Have I mentioned yet that I love Halloween?
The weekend started off of the right note friday night with the Dead Celebrity 3 Miler. Where you go dressed as a (I’m sure you’ve guessed it) celebrity that has died within the last year. I struggled with this for a while. I don’t like doing the typical thing, so my initial thought had been to go dressed as Knut the polar bear (if you don’t what I’m talking about, go google it and come back. I’ll wait for you). Sadly I didn’t get myself together quickly enough to pull this one off properly, so I had to ditch that idea. My second choice was going as Elizabeth Taylor circa Cleopatra. I’ve always wanted to do Halloween as Cleo, but for various reasons haven’t. We had also kicked around the idea of going as wild animals (there was a recent bit of drama out in Zanesville- again, you’ll just have to google it), but I was concerned that it would be in poor taste, and I didn’t want other peoples political ideals interfering with my twisted sense of humor. So
Cleo Liz it was.
Due to time constraints (from my procrastination), I opted for a purchased costume from a Halloween store. Really, any excuse to go into a Halloween store and shop will do. I think I visited every Halloween store in the city at some point. A few of them I stopped at a couple of times. I’m pretty sure they didn’t recognize me, so it’s ok. By the time it was all said and done, I had a costume, makeup, a wig, and a new costume for the Hubby. And I couldn’t wait to wear it. I put a lot of thought into getting the makeup “just right,” and I also had fake lashes and nails to complete the look. So on Friday at 3pm, I began.
The race began at 7:30pm. You have no idea my deep obsession with perfection. OCD much? Probably. But it was totally worth it.
We made it down to the Arena District, where the race was being held around 7:20pm. It was kinda chilly that night, and Hubby didn’t want to be lingering outside longer than he had to. We had just enough time to gawk at all the other costumes before we got started. There were several groups of wild animals with bullet wounds (apparently I didn’t need to worry about offending people), there were also a lot of Macho Man Randy Savage, Steve Jobs, Amy Winehouse, a handful of Osamas and Gadhafis, and several Liz Taylor’s. And… someone was dressed as Knut!!! I couldn’t believe it, and I made it a point to tell her how awesome her costume was. There was also a woman dressed as Leslie Nielsen and she walked the entire course in a homemade airplane. Super Cool. But I think my favorite was the group that came as different Liz Taylor’s. There were about 6 of them, all from different movies, and they brought Michael Jackson with them! It was fantastic. This is one of the many reasons that I love Halloween, and I love that there are so many people that seem to share that feeling.
The course itself was a simple out and back through the arena district and little of the Victorian Village (do all cities have specially named sections like this? Victorian, German, Italian, Short North…) with one water stop just before the turnaround. I wasn’t going for any particular time, my main goal was for my wig to stay on, so it was a nice leisurely pace for me. I also didn’t have my mp3 player with me. It was in my bag, but I was so caught up with looking at the other costumes, that I never grabbed it. And that worked out to be the best way to enjoy it. I got to talk to other runners, I had police and random bystanders calling out encouragement and comments about my costume. The volunteers at the water station were great! They were shouting and encouraging and telling everyone how great they looked. There was a lot of traffic since they had streets blocked for us, and there were at least 3 groups that were hanging out of their cars shouting and cheering for all the runners. It was probably the most fun race that I have participated in to date. I can’t wait to make this an annual tradition.
And the fun didn’t stop there! The after party was at 343 Front St. Tavern in the Arena District. I haven’t been there before, but it was a nice cozy kind of bar. It looked like it could be made into a bigger area, and there is a stage at one end. There was a live band that was really good (Off the Hook- if you like live music, and they’re the band, go see them) and then came the awards.
They brought all the different groups onto the stage, decided who was the best overall, and they got a gift certificate to the Tavern. Then they awarded an overall Best in Show kind of thing, and that person won a brand new bike! Awesome. I was not even in the running for the grand prize, and honestly, didn’t think that my costume was good enough for the Liz Taylor division. So imagine my surprise when they announced the individual winner, and were pointing at me! I don’t win things! Ever! I couldn’t believe it. After that, I couldn’t help but constantly point out my awesome makeup job, because that had to be what did it. I probably referenced it at least a dozen times through the night. Hubby could only just shake his head at me.
After we were done hanging out there, we headed over to Highball Halloween, which is basically a street party, fashion show, and generalized partying. And even more amazing costumes. We wandered around, ran into some people that we knew, and eventually headed home when it started getting too cold.
I know, crazy party animals, right? I don’t know how people keep up with us 🙂
Saturday was spent trying to get my makeup off. When this eyeliner said waterproof, it meant it. It’s now 5 days later, and there are still remnants of it. I also had to evaluate the damage done to my costume.
I also did a little shopping later in the afternoon (you know, after I finally got out of bed) for some medal displaying supplies. I’m working on combining this with a goal board, but you’ll have to wait for another post for that update.
Sunday was spent
finally putting out finalizing my Halloween decorations. This included finally getting my pumpkin carved. Big fat slacker, I know.
And finally it was Halloween! I did have to work until 6, so I missed the start of Beggar’s Night, but I totally made up for it by wearing this…
And finally, to top off what was the best Halloween I’ve had for several years, I stalked all the Halloween stores once again on Tuesday for the 50% off sales. Oh yes, I did. You better believe that I am armed and ready for next year!
I hope your Halloween was just as awesome!