#WeekendCoffeeShare: In Which I’m Thinking about Halloween Things

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If we were having coffee, we’d be curled up on the couch today, and I’d definitely still be in my pajamas. The week has been a long one, and I’m planning to take full advantage of only having the weekend coffee share on my to-do-list today…Well, on my immediate to-do-list, anyway. Of course there are lots of other things to do, but since nothing is terribly pressing at the moment, I’m going to enjoy the day.

Perhaps it might help explain my stubborn resistance to doing anything if I tell you that Little Jedi was home all week with almost-pneumonia. He got sick over the weekend while visiting his dad, and Monday the doctor diagnosed him with the beginning stages of pneumonia. We’ve done breathing treatments all week, and he’s been on steroids to help clear things up. Toward the end of the week, especially yesterday and today, it was pretty obvious that he was feeling much better, but he’s still sick–he had to be convinced of that a few times. This means, of course, that I’ve had a difficult time getting things done.

Now he’s out of school for a week, and after getting him almost-well, he’s gone on a trip with my parents. It makes me a little nervous for him to be gone quite so far and quite so long after just having been so ill, but I know that they’ll take super-good care of him and that he’ll have fun.

In the coming week, I intend to make use of the the time I’ll have to work on the blog and get some writing done. I’ve also got some work I’m doing for the nonprofit, and I’m going to put some time into a few new projects that I’m working on. Next weekend, we’re planning a Halloween get-together with friends, so I’ll also spend the week doing some prep for a night of watching Hocus Pocus. We’ve also solidified plans to go to Boo at the Zoo and to the annual Halloween parade with some friends in a few weeks, and we’re deciding on a date to go to The House of Shock, a big haunted attraction in the area. And of course, there are pumpkins to be carved.

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I’m beginning to work on my costume for Halloween, and I’ve narrowed it down to a few choices. Normally I would’ve already had a decision made and a costume under way, but that just hasn’t happened yet. The costumes I’m contemplating are Ursula, Death of the Endless, and Bride of Frankenstein. They all have their advantages/disadvantages, but I need to make a decision soon so that I can start doing makeup run-throughs and costume construction.

Death is a super-cool character, and she isn’t one that is commonly cosplayed. It’s doubtful there will be a lot of others out dressed the same way, which is always a concern with popular characters. In addition, the Death costume allows me to wear boots, jeans, and a simple shirt, which are good costume elements for walking around on Halloween night, which is part of our plan. An Ursula costume, on the other hand, while it would be awesome, might be difficult to maneuver in while walking down the streets—and it definitely requires more elaborate makeup. I already have some elements of the costume, but I’d need to find and probably construct some more of it. And the Bride of Frankenstein costume is classic, and it would work with a possible costume for Sam, who could be Frankenstein-as-groom. I also already have the things I’d need to make this costume, which is a major advantage.

I’ve found tutorials that will help with hair and makeup for both Ursula and Bride of Frankenstein, which will be super-helpful if I decide on either of those. And so I’m still making up my mind, but this week while Little Jedi is away, I intend to nail down what I’m going to do and start working on costume pieces. I’m also going to be working on makeup trial runs. I’m not terrifically good at stage makeup, and only really do the basics when I wear makeup on a daily basis, so I’m definitely not confident enough to only try what I’m going to do on the day-of.

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that there are several guest posts coming up this week in our Halloween series, and last week’s posts were fantastic. Alex will be guest posting for Monster Monday this week; on Tuesday, Corina will be back at the Monster with a ghost story; Wednesday, Melissa will have a top ten list of Halloween party games; and on Thursday, Emily will be at the Monster for her first post here, a Spooky Science guest post. Friday, I’ll be reblogging the feminist Friday discussion post, which will be hosted by Sabina.

I would remind you about the October edition of Go Play! I’ve seen quite a lot of wonderful things so far!! I’m looking forward to seeing more photos and hearing more stories from the challenges. (For those of you who haven’t, check out the October challenges here, and then go to Nerd in the Brain to sign up. While you’re there, check out her awesome Halloween posts!)

