Not a lot of photos to share, this Halloween. With Liz under the weather, she only manned the door a few times over the course of the night. Since she didn’t want to risk being outside too much (still recovering from the flu), I ended up doing a lot of the door greeting and handing out of candy.
One of these years, I’m going to get the spirit back again. And I’m either going to dress up, or we’re going to decorate the house up. In the weeks leading up to the 31st, I never feel like it – but the actual evening of Halloween, I feel the bug.
Once again this year, we gave out candy at our house for Halloween. And then around 7:30PM (before the event officially ended), we made our way to Harper Avenue for their annual display of Halloween awesomeness.
When it got to be around 7:30 PM, Liz suggested that we go and check out Harper Avenue – a certain block in Hyde Park that is really well known for their extravagant displays every Halloween and is pretty much the place to go in our area.
We ended up walking from the house over to Francesca’s. And on our way… we passed by a house that was totally ready for Halloween.
Last night, Liz and I trekked to Merrillville, IN, to celebrate Julie’s birthday with a surprise dinner. We left the city earlier than normal, to try to beat the rush-hour traffic, and ended up making great time. We arrived about an hour ahead of schedule, so we hit a nearby Meijer to do some shopping.
I’m sad that I won’t be dressing up this Halloween (due to travelling and being out of town). I didn’t think I’d miss it all that much, but seeing this great costume/prank by magician Rich Ferguson really makes me wish I had another themed/interactive costume to wear this year.
Dan Rosenfeld (aka Guru Ramen) made a pretty spectacular costume for Halloween. Using a shoulder-mounted harness, he jerry-rigged a combination of a 24″ LCD, video camera, mirror, microphone, video camera (pointing outward) and an additional, internal LCD screen.
We did end up having a few folks at the office dress up for Halloween, which was always a great thing to see. I was talking with AJ in the weeks leading up to Halloween, and was figuring it would just be the two of us in costume. When I arrived, I was happy to see a few more folks in costume:
This year, I decided to go with a simpler Halloween costume. I’m not sure how many of you have seen this already, but my idea is based off a random, animated .gif: a serial killer, cleaning off his car. I love the pausing and the looks the guy gives, and hopefully I’ll cause a fair amount of stares as I’m going to/from work.
Each year, whenever Halloween comes around… I get nervous, and tend to overplan or overthink my costumes. I have a tendency to want to do something grandiose for a costume. Couple that with a bit of procrastination, and well… it get silly. Sometimes I think my plans for Halloween work really well. Othertimes, I work things up so much in my head – I end up not dressing up for Halloween at all. Which is a terrible outcome.
At Nightmares, there’s this room where they have a camera set up. It’s very dark, so people are usually walking holding on to one another. According to Jane, there’s the illusion that a car is crashing through the wall, with its headlights coming straight at you. When this happens, the people in the room usually freak out. And right on cue, a camera takes a snapshot.
So I got to wear my robot costume a bit more by heading down to celebrate Halloween in Frankfort. Paige, as a princess. I love how Mario and Princess Peach are in the background. Tricia holding Sebastian, and Paige. I didn’t get a ton of photos, as my costume made it difficult to take photos. I snapped a few while…
Justin S was kind enough to accompany me during lunch, as I wandered around work looking for strangers to hug. As I was bopping about, he got some good photos and video of a ton of interactions. So far, I’d say that the costume’s been a big hit. In front of the Barnes & Noble, State and Jackson. In addition…
This Halloween, I decided to base my costume off of a robot that my friend Derrick created. The robot (born in Portland) made its way across the states to Chicago, during a gathering of a bunch of Internet weirdos. Not only that, my friend Melissa would later take the robotic alter-ego as her own. I loved the design of the…