I hope you guys have something really fun planned for tonight and that you’re not overdosing on candy too much. In honor of Halloween, I thought: what could be better than writing a post about my favorite Halloween-related things?
This year I am going to dress up for the first time since I was 11 years old. Drum rolls everybody! I was leaning towards a vampire costume since I am literally in need of iron-rich blood and figured that I could save on white makeup since my face is already pretty pasty. But after further thought, Gavin and I decided go with the zombie theme. He’s a big fan of Walking Dead so I think this may have to do with it… We don’t have too much in terms of tools and makeup so it will be interesting to see what we come up with. Pictures to come tomorrow!
Without a doubt, I would say the most fun part of Halloween is seeing everybody else’s costumes. If you have the chance to go to a block party like the one we’re going to tonight, you’re in for a real treat. We definitely have some very creative costumes down here in South Florida.
I love seeing how people decorate their houses (and offices!) on Halloween. It’s actually the only holiday for which I bothered to decorate my office the last few years. I don’t know why, but Halloween decorations are just more fun. Last week I decided to stop by the Halloween store while grocery shopping even though I wasn’t planning on buying anything this year. But I know which one I’d buy if I had to choose one:
Don’t you just love it?
Horror movies. Bring on the popcorn.
I may not be a big fan of dressing up, but I looooove horror movies. I enjoy being scared like anybody else but my favorite way of achieving that for me is by watching scary movies. That’s how I get my adrenaline fix. My favorite scary movies of all times are Pet Sematary, The Evil Dead and Blair Witch Project (yes, I know, you can hate me now). As far as modern movies go, I liked The Strangers and Paranormal Activity, but only the first one. The sequels are repetitive and that movie only works once. Yeah, I know, I’m a teenager. I’m not a fan of slashers although I’ve enjoyed my fair share of Chucky movies in my life. I also get really creeped out by aliens – have you seen Alien Adbuction on Netflix? Eeeeeeeeek!
Corky the Pumpkin
Other than horror movies, one tradition that we have in our house is to carve a pumpkin. We even have a name for our Jack-O-Lantern: Corky. This year, we decided to carve two so Corky would have a girlfriend. Meet Corkette!
You can see there’s a definite progression here with our Corky carving skills.
Okay, I know you probably expect me to have a section on candy. Truth be told, I’m not big on candy. I do enjoy sweets but they very rarely come in a wrapper. I picked up a few fun-size candy bars in the lobby yesterday just for the heck of it and they’ll probably still be in my pantry two weeks from now. I’ve read a lot of blogs where people rave about candy corn but Gavin told me they tasted like pure sugar so I decided to pass on trying them!
On the same token, I’m not too big on the commercial fuels available to runners and other long-distance athletes. I have a box of GU gels and a box of Sports Beans that I barely touched so far. I don’t dislike them. They do taste good and I think they definitely serve a purpose in training and racing, which is to give a boost of energy to the athlete. But so can other (cheaper) foods such as dried fruit. And with the dried fruit, you get some vitamins with the sugar. Real food always beats manufactured “food” in my book. For that reason, I prefer packing dried apricots and dates in my running belt during long runs. But that’s just me!
There we go again, another diversion into running land. I thought I was writing a non-running post and then what do I do? Yep, I just can’t shut up about it. Running, I already miss you…
What is your favorite thing about Halloween? Any fun plans for this year? Your favorite scary movie??