Octoberfest

Happy Halloween! The holiday is near and dear to the hearts of the residents of our building. Who doesn’t love an opportunity to dress up in goofy costumes, eat massive quantities of candy, drink seasonal brews and deck out the place with hand-carved pumpkins?

Getting in the spirit!

Getting in the spirit!

Lindsay spent her 31st birthday at yoga teacher training so when she returned, the eight residents of our building greeted her with a surprise birthday/pumpkin-carving party. My pumpkin was lame – I tried a Pinterest idea and hammered cloud-shaped cookie cutter shapes into the shell, which totally wrecked the cookie cutters. Plus the design was totally uncreative. Jeff’s pumpkin looked like an emotionless Lego person head. Everyone else’s pumpkins looked great though!

The Friday before Halloween, Jeff, Lindsay, Daniel and I hosted a little shindig at the place as well. Thankfully, the weather cooperated with mild, 50-degree temps and no rain, and a bunch of folks turned out to play beer pong, chat around the fire and listen to too-loud music (prompting a visit from police asking to turn down the volume) into the wee hours of the morning. It’s times like those that make me so appreciative of the great people we’ve met here in Portland – co-workers and book-clubbers, neighbors and friends-of-friends.

And I must say, our costumes were pretty epic. KISS. I was Starchild/Paul Stanley and Jeff was The Demon/Gene Simmons. We ordered Jeff’s costume online, and I pieced mine together from eBay, Amazon.com, H&M and Spencer’s. After spending an hour on makeup, even our parents were hard-pressed to recognize us in photos!

As for the actual holiday, we carried out a Northrup building tradition by ordering Pizzicato pizza and enjoying a couple of seasonal beers as we doled out candy to trick-or-treaters by lowering a basket down from our perch on the front balcony. Our friend Becky even brought some dry ice for some smoky atmosphere. The kids and parents love the basket of candy descending from above! It’s amazing how a little gimmick like that can bring a smile to so many people’s faces. 🙂

Pumpkin-carving party in the backyard!

Pumpkin-carving party in the backyard!

Jeff contemplating his design ideas for his pumpkin

Jeff contemplating his design ideas for his pumpkin

Artists at work

Artists at work

Daniel fulfilling a lifelong dream to wear a pumpkin on his head (he dreams big)

Daniel fulfilling a lifelong dream to wear a pumpkin on his head (he dreams big)

Lindsay and her kitty pumpkin

Lindsay and her kitty pumpkin

Working by the light of the fire

Working by the light of the fire

The Northrup family displaying their handiwork

The Northrup family displaying their handiwork

Cooper surveying our work on the front porch

Cooper surveying our work on the front porch

Spaceman and The Demon, aka Daniel and Jeff

Spaceman and The Demon, aka Daniel and Jeff

Jeff and me...such a lovely couple...

Jeff and me…such a lovely couple… 🙂

Dressed as KISS and ready to rock!

Ready to rock!

Kim the pirate, Jeff and Aubrie the witch

Kim the pirate, Jeff the ham and Aubrie the witch

Jeff, Felicia, Genaro, Stephen and Daniel

Jeff, Felicia, Genaro, Stephen and Daniel

Me and Kristen (otherwise known as Wes Welker)

Me and Kristen (otherwise known as Wes Welker)

David with his borrowed mask and his wife Aubrie

David with his borrowed mask and his wife Aubrie

Cuddly Ewoks Felicia and Genaro

Cuddly (yet seemingly angry) Ewoks Felicia and Genaro

Kristen cozying up to Bill Belichick

Kristen cozying up to Bill Belichick

Kristen (Cher), Katie (unimpressed McKayla Maroney), Travis and me

Kristen (Cher), Katie (unimpressed McKayla Maroney), Travis (black swan) and me

Jessica the social climber, Keeley (aka Miles Austin) and Rick the ref

Jessica the social climber, Keeley (aka Miles Austin) and Rick the ref

Cowboys Scott and Jennie

Cowboys Scott and Jennie

Aubrie drinking the punch

Aubrie drinking the punch

Badass

Badass

Lowering the Halloween candy basket from the front balcony

Lowering the Halloween candy basket from the front balcony

Daniel the candyman

Daniel the candyman

Gotta love our Halloween-loving neighbors

Gotta love our Halloween-loving neighbors

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5 comments

  1. Ali

    Idea for next year. Our neighbor builds a chute with PVC tubing and drops candy down it from his second story balcony. Candy shoots right into the treaters basket or a basket of your own and they just pick it out. Kids love it! We are unfortunately the lame house next door to the cool one 🙂

    • Great idea, Ali. That’s hilarious.

      And trust me, if it were left to me to manage this process, we would totally be the lame house. Even worse, the dark house since Jeff and I would probably be at a movie or something. 🙂

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