You know those Jack-O-Lanterns you carefully carved leading up to Halloween? It’s quite a shame when their pristine looks can’t make it at least as log as the holiday they were meant for. Here’s a gallery of these such wonders, the wonders of decaying carved pumpkins. Sometimes the withering ones look more creepy than the fresh ones!
When you go to a ballet and it starts out with a death scene, a graveyard and a magical tree, you know you are in for something different. Last night I went to see the San Francisco Ballet’s production of, “Cinderella” and surprisingly enough, I am now blogging about it as part of my Halloween Countdown. Although this run at The Kennedy Center ends this Sunday, October 30th, if you find yourself with the spare time, I definitely recommend grabbing some tickets.
I’m sure we’re all aware of the fairy tale of Cinderella, made popular by Disney, but this rendition although definitely magical, is at times spooky and mysterious. This ballet incorporates some truly magnificent costumes, complete with oversized heads, trailing fingernails, a full suit of armor, and creepy masked figures. Some might think this show depicts a nightmare, however it is all because of magic. One of my favorite parts of the show was a rainbow created out of floating chairs. If my chairs ever floated up to the rafters, I’d be scared out of my mind. But in this production, the somewhat randomly flying chairs seem to be in lieu of a scene change to clear off the furniture. Whatever the reason for the ghostly appearance, it becomes quite the spectacle.
In addition to the at times, spooky scenery and costumes, the musical score written by Sergei Prokofiev also reflects the eerie tale. Some of the melodies reminded me of something you might hear in a “Harry Potter” movie, which adds to the magical feeling and aura of mystique. I also enjoyed Christopher Wheeldon’s choreography of intertwining twirling and unpredictable “cheerleader” like lines of movement. I was impressed with how well the story was told through dance at times, bits of humor like the drunken dance by the stepmother and the prince as a child scheming with his friend.
As much as this is a “happily ever after” tale, this production will not let you forget how twisted and dark the story is. A great lead-up to Halloween, this story of a tossed aside slave girl who finds love in unexpectedly, is one that might just haunt your dreams. Bet you would never think to “beware of Cinderella,” but for this ballet, you might be thankful you did.
Halloween Countdown: 3 days!
When most people think of decorating for Halloween, they think of ways to decorate their home. But nothing says your food can’t also be decorated to get in that spooky spirit too! Here are some ways you can decorate specifically waffles in time for your Halloween breakfast!
Halloween Countdown: 5 days!
Halloween season always makes me think of those who have been important in my life who are no longer alive. It’s an inevitable thought process when imagery of ghosts and skeletons fill the scene. It’s nice to think back on loved ones who are now deceased – until it becomes creepy and their memories haunt you…
Last night I had a dream about a friend of mine who recently died (a few months ago). In my dream, he had texted me something like, “wanna hang out?” and I was puzzled because I had decided to delete his phone number from my phone when he died. My dream had me feeling hopeful- maybe his death was a hoax? Maybe he was still alive. Because how else could I have not only received a text from him, but from his telephone number linked to his name. I was bewildered.
I recall hearing somewhere that if you see or communicate with someone dead in a dream, then that is one method of seeing a ghost. I completely agree with that idea. So it seems that last night I communicated with the ghost of my late friend. On one hand, that’s a nice feeling; knowing that communication with someone I miss is still possible. On the other hand, the message he sent me in my dream becomes a bit cryptic. Could, “wanna hang out?” be some sort of lure from the dead to the living? If I believed this was a dark and unsettling scenario, I might think my friend’s ghost wanted me dead so we could better hang out.
However, I am not under the impression that the latter is the case. Especially since nothing became of the text in my dream, other than a general sense of mystery. Either way, the dream is all too appropriate for Halloween time.
Halloween is in 6 days!
Over the weekend I hosted my annual Halloween party which was quite a success. One of the highlights of the party was the impressive spread of food to share and be on display. This year I decided to try my hand at a few food ideas from Pinterest and was delighted with how well they came out…
First was these spider-topped deviled eggs. Making *deviled* eggs is already enough of a Halloween-appropriate twist on eggs, but topping them with spiders was the visual show I desired. It turned out that cutting the black olives up into slivers for the legs was surprisingly tricky. And the placement of each leg took careful precision. I would consider making these again:
Next I made a vegetable display to look like a skeleton. Like the deviled eggs, I wanted to include some food that was on the healthier end. Everyone likes raw veggies especially when you can dip them in a less-healthy dip. (The head is a dish of ranch dressing.) I already enjoy making pretty displays of food so I would definitely make this again.
Lastly I found the simplest of Halloween recipes: Witches Brooms. Take a miniature Reese’s Cup, place it upside down and put a pretzel stick into the candy. So easy, that the most difficult part was just removing the double layers of wrapper. This is so easy, I wouldn’t not make it again!
I went on a ghost tour of Georgetown this week which was a lot of fun. So in honor of that ghost tour and that we are only a few days past Halloween, today I am sharing a real event that happened to me this week…
I was on a walk in my neighborhood earlier this week (on Monday or Tuesday evening). It was only a few days after Halloween, but my favorite holiday was still on my mind. I was on my way back to my apartment and was only a few blocks till I made it home. Ahead of me was a four-way intersection. I noticed a middle-aged woman crossing the street in front of me coming from the other side of the street. I noticed that she was draped entirely in a white cloth (a shawl/hoodie?) that to my amusement reminded me of a make-shift ghost costume. As she crossed in front of me and started turning the corner that I had just come to, I quickly whipped out my phone to take a photo of her. I thought her ghost-looking outfit was funny and I wanted to show my friends later.
However, I didn’t notice that the flash on my camera was on, and since it was in the evening, the flash completely washed out and hazed over the entire photo. In an effort to quickly re-take the photo, I wanted to double-check my washed-out photo, just in case it was good enough to keep. However, when I went back to view the photo on my phone, the photo was gone! I didn’t remember deleting it, but perhaps I had done so instinctively, so I checked my phone’s “deleted photos” album. Alas, my photo was nowhere to be found. By the time I had looked up to try another shot of this ghost-person, they were gone, out of sight.
The weird thing about this interaction was that I was amused by this person, thinking that their outfit reminded me of a poor attempt at a bed sheet ghost costume. Surely, that person was not aware that their outfit was reminiscent of a child’s costume. It was chilly outside, so it would not have been unheard of for this person to want to wrap themselves up in a shawl or large scarf to keep warm. I just can not explain then why my phone was unable to capture this person’s image. (I have heard that when taking a photo of a ghost, they will appear as a mist or fog, so the poor quality, fogged-out photo I took, could have been due to capturing a ghost. I have also heard that sometimes a ghost will use the power from an electronic device in order to manifest themselves, which could explain the sudden and unexpected malfunctions of my phone’s camera.) Whatever happened to me and whatever I had witnessed, it was unexplainable and quite strange…