Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!Â I know I spent my evening watching some Disney Halloween-themed fare.Â Yes, I’m a dork.Â Wish we had more trick-or-treaters, though.
– My girlfriend’s aunt is staying with us for about a month. So far we’ve been passing the evenings by watching Top Gear specials.
– My grandmother has me doing a little painting on her house tomorrow. Shouldn’t take too long, so hopefully my clothes won’t have random paint splotches on them when I leave.
– I have gathered candy for my first Halloween at this apartment. I’m told there aren’t a lot of kids that drop by, but I’m crossing fingers we get some visitors.
– Finally have a First Edition Cliffjumper figure that doesn’t break five minutes out of the package!
– My girlfriend really, really likes Pacific Rim.
In the annual tradition, this year’s pumpkin:
Ever had the urge to take a picture of something that makes no sense? Yeah… uh, me neither.
I haven’t been a big fan of Halloween for many years. Ever since I grew too old or trick or treat, there just hasn’t been much appeal to me. Sure, I’ll still dress up in the occasional costume, but other than that, I think the only thing I like is carving the jack-o-lantern. I’ve gone to theme parks for their Halloween venues, but I avoided the mazes. I’ve never understood the logic behind it being fun getting scared. It’s never fun for me. I must admit, I am intrigued by what the mazes and horror films show, but I always prefer being able to watch if from the outside. Documentaries, commentaries – ways that present these things in a simplified, dissected, or simply subverted manner. Realistic gore sticks with me in my brain, playing over and over again, compelled to wonder what it would feel like. Pop-up scares intended to startle gives me that adrenaline rush, sure, but it’s not a pleasant sensation for me. It actually kind of hurts. And then there’s probably the most difficult to explain reason of all: the aesthetics, the colors, the look of Halloween is just ugly to me. Not morally ugly or anything – I don’t mean that in any metaphorical sort of way. I mean, it is literally ugly. It is unpleasant to perceive. I guess that’s why I’m just happy to stay at home and hand out the candy.
We went to Disneyland for a few hours today, just to check out the Halloween decorations. It seems like we haven’t had enough times to visit the parks as regularly as we did in previous years, yet we’ve still had quite a few visits this year. With the opening of the new lands at California Adventure, there’s been lots of stuff to see and do, so it isn’t as if we haven’t been doing anything with our passes. I just think there’s a bit of a growing disconnect between ourselves and the park. I don’t know. At any rate, I know I’ll be back very soon to check out the Christmas decorations.
Here’s this year’s pumpkin!
I’ll leave the results of tonight’s pumpkin carving until tomorrow, but I am looking forward to getting it done. Especially since up until 15 minutes ago, I couldn’t think of a design for the jack o’lantern to use! I think I’ve settled on one that looks a bit creepy while at the same time is a representation of a well-known character to those in the know. We’ll have to wait and see how it comes out!
Hope everyone had a fun time tonight! I stayed at home and handed out candy to the trick-or-treaters. Okay, so I’m not exactly the partying type. I did set up my laptop to play some Halloween-centric tunes through some speakers I set up outside the front door. Added to the atmosphere, I like to think. The candy dispensing has ended for the night, so now I’m watching Ghostbusters!
This year’s creation, just finished: