Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays — in part because I’m a sugar fiend, and in part because I like pretending to be something or someone else for a day.
This year, I’m going to be a ballerina. It’s something I’ve wanted to be since I was a little girl, and earlier this year I finally started taking ballet classes.
It’s not like I’m being recruited by the American Ballet Theatre or anything, but at least I’m still having fun and getting a little better each week.
I’ve met some people over the years who seem to always come up with the most creative, funny, culturally relevant costumes, and they take a lot of time and care in making their outfits.
But my favorite costumes are always the ones that mean something to me, not necessarily anyone else. I was Courtney Love one year when I was in high school, a time when the band Hole was very important to my emotional growth (or maybe I just needed a woman to yell and scream along with sometimes). I found a babydoll dress at a thrift store, and I scrunched my hair into disarray and lined my eyes in black. It was a fun night.
Once, my friends and family and I dressed up like characters from “Rent.” I was Maureen, my favorite.
Two years ago, I was Lady Gaga, one of my favorite artists. I walked around all night making her signature monster paw gesture and sported a long blond wig.
I have some friends who don’t get into Halloween very much, and I wish I could say I understand that indifference, but I can’t. What’s not to love about becoming someone else for a day? What’s not to love about being in a world full of monsters and vampires and clowns and Lady Gagas for just a little while?
Don’t ask me.
The Frontier Historical Society’s wildly popular Ghost Walk through Linwood Cemetery is wrapping up this weekend, so don’t miss your chance on Friday and Saturday to hear Glenwood’s history from the horses’ mouths. Actors dressed in era-appropriate garb will tell their personal stories and stories of Glenwood Springs, and you’ll partake in a lovely night hike up to Doc Holliday’s grave site. Tours start at 7 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:30 p.m. or 9:15 p.m. Tickets are $18 per person and are available for purchase with Visa or MasterCard by calling the museum at 970-945-4448 or in person at the Frontier Historical Museum. Bring a flashlight or lantern and dress appropriately for the weather. The walk is recommended for school-aged children and up.
If you haven’t gotten out to the Silt Historical Park for Artober yet, today is your last chance. Check out the work from seven local artists, and buy some for yourself or as gifts. Plus, bring your youngsters for Halloween trick-or-treating at 6 p.m. Tour the vintage buildings, and get goodies while you’re at it.
This is your last chance to see “The Miracle Worker,” Sopris Theatre Company’s first play of the season at Colorado Mountain College in Spring Valley. The play tells the story of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan. It starts at 2 p.m. at the New Space Theatre at CMC Spring Valley. Tickets are $18 for adults, $13 for seniors and students and $10 for CMC faculty and staff.
Jessica Cabe thinks dancing is way more fun if you’re wearing a tutu. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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