I hope that everyone had a great Halloween; whether you spent it walking the streets trick-or-treating or at your house scaring the trick-or-treaters. I didn’t do either of those things. My entire block was pretty dark so I don’t think many trick-or treaters felt like making the trek up the hill and I only saw two.
I usually celebrate Halloween the weekend before but this year was rather lackluster. If you read my blog last year, you might remember that my friend Erin and I brought back our epic Halloween parties.
Erin and I are friends from church. Her mom is the music director and my dad was the pastor. During the summer she and I would spend a few days a week at church while our parents worked. The church puts on a musical every year and they have a nice costume room, so we’d raid the costumes and set up the gym, creating our own plays. It was during those summers that I perfected my Bela Lugosi-esque Dracula accent. (Just don’t ask me to use it now; I’m a bit rusty.) Needless to say, we enjoy Halloween and the chance to dress up in scary costumes. We also enjoy the chance to scare the living daylights out of our friends.
This year, though, we started planning our party too late. She was in grad school and I was finishing a novel, so we decided to have a low-key celebration. The weekend before what would have been our party, we went on a haunted hayride. What I (and our friend Sarah, who came along) didn’t know is that “haunted hayride” was code for “haunted hayride followed by a long spook trial that consisted of three parts.” At one point, I saw one of the monsters and thought, “Are you supposed to be here or are you just taking advantage of the spook trail?” And then I thought of the episode of Bones in which one of the skeletons in the corn maze was an actual skeleton. And then my friends yelled at me for telling them about it. Apparently it wasn’t the right time. Anyway. Scariest. Hayride. Ever. But it was so much fun! We’re already planning a season of hayrides and trails for next year!
The night that would have been our Halloween party became a movie night instead. Erin and her roommate came over for two episodes of American Horror Story and whatever horror movies we felt like watching on Netflix. But once we were done with the show we decided to watch Hocus Pocus and sang along with the Sanderson sisters instead.
What did you do to celebrate Halloween this year?
You may have noticed that earlier I said that I was finishing a novel so I didn’t have time to plan a Halloween party. In October, I officially finished a draft of the novel that I’ve been working on! Time for revisions.