Were You Sexy or Silly on Halloween?

I am not a fan of Halloween, never have been really, it always felt silly dressing up. My earliest memory was when I was about 6 years old, I couldn’t decide whether to be Pregnant or a Princess so I was both, a Pregnant Princess! The neighbors didn’t seem surprised.

Since I can remember I have always gone with the silly Halloween costumes, but most women gravitate to the Sexy ones. You would think that after a few awkward experiences I would have nixed the silly and gone with sexy, but I just couldn’t seem to walk out the door in a ‘fantasy type’ ensemble.

Awkward experience #1) I had a crush on a boy all through Elementary School. When I went to a Halloween party he was there, we talked all night long, he eventually walked me to my car and kissed me! It was pure teenage bliss! I was floating on a crush cloud for hours afterwards. I couldn’t believe after all these years of crushing on him HE KISSED ME! When I arrived home I got into my PJ’s and went into the bathroom to wash my face. When I looked in the mirror I came crashing down off of my crush cloud…I WAS A CLOWN, FULL CLOWN MAKEUP smudged all over my face! I had gone all out that year, billowy outfit, clown hair, make up and nose. Tracy the Clown! I finally got to kiss my crush and I was a CLOWN! (picture is minus the nose and wig, that came off in lightening speed when I saw him from across the room!)

Each year it was the same thing, standing in the drug store looking for ideas at 6 pm the night of, and then staying home. I couldn’t even get it together with Bonnie in Hawaii where there were thousands of people all dressed up walking the streets all day and night. I wore a Duck nose and she wore a Lion nose, you don’t want to know what we walked around saying! Our Mothers would not be impressed!

Awkward experience #2) I went to a big Stargate (TV Series) Halloween party and left my costume until the last minute as usual, I was a really bad kick boxer. I wore my full sparring gear, headgear, mouth guard, GI (Gee), boxing gloves, foot and shin protector, chest pad and I applied make up that made me look bruised and beaten up. I arrived at the party and every girl there was in a rented costume from the Renaissance period or some other grand time! Each had their hair and make up done professionally and they all looked flawless. And then there was me…a beaten up boxer.

Halloween is the one night of the year you can get away with dressing like a hooker and not be judged, and I chose clowns and kick boxers? I laugh with my friend Kent about Halloween costumes women pick and how it doesn’t matter what they pick it’s the Sexy-version of… They might be a hobo but it’s a sexy hobo!

Women love being sexy and this is the night they can live out a fantasy in public and get away with it. If I did ever partake in the sexy-version of…I can’t remember it was so long ago! (that’s my standard answer to anything I wish not to recall)

Last year I went as a Female Cougar (wishful thinking) I wore my own little black dress, with a tail peeking out of the bottom, animal print nylons and ears, and fake eye lashes, which Bonnie said made me look cheap! Purrrrrrfect!

My Mom and Dad met on Halloween when they were 12 years old, so you would think me of all people would view Halloween as a romantic night. Maybe I need to rid myself of the humorous costumes and join the crowds of French Maids, Naughty School Girls and Sexy Hobos? What do you think Kent?

I had to laugh this Halloween night when my daughter changed her outfit numerous times before walking out the door, I’m not even sure what she was in the end? I know exactly how she felt! Preparation is of the utmost importance when it comes to Halloween costumes!

I hope your all enjoying your treats, don’t eat too many ladies they are 80 calories each! If I don’t stop now next years costume will be a no brainer, a Well Fed Cougar!


Spider Queen Black Widow For Halloween

I’m out of town this Halloween and I’m missing our annual AGM/Halloween party that our paddling club hosts.  My friends and neighbours are hosting it only a short stumble from my house which would have been super convenient as well.  🙁  I hate missing out on the fun.   (Take lots of pictures everyone!)

But if I were going to be here, I know what I would be doing for a costume.  I’m going to share it with you today because, even though I may do it next year, I know that most of my friends will forget over the course of a full year.  😉  Go ahead and use this idea if you still haven’t come up with a costume.

The first play I was in was way back in Mrs. Jackson’s grade four class and I was chosen to be  “spider woman”.  I loved it! So perhaps that is why this appeals to me so much.  Or maybe it’s because there are so many spiders around my house I figure if I can’t beat’em I might as well join’em!

You may remember MissChievous from last year when Tracy posted some of her work.  She’s great!  The video is over 11 minutes long but well worth it if you want to create this look.

If you too decide to create the spider queen black widow costume, please send us a photo.  We’d love to see how it turned out!


5 Things You Didn’t Know About Halloween

Bonnie Johnson's PostHappy Halloween everyone.  I just found this article on The Huffington Post and thought I’d share with you.  Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about Halloween…I know I didn’t.

1) Halloween Is The Second Highest Grossing Commercial Holiday After Christmas
What used to be just a singular holiday with minimal things to purchase has turned into an entire “Halloween Season.”  Between decorative lights and lawn ornaments, elaborate costumes and loads of candy, the average American spends a pretty penny on this fall holiday.  However popular Halloween has become, the recession has affected spending for this year’s spooky night.  Spending is down, according the the National Retail Federation. Shoppers will spend an average of $56.31 on the holiday compared to $66.54 in 2008.  Some ways people are cutting down include making homemade costumes, using last year’s decorations and buying less expensive candies.  For the children’s sake, let’s hope everyone doesn’t resort to giving out apples and pennies.  Didn’t you just hate that as a kid?

