I walked down Bourbon Street in September this year in my Halloween Costume. It actually was a tee shirt that said, “This is my Awesome Grandma Costume” with a picture of a witch hat and feet. I was at a really neat event put on by our #1 Anchor Offer. About 300 other people also were in costume. Motorcycles rode at the front of our parade and they stopped traffic for us to go from the Waldorf Astoria, where the event was held, up Canal Street and then on to Bourbon Street. That was fun and I totally enjoyed the costumed people both in front and at the rear of the parade.
Halloween can be enjoyable for all. I really used to get into it when my children were young and we wanted to make sure that they were safe. We would take them around the neighborhood and watch from the sidewalk while my little Princesses, or Ghosts, or Gypsy’s tripped up the steps to fill their bags with candy, and sometimes, apples.
Then, home we went to paw through the goodies, making sure that they didn’t eat too much and also making sure that their weren’t any surprises in the bag. Yes, even then, you had to be careful.
I remember one year, after the kids had grown and had their own children to take around. I had gotten heavily into dancing at a dance studio. And, we had found out that our studio owner had actually gotten into dancing because he really had loved the video that Michael Jackson had made, called Thriller. Before that, he was going to be a pro-soccer player. But, that dance and the moves really spoke to him.
My Thriller Moment
We (the teachers and myself) found the “shortened version” of the video, and we worked for weeks at my house. Every Wednesday night, we would practice. Those moves were hard! There were about 8 of us doing the Ghoul Dance.
When I looked for that video tonight, I found out that there actually is a original version of that video that is very much more interesting. That one is 14 minutes long and has the whole story that Michael originally did.
You can go on the Amazon page and watch that original version by VEVO and then watch the shortened version, which is about 3 minutes long. I think you will be very surprised at the difference. You can find it on the page that has the Thriller music. It is under my page that talks about movies, because the videos are just movies (short versions) Just scroll down the page and you will see the videos and you can watch them for free.
Then the night of Halloween came
I remember so vividly, being in the only bathroom in the studio, busily cutting up old business suits we found in Goodwill. And putting red die on them to have pretend blood. Guys would come in to that bathroom, and I would make sure that were dressed and looked sufficiently weird. I think I made a few people mad because I totally took over that bathroom for about an hour, with guys coming and going.
One of my friends was a very good theater type make up artist. He worked with our cast and made us all look like Ghouls. When the appropriate time came. We blacked out the studio and quickly set up enough grave markers and started the dry ice. Then, we crept out, lay down behind the Graves and waited for the lights to come up.
The Moment Came
Francisco was totally surprised! We started the music and did the whole dance and completely blew away all the dance party members as well as our owner, Francisco. That was soooo much fun. The only sad point was that the guy who was supposed to run the video, forgot to put it on Night Vision and you couldn’t see it when we ran it back. That was a bummer. But, that was the first Exhibition Dancing I did. And, it was for Halloween!
Halloween really has a lot that can go on
For example, Halloween food for children is about more than the sweets they pick up while trick-or-treating. A lot of people host Halloween parties during this time of year, and the food can add to the overall holiday appeal of the party. The key is to keep it spooky without going overboard. Keep in mind the fear factor should be well below the planning involved for an adult Halloween party. Get the children to have fun, not need therapy afterwards.
You know you can’t go wrong with Halloween foods for children when there are sweets involved. Though they may round up plenty of goodies during their trick-or-treating, make they have some home baked treats. The easiest option is to decorate cupcakes. They can easily be eaten, with a individual wipe at the table and thrown away and there are plenty of fun ways to do this. You can use icing on a plate to give the appearance of spider legs with the cupcake being the spider body and maybe a little red hourglass on the cupcake for a black widow. Icing can make spider webs, ghosts or you can use stencils to get into more intricate designs.
If you want to do an entire cake instead, there are also several options. The two most popular are the “graveyard cake” and the “worms in dirt.” Worms in dirt may not be spooky, but it is gross and a great choice of Halloween foods for children. The first layer is Jell-O with gummy worms, topped with crumbled cookies for dirt. Add a few gummy worms protruding from the “dirt” for extra fun.
An Alternative that can be done all year
My husband and I used to do a alternative for that when we went to a house warming. We would get new plant holder, buy a smaller plant, (wrap that plant base in plastic) and put chocolate pudding all around it, crumble Oreo cookies to make it look like dirt, and place it in the center of the table where we had dinner. Then, when dinner was over, we would pick up our spoons and start filling our dessert bowls with the “dirt”. It always went over really well and our hosts also got a lovely plant. We took the larger plant holder home and used it over and over.
Other Interesting Food
The graveyard cake is however you would like to interpret it, but the general idea is to create a cemetery. Use cookie crumbles for dirt or green icing for grass, and whichever type of cookie you would like to create tombstones. Marshmallows or whipped cream make great ghosts. Just remember, using extra touches such as plastic spiders, may not be a good idea for younger children. Make sure to keep choking hazards out of the food planning.
Then, of course, you have to dress up
One year my husband and I dressed up as dinosaurs. There are actually slippers that look like dinosaur feet. Then, we bought costumes, wore our slippers and went to the party.
Or, you can set your self up as a Monster