Monday, November 9, 2015

Okay, Okay, I'm Sayin' It. Bye for Now, Halloween.

Well, better do this before it's too late. Did everybody have a good Halloween? I certainly did for the most part. It all happened shortly after a very difficult, heartbreaking personal situation, so there was that, but I tried my best to keep my mind blank and not let that familiar pain ruin yet another holiday for me. My sis, who, as usual, was the main person I hungout with this Halloween, declared this the best Halloween ever. I suppose that's true if you factor in going to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and Universal's Halloween Horror Nights early in the month. I nearly forgot to mention that, so, yes, that certainly makes a difference, and I guess I will need to make one more Halloween post after this one to go into detail about that three night trip. 

Actually, I also still wanna review some scary movies I saw throughout the month, however late those reviews might seem now. Treated myself to Goosebumps (nobody wanted to see that one with me, harumph), went with my mom and sis to Crimson Peak before that, my sis ordered a pizza and rented What We Do in the Shadows for me when I had my bad night, and I went with my friends the day after Halloween to see the new Paranormal Activity movie. I'll try to review those for ya tomorrow, if I can. Sadly, I missed Hotel California 2. I'll have to catch that on Blu later. I also saw the Peanuts movie, which I'll review soon as well, and there was Back to the Future Day, which mostly just served to remind me that I had to sell my Back to the Future DVDs for rent money recently (with a ton of other stuff), but I only did that knowing that new editions were already hitting shelves, and I'm upgrading everything to Blu-Ray, so it's all good, I'll get it back soon. On the day after Back to the Future Day though, I had to wake up super early to make sure we got our copies of this:

Yes, they actually released the newspaper from Back to the Future 2. Too bad the one from the later scene in the film was an exclusive for folks who attended special screenings or something in certain big cities. But, this is not Halloween material, so, getting back on topic...

I prepared for Halloween the usual way this year. All month, I watched my favorite Halloween specials and movies, ate Monster Cereals while doing so, and the place was all decked out, as always.

At some point my sis discovered Trader Joe's, and she introduced me to it shortly after. Great place, and what a selection of pumpkin products! Ha. We came home with some pumpkin ice cream and cookies, and pumpkin cereal, pumpkin butter, and a ton of other stuff I still need to try!

I did try the ice cream and cookies though. Very nice!

My sis had a thing at the office where she works, some kind of decorating competition, and they decorated their area with a Frankenstein theme. As always, she got really into it, and I helped her sculpt the monster's head. I believe her team always wins, ha. This pic isn't even the whole area. There was a lab and everything! On Halloween, she dressed as the Bride, but that was just her work costume. She usually has multiple costumes.

And, speaking of costumes, after quite some time, as you know, I settled on doing a costume of Pete, AKA Peg-Leg-Pete, AKA Black Pete, Disney's first villain. 

See, every time I get my heart broken, I put on like 50 lbs or somethin', that makes it hard to think of a GOOD costume, but I think this one turned out pretty awesome when all was said and done, and hopefully next year I won't have to look for a fat guy costume anymore. Diet starts Monday! Ha ha. 

No, seriously. Gonna work on that. Still, after multiple makeup tests, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. But, boy, I did the perfect amount of makeup tests. Funny thing was, the first one was pretty good, then they got uglier and uglier, but then I figured it all out on Halloween night, and it turned out perfect!

This was the first makeup test. Actually really liked this one. I don't know why it looks like Pete to me. It really doesn't, but it has a Pete like Personality. Also, something about my eyes in this, they're just so beautiful. Ha, nah, something about them really gives this a Jim Carrey Grinch look to me that I thought was pretty cool. Of course, the fact that I had gone unshaven for so long is really what made this look...

This beard was already too long for Pete though, so I shaved it off to wait for a new shadow to great that was more Pete length while I sought out the rest of my costume. Not an easy task, since this year there was an odd shortage of Halloween stores; never found a Spirit, and no Halloween Warehouse! Just Halloween express... Not my fave, but I got a few things there and at some other place, I forget the name. Got my net at Wal-Mart though, and some other stuff at Hobby Lobby and even Burlington Coat Factory. Already had Pluto.

 Next makeup test, I tried the more common Pete look with black all around the eye area. I screwed that up a bit by not covering my eyes completely and not taking it down over the bridge of my nose. Also, this look just made me look awful, ha.

The next time, my sis suggested teeth were necessary, and a widow's peak. That was the night before Halloween, when I did one last test. This was the result. I liked the teeth idea, but realized, after studying the picture a long time, that I still didn't have the makeup right, I needed a better way to do the teeth than bits of foam I'd have to keep adjusting all night, and the ears were too big. All together, I looked like a bat rather than a big cat.

On Halloween, I was down to the crunch. I had worked on my ears, and now I had to figure out the makeup and teeth.

I actually went higher with the widows peak. The stubble was close enough, luckily. Covered my ears totally black, and as for the teeth, I realized the best option was just to paint them on. Someone made me think of that. Someone talking about a vampire costume or toy with the teeth just painted on. Maybe a friend at work telling me about her Monster High dolls, I'm not totally sure if that's where I got the idea or not, but it worked, and I loved the final result!

I'm getting ahead of myself though. Knowing we were gonna go downtown Halloween night to see the costumed crowd parading up and down 6th st (here in Austin, TX), largely because we know of nothing else to do here, we had our traditional Halloween feast on Halloween Eve.

That's our Halloween feast. Pizza Hut stuffed crust, Tyson Hot Wings, apple cider, Lays Sour Cream and Onion potato chips and Nacho Cheese Doritos with French Onion Dip on the side, cookies for dessert (always chocolate chip and usually something else, this year it was Reese's Pieces Peanut Butter cookies), and, of course, plenty of Halloween candy (the good stuff), which we'd had out all week for our prime Halloween movie watching. This particular night, we would watch some of the best stuff, from Worst Witch to Midnight Hour. Normally, we'd watch Hocus Pocus last, but I guess we'd watched it a lot that month already, and time was limited. In fact, for me it was a work night. This is normally what my Halloween nights used to be like in my hometown, by the way, as I would pass out candy in costume, often with a pretty nice display on the front porch. I used to back shaped cookies and my graveyard cake, too. Someday, I'll back my graveyard cake again. It's pretty incredible. But clearly, we had plenty of goodies since it was just the two of us. Yeah, this stuff lasted a while. 

Halloween itself was soon upon us. If you remember, I had to cancel my table at the Wizard World Austin comic convention this year. Well, two of my best friends from back home came to town to see it anyway. They had a great time last year, but this time they texted me that it had been pretty dead, and they actually abandoned it to go to the local comic shops instead. Certainly made me feel better about canceling! We thought it being on Halloween would make it a big deal, especially on a Saturday. I guess people were more interested in going out and getting their freak on! Well, that wasn't all the interesting information my friends had for me. Bruce Campbell and Ted Raimi of Evil Dead (and lots of other) fame were here for the comic con and to party on 6th at a screening of the premiere of the new Evil Dead TV series. Yeah, pretty freakin' awesome! And at our favorite hangout on rare occasion that my sis and I arrive on 6th a bit early for a Terror Tuesday showing, the Jackalope! The Jackalope is basically the coolest bar on 6th. Well, it's the one we like, anyway. So, heck yeah, we made plans to meet up with my friends there. We actually got this news while putting on our costumes to head that way anyways.

Man, I remember when I was still able to dress as Ash for Halloween. my costume was perfect! I really need to get to where I can do that again, among other costumes I've always wanted to do. Oh well, like I said, in the end, I was very happy with how my costume turned out, all things considered. And, if you didn't get it yet and didn't read my previous article, yeah, it's Pete as a dogcatcher. I do wish I had a Pluto three times the size of this one though. He matches my Mickey fine, but for this. Oh well. I still love how it came out.

My sis dressed as Jessica 6 from Logan's Run. If you remember that Scifi classic, you're pretty awesome. Well, you've got some knowledge. Or you're old. I don't really know how awesome you are. I guess you could still be an asshole.

Well, we headed downtown as quick as we could, but I guess we were still cutting it pretty close. When we got to the Jackalope, we really had to squeeze through. But at least we could still get in. Later in the night, there was a line and a cover, and all sorts of reasons not to want to, ha, but by then we were heading home, because 6th St on Halloween, on a Saturday, gaining an extra hour that night from Daylight Savings, that place got crazy crowded earlier than usual, I think. Again though, I'm getting ahead of myself.

Basically, we squeezed in, found my friends at the bar, said hi, and then had to find some empty area to stand where we weren't in the way of the traffic, which unfortunately was not near my friends. On the bright side though, it was right near Bruce Campbell's table, which was roped off and all, but right there on this elevated area where we all could see. Above him, and everywhere around, were TV screens where his new show would be premiering later in the evening. So, we stood around and waited, and sometimes we talked to people who commented on our costumes and even asked to take pictures with us. It was a much better atmosphere than out on the street that particular Halloween. We were amazed at how many people recognized our costumes, in fact, though most people recognized me via Goof Troop rather than the tons of other Disney cartoons Pete has been in, which is funny, because I was not at all dressed like Goof Troop Pete, who was an RV salesman and almost always wore a suit. But, I digress. Still pretty good that it was recognized, especially considering how drunk some of those peeps were. Anywho, as you can see in the pics below, my sis managed to land a photo with both Bruce and Ted Raimi. Pretty freakin' cool. I decided to hold out for some future comic con, since I know you can get great pics with Bruce at those, and he was getting pestered enough. Oh, man, I wish I had a photo of this one girl who bought Bruce a drink and clearly was hoping to go home with him or something, ha. She was dressed as Baby Doll from Sucker Punch, and she was almost a dead ringer for her, except even hotter! Damn, I wonder if she had any luck with that! Ha. Unfortunately, I don't get to go around taking pics of costumed hotties this time either. I always seem to have costumes with big gloves, ha.

That last pic is of me out on 6th with two of my three best friends from back home, Albert and his wife Marisa. Albert is actually the inspiration for my comic strip character Russell Scarecrow. My other best friend, Marty, AKA Robert "Fish" Gillman, was back home planning his wedding. And I only call that place "home" for lack of a better word. I currently have a best friend at work too, but he insists Halloween is a holiday for kids. However, he hates Star Wars, so all his opinions are invalid.

Well, the TV show, by the way, was fantastic! Longtime Evil Dead fan here, and the only thing that sucks is that they apparently don't have the legal rights to Army of Darkness, the third Evil Dead film, so that have to be careful not to reference that film in the series. I hope they'll be creative with that rather than trying to convince us that film is no longer canon. Man, all these copyright issues just keep mucking up everything these days, don't they? Music on DVD releases, Marvel characters on the big screen, everything! But, as I said, the show was awesome! Now, I just need to see how I can watch the rest of the show online so I don't have to wait till each season hits blu-ray.

Bruce Campbell started tending bar after the premiere, and we hungout for a while before deciding to go check things out on the street. That was a mistake, since we heard later from an inside source that Bruce eventually was dancing on the bar Coyote Ugly style. Ya know, I still haven't seen that movie? And that place is like right on 6th, too. 

Oh yeah, got my sis to take a picture of a sexy Ewok. "She was furry nice." Love this style of sexy Ewok costume. I've seen some famous cosplayer with a thing for Star Wars wearing it online before. Unfortunately, this one came with some red armed pirate dude in camo. Anyone know who that's supposed to be? And, no, I still don't like tattoos.

So, as I said, we headed out on 6th. Here are some random shots my sis got out there.

Check out that dude dressed as Mr. Tumnus! That's pretty freakin' awesome!

There were lots of Red Riding Hoods, too, which I also highly approve of. One in particular I wish I'd gotten a pic of, not to mention this really hot Wednesday who made me wish I'd gone as Pugsley again. Actually, I've never gotten to wear that on 6th. It'd be a great excuse to take pictures with Wednesdays. I do have a fetish for girls dressed as Wednesday (among other things). Though, I still hope I don't have to do a chubby costume next year. Oh, look, Michonne!

Ooh! And good on you sis for landing this sexy Scarecrow pic! I didn't think you'd gotten that one!
Very nice!

Actually, I think this was a weaker year than usual for sexy costumes in terms of numbers. But they might have all been dancing it up in the clubs. Walked by one bar with big windows, and the people dancing inside were putting on quite a show. And by that I mean they were vigorously dry humping each other in front of the window, small children not more than a few feet away. Don't get me wrong, I was more surprised to see so many children out on 6th at that hour. I mean, we're talking little kids. Jeez, take them trick or treating or something! Anyways, yeah, there were some hotties still, but just in general there were so many people not wearing costumes at all. I think more than usual.

Yeah, except for this one more shot of us, and, I don't know, is that Lady Rainicorn back there? Or a pinata? Either way, Jimmy want, but yeah, that's about it for the pics we got. Ew, meat people.

Overall, the actual 6th street part, I mean, the parade of sorts outside, it's been a lot better. We got recognized more inside the pub, and on the street this year, maybe it was the hour we went out there, but it was just too hectic and too many folks not in costume, and the crowd got really thick really fast. It always eventually gets to a point that you are literally caught up in a crowd so thick you can't move. You literally have to push or let the crowd push you down the street, hopefully in the direction you want, and everyone is all angry and getting injured, and their costumes getting destroyed and so on. At that point, we are usually already gone or I am safely watching from the sidewalk. This time, we unfortunately got caught up in it, but we somehow made our way out and headed home. That last part was a bit rough, and 6th Street, the actual street part, was disappointing compared to previous years. Like I said, we might have gotten out onto it a bit too late in the evening. But, we loved our costumes, got to hangout with good friends I rarely get to see anymore, and watching Ash vs. the Evil Dead at the Jackalope with Bruce Cambell and Ted Raimi was pretty effin' cool! And I was off the next day, so that was sweet too. That meant I got to end Halloween the way I always love to: on the couch with more goodies and Halloween movies and specials!

I continued to celebrate the following day and night as well. After all, there were plenty of goodies left and more traditional Halloween stuff I hadn't seen. Yeah, it was a pretty good Halloween. If you include all the stuff we did all month, definitely one of the best. Yeah, one of the worst things ever happened to me that month that I won't discuss, but... thank Sam for Halloween. Talk to you guys later.

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