Sunday, October 19, 2008
13 Days of Halloween - Things I've learned...
Hello, Faithful Readers! If you don't already know, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! To celebrate, I thought I would count down the 13 days of Halloween, and share my favorite Halloween memories, favorite scary movies and more. To kick off day one, I thought I'd share a helpful list of things I've learned from Halloweens past...
THINGS I'VE LEARNED FROM PAST HALLOWEENS
1. Temporary hair color isn't necessarily temporary.
I went as a banshee one year, and bought the colored hairspray to make my hair look like fire (red, orange, yellow). The bottle said it was temporary, and I figured hairspray washes out, right? Uh...yeah... I had weird patches of orange hair for the next two weeks. At least it blended with the fall colors, right?
2. If your costume comes with an explanation, you'll be better off finding another costume.
There is nothing more annoying than spending all Halloween night trying to explain "who you are supposed to be", and then, once you've given your dissertation, they still don't get it. I'm a geek; I'll admit it, and I like to take my costume ideas from the books and movies I like. However, unless you are going to a party filled with like-minded individuals, it's best to just stick with a basic witch costume, than deal with the frustration of no one knowing how cool your costume is. Case in point, I dressed up as Ophelia from"Hamlet" one year. Big flowing dress, flowers strewn in my hair and all over my dress, makeup to make me look palid and drowned. No one got it. (I know, I'm an English major geek. What was I thinking?)
3. Never ever go first into the haunted house.
Some friends and I went into one of those large haunted houses that go up every year in parking lots and old store fronts. In case you don't know, they send you through in groups, so that they can coordinate the triggers and live actors. In one particular haunted house, we had to go single-file and I was shoved to the front. Everyone else was screaming just as loud as me, but I got made fun of because I was the first to yell. Plus, I was the first one to be seen running screaming out the exit doors...
4. Wigs are itchy.
There's no getting around it. If you're going to wear a wig, be prepared to scratch your head all night.
5. If the candy looks like it was made in the 70s, it probably was.
I suspect there are some people who buy candy on the cheap the day after Halloween, store it for a year, then bust it out the next Halloween. Perhaps the stores also hold onto it. Either way, if it looks nasty or old, don't eat it.
6. No one has the patience (or appreciation) for black and white horror movies.
For one Halloween party I had when I was a teenager, I screened the original "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" for my guests. Classic horror film. I was enthralled with watching it again, excited to be sharing the experience with my friends, when I suddenly realized how quiet the darkened room had gotten, and turned around to see all my friends asleep or dying from boredom. Bottom line - don't screen these types of movies unless you're in a room full of other officianados. (See tip 2. Apparently I have weird tastes.)
7. Carving pumpkins isn't nearly as fun as it looks.
It's a messy and time-consuming project, for something that is only going to last one night. That doesn't mean I don't enjoy doing it, this is just a word of warning: allow yourself a couple of hours or more (especially if you've decided to follow one of those complicated templates that are so popular nowdays), have the right tools, and plenty of patience.
8. This tip is for all the kids... HIDE YOUR CANDY BAG!
Your parents will sneak into it once you've gone to bed and eat all the good candy! Horde it under your bed! Either that or barter them for 15 more minutes on the Wii for every piece they take! ;)
What are some of the lessons you've learned from Halloweens past? Leave me a comment and let me know! :)