It's almost 2 pm on Saturday, and the house is sparkling clean, the snacks are ready, the decorations out, the last minute errands run -- and we have nearly 5 hours until this evening's party: I don't think we've ever been so prepared so far in advance! So, what to do, what to do with my spare hours?
Well, I thought I'd take a short trip down Halloween memory-lane, and give you a peek into the Halloweens of Jess' past.
Favorite Costume Ever: 2nd grade when I was a kangaroo. My grandpa made my costume, and it rocked the hiz-ouse. It even had a pouch for my stuffed kangaroo that inspired my desire to be a kangaroo that year.
Worst Halloween Ever: When I was 5, it started snowing early on Halloween morning, but we still got ready to trick or treat that evening. I was a bunny that year as I recall (I was very fond of animal costumes as a child.) We lived on my grandparents farm at the time, so my mom had to drive my brother and I into town for trick or treating, but the snow all day made the roads very trecherous. We got about a mile from home and we had to turn around. No trick or treating that year. A waste of a bunny costume.
Most Work for the Least Reward: When I was four, my dog ate all of my brother and I's candy from trick or treating. Wrappers and all. My mom had put all the candy on my bed to sort through (you remember, looking for razor blades and stuff) and then she'd left the room for a few minutes -- when she returned, our Newfoundland had devoured it all. Strangely, he didn't die.
Most Embarassing Halloween Party: In college, one year at a Halloween party, I got very, very, very drunk. And I'd just started dating someone new, and he was also at the party with me and my friends. I got so drunk that at one point, I tripped and fell down and spilled my cup of beer all over everyone who was sitting on a couch. My boyfriend pulled me aside and told me I was "acting like a fool" and was "embarassing myself." I was so upset over his poor opinion of me that I left the party early and walked all the way home in the freezing cold. He and I later broke up.
Most Unique Halloween: Two years ago, Hurricane Wilma destroyed South Florida a week before Halloween. We were still without power for the Halloween party, yet everyone got dressed up, we had plenty of beer (not as much ice, though, so some of it was warm), and pooled together for snacks. We didn't get power again until a week after that celebration, but we put our hearts into that small party.
Most Recent Halloween: Last year. See for yourself.
Tomorrow, you can anticipate pics from tonight's party. Should be a good time -- the forecast predicts heavy intoxication -- and I am really looking forward to everyone's costumes.