Decorations, costumes, office parties, themed
events — this is the season to get creative.
Suddenly I remembered
how the invitation had come
in a glass bottle and looked
like a treasure map. How
could I have missed this
the invitation had come in a glass bottle and
looked like a treasure map. How could I have
missed this obvious clue? I suggested we turn
around and head home. However, Claudia,
dressed as a Bond girl, was ready to party.
“Nope, we’re pirate booty. C’mon, we’ll have a
great time,” she declared and left me in the car.
After a minute or t wo of mulling over the pros
and cons of walking in “lightly” dressed in pastries, I figured, “Why not? I won’t know anyone
anyway.” I was right and Claudia was right, and
the costumes made all the difference.
Much to the chagrin of retailers, costumes
don’t have to be expensive. My t wo recent
favorites were straight from my closet and
garage: a literal “deadline,” which consists of
a black bodysuit with white electrical tape
running from toes to nose with lots of blood
dripping from the eyes, and a “ghost writer,”
which was easy to pull off with a flowy white
dress and a notepad and pen around the neck,
plus a painted white face and (again) lots of
blood dripping from the eyes.
Our office staff steps up to the holiday in
a big way. Some highlights have been Leah
Bronson’s Snooki from Jersey Shore, which she
topped the next year by walking in wearing a
cardboard nightstand complete with a lamp,
a “one night stand.” Michele Johnson has
floated in dressed to the nines as a La Calavera
Catrina or a baby ape from Planet of the Apes.
Her husband, Duane, owns Artistic Lighting
in Novato and is famous for his Halloween
parties, where he definitely proves his lighting
know-how. I’m pretty sure this year we’ll see
a few renditions of Trump and perhaps a few
Irmas. What are you planning to wear? Please
tag us in your festive photos — we love to see
the creativity of our county come to life (or
faux death). Happy Halloween.
Mimi Towle, Editor
THIS YEAR WE asked our Facebook friends to comment on or email us their favorite memories of Halloween, and I loved the responses. One was especially
sweet, describing how the tradition of erecting a giant spider on the roof (intended to look
scary) has become an endearing neighborhood seasonal treat for over a decade. Which
is a reminder to all those spirited home decorators: your efforts (in this case, to lug and
install a furry black toy statue) do have value
and your decoration just might become someone’s cherished childhood memory.
The best part about investing in these
eclectic decorations, besides creating tradi-
tion, is securing your inventory of fun items.
You know, those things that make you say, “I
would totally wear this Trump mask again” or
“You can never have too many colored wigs.”
Take, for instance, my friend Claudia. Last
year when I had the opportunity to attend
the swanky Jordan Winery Halloween bash
in Healdsburg, I mentioned the event to her
beforehand to gauge her interest in driving up
for the night. She showed up at my house with
an array of costume options. Steampunk princess, sexy nurse … but my eye caught a cherry
topping a pastel cupcake on the bottom of
the pile. Upon further digging, I discovered it
was attached to another cupcake and a bright
royal-blue miniskirt with ribbons. Turns out,
this fabulously festive visual feast was part
of the Katy Perry California Girl ensemble.
Perfect! I was a little insecure about the
amount of me showing, but I figured it would
be crowded and dark.
“Welcome Ye Wenches and Swarthy Pirates”
read a huge sign as we entered the property.
A little farther up, two costumed men were
engaged in a sword fight. We slowed down and
I rolled down the window. “Is this a theme
party?” I asked. Suddenly I remembered how