For now, I’m off to visit the rest of you lovelies and have coffee, then I’m going to spend the evening watching horror films and contemplating costumes.

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  1. Hello, Diana! Just clicking around the blogosphere and commenting on blogs that I think are fun and interesting, and you’re one of them. October is my birthday month, so consider this an invitation to my month-long birthday party. Hope to see you over at That’s So Jacob sometime! Ciao for now!

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  2. I feel so boring. I literally don’t get into Halloween at all. I mean, we’re not as into it in general in the UK, compared with the US. It seems like you guys have so much fun! Maybe I’ll dress up anyway and just sit around my house haha. I hope Little Jedi is OK. X

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    1. Yeah, I think the U.S. has the biggest Halloween celebrations, or at least that I know of. It’s a kind of community thing here, which I quite enjoy. And the costumes are fun. 🙂

      And thanks—he’s feeling much better.

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  3. I hold to my Ursula vote 🙂 But look forward to pictures, whatever you decide on! I have to do some work on my costume still — Gathering materials, deciding on the exact KIND of princess I’m going to be, deciding if I want to come up with a more-subtle version to wear to work on Friday… stuff like that — also have to figure out what (if anything) I’ll be doing for Halloween (other than going to see 42nd Street! Our season-tickets are for a Halloween Matinee).

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    1. There will definitely be photos! 🙂

      I need to make a decision soon so that I can start gathering materials, too, and we’ve got to make a final decision on what we’re going to do. That will help me figure out what costume to wear, too.

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  4. I vote for the Frankensteins, too! I’m sure it will be fabulous!

    I would be worried about my little one so far so soon after being sick. I’m sure he will be well cared for, but I would still be worried. It’s a mom thing.

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    1. Definitely a mom thing—I don’t think I’d have let him go with anyone else, and even now I’m still nervous. He is quite a lot better, though.

      I’m working on costume design ideas today, trying to decide which is most feasible and which will be the most fun, too.

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  5. I vote for the Frankensteins. You two would look amazing. Sorry about little Jedi having a health scar, but glad he is on the mend. I’m going as a witch this year. I haven’t been one in ages and it’s a simple, but fun costume. Now that you’ve mention it I feel the overpowering need to watch Hocus Pocus. For inspiration. : )

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    1. hehe…I love Hocus Pocus. I’ve always wanted to dress up as the three witches with someone, but I’ve just never had the right number of people and right event line up.

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  6. Since I left Southwest Airlines, I have not celebrated Halloween. My costumes there depended on what our departments stage show or walk-through was themed. I’ve been part of the Rat Pack (Sinatra and company) an Ompalompa, Blake Shelton, a Broadway Show singer/dancer (tux and everything) and random other things over my 14 years there. Hearing you talk about your costume ideas brought back some great memories. Thanks! Hope Little Jedi mends completely. May the Force be with him.

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    1. 🙂 Those sound like fun costumes, especially the Oompaloompa!

      New Orleans is a city that encourages costumes for basically everything, so Halloween is a lot of fun here.

      Little Jedi is feeling a lot better—we’re hoping to keep him that way now!!

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  7. Your costume ideas sound great!
    Ah I feel a bit guilty now that Halloween has been ignored by for years now… Ok my last halloween costume 7 years ago was amazing, I went as the Absinthe Fairy (all visible skin was green and glittery, with a corset and wings and my green shoes).

    I hope that little Jedi will recover soon.

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks! I’m sure that at some point I’ll use each o them, I’m just not sure which to do first. lol

      The absinthe fairy sounds like an awesome costume—lots of fun. 🙂

      Little Jedi is feeling a lot better, luckily–we’re just wanting him to stay that way!!

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  8. I am getting more into Halloween, but I still don’t like the make up. Love Hocus Pocus. Classic. Scary, but at least I am out of the running for the one to bring the witches back to life.
    🙂

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