High school, sophomore year, perhaps. In the basement of a friend’s house, eight or ten boys and girls gather to watch The Shining, probably egged on by me, as I was thoroughly in my horror movie phase at that point. We sink deeply into Kubrick’s maze, engrossed by the buzzing Big Wheel on the carpet of the hotel and by the terrible twins in the bloody hallway. About ninety minutes in, the door to the room we’re in opens and a man in a Halloween mask charges in, screaming at the top of his lungs and menacing us with an axe. We scream.
In my never-ending effort to expand our Halloween offerings in our front yard, I’ve purchased three different smoke machines over the last four years. One never worked, and one only worked one year, then did not work the next year. So this year I sought the advice of the eminently knowledgeable clerk at the local Halloween superstore. I bought the cleaning solution they sell in addition to the fog juice, and will run it in the machine dutifully as soon as we’re done using it this year. If I don’t get several years (at least three) out of this machine, I will forgo them until I have a better option.
A list of costumes, as discovered in looking through old photos. Gaps indicate gap between childhood and adult costumes:
The Tin Man
The Fourth Amigo
bizarre Hobo of some kind
The Purple Pie Man
Cat with a bow tie
|This year: Shaggy||Velma||Daphne||Fred|
I often joke that having grown up in Minnesota and spent five years living in Gainesville, the weather in Chicago never gets to a place that it seems extreme to me. And for the most part, this is true. Only the hottest days in early August feel much like Florida did, and only the coldest days in mid-January feel Minnesotan. But one of the biggest changes I notice is that we don’t get snow, much, until December. In Minnesota, growing up, it was about 30-40% likely that it would snow at least once before Halloween, at least to my memory. In Chicago, we have decent odds of not needed our jackets when we go out with the kids to trick-or-treat.
Halloween activities this year:
- Boo at the Zoo, a costume celebration event that happens every weekend all month. Did it on the 23rd.
- Pumpkin carving, did it Saturday
- Halloween Party, was Sunday night at our church (Avery only)
- School Halloween parties, both kids this morning
- Trick or Treating and candy handout at our house (of course) this evening