Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Another year, another Halloween party...and once again, I have waited until the last possible minute to find a costume. So what should I be? I typically try to do something creative and homemade, rather than grabbing a witch, vampire, cat or nurse outfit from the local costume shop. Unfortunately, all of the ideas I've come up with require time and patience - neither of which I will have tomorrow. So please weigh in (as long as you don't suggest something like Lady Gaga, the Jersey Shore cast or one of those lame Twilight vampires...ugh!) if you have any fun ideas - I'll be hitting up the local thrift stores tomorrow morning.

Moving on, I went to a haunted house earlier this week...well, according to several magazines and travel shows, I went to THE haunted house. I joined a group of friends at Netherworld, which is ranked one of the spookiest haunted houses in the nation year after year. I have to say, it was a trip! While it wasn't scary, per se, the costumes, makeup and scenery was almost awe-inspiring. From gargoyles flying out from the rafters above your head to statues that come to life and floors moving beneath your feet, there is never a dull moment at the joint. And for a stormy weeknight, the place was packed! It took about 30 to 45 minutes to get into the main haunted house, even with staff herding us in like cattle. And unfortunately, the crowded house meant that sometimes you would see the people in front of you get frightened by a guy or gal hiding in the corner - which then ruined the surprise when your group walked around the same bend a minute or two later. Still, the thrill was more along the lines of a sensory overload - squishy floors, vertigo-inducing tunnels, a hall of mirrors, walls that close in and wet things that drip on your neck and shoulders. As for the smaller haunted house on site, it was no less creepy and featured a gory theme straight out of "Deliverance" or "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre." I saw it described somewhere as "redneck scary," which is pretty accurate - especially when you find yourself running past walls covered in cockroaches(BLECH!) while chased by a masked man wielding a chainsaw. Good times!

Okay, so back to Halloween. If you plan on buying candy, look for a lower-calorie version. Sugar-free chocolate, for example, can save 50 calories. Remember, you can indulge - just don't overdo it on the food and booze, especially if you're watching your weight. Either way, have a great, safe weekend!

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