Sunday, November 1, 2009

Weekend Mishmash: Happy Belated Halloween!

Well, I certainly hope that everyone had a memorable Halloween – if, that is, you celebrate that particular occasion. It’s always been my favorite holiday – Dan’s, too – but this year, we didn’t get fully into the spirit, mostly due to lack of time. Although we did venture down to the bustling French Quarter, where the people-watching was at a premium, we didn’t really dress up as with Halloweens past.

One year, we were Moses and the Burning Bush. Another year, we were Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf. Once, we dressed as a Killer Whore and a Dirty Rotten Pimp. But this Halloween, Dan wore black jeans and I wore a spider web-patterned dress, which some onlookers mistook for a costume of sorts – though I had no idea what I was per se. I just found it hard to stroll along Bourbon Street on All Hallows’ Eve without wearing something I wouldn’t normally wear.

As expected, there was a wide array of ridiculous, sexy, and inspired costumes on display – from superheroes like Captain America and Wonder Woman to a whole posse of Sesame Street characters to the Travelocity gnome. And as expected, a ton of drag queens haunted the bars at Bourbon and St. Ann – truly a dizzying sight.

I took some pictures with my cell phone, but I have yet to figure out how to transfer them to my laptop. So, here are a few photos from two Halloweens ago:

The annual Halloween parade passes the haunted LaLaurie House, currently owned by Nicolas Cage.

Zulu warriors prowl the French Quarter.

Mariachi performers drink and play on Bourbon Street.

As an excuse to wear a real corset, I once dressed as a can-can vampire.

So, what did you do for Halloween? And more importantly, what was your costume pick this year?


Stephanie Thornton said...

I love the pics! I once dressed up as a cancan girl, right around the time Moulin Rouge came out. Corsets are fun, but I don't think I'd want to wear one every day!

Laura Martone said...

That's so awesome, Stephanie! Yes, I can see MOULIN ROUGE being quite the inspiration, and while I love corsets (and actually own four of them), I, too, couldn't wear them every day.

Martha W said...

Ugh. Just the thought of a corset makes me cringe... you two are certifiable! lol!

Halloween down in the Big Easy looks to be a blast. Of course, this year for the first time - my son got to make his costume. He wanted to be a robot so we took a box, cut some holes and had a blast wrapping it in aluminum foil. He loved it. =) Of course, we also had to fork out $18 for a Spiderman outfit for a second Halloween party we went to last weekend because he just couldn't wear the same outfit twice. And he's four! *grin*

Happy belated Halloween, everyone!

Bane of Anubis said...

Laura, as always, looks like you know how to celebrate ;). C & I went to see Paranormal Activity and, man oh man, she definitely had a hard time getting to sleep (and hated me for my casual dismissal of the plausibility of such an occurrence -- the severity part more than anything... I did inform her that if anything like that ever started occurring between us like that, I'd be sure to carry an axe w/ me wherever I went :).

Deb@RGRamblings said...

Great pics and I love your costumes! Halloween looks like a blast down there. If we're going to be outdoors we have to design our costumes around a parka. LOL!

Laura Martone said...

Yep, Martha, we're pretty certifiable. I love Halloween in the Big Easy - although we've had some good times in Los Angeles, too. As for your son, well, that's just hilarious - it's nice to know that women haven't cornered the diva market. LOL!

Bane - If we hadn't seen PARANORMAL ACTIVITY already, we might've done that, too. While I agree that the plausibility factor is an issue, I still found myself being sucked in... of course, I'm an easy mark when it comes to scary movies. I'm confused on two counts, though: 1. Did you like the flick despite the plausibility problem? AND 2. Are you suggesting that you would use said axe on C herself? Cruel, man. Way cruel.

Laura Martone said...

Thanks, Deb! I love dressing up - and, yes, I'm glad that I don't have to dress for winter in the Big Sleazy.

thewordwire said...

Oh boy -- Halloween in the FQ is certainly a people watcher's bonanza! Would you please post a photo of Moses and the Burning Bush? I'm going to be entertained by that all day.

Laura Martone said...

No doubt, Wordy! It was loads of fun!

I'll have to look for that particular photo... it happened a few years ago, when we were living in L.A. And with all our moving around, my pics sorta lose their way sometimes. Never gone forever, just misplaced. I'll keep an eye out!