Never underestimate how a bottle of hair dye can transform your outlook on life!
Tomorrow is Halloween, and I am going to be dressed as Tinkerbell.
Seeing as though last year I was the girl from The Ring (demon-spawn Samara herself), I figured this year it would be nice to bring a touch of levity to the holiday.
My decision was also supported by the fact that I must fulfill both an obligation to dress up at the office, as well as attend a number of business meetings throughout the day (in an appropriate, non-Tinkerbell specific outfit.)
My costume lends itself to these disparate requirements tremendously well. You see, I get to wear one of my favourite work dresses (please see below), and with just the simple addition of some wings and a wand I will be fairy dust ready!
Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
This year Marc and I aren’t doing anything specific to celebrate this spooky day.
October has been such a gongshow of a month (I recently calculated that there hasn’t been one post-work evening in which I haven’t had either a work or social function to attend), and I am running the Boundary Bay half-marathon on Sunday, so we both just want to stay inside and hand out candy to all the little masked munchkins running about the neighbourhood.
Yesterday night we carved our pumpkins, and sticking to true Marc and Vanessa fashion, here are the results:
I don’t think I will ever be able to carve a non-happy pumpkin, and each year Marc’s just keep getting scarier and scarier.
Speaking of all things frightening, and to remain firmly entrenched in the spirit of Halloween, I would like to share with you a story that Marc made up this summer.
We were camping with a bunch of friends and we decided to all share spooky stories.
He came up with this doozy:
Once upon a time, there lived a poor farming family that lived in a small isolated hamlet. Their land fell within the boundaries of a large, and very rich duchy, but they rarely met with anyone in their day to day lives.
The wife bore a set of twins – a boy and a girl. The boy was born blue eyed and fair haired, while the girl had olive skin and hair as black as a raven’s wings.
They came together into the world, one right after the next. He first, and she right behind him, clutching his ankle tightly in her newborn fist.
They named him Day, and her Night.
Each day following, the two were inseparable. Time spent roaming the vast expanse of the farm, and the nearby forest was filled with laughter and mirth.
But when the sun settled, and a deep darkness spread over the land, Night would bid goodbye to her brother, and climb out of their bedroom window, into the black.
Every time she’d leave, she’d remind him to keep the window open and unlocked, so that she could return.
Every night, Day would watch her slink out beyond the frame, ensure the latch remained undone, and then crawl back into his bed.
He would wake to the sound of a soft tap at the window, and he would get up and open the window and help her back into the room.
One day, the two were out in the orchard picking apples, when they heard the heavy clomps from the hooves of a fast approaching horse.
Night ran out from the shade of the tree to see who it was, while Day scrambled to keep up.
It was the Duke, riding one of his hunting steeds, with a party of other noblemen.
Startled by the small child, his horse reared, and struck Night in the head.
“Dirty peasants!” shouted the Duke, as he continued on his way.
Day ran to his sister, who lay so still and pale on the ground. Besides a small trickle of blood that ran from her temple to her eye, it looked just as though she was asleep.
He and her parents buried her the following afternoon.
That night, as Day struggled to fall asleep, he heard a soft taping at the window.
Convinced he was hearing things, he ignored the sound and eventually fell asleep.
The next night he once again heard the noise, only this time it was louder. Still convinced he was making it up, he put his pillow over his head and tried again to fall asleep. Eventually, he fell into a restless slumber.
On the third night the sound was no longer a tap, but an urgent knock.
Day could no longer pretend it was inside of his head.
He slowly got out of bed and walked towards the window. The pane rattled slightly with each thump.
He quickly reached out and undid the latch. The window swung open, and the cool night air rushed into the bedroom.
Cool night air, and nothing else.
Day paused a moment, before making his way back to his bed.
He took a deep breath and closed his eyes.
As he did, he felt a small hand wrap its fingers around his ankle.
And in the morning, when his parents came to wake him, he was gone.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the tale.
Happy Halloween you boils and ghouls.
Lock up those windows tight.
Hello you fab chaps!
Did any of you get up to anything for Halloween this weekend?
Now, I know that All Hallows Eve isn’t actually happening until this Thursday, but common practice dictates that if this spooky night falls on any day other than Friday or Saturday, you celebrate on the Saturday before.
So in this vein, Marc and I, along with our terrific friends, got together on the 26th, donned our best fancy dress, and traipsed around New Westminster all night long.
It was a hilarious time and I finally, FINALLY, wore a different costume other than the one I’ve been sporting for the past eight years.
I tell ya, I really have got the market on 1920’s golfer cornered.
Cornered but good.
Marc, on the other hand, is an absolute costume maverick and has been putting together awesome showings since the first Halloween we spent together.
This year, he decided that he would dress as Chtulhu (that terrifying Lovelockian beast) and he sewed the majority of his costume from a child’s centipede costume.
WHAT A BOSS.
Check it out:
Now, I thought long and hard about what I would do for my costume.
A tiny little part of me always thinks that I should take advantage of (in the immortal words of Tina Fey) “a girl’s one night a year when she’s allowed to dress as slutty as she wants and no one can say anything about it.”
But this is never, ever going to happen, so I instead, I gravitate away from sexy and towards TERRIFYING.
Which is why I decided to dress like this:
And then proceeded to do this:
Even just looking at these photos gives me the willies.
Have you all watched The Ring?
This movie scared me so badly that I had to sleep with my mum the night that I watched it in the theatre.
And I was seventeen years old!
For the entirety of Saturday night I couldn’t even look at myself in the bathroom mirror, for fear of my own reflection.
Also, I’ve learned that nothing beats running about in a dirty, ripped nighty on one of the coldest nights of the year.
Aaaannnddd…I’m not even sure if that is sarcasm or not.
But seriously, I had to wrap myself in a wool blanket each time we ventured outside.
Thank goodness I didn’t decide to go for full authenticity and forgo shoes for the evening.
But Marc and I weren’t the only ones who put some sweet effort into our costumes – the rest of our group looked epically fantastic.
We had our Top Gear hunks:
And Sean and Ed from Sean of the Dead:
We spent the evening bar hoping around town, drinking sangria, and marvelling at all the other costumed fools and ghouls skulking about the night.
Highlights included a group rendition of The Monster Mash, a lindy-hop jam session between myself and Sean at the Heritage Grill, a late-night showing of Slither, and all the mini-chocolate bars you could possibly imagine.
This morning we all reconvened and enjoyed a late-afternoon lunch down at the Quay, marvelling at the amazing late-October sunshine in all of its glory.
We truly are incredibly lucky to live in such an amazing beautiful place.
And having the chance to run about together in costume isn’t anything to sniff about either.
(Although if you’re doing it in a nighty, I’d definitely recommend brining some tissues.)