Something Spooky Finale, Or: Happy Halloween!

Day 25: “Shadows and Spirits” at the Capitol

Ghost hunter Sabrina and I took a tour of the State Capitol, led by “spirits” and lit the way it was 100 years ago (which is to say: dimly). The tour guide/ghosts were great, and I learned some things (it was put on by the Minnesota Historical Society). I tried to take a picture of a sign that said “Please Do Not Lean On The Historical Table,” but was forbidden.

Spooky State Capitol

This was also forbidden, but I’m a rebel.

Day 26: “Caves and Graves” Tour around St. Paul

I’ve already mentioned that I love the Wabasha Street Caves. Gangsters AND ghosts? I’m on board. This tour started at the caves, where we were all released to ghost hunt through a couple of unfinished caves.

Wabasha Street Cave Candle

Then we loaded up on a bus and drove around St. Paul, learning some great macabre history of the town, like the story of William Williams (the last man executed in Minnesota) and Louis Arbogast (the oldest unsolved murder in St. Paul).

My interests are vast.

Day 27: St. Paul BOOs Crawl

This was essentially Halloween for the 20-something set, since who wants to bar-hop on a Wednesday? (Answer: lots of people, just not me) After doing slightly terrible things to Dorothy and Toto for Zombie Pub Crawl this year, I kind of made it up to them by doing this:

Desaturated Dorothy

Dorothy…before the rainbow.

Props to my friend/makeup artist Kelly for making us look like living photoshops.

Day 28: Pumpkin Lantern

Since I’m better with power tools than I am with knives, I decided to break out the drill and three bits and make my itty-bitty pumpkin into a luminary.

Pumpkin Luminary

I made a huge mess, and I can barely fit a tea light in there, but I like my tiny, dotty pumpkin.

Day 29: Treehouse of Horror

My dad recently gifted me with an antenna (and a new TV) so that he has something to look at when he comes to visit. I’m still getting used to having channels for the first time in over 4 years, but it came in handy while switching back and forth between SuperStorm Sandy coverage (consider donating to the Red Cross, blood or money!) and a rerun of a Simpsons episode.

Day 30: Facepainting at the YWCA

Am I an expert facepainter? Heavens no. But can I draw a ghost, a pumpkin, or something that vaguely resembles a cat onto squirmy, sugared up children who do not have immediate access to mirrors? Heck yes I can! And I can do it while dressed like a fairy princess.

Unfortunately, I can also forget I’m dressed like a fairy princess and accidentally wear a tutu into a deli, but that’s my challenge.

Day 31: HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Today I dressed up as a princess again at work.  My mother makes tutus for toddlers, and “felt bad” she never made one for me as a toddler. So she made one for me now. Logic! This tutu is amazing. It pairs perfectly with my silver heels, which are impossible to walk in, so I’ve been hobbling around, leaving a trail of glitter in my totally graceful wake. Not a single person asked me to take my toy back to the caaaaahpet, but I did win a costume  contest.

Now I’m in costume number 4 for the month – some sort of generic witch devil, aka “everything black and red in my closet and a headband from Walgreens” – reminiscing about Halloween ’91 (as we Minnesotans like to do), and waiting impatiently for trick-or-treaters to arrive. I hope everyone has enjoyed October as much as I have!

BOOOOOooooooOOOOOOO!

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Best Things of the Month!

Actually it’s been over 2 months since my last “Best Things” post, but if I had more time to write these things I’d have less to write about, right?  So let’s just sum up October:

First there was the ZPC wherein I ruined the childhoods of many with my Zombie Princess pals, and then there was Halloween.  For that, I was Charlie from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia for obvious reasons.

Two Charlies

The resemblance is uncanny.

A lot of girls use Halloween as an excuse to wear underwear in public; I just went a different way with it.  I bullied a buddy into going as Mac (aka I lent him a t-shirt and drew fake tattoos on his arms), and Manolo was a cat, so we did our best to reenact this video:

Overall I give Halloween (and October) a solid A.

NOVEMBER!

First there was vacation with the Ginger.

Then there was my dad’s first Vikings game.

empty dome

This is what the Dome looks like when you're 2.5 hours early.

They lost, of course. And cousin Adrian had to be taken out of the game with an ankle injury. Really not great, but it was awesome to be there with Pops anyway.  It’s also great that he’s quit smoking, and a non-smoking Pops is a snacking Pops. We had popcorn and Twizzlers for lunch. Happy Thanksgiving!

Next, actual Thanksgiving happened, and was lovely.

And finally: the Ginger’s birthday! Three costume changes were involved and we hopped all over Lowertown St. Paul: we started out swimming at the Holiday Inn, then a dinner at Kincaid’s (I am not that restaurant’s target audience, but even the vegetarian side dishes were beyond delicious), and then dancing/drinks at Barrio and the Bulldog.  It absolutely destroyed MY last birthday, which was spent sick on my couch with a Die Hard marathon.

Die Hard poster

If I hadn't been sick, it might have been a tie.

A lot of great things have already happened so far in December, but you’ll just have to wait until mid-February or whenever I update this again to find out about that.