Halloween is by far one of my favorite holidays. My favorite part as a child was trick-or-treating. Not just that, though. The best part of it all was running to my room with my sister, after hours of going house to house collecting as much candy as my bag could hold without breaking, and dumping out everything to see the final result. We would sit in our room for hours, comparing each of our bags and trading the pieces we didn’t want, stuffing our faces with more candy than either of our stomachs could handle.
For the past two years, Jimmy Kimmel issued a challenge to all parents to: tell your children you ate all their Halloween candy, film the whole thing and then post it to YouTube. Previous years the challenge became famous, gaining over 34 million views. Since there was such a great response, he decided to do it again this year.
Here is the clip:
Despite the last three kids’ remarks, one of whom says, “Its alright, I just want you to feel happy,” I, honestly, would have probably been one of those kids to throw a huge fit. I hope everyone had a great Halloween!
Tonight, the third annual “You Have The Right To Remain Dead Zombie Walk” is happening. Starting in Brush Square Park, Austinites dressed as Zombies take off to the Capital to protest their ‘undead rights’. From there, they head down South Congress to Beale Street Tavern on 6th for some bloody drink specials, zombie movies and a free live music set provided by THUNDEROSA. Those who participate will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win two 3-day passes to FunFunFun Fest.
The past two years, they have frightened hundreds of Austinites, accidentally interrupted an anti-death rally, got kicked out of the Capital and made the local news. I wonder what tricks they have up their sleeve for this year! The walk starts at 5, so put on your deathliest makeup and don’t forget the blood, I know I wont!
I’m actually really scared to be anywhere alone. Some of you are going to think I’m crazy, but ever since I was young I’ve had a connection and interest with the paranormal. I always feel as if someone is watching me. I know, I’m weird; but, in the spirit of Halloween I will share a personal, but very true, story that happened to me as a child, which, to this day, still gives me the chills when I think of it.
Uncle John didn’t come home that night.
That’s where the night began. Mary and I were fighting, per usual, about what movie to watch, Grandma June wouldn’t let us play outside because it was “too cold,” eventually gave us vanilla ice cream-with sugarcoated strawberries of course-and we snuggled into the couch to watch The Lion King. As the three of us went upstairs to Grandma’s bed we all hear:
“Kathy, go check to see if that’s Uncle John.”
“Uh, ok Grandma” I said, hesitant to get out of bed in the pitch-black room.
No one was there.
Nothing. No response. I felt a shiver and a tingle go up and down my spine, scurried back upstairs and jumped into bed as fast as I could. I turned towards the middle of the bed where Mary was sleeping and cuddled into her while I drifted off to sleep.
I woke up in the middle of the night, which I normally don’t do. As I curled over to my right I opened my eyes slightly. I immediately froze. I couldn’t open my lips to scream. No sound was able to leave my mouth. I was utterly fixated with this being.
Lying next to me was a lady: an old lady with long, braided, grey hair, dressed in a long pink nightgown, was staring intensely at me. As I tried to take my eyes off of her, what felt like ice rubbing up the back of my neck instantly shook me out of my half-trance-like-stage, I slowly turned over and tapped my sister on her shoulder.
“M…M…Mary?” I barely squeaked out.
There was no response.
The only response I received was heavy breathing. I turned over again to see if she was still there… she was. She had not moved from her position and was still staring me dead in the eyes. I was entranced. I quickly shut my eyes and turned back over, cuddling up to my sister, hugging her for a mere ounce of comfort or safety.
That morning I woke up alone. My sister and Grandma had already gone downstairs to eat breakfast. As I stretch I suddenly remember the night before and sigh. I was relieved nothing was there.
“What happened last night,” I thought to myself? “Was that real? It must have been real and not a dream, because I was awake… I know for a fact that I was!” As I assumed, my parents didn’t believe me. They thought it was all a dream… I know otherwise.
I can’t seem to help myself when I walk past a boutique. How they really get you is when there are sales and you think to yourself, “Oh, I’m just going to spend $30”, but in reality you end up spending $30 at 5 different places; so, you really don’t save yourself any money… story of my life.
Living with two other girls, especially ones you like, is really awesome. I mean it’s pretty much like I acquired two more closets, not like mine wasn’t big enough to begin with. Honestly, though, whenever I feel like I have nothing to wear, or want a change in my style, I know I can rely on my roommates’ closets to never let me down. What’s even better, though, is when one has the same foot size as me. * winning *. It really just benefits all parties. I get a new look, I don’t go shopping… which I already have a problem with… and my parents don’t lose money. It’s really just a win win situation in my opinion.
However, when it comes to shopping for Halloween costumes, it is always an exciting but hectic experience for me. I mean there are just so many options to choose from, not to mention stressing out about coming up with an eccentric costume so that 50 other people wont have the same one as you… no fun.
Now that Halloween is just around the corner, I can’t seem to think of a better place to shop for a costume than Lucy In Disguise. Originally starting out in 1984 as two stores located next to each other on South Congress, you can find anything you need while trying not to get lost within their 8,000 sq. foot labyrinth. Whether you want to buy a costume or simply rent one, Lucy In Disguise’s extensive variety of costumes and accessories are sure to help you construct whatever you need to express your idiosyncratic individuality… plus, their prices are great!
The older I get, the more I realize I still want to be a child. Just because I’m getting older doesn’t mean the trends go with me. There is always someone younger or newer. Time keeps going.
It’s so weird, when I was younger, I couldn’t wait to get older. All I wanted to do was hang out with my older sisters’ friends. Now, though, as I change the channel to Disney, I find that I no longer know what the new “cool” shows are or who the newest Radio Disney star is.
I know, I really shouldn’t care what is taking place on Disney, as I am almost 21; but, I can’t seem to not have a huge knot in my stomach, wishing I spent more time as a kid instead of rushing into maturity.
Nevertheless, as it comes time for the Fall season and Halloween, I get to reminisce and be a little kid again as I get to watch my favorite shows and movies that lead up to the 31st of October.
We have 15 more days until ABC Family’s 13 nights of Halloween, and I can’t wait for some of the movies that are airing.
Friday, October 19, kicks off the marathon of movies with:
The Addam’s Family
Following, on October 20, is a classic and all time personal favorite of mine:
Sunday, October 21:
Followed, on October 22, by:
The finale of “Switched at Birth”
Pretty Little Liars has a marathon leading up to their Halloween special at 8 pm.
Wednesday, October 24:
Thursday October 25:
Addams Family Values
Friday October 26:
Matilda… another personal favorite of mine
Saturday October 27:
Sunday, October 28:
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Monday October 28:
The Mummy- if you’re into thrillers
Tuesday, October 30:
Don’t miss Edward Scissorhands featuring Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder. You can always count on Tim Burton to produce a great Halloween Movie… speaking of; I have yet to see Frankenweenie… it’s on my list of to-dos
Finally, October 31:
Hocus Pocus twice? You may ask… maybe, but then again, who wouldn’t want to watch it on Halloween night.
This list could have been better, but I probably won’t be spending every night at home… so it all works out in the end.