (of the eponymous World) and my wife was Edina (of Absolutely Fabulous, her friend was Patsy). But after about an hour we got separated from her friend in the crowd and after an hour of looking we went home. We probably won’t do that again.
This year we’re going as Westley and Buttercup from the Princess Bride. Where we’re going we don’t quite know yet.

Owen - October 2nd, 2004 at 11:41 am

Great topic! As many of you may know, Halloween is also my favorite of our mortal holidays.

Halloween traditions?
Well, I hold that you’re never too old to trick-or-treat at least a few houses… Come on, free candy! When are you going to get that, unless it’s drug-laced and handed to you by a greasy guy in a zoot suit at a warehouse rave? Additionally, it’s important to get out on the streets on the night of Halloween.. there’s a certain magic in the night air, and I wouldn’t want to miss out on it.
What else… Well, sometimes on Halloween itself, sometimes on the days around it, but I think at least one night of watching cheesy horror movies to mock them with friends is essential as well.

I do have an exciting Halloween plan– My cousin Jason and Sharie are holding a Party up in San Francisco, which I’ve been told has just an amazing costume scene on All Hallow’s Eve (not too surprisingly, perhaps). My sister will be there, too. This will mark the first time we’ve been at a non-family party together… well, ever, as far as I can remember. I think that’s really cool, and I’m looking forward to it.

So yeah– I need a costume idea, badly. (I actually went as a mad scientist once, while my Mom was training for beautician school.. I had a lab coat and a big bucket filled with green slime.. and a human head [well, a dummy head, with very messed-up fake hair]. Not sure what kind of mad scientists I was supposed to be.. I just had to use the dismembered head. Could you resist?)

Lastly (whew, I do like Halloween, apparently…), fun Halloween stories? Oh man, lots.
But I think some of the readers of this board might remember the drunken antics of DJ Photon-Wave (or whatever) pelting the Aztec god Tezcatlipoca, the Smoking Mirror, with a snowball against his (my!) bare back, then singing loudly and drunkenly the entire car ride home.
(Side note- Tezcatlipoca’s then girlfriend, playing an Aztec goddess, couldn’t make it to the party… but her costume was pretty hot. 😀 )
Or, the poor girls who were being strapped to the rack and tickled. While a man in full marine garb (complete with real gun, flak jacket, night scope, et al) wandered around drunk out of his gourd… Basically, Josh’a parties are not to be trusted. 😛
Or, roleplaying on Halloween, playing Vampire. Matt Alderton playing a deformed, grotesque vampire to the HILT, constantly describing his foul emissions, slurred speech, and vile habits.
Or, hearing a doorbell, having my friend Jeanine scream bloody murder, and going to answer the door with a real life covered in fake blood… Only to open the door and see a horrified/pissed-off mother pulling her two 5 year old children away.

Good times, good times.

Paradoxdruid - October 2nd, 2004 at 12:17 am

Oh, come on Andrew. How can you beat a party where the Jesus look-alike was put on a rack and tortured? Or The Hell party where we had God, Satan, Adam, Jesus, a priest, and a knight templar? Sure, Joshes and my parties can get a little bit out of hand during Halloween, but that’s part of the fun.

And no, your Aztec costume didn’t make your back look fat. 😉

stephen - October 5th, 2004 at 11:33 am

So, I heard that there used to be a big Halloween party on Pearl St. called “the Halloween Mall Crawl”:http://web.dailycamera.com/pearl/19xtim.html and it basically disappeared. Here’s a quote from that page:
“The Halloween Mall Crawl began in 1980, peaking in 1990 with 40,000 people. After vandalism and arrests climbed, Boulder police carried out a three-year plan enforcing open container laws and blocking off certain streets. By 1992, the crowd had diminished to about 3,000.” Anybody ever heard of this?

I also heard, long ago, that in Boulder, because of the large college student population, it’s illegal for someone to trick-or-treat over the age of 17 or 18, but I couldn’t find any supporting evidence for this online. Anybody heard about it? Is it just made up?

Teisha - October 5th, 2004 at 10:17 pm

I had heard a little bit about the Pearl St thing from my mom who used to live in Boulder. It seemed pretty crazy. Never heard anything about it being illegal tor trick-or-treat though.

mcmillan - October 6th, 2004 at 1:11 am

Now I *definitely* need a cool costume– Teisha is coming out to join me for Halloween festivities in San Francisco! 😀

Paradoxdruid - October 8th, 2004 at 12:06 pm

Have fun!

Owen - October 8th, 2004 at 12:10 pm

So… is it too geeky to wear all black, then use glow-wires on my body to make myself a huge Caffeine molecule?

Paradoxdruid - October 8th, 2004 at 12:17 pm

Maybe not for you.. but what about those you’re going to be seen with? 😛 (just kidding)

But really, I personally feel that the caffeine molecule is a little over-done, though it could just be me…

Teisha - October 8th, 2004 at 12:43 pm

You know, I’ve never actually seen anybody dress up as a molecule for Halloween. 🙂 Although, it doesn’t surprise me that you want to, Druid.

Teisha, how long are you going to be visiting Druid? (I suppose Druid can answer this, too . . .) Are there any big plans for the weekend?

ShortSpeedFreak - October 11th, 2004 at 11:56 am

Leave it to Andrew to want to parade around in his exposed geekdom on the most widely accept “pagan” holiday.

I’m going to be visiting him Oct. 29 (arriving late that evening) to Nov. 1 (leaving that morning). Theoretically his cousin in San Fran is throwing a big Halloween party.. and then there’s some mass parade/party/gathering thingy in the streets… either that or he made it all up as a ploy to get me out there. *shrug*

(I’d better be careful though… I really shouldn’t have planned on taking 5 years to graduate — next thing you’ll know I’ll be going to Europe for a week and screw school 😛
(I wouldn’t really… though I hear England’s nice this time of year.))

Teisha - October 11th, 2004 at 5:21 pm

It is quite lovely, actually. Though not too long from now it’ll be cold(er) and rainy(er).

Owen - October 12th, 2004 at 7:15 am

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