When I was growing up the community would have pagents, times when we would all get dressed up and pretend. But perhaps the biggest holiday of the year was Halloween. And it's continued to be my favorite holiday. Well, along with my birthday. Oh, yeah. And Christmas.
My favorite part of this holiday is the dressing up, and pretending- and creating the most imaginative costume possible. I've been a Portugese Man-o-War, a dragon, a Mad Artist, Worf, Dukakis, and Lonnie Frisbee. I won awards for a twice-worn costume of a leper- complete with toilet paper and sheet wrap, ketchup for blood, and shaving cream for puss. It had the added benefit that the combination of shaving cream and ketchup produced an odor not unlike decaying flesh. This year I went as Black Smoke. If you don't know what that is, then I'm sorry, but you're just Lost. Kind of hard to be Black Smoke. It involved some wigs, a batman outfit, women's lace gloves, a black feather boa, and some Swisher Sweets, which I got hooked on back when I was living with the Allelous community at Fuller.
To prepare I also created my signature pumpkin, as I do every year when I'm in the U.S.
I spent the evening giving out candy with Kent at his place. It was actually my first time ever really doing that for a Halloween. Lots of costumes, most of them rather standad princesses or something occultish. The older kids don't get it though. They come up with a bag and no costume and just hold up their bag- dont even ask "Trick or Treat". Where's the Spirit of Halloween? Dead, I tell you! I told many kids I wanted the trick rather than the treat, and they just looked at me with blank, dazed faces. What are they teaching kids in schools these days?