2) Harry Houdini Died On October 31, 1926
The famous magician was killed (accidentally) by a McGill University student named J. Gordon Whitehead who was hitting him in the stomach repeatedly as part of a stunt.   A week later he died of peritonitis from a ruptured appendix.   Despite acute appendicitis, Houdini refused to seek medical treatment.

3) There’s A Phobia For That
Samhainophobia is an intense and persistent fear of Halloween that can cause panic attacks in sufferers.  Other relevant phobias for this time of year: wiccaphobia (fear of witches), phasmophobia (fear of ghosts), and coimetrophobia (fear of cemeteries).

4) The First Jack-O-Lanterns Weren’t Made Out Of Pumpkins
They were originally hollowed-out turnips.  The modern practiced mutated from the Irish tradition of carving faces of the the dead onto the gourds and putting candles inside to make them glow.  These days your Jack-O-Lantern is most made out of a pumpkin, which most likely came from Illinois–a state that grew 542 million pounds of pumpkin in 2007. (If you live in the US of course)

5) One Quarter Of All The Candy Sold Annually Is For Halloween Night
Yes, no matter how much we eat for Christmas and Thanksgiving, Halloween has corned the market on candy.  As a country (Us again) we consume 20 million pounds of candy corn a year.  Handing out Halloween treats is the perfect excuse to eat some too, as four-in-ten (41%) adults admit that they sneak sweets from their own candy bowl.  And if you’re a kid, hang on to your basket, because home is where the candy thief is as 90% of parents admit to sneaking goodies from their kids’ Halloween trick-or-treat bags.  But whether your stealing some, handing out some or having yours stolen, chances are you’ll get your hands (or miss getting your hands) on a Snickers bar, it has been the number 1 Halloween candy for years.  (Personally my favourite is mini Reece’s peanut butter cups)
Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/30/the-history-of-halloween_n_321021.htm

Just for fun, here are a few interesting Halloween costumes I came across while surfin’ the net:



Mr. Mrs. Potato Head

Mr.and Mrs. Potato Head

Ape caged a boy

Ape caged a boy

Dog eaten by crocodile

Dog eaten by crocodile

Awww. Lobster Baby

Awww. Lobster Baby



Happy Halloween ~ ‘

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JibJab is a favorite of mine, here is my tribute to Halloween starring Bonnie as the Werewolf, Jacquie as the Bride of Frankenstein, myself as Dr. Pretorius, Scott as Frankenstein and John as Dracula, sorry guys, Gavin you’re safe this time!

I was looking up make up ideas for my daughter this Halloween and I stumbled upon “MissChievous” who is an amazing make up artist!  Her videos are fantastic and her blog is worth checking out too! 

Here are a few great Halloween Make up ideas from MissChievous herself!

Have fun and be Safe !!


This Is It – Somehow I Doubt It

Bonnie Johnson's PostIt’s almost Halloween and for the past 25 years Michael Jackson’s Thriller has been played at some point on or around the 31st of every October.

Thriller, a 14-minute feature-length movie and a music video was released on December 2, 1983. It was the most expensive video of its time, costing US$500,000, and Guinness World Records listed it in 2006 as the “most successful music video”, selling over 9 million units.  Often referred to as the greatest music video ever, Thriller proved to have a profound effect on popular culture, and was named “a watershed moment for the music industry” for its unprecedented merging of filmmaking and music. WikipediaMichael Jackson Thriller video

I watched the whole 14 minute original video on YouTube and then got lost in various versions of it, including a strange video of 1500 inmates dressed in orange from a detention facility in the Philippines all doing the “thriller” zombie dance in unison.  We-ird.

I have to admit that at this time of year I often catch myself humming:

cause this is thriller, thriller night
and no ones gonna save you from the beast about to strike

I can’t help myself.  I even twitch my head to my shoulder to the beat like they do in the video (if no ones watching).   If you’re wondering, I never did take the time to learn all the dance moves and I probably never will, but it’s fun watching others do it.

There is even a web site dedicated to getting as many people as possible from all around the world to dance to Thriller at the same time.  Each year they try to break the last years flash mob record of dancers participating. This year “Thrill the World” was this past Saturday/Sunday October 24/25 depending on where in the world you live.   The numbers aren’t in for this year yet, but in 2008 a record 4,179 people from 10 nations (Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Scotland, United States of America, and Wales) simultaneously performed The Thriller Dance.  Keep in mind this was done almost 26 years after the video and song were first released.

Tomorrow the movie “This Is It” based on rehearsal footage for the tour Michael Jackson was supposed to begin in July, comes out, and his first posthumous album, the movie soundtrack, is also out.   Four months after his death, he’s one of the most active performers in the music business, and he’s up for five American Music Awards, too.  When I heard the title for this behind-the-scenes look at the performer as he developed, created and rehearsed for his sold-out concerts, I thought “this is definitely NOT it”.  Jackson has sold 5.9 million solo albums since his death – provoking sad flashbacks to 1983, when “Thriller” all but pulled the record business out of a recession.   “Without a doubt, [Jackson’s death] helped the music industry,” says Silvio Pietroluongo, Billboard’s charts director.   Jackson is likely to be the best selling artist of 2009.