October 29, 2010
It is, once again, the most wonderful time of the year. No, I’m not talking about Christmas. Goodness no. What with all the traffic, snow, rushing around and general mayhem, it hardly deserves the title, now does it?
No, I’m talking about Halloween. A time of cheap costumes, readily available spirit glue, fake blood and FX makeup. A smorgasbord of robes and gowns and pointy witch hats. An utter glut of discount wigs and amazing game props like fog machines and fake fire!! In short, Halloween is the special holiday when LARPers get to restock the costume chest for the year. (Though, of course, frugal costumers will wait until the last minute on the 31st, when the sales REALLY kick in…)
It is the time of the year where you get to break out the most elaborate costume you’ve made all year, and no one will look at you funny if you show up at a Denny’s or Waffle House dressed in it. What usually warrants cries of ‘freak’ or ‘weirdo’, (or at least a quick and discreet crossing of the street to avoid you) now garners ‘great costume!!’ and ‘wow, where’d you get THAT?’.
Oh, and there’s candy or something. That’s all well and good, but I can get a Snickers any time of the year. What’s that you say? Good quality face and ear appliances? Oh, be still my beating heart!!
So, go forth good Weregeeks!! Enjoy your trick or treating! Enjoy your ghoulish parties with the lovely little brain cupcakes! But do not forget to stock your closets with lovely gaming swag, for come November 1st, all the goodies will be gone in favor of mechanical Santas and giant snow globes!!!