Happy Halloween -- 10/31/04

These are the Sunday Brunch questions for Halloween...

1) What candy are you passing out on Halloween night if you are staying home?

We've got a variety of candies: Reece's Peanut Butter Cups, Butterfingers, KitKat bars, etc.

2) What was your best Halloween costume?
I can think of three -- one childhood, one from college, and one from ten years ago.
  • The childhood one involved dressing upside down, socks and shoes on my hands, pants over my head (with my arms in the pants legs), wearing a shirt (I think one of my father's so it would be big enough) as pants with my legs in the sleeves, my feet in gloves, a stuffed head with a full mask fastened to my shirt collar -- in other words, I was supposed to be someone walking on his hands.
  • The college one was as Spiderman -- my two roommates and I and our girlfriends all dressed as Spiderman and went to a costume ball (sponsored by the association of art majors) -- we had had some vague thought of getting the prize for best group costume, but we were soundly defeated by the Gingerbread House (four people inside this house construction, they'd stick a hand out a window so someone could pass them a drink) and second place, I believe went to a couple, can't remember now if they were Tarzan and Jane or caveman and cavewoman, but their costumes were remarkable for their brevity, just a few pieces of fur that barely covered strategic locations. (Must have been very chilly.)
  • My 1994 costume was as a form 1040 (for those of you outside the U.S., that is the basic form that must be completed as part of the federal income tax process -- people told me I had the scariest costume they'd ever seen *grin*) -- wore it to a Halloween party on the 29th and then again on Halloween while taking the kids trick or treating. (There's a photograph in my Halloween entry from two years ago.)
3) Are you doing anything on the night of Halloween if you are not staying home to pass out treats, and if so, what are you doing?
We're going to be staying home tonight, passing out candy.

4) What is your favorite Halloween décor? (i.e., witch, ghost, pumpkins)
I haven't done any decorating this year. We usually have carved pumpkins (with candles inside) and maybe some fake spiderwebs on the bushes by the front porch. Although I can see people putting more and more effort in decorating for Halloween (and for just about every holiday), we used to do more Halloween decorating ten or twelve years ago, when the kids were younger. One year I can remember constructing a giant spider out of black plastic garbage bags stuffed with crumpled newspapers and another year making skeletons out of old plastic milk containers.

5) Do you carve jack o’lanterns?
Unless Jill stops by at some point, this may be the first time in (literally) decades that we've not had a carved pumpkin... but, who knows, I may carve one just for the fun of it (and, I must confess I enjoy eating oven roasted pumpkin seeds).

It is a gorgeous Indian Summer day outside -- blue skies, mild temperature, bright sunshine -- and I'm going to go out for a nice run before lunch. Happy Halloween!

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