Sunday, October 31, 2004Happy Halloween!
God, I love Halloween. The only thing I love more than Halloween is Christmas -- and yes, I know it's not "cool" to love Christmas, but I do, even if I don't always love the stuff I gotta do around Christmas. But today's not Christmas, it's Halloween! So screw Christmas! Plenty of time for that later.
It's been a long time since I had a really great Halloween. Two years ago I had a reasonably fun night out with Brian (who, as a skilled prosthetics/make-up effects artist, had a pretty bitchen' costume), but that good Halloween was later cancelled out by What Happened In Los Angeles. (I'll save the LA story for another time.)
I will say this: ANY Halloween in the US is a hundred times better than any Halloween in the UK. The British just don't get the Spirit of Halloween, they're completely hopeless at it. I used to have a running debate with my English ex over whether "Halloween" or "Hallowe'en" was the correct way to spell the word... he posited that since the name was originally anglo in origin, the angloid apostrophe was compulsory; I countered that since we Americans were making far better use of the holiday, we had the right to rename it sans-apostrophe if we wanted to. That led to accusations of Obnoxious Americanism, to which I freely admitted... I can't help being a product of my native culture. All I know is, in Britain the kids don't go Trick-or-Treating, they go out on petty extortion missions, and the adults put on wigs and titter on the Underground. Pfffft. (Strangely, they got all excited over Bonfire Night, which sounds great in theory, even if the execution is generally pretty weak. I'd like to see it done really well sometime.)
Anyhoo, my Halloween is likely to be pretty quiet. Today's the last day of the festival, and it's an early night for us. Tomorrow I'm driving back to Memphis to vote (and how fitting is it that this year Election Day falls on el Dia de los Muertos?) and then coming back Tuesday to wrap up my festival work.
PS: somebody, please, tape the election night stuff for me... any of the big three networks or CNN will do nicely. Get everything. I need it for the film. |