pumpkincat1Halloween is my favourite holiday; I love dressing up, carving pumpkins, and the general fun atmosphere.I’ve had some very creative costumes over the years — last year I was a fairy (sewn from scratch), I’ve been an Oompa Loompa, Edward Scissorhands, a hobbit, Cinderella, and more.

Last night I dressed up at Magenta and we went to Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Ridge Theatre. It was really fun because while the movie was playing, a cast acted out on stage, and then there were props that audience members brought. When it rained in the first scenes, there were water guns; during the wedding, people threw rice; when Frank proposed a toast, everyone threw (unbuttered) toast. People also shouted different things during the show — asking questions at the right time and the next line in the movie would produce a funny answer.

This year is the first year that I haven’t carved a pumpkin. Normally I carve a pumpkin for my parent’s house to denote it as “open” for trick-or-treating. But because I’m living in my own basement suite, there will be no trick-or-treaters coming round tonight. (Pumpkin/cat photo is from last year)

Tonight (Halloween night!) I’m going to Mountain View Cemetery for the Night of All Souls event. It goes on all weekend honouring the dead and celebrating life. You can create memorials, look in the cemetery records, participate in ceremonies, and listen to local poets. The special event tonight is a Mexican Day of the Dead celebration including mariachi, special food and drink, and traditional dances. I’m looking forward to checking this out!