The forecast for tomorrow night calls for evening snow showers. Now, if I lived in Salt Lake City or Breckenridge or Tahoe or somewhere wonderfully ski-hill laden, this might be good news. Unfortunately for all of us, I don’t, and the hint of impending white stuff is no lottery prize. Halloween is next Monday, and I really like Halloween, but how can I celebrate in Bog boots and insulated Carhartts?
Some college friends and I once made the rounds in 40 degree weather (suburban Chicagoland is prime candy-begging real estate, even when you’re a college junior), and let me tell you, my roommate Noel, who took the evening by storm as Lady Liberty, was quite literally shaking in her boots. This was mostly because her costume was a thin grey sheet and [the coolest] aluminum foil crown [you’ve ever seen], and also she didn’t have any silver Carhartt overalls that would match her torch. The group of us spent the night slowly shuffling through neighborhoods in the cold, receiving all kinds of suspicious expressions from moms and dads, but still getting their mini Snickers bars. I don’t want to relive a cold Halloween. And what about the children?!
Snow and cold aside however, I love costumes, and love to conjure up ideas for the old two-person dynamo. Here is a sampling from my collection.
Our pet cat, Kiwi and box turtle, Lois - I’d wear black (already filling my closet) with face paint whiskers and a tail, while C could strap on our friends’ turtle sandbox cover.
Vermont and New Hampshire – constructed out of cardboard, this is always on the list. Even when you’re dancing in two separate rooms, everyone will know that you’re together.
Thing One and Thing Two – I saw this done once in college, and it will live on in my mind for-e-ver.
A chicken and an egg – I like the idea of wearing a round suit.
A hunter and a moose – the only hazard being that one of us might actually get shot walking to the party.
Moby Dick and Captain Ahab
We have some friends who are pregnant, and I’d personally really like to see them go as a bun and the oven.
Of course, I don’t actually have a party to get dressed up for, and I don’t imagine that we’ll really have any trick-or-treaters stop at our cabin, but hey – who needs a reason, right? So if Monday night comes around and you happen to be a dromedary camel or bunch of grapes with nowhere to go, stop on over. You can come watch the Chargers and Chiefs hammer it out with Captain Ahab and the white whale.
Bring some chips.