Happy November, everyone! It’s a brand new month and the beginning of the impending holiday season. I hope you’re all ready- or as ready as you can be right now- and I especially hope this past weekend (or “Halloweekend.” as I like to call it) was a lot of fun for you and your friends/loved ones!
I’m back at work this morning, and honestly I’m still a little- okay, a lot– tired from this past weekend’s nonstop festivities celebrating Halloween and the end of October, and which kicked off this past Friday night with a trip through the Haunted Overload trail in Lee, New Hampshire. Some of you may remember I wrote about a day trip- which was infinitely less terrifying- I had made to Haunted Overload last Fall. It’s one of my favorite places to visit this time of year, although I hadn’t been to the actual nighttime event since before COVID-19 hit.
I went with my friend Sean, who was the person who initially introduced me to Haunted Overload a few years ago- and who snagged us tickets to the very last entry time for Friday evening at 9:30 PM. We were actually the last two people in line after arriving a little late due to torrential rain and traffic delays- which made the experience all the more intense since there was no one in front of us or behind us to hide/run around.
Although we finished up a little past midnight after a lengthy line wait prior to entry to the actual trail- it was still so unbelievably fun and definitely something I hope continues to be an annual tradition among my friends and I.
On Saturday, after sleeping in late and enjoying a huge homemade breakfast/brunch courtesy of Sean and our friend (and his roommate) Paulo- Sean and I headed to Barre, Massachusetts for our friend Stef’s Halloween party on her farm. Since we couldn’t do anything last year to commemorate our favorite holiday, pretty much everyone showed up ready to party- including friends I hadn’t seen since before the pandemic had started.
I wore an easy enough costume, which wasn’t a requirement for the party but was strongly suggested. I kept it simple with a terrycloth skeleton onesie for maximum comfort and a rose gold wig just to add a little brightness to the look. You can see a couple of photos HERE and HERE!
It was so great being able to catch up over great food, over-the-top horror movies that were playing in the background, and late night game sessions including charades and ‘You Don’t Know Jack.’ At one point, we were all in tears from laughing so hard at rounds of trivia and Pictionary that I thought for sure we’d have to pause the game to compose ourselves. It was so, so fun.
We’re already in talks for bringing back ‘Friendsgiving’ this month- and I cannot wait!
And last night for the actual Halloween holiday- and with the rain still falling sporadically- I enjoyed dinner and classic horror movies with my family before taking my niece Trick-Or-Treating around the neighborhood where she made out like a bandit and had the ultimate candy haul by the end of the night. Such a good time!
I’m a little bummed that Spooky Season has come to an end as of today, especially since I’ve been having so much fun with all things haunted and horror- but I’m looking forward to getting into a more Christmas-y state of mind in the coming weeks ahead. I have a lot planned!