Something Spooky 4, Or: Pumpkin, Book, Pumpkin Book

(Read parts one, two and three here)

Day 15: “Haunted,” This American Life

It turns out this wasn’t actually a Halloween episode of TAL, but it did feature one of my all-time favorite David Sedaris stories, “Ashes,” so at least I enjoyed myself. I also bought a pumpkin! I haven’t done anything to it yet, though, so no pictures.

Day 16: Read “5 Little Pumpkins” to several little punkins

Tuesdays are generally my favorite days of the week, because I spend a couple of hours volunteering with babies. (I don’t mean the babies are also volunteering, I mean I volunteer to hang out with them.) For two hours I try to stop small people from banging their heads into things and/or screaming, and it is not without precedent that I’ll call a friend after and say, “Hey, can I come over and watch a movie? Yes? Great! Also, can I borrow your clothes and throw what I’m wearing in your washing machine, because I’m covered in spit-up.”

Seriously, I love Tuesdays.

So for Day 16, I corralled the children (okay, two of them) long enough to read “Five Little Pumpkins” aloud. It seemed to be to their taste because they kept trying to eat the book.

Day 17 – 19: “The Twelve” by Justin Cronin (vampires are in this book so it totally counts)

“The Twelve,” the sequel to “The Passage,” was finally released on October 16th. I picked it up that day, and started it the next.

I finished it three days later.

This is not really unheard of for me, as once I get hooked on something I have trouble doing anything else. Plus, this storyline is really engrossing – I recommend this book to people who like Stephen King, post-apocalyptic storylines, Battlestar Galactica, and reading – and I’m already bummed I have to wait so long for the third to be released.

Still, finishing a 500 page book in three days turned some heads…

Twitter Screen

THAT’S THE AUTHOR, YOU GUYS

Ahem.

Day 20: Danced to “Thriller” at a wedding

Nothing scarier than me on the dance floor. These guys do it much better.

PS: If it’s not clear from this post, I love reading and I love kids. That’s why this year I’m going to participate in All Hallows Read. Consider giving a book this Halloween!

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Something Spooky 3, Or: BRAAAAIIIINS

Part three of my self-imposed challenge to do something spooky every day of October.

Day 10: Listened to This American Life’s episode “The Call Was Coming From The Basement”

My two favorite reasons for October collided as I drove 90 miles to surprise my mother for her birthday while fitting in my Spooky activity: listening to a Halloween-themed episode of “This American Life.” That was pretty great, but not as great as surprising my ma. She is the best.

Day 11: The Haunted Basement at The Soap Factory

The Soap Factory in Minneapolis has gotten pretty infamous for its Haunted Basement, and with good reason. Sabrina and I went together for the first time three years ago, and it remains the best “haunted house”-type experience of my life.
This year’s was a close second. I screamed like a little girl and clutched strangers’ arms and at one point told a ghoulish man “You have lovely hair.” He didn’t. That was my actual knee-jerk response in a moment of panic.

Haunted Basement Entrance

Side note: Last year, I was actually part of the Haunted Basement for a night. I spent about eight hours dressed as a goblin, hopping in and out of coffins with terrified/confused strangers and growling things like “Come here often?”

So basically an average Saturday night for me.

Day 12: Saint Paul Art Crawl and “Toto Destruction”

I went to the St. Paul Art Crawl with one goal in mind: to pick up a “Brain Belt” print from the official Zombie Pub Crawl artist DWITT.

Brain Belt print by DWITT

I love his work in general, but add in zombies and beer and I can’t resist. Zombies and beer add value to everything.

Anyway, I got my Brain Belt print (and a few others), and really enjoyed being a dork around one of my favorite local artists and his wife. They are super nice, they gave me a beer and they think my name is Leslie. Overall a win!

Then Leslie went home and put the finishing touches on some zombie props…

Day 13-14: Zombie Pub Crawl

…because what’s Zombie Dorothy without her basket of munchkin heads?

zombie munchkin heads

They…represented…the Lollipop Guild.

And her companion, Zombie Toto!

Zombie Toto

I love “The Wizard of Oz,” so logically I did this to it:

This munchkin crossed me.

This was my fourth Zombie Pub Crawl (previous antics recorded here), because ZPC is basically the best event of the year. This might explain why I went nuts, starting at 6 and going from Minneapolis to St. Paul to Minneapolis to St. Paul, and was still not ready for it to be done 8 hours later (which is why I’m giving myself 2 days of Something Spooky from this one event). Highlights included:

– getting ready with Sabrina/Little Red Riding Hood
– seeing the Gin Blossoms at the Cabooze
– meeting a Zombie Fezzik (from The Princess Bride) at Zombie Island
– coming up with insults about DMX during the 1.5 hour wait for him to show up. You’re not Kanye, we’re not honored by your lateness. We’re getting on the bus to go back to Minneapolis and thinking nice thoughts about the Gin Blossoms.
– enjoying some Brain Belt
– this text message exchange

Alex Text

Alex!

– this photo with a Care Bear

Care Bear Zombie

Care Bear Stare indeed.

– and just general running around. Literally. Zombies aren’t supposed to run, but when I’m excited and have more than one beer in me I’m always about one second away from taking off in a sprint.  As in, “all of my friends are here I WONDER WHAT’S OVER THERE.” Like a dog.

Maybe I should have just gone as Toto.