Today I went to an old-fashioned Halloween party: bobbing for apples (so. hard. I could not bring myself to do it, and fail, and Carlea has maaad skills for getting it in under 5 seconds), Halloween playlists, pumpkin painting, costumes, games. All hosted and imagined by Carlea and her friend F. Lee. The weather was great for it, too, brisk but not overly chilly, even though it SNOWED yesterday. Yes, snow in October. Anyway – had great, great fun amongst great company. And! It was my first Halloween party. A friend asked me a couple weeks ago if I wanted to write a brief article thing about a personal Halloween experience. I couldn’t think of a thing. I have memories of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter even. Not Halloween though.
I went as Nancy Drew. Or at least, I attempted it: I had brown oxfords, a magnifying glass necklace, a plaid blazer, a headband. Realized I have way more Veronica Mars outfits in my wardrobe than Nancy Drew outfits. Or maybe next year I’ll go as Harriet the Spy, as Vanessa suggested.
This is the Sumo Wrestler Count Dracula pumpkinhead, and my entry to the pumpkin decorating contest. This was also my do-over; originally, I had a painted yellow pumpkin with green eyes…tried to make him look like the Joker. That was a fail. So I washed off my pumpkin and ta-da!
Sumo Wrestler Count Dracula did not win. The beautifully detailed Wolf Wears Wool pumpkin did! Ahh. I saw her painting white splotches that looked like apostrophes or quotation marks…15 minutes later, they were incredibly detailed characters. Well met, F. Lee, well met.
Black cat and bat cookies. There were also two real live black cats twining about our legs – the very lovely Daphne and Jazz. Cats are like slinkys.
The adorablest meringue ghosts. Which I took photos of and then forgot to eat!
And the SUPER creepy hand of punch. Punch was delicious.
Other things: Vegan pumpkin cheesecake pie. Guessing how many Reese’s M&Ms were in three differently-sized jars (I was like, 400 M&Ms off the mark). We had two rounds of “guess which character/person you have stuck to your forehead that you cannot see but everyone else can.” In the first round, it took me an embarrassingly long time to guess, correctly, that I was Remus Lupin.
In other news, today I finally settled on dog names: Gryph (short for Gryphon) for a male, and Athena for a female. I won’t pick a gender; I’ll go and see what puppy I connect with more, but it’s good to have names prepared. Maybe whatever puppy I end up with won’t be a Gryph or Athena, in which case I’ll be stumped again. I can’t wait to have my own dog, guys. Can’t. Wait.