Okay, I couldn't wait until I got back from DragonCon to think about the Halloween Party. Joel and I have decided that, assuming the costumes fit, we're going to be "programs" from Tron this year. We're going to get the costumes for Tron Legacy, some glow paint from a craft store and paint the white strips within the costume either blue or red to glow under black light. We would love to actually buy the strips of light that you can use to light up your costume, but that's just too expensive. We think the glow paint will get mostly the same effect. We're also going to buy Frisbees and paint them to look like data disks. The inflatable data disk that comes with the costume just didn't look good enough.
The general theme of the party will be 80s, (though no one has to dress that way or use that theme for their costumes) so we'll primarily be watching 80s horror movies. Still, I do want to watch Trick R Treat, a very good independent horror film that came out fairly recently. I might make an exception to the theme for that movie. Still, there are plenty of good ones from the 80s to choose from. I'm thinking "Poltergeist" because it's so damn scary, "Gremlins" because it's campy and classic, "An American Werewolf in London" because, honestly, I haven't seen the whole thing yet, and "Evil Dead" or "Evil Dead 2." And of course, the "Lost Boys."
I like to vary it by scary, not scary, scary, etc. Still, nothing is set in stone yet. I just want to actually have a list this time because last year we couldn't decide on anything to watch. I kind of let people put on what they wanted, which basically meant that nothing stayed on for a long period of time. Someone would be like "this reminds me of that movie" and then we ended up not watching anything at all. Not again.
I'm going to try to think of ideas for 80s themed pumpkins as well. If anyone has a good one, please leave your ideas in the comment section. I could use them. I've seen some very good carvings of gizmo from "Gremlins" and David from "The Lost Boys." Whether I actually have the skill to pull off those designs, though, is yet to be seen. I like to think I'm pretty good at pumpkin carving. I've had some very good ones in the past, but I'm nowhere near competition level, so those designs might be too challenging. If they come out well, maybe I'll post the pictures on the blog.
Other than that, probably we'll do the usual. Rock Band will be set up in the blue room, the kitchen will be for refreshments, movies will be in the main room, and people can mill around as they see fit. Hopefully it won't be raining if anyone wants to sit on the porch to talk. I would like to have access to board games and table top role-playing games, but we might not be able to because we actually have a room-mate in the extra room this year. Maybe we can clean up the office and put the games in there. That might be better anyway so that if people want access to the extra computer. We'll see.
Anyway, Happy Haunting. Keep reading and writing.