Being a New Zealander, Halloween has never been a big deal for me. We never trick or treated, or held Halloween parties or decorated the house.
The older (gulp) I get, the more I’m into celebrating this macabre holiday. I’m helped, of course, by the fact that my wedding anniversary is on this same day. At 24, I’m the perfect age to fully appreciate the awesome that is Halloween: dressing in zany costumes, hosting cocktail parties, going to Halloween gigs, listening to Cannibal Corpse, making skull cookies, and gorging on chocolate with CDH.
Here are 10 zombie-tastic ways to put a little heavy metal into your Halloween this year:
- Invite your friends over to a party where the theme is “wear something you NEVER get a chance to wear”. Hilarity ensues – wedding dresses, bad 80s leftovers, too-short cocktail outfits, recycled Halloween costumes. Your friends won’t disappoint.
- Make the most gigantic ice-cream sundae ever. Cover it with cream and sprinkles and nuts and lollies and chocolate. Give it a horrifying name (Dr Steff Metal’s Artery ClogMonster). Devour.
- Buy a cheap canvas and paints and doodle a scene from your favorite horror book or movie. It doesn’t matter if you can’t draw – the wobblier everything is, the spookier it looks! Hang on your wall as a piece of modern art. In the bottom right-hand corner, add a price tag for several thousand dollars. You never know who may be in the market for a splodgy rendition of “Murders in the Rue Morgue”.
- Participate in your local ZombieWalk. A ZombieWalk is a group of people who get together in various cities around the world, dress up as zombies and walk a pre-determined path at an apropriate shuffle. It’s great fun and yet another excuse to pull out a costume.
Last year, I went as Dead from Mayhem – with a bullethole in my forehead, and gore dripping down my shirt, which read “I HEART TRANSYLVANIA”. On the back I’d pinned a suicide note that read “Excuse all the blood”. I was joined by friends dressed as Shaun (from Shaun of the Dead), Dimebag Darryl, zombie pirates, and generic one-hit-die zombies.
- Make a Halloween playlist and listen to it all week. Make sure lots of Cannibal Corpse makes the cut.
- Leave spooky voicemail messages on your friend’s cellphones.
- Bake biscuits or cupcakes shaped like ghosts or pumpkins. Surprise your lover or best friend at their workplace with a tray of Halloween goodies.
- Get your friends together and rent a boat for a couple of hours. Dress up like Vikings and listen to Amon Amarth while you row / sail / motor around the harbour. Have a BBQ lunch (lots of red meat) and drink mead and talk shit.
- Buy some orange/black stripy socks. Wear them everywhere.
- Buy yourself something spooky from Etsy.com and make a crafter’s Halloween. Try Northwic, Spooky Hollow, Dark Carnival and for spooky treats. Also, while you’re wandering around Etsy, you could enter the Wedding Skulls Halloween Competition to win a copy of the Halloween Wedding Planner.
What about you, readers? Who’s doing something different and random for Halloween 2009?
Super Snuggles and Shoggoth Kisses