It's the most wonderful time, of the year.
Every year, since I was a child, I have partaken in Halloween festivities to the extreme. I used to have spectacular Halloween parties, some of which involved setting up a "Haunted House" in our garage.
I love to scare the crap out of people. So it's fitting that the novel I am working on is essentially a ghost story (sort of ). It's scary, nonetheless. At least, it scared me writing it late at night, in a big empty house, while listening to Fantomas "Director's Cut."
Speaking of which, if you want awesome scary music for Halloween but are sick of sound effects or the Monster Mash/Thriller/Ghostbusters played a million times, download Fantomas Director's Cut. Or at least sample a few songs at Amazon HERE.
Fantomas is yet another one of Mike Patton's bands (I am sorry I keep bringing him up but he keeps being relevant- though I don't actually like this band of his. They are too loud and noisy for me (I do have some standards) HOWEVER, their album Director's Cut is AWESOME!
It's basically creepy rock/electronic-based covers of scary/weird movie soundtracks. That song that is/was playing right now? That's "Rosemary's Baby" (what have they done to its eyes?)- there is also The Omen, The Godfather, Cape Fear, Twin Peaks, among others. And Charade....which is one of my fav movies ever, but not necessarily scary. Though their cover of the Henry Mancini theme is amazing.
Anyhoo, back to Halloween.
Sometimes I think I am a pretty sadistic person at heart. I used to leave my friends alone in the woods and take off with the flashlight. Or I'd write them threatening notes and tell them that a glowing-eyed monster was watching them (SORRY AYNSLEY!). One year, at a sleepover, I told my friends that my pool (which my bedroom's large screen door looked out on to) was haunted and had my mother dress up as a ghost and roam around the yard at night and tap at the windows. GOOD TIMES! For me. Haha.
I even continued to trick or treat until I was about 15 years old and then I guess I looked too old and people stopped giving me candy. But I always kept up with the tradition of dressing up - even when in countries like New Zealand that don't do Halloween.
I started with a movie/tv character theme in 2000 and have done it for nine years now, starting with: Rogue from X-men, Holly GoLightly, Marilyn Monroe (from Gentleman Prefer Blondes) and one year from The Seven Year Itch, The Bride from Kill Bill, Cinderella, Peggy Bundy...
...Lindsay Funke (from Arrested Development) and my bf was Ferris Bueller:
....Phoenix from X-men:
....Selene from Underworld (my bf was Robert Downey Jr in Tropic Thunder -the dude playin' the dude, disguised as another dude):
And this year? I'm going as Leela and my bf is going as Zapp Brannigan:
SO - I wanna know, what are YOU going as this year??!
PS - I am in Portland right now as this post is getting published. We are here for the long weekend...I'm doing character research for my novel. We also just went on a ghost-hunting tour. I'll be sure to share that experience with you all real shortly!
Rosemarys Baby (Lullabye) - Fantomas