Posts Tagged ‘halloween’

Costumes! Nighttime walking! Candy!

November 4, 2012

Twins are a wonderful thing. But somehow, for us, twins meant not celebrating a lot of holidays and things until after their third birthday. I don’t know why. I think having multiples can be so demanding on your time and energy that there isn’t enough left over for extensive decorating – or in our case, anything extra. We had enough energy reserves to deal with playing, feeding, bathing, and minimal housekeeping. Anything above and over that has been zilch until just these past few months.
Which is why, at the ripe old age of three, they went trick or treating for the first time. In retrospect, I don’t feel very guilty about waiting – because this year, the kids were old enough to really participate and love every second of it! They could also understand what we were doing and a bit about why, and have the capacity to remember it for next year.

Coconut and Snort didn’t do any little-kid-changing-of-the-minds. From the start of October, Coconut was clear she wanted to be a pirate, while Snort was infatuated with Tree Fu Tom. It is totally by luck that both styles of costume fit over coats – something I would have aimed for consciously if I had remembered my own childhood misery of having to zip up over my costumes.

And to hear their little voices singing out, ‘Trick or treat!’ Oh, it killed me. Such a sweet, fun milestone. We could have gone on for hours, which was unexpected, had not the heavens opened and a monsoon ensued. Still, despite Country B not being big on Halloween, we managed to scare up about ten houses that were giving out candy before we had to bow out due to the weather. And another parental bonus – because it gets dark so fricking early here, even in October, we were out on the streets in the four o’clock hour. I can’t wait till next year!

Now I look forward to them being about fourteen, because I will take them to my mom’s house for the ENTIRE month of October and scare the shit out of them in haunted houses! If I don’t break and decide to create the first Country A style haunted house in Country B before then. I seriously reckon I could make a killing. Figuratively.

Remembering gratitude.

October 15, 2012


I am craving scary movies. And books. And crunchy leaves.

October 8, 2011

I love horror. Films, books, haunted houses. And not just the scary stuff, but the stuff that is supposed to be scary but it a big old mess. Have you seen Sleepaway Camp? If not, I suggest you go watch it now.

Growing up we had a little independent movie rental place – cleverly named ‘Movieland’ – near us. Every week we went in, and every week Sleepaway Camp is the one I chose. I also love movies and books about summer camp. So summer camp plus horror? And weird gay subplots? Crazy aunts?


Everyone who I force into watching this movie is like, ‘Dude, why the hell are we watching this? This sucks, even for you.’ They may concede that certain parts are awesome, but I admit that by and large it’s your typical eighties horror film. Until the final thirty seconds.

I’m not going to tell you what happens, and you are a big fat cheater if you google this. Just get your paws on this movie somehow – I think it may even be on YouTube – and watch (in full!). Trust me on this one.

Another one worth watching? Wicker Man.

All of that being said, Halloween is my favourite holiday and time of year. I find myself wanting to watch scary movies all night long and read books about all things spooky – however I choose to define ‘spooky’ on any given night. My current greatest wish is to buy MTV’s full two series of the show Fear. It’s very cheap online, but alas, I must save my money so I can buy my kids nasty orange flavoured water in special bottles when we go for a walk because the awesome organic juice they like is not available.

I’ll give it a few years, and hope that eventually they’ll want scary movies more than they want juice.

Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2010


Shall we sleep through Halloween?

October 12, 2009


Holy rolling.

October 31, 2008

I’ve got a poll for you: Am I going to go to hell for sending my Jewish best friend this homemade virtual jack o’lantern?

She once sent me a pack of 200 ‘testa-mints’ – breath fresheners individually wrapped in verses from the Bible.

Smiling underneath.

October 31, 2008

Searches that bring people to my page usually make me laugh, but sometimes make me worry. I mean, I’m just not delivering here. Today someone searched for ‘why are exorcisms necessary?’

I don’t know how the fuck google hooked my page up to info about exorcisms – or have I actually talked about them?

People also seem very interested in hot latin grandmothers, lesbian breast reductions, and the New Kids on the Block. Hmmm.

Is it me, or are people a wee bit screwed up? Well, judge not lest ye be judged. God knows I’ve searched for some doozies in the past – including desperate days that featured me frantically typing, ‘When the fuck will I get a new job?’ into Google.

Happy Halloween, anyway. I’m off sick today. Looking forward to pumpkin carving and shitty ghost hunt programmes this evening. TMD started my day delightfully, with a gross halloween goblet full of chocolate eyeballs and skulls. That’s love, folks.

Speak to you soon, no doubt.

Baby, baby, baby. (Somebody say something, quick.)

October 23, 2008




I am a menstruation bloodhound. Came home, Halloween in my bag, and went to the toilet. Wiped. Showed TMD the toilet paper and said, ‘Do you think this is my period?’ The colouring change was so faint I think she thought I was crazy.

Well, two hours and three murdered teenagers later, it’s here. Proper period. This means that tomorrow morning I begin taking the birth control pill and call the clinic.

I’ve wanted this for so long, and I’m so so so scared. There is excited-scared in there, but right now mostly just scared. In about fourteen days (or less) I begin injections. From this hour on, life feels different already.

Shitting in someone else’s chair. Another definition of empathy?

October 23, 2008

Dear god. My work computer will not access the internet. So far, in order to resolve the problem I have:

called the IT help desk.
unplugged my cable.
crawled under my boss’ desk to plug it into her computer.
sat on top of her desk to wiggle the cable to the power outlet.
laughed on the phone with Joy.
(three times)
called the CEO of our company.
arranged for him to come over tomorrow afternoon.

This means that I am currently logged in as an administrator on someone else’s computer. Consider this: I am alone in the office. We have four computers. I am logged into three of them in order to do my work.

Grouchy me.

However, Halloween arrived so at least I have that to look forward to! Not having access to the internet seems to be a really good thing in terms of my general productivity, but it sure is a bitch when I actually NEED access. You know, for mere matters like submitting court reports or referrals. Friggers.

I am now going to shut all personal windows and wipe the memory that I was ever here off the system – cross your fingers.


Oh HELL no. I cannot copy and paste flair on this computer. CHEAP SHIT. I was just thinking, ‘Oh, Michael Myers, I look forward to this computery day ending and us spending quality time together’ when I looked up at the door and fake-imagined I saw him standing there.

My stomach is now cramping up and I may have to shit on the floor. He is so scary. Brr.

Crazytown…Crazyville. Either way, it’s crazy.

October 20, 2008

Yes, I may be taking a roadtrip to Crazyville. I just kept going back to that website selling fertility necklaces and bracelets and bought the necklace.   You know, with all the money we have.

To make me feel less guilty, I abstained from buying Halloween H2O and the Blair Witch Project.

While I want this necklace to arrive, I am having crazy thoughts like, ‘If the IVF doesn’t work first go, I’m going to rip off that necklace, snap the chain, etc.’ …to, ‘I will wear that necklace continuously until I give birth to a healthy baby (babies), even if it goes black and gross.’

See? Crazytown.

The other good thing that is coming in the mail is Halloween. The original, and quite possibly my favourite movie. Plus, it’s October and almost the actual holiday itself. Which is, of course, my favourite holiday. God, I sound like some sort of goth, don’t I? I assure you my face is not deadly pale, although I am wearing a black top today.

(Was Michael Myers goth? Look at his fucking FACE, man!)