Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween from the North!

Well, I suppose the one good thing about being too old to go trick-or-treating is that you no longer have to try to design your Halloween costume to fit over your snowpants. At -25°C with the windchill this Halloween, you would need all the protective snowgear you could get.  Luckily, if you are not trick-or-treating and you are just going to a Halloween party, then you don't have to worry about this. You only have to worry about getting from the door to your car to the door.  That is, of course, the only good thing about being too old to go trick-or-treating, because everything else about it is simply tragic.

Our wine and cheese Halloween costume, which would not have fit over snow pants 

Our Halloween costumes were home-made as usual.  It took many nights of sewing, cutting and taping.  Halloween costumes in Cambridge Bay take a lot of advanced planning. You can't just decide on one at the last minute. There aren't massive Halloween costume warehouses located here, as you might imagine, so you either have to order a costume online to be shipped to you, weeks ahead of time, or you have to start making your costume early, gathering the necessary supplies which are often not very easy to find.  For my cheese and rob's cork hat, we found blankets for sale at the Northern grocery store and tore them apart for fabric.   I had my friend bring back yellow tights for me from Yellowknife.

Building our costume out of cardboard boxes.   

Luckily, our costumes turned out well. We showed them off at a local Halloween house party.

That pirate behind me looks hungry for cheese!

the best costume at the party. He really looked like a baby!

My vote on the scariest costume.

Our resident deejay / court jester, sucking on a shooter syringe while spinning dance tracks