Getting into character |

Getting into character

Now that leaves are falling to the ground and pumpkins are appearing on porches, I can only think of one thing.Christmas.Woah, I’m jumping ahead of myself. Actually, what’s really on my mind is what to be for Halloween. A quick search for funny costume ideas on the Internet gave me a few ideas:• Chia Pet (bunny) Go crazy with black face paint, black bunny ears, clay-colored clothing, green artificial turf or silk greenery, a hot glue gun, and a watering can. Cha-cha cha-Chi-a!• Fashion police A police uniform, complete with badge to make “arrests,” a boa and a whistle will clean the streets of people breakin’ the law with fashion faux pas.• Stuffed green olive This one’s easy. Take a red hat, turtleneck, tights and shoes, and a green trash bag stuffed with newspaper to transform into my favorite martini accