Friday, October 06, 2006

SwedeHart's Halloween Party Play Along

Jess tagged me with a SwedeHart Halloween meme. I'm playing along...but you'll have to go look at SwedeHart Stories for cool pix of chix playing pickup stix (well, I was in a rhyming mood...it's more like chicks in German Brauhaus getups).

1. What's the scariest movie you've ever seen?
Texas Chainsaw Massacre...the original one. I was young when I saw it, and horror movies weren't that common (of that ilk). I thought I was scared when I saw The Exorcist, I KNEW I was scared when I saw Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

2. What was your favorite Halloween costume from childhood?
We didn't have a lot of money when I was a kid, so it seemed inevitable that I'd go as a hobo each year (big stretch). I would put on old clothes, fill in some of the arms with leaves, and my mother would burn a cork and wipe it on my face to make me look like I had a beard. Since I was a hobo every year, I'd have to say hobo. (Little side note: I just learned recently that the word "hobo" is derived from Hoboken, as in New Jersey. Now they just call themselves Ho's if they're from Hoboken).

3. If you had an unlimited budget, what would your Fantasy Costume be for this Halloween?
Phantom of the Opera. With a really cool ceramic mask. And a cape lined with magenta silk. Or maybe I would be a hobo. I don't know, I'm a little torn.

4. When was the last time you went Trick or Treating?
I was 11. We lived in Chicago, and that was at the height of racial tensions. I had gone out dressed in my hobo outfit with my friends, who, coincidentally, were also dressed as hobos, and we had collected a LOT of candy in our pillowcases. Back in those days, people gave the big candy bars (they don't even make those anymore), along with popcorn balls and handsful of candy corn. And money. Well, we had gotten over a few blocks more than we should have when all of a sudden we were swarmed. Punched. Kicked. Slammed. A bunch of teenagers, and big ones at that, beat the shit out of us and stole our candy. That ended Halloween in the big city. Now it's fun to watch my kids go out in our safe little neighborhood and know that 1) they won't have their asses kicked by roving gangs of candy thieves, and 2) they don't have to go in hobo costumes.

5. What's your favorite Halloween candy?
I'm all over Almond Joy. Dang, I love that coconut center. Hobos never get Almond Joys during the year.

6. Tell us about a scary nightmare you had.
My worst one ever happened when I was about five or six. We had just moved into a new (old) house, and the first night there I got a night terror. I can still remember it, even though it's been a ton of years later. I had a sensation that there was a ghost hovering over my bed...and it was pink, and coated me like cotton candy. (Dreams don't have to make sense, do they?) I was freaked the hell out. And screamed like a crazy person. I don't know what happened or why, but I got spooked in that house. And for some reason, I really think it was because I was a pink ghost freak, we moved about a month later.

7. What is your Supernatural Fear?
I'm not too introspective on that one, I guess. I would hate it though if there was a Hobo Supernatural Power that smelled of burnt cork and hung around schoolyards when it wasn't living below sewer grates.

8. What is your Creepy-Crawly Fear?
I thought this question was about Creepy Crawlers, which Pax and I both loved when we were growing up. I still love the smell of cooking Goop. But bugs....hmmmm...I would say I don't like millipedes. They're slimy. Only thing worse? Millipedes on a hobo.

9. Tell us about a time when you saw a ghost, or heard something go bump in the night.
It was the Pink Cotton Candy Ghost I talked about above.

10. Would you ever stay in a real Haunted House overnight?
I've got enough stress and excitement. I'd probably go for something more exciting than scary if I had a choice.

11. Are you a traditionalist (just a face) Jack O'Lantern Carver, or do you get really creative with your pumpkins?
I'm not very creative with my pumpkin carving. The old ADD kicks in and voila!, one traditional jack-o-lantern with triangle eyes and nose, and three snaggly teeth. But this year, maybe I'll go upscale and carve a hobo's face into one. Or a Pink Cotton Candy Ghost.

12. How much do you decorate your home for Halloween?
Hobos don't have houses, but if I did would super like to have crepe paper decorations (I love the feel of crepe paper). But I'm not much of a decorator. Mrs. iFlipFlop does much more...and crepe paper is involved. Plus, the Youngest iFlipFlop is all over decorating the windows and such. So...they house is decorated.

13. What do you want on your Tombstone?
I tend to like pepperoni and extra cheese. Can you get pizzas delivered to rail cars? My hobo friends like pizza, too.


BTW: I'm tagging Bill and Rick, and if there was ever two guys who needed blogs, it's those two.

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