Wishing everyone a wonderful Halloween! I went to a party over the weekend, and put together an awesome costume. Toot toot! (That’s me, tooting my own horn.)
TA-DA! This costume may require a little explanation. It was a themed party, and the theme was “Stranger Things,” a fantastic, creepy Netflix show with disappearing kids, weird government experiments, and a monster. A major part of the story is that Joyce (Winona Ryder) paints the alphabet on a wall and strings up Christmas lights, as a way to communicate with her son Will, who had been taken to an alternate dimension called “the upside down.”
I dressed up as the wall.
It was a lot of fun to put together. I found a cheap ($9.85!) string of battery-powered Christmas lights on Amazon, bought fabric and fabric paint at Joann, and spent a couple days assembling it. (Most of the time was spent letting the fabric paint dry.)
I went to the party with my cousins Erik and Macrae, and they were dressed as Steve and Nancy from the show.
Most of the characters on the show were represented at the party, including minor characters like Barb and Mr. Clarke, the boys’ teacher at school. It was a fun party, and my friends that hosted did an awesome job with all the details. There was a waffle bar (since one character loves Eggos), and props from the show everywhere, like bikes, pudding cups, and a game of Dungeons and Dragons. Plus, Christmas lights everywhere.
They had a photo booth set up, and the backdrop was… the same wall I wore as my costume! So of course I got a photo of the wall in front of the wall.
I also won two awards! Best ‘On-Theme’ Costume and Most Technologically Advanced Costume. Macrae, meanwhile, won Best Hair.
This was the first time I’ve dressed up for Halloween in a while. The last time I dressed up I was Jared from Subway, a few years before his sex crimes were all over the news. (Now just the thought of that costume makes me cringe.)
And I already have a costume for next year. I bought one, before deciding to build the wall <insert Trump joke here>, at a Halloween store where all sales are final, so I can’t return it. I’m already ready for Halloween 2017!
As for this year, I’m all Halloween’ed out. I’ve never had a trick-or-treater knock on my door, so I don’t even buy candy. It would be a real struggle if I did. What I’d probably do is set a quota for myself – 5 pieces, or something like that – so I could enjoy the holiday without going apeshit with the candy consumption.
Sticking to the quota would be the hard part, so I’d probably arm myself with alternatives that hit my sweet tooth with much fewer calories. Stuff like fruit, 30-calorie popsicles, and gum.
Do you have any tips to dealing with Halloween candy? Share them below!
Keep it up, David!
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