Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year. The entire month of October is dedicated to the things that go bump in the night. As a kid, I loved dressing up. Then after my wife and I had kids of our own, we continued to wear costumes and celebrate Halloween.
Now that the kids are older the opportunities for family dress up have passed. However, a few weeks ago we decided to dress up for Halloween with some friends and hit a haunted house or two along the way. The idea of the Golden Girls came up and our friend Melissa was scouring thrift shops for dresses, wigs and jewelry.
The night arrived and my wife and I transformed into Rose and Blanche respectively. Our daughter Brooke did my makeup an I squeezed myself into a size 14 dress. Sophia and Dorothy (Melissa and Scott) picked us up and we headed to dinner on the strip in Carbondale. The staff and customers at Keeper’s Quarters gave us some looks as we dined on great food and plotted out the rest of our evening.
We made a stop at the Carbondale 2018 celebration and enjoyed some live music by Tawl Paul. Then it was off to Route 51 Brewery as we scouted out the competition for a costume contest happening later in the evening. Because it wasn’t until 10 we had a round of drinks and then headed to the Sinister House for a quick haunted house experience. That’s a story for another day as I quickly discovered why my wife and I have never been through a haunted house together. She’s a scaredy cat when it comes to these things and my ears are still ringing from the screams.
Anyway, we debated going back to the costume contest as ‘Dorothy’ wasn’t feeling all that great. However, there was a $200 first place prize that called our name. When we arrived back there were several more people in costume, all looking great. Elliot and Gerdy from ET, the Blues Brothers, Lucy & Ethel and a handful of others provided tough competition. But at the end of the night, it was Rose, Blanche, Sophia and Dorothy standing tall with the prize money. Sophia’s dancing certainly helped get the crowd on our side.
It was a great night with great friends, even had we not won the cash. New memories and we’ve already discussed ideas for Halloween 2019. Scott and Melissa; thank you for being a friend.
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