A week or so back, my very own Wump decided she wanted to host a Halloween party in Bar Äijä’s. Actually she decided this back in August sometime and that was when she started planning it.
There was, last I checked, some 13 pages of notes she had taken, mostly article headlines from the Internet about cheap and effective Halloween decorations, games and food that we could make on a shoestring (or in at least one case, toilet roll tube). We gradually weeded these down based on what was affordable and possible (most of the ideas were simply not possible if you didn’t have access to USian candy and basic household products, which EU regulations on health and safety prevent us from buying here in Finland) and ended up with something doable – but still quite a production!
This sign is actually a modern art piece I call Monument to Kid With Probable ADHD (Diagnosis Pending).
Wump put a lot of thought into it all. Like, where do all the little spiders come from?
I don’t really have much to add to the report. It was a fun night, we had a great time preparing all the various decorations and snacks, and all in all it was a most excellent party after so damn long without any sort of social events on the Bar Äijä’s calendar.
Even my nephew Viggo, who was very distracted by the fake cobwebs all over everything, had fun.
Like I say, they were all over everything. In retrospect one packet of fake cobwebs would probably have been fine.
The costumes were fun; everyone put in a lot of work and I’m just sorry I failed to get a picture of Mrs. Hatboy’s classical cyborg outfit (she was once again making excellent use of her ring-pull skirt and top). Wump did my face paint and the result was something a bit too cubist-dynamic to be a zombie but you have to start somewhere. And we made it work.
Hawaiian shirt goes with everything.
Wump herself went as Eleven from Stranger Things.
We also planned, as Wump is a crazy fan of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, a Halloween Heist. If you don’t know what that is, basically it means the party-goers are shown an object (in this case Wump’s shiny quiz trophy) and whoever manages to steal it and hang onto it until 21:00 (there were kids at the party who had to go home to bed … not our kids, but you know, kids) is the winner and gets a box of candy.
I had my doubts that it would work the way she was planning, since – well, since Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a scripted TV show with a props, stunts and special effects budget and the heists are performed by ostensible police detectives. But it actually turned out amusingly well. The trick, for me as instigator of the heist, was to hide the trophy and then get drunk enough to lose track of its whereabouts.
There were some stumbling blocks along the way and we’ll need to sort out the rules of engagement a little better next year to avoid accusations of cheating (and I have to say, some actual cheating I would have been on top of if not for that whole ‘drunk’ thing), but the same thing happened in the TV show and I think we couldn’t have expected this to go better first time around. Halloween Heist #2 in 2022!
And the snacks, although arguably also a testament to severe inability to focus on any one thing for more than seventeen seconds, were really great. Here we have sushi spiders. Kind of. Many of them ended up being eyeballs.
We also had cake pop brains with marshmallow spinal cords.
And cake pop eyeballs.
And a horrible three-eyed blood-drooling cake pop whateverthefuck.
Also slimy entrail-ey brownies, and an army of gingerbread mutants, and a mocha cake graveyard.
A good time was had by all.
That’s about it. We wound up sitting and talking until about two in the morning, but I don’t remember precisely when the last folks left. Wump did take a break from about 22:30 to 00:00 to go inside and watch some Brooklyn Nine-Nine (I told you she was a fan), but she was basically the last person standing aside from your trusty baarimikko who had some tidying up to do. Apparently organising the party and cleaning up after the party are two different things. Who knew?
Bring on Halloween Fest 2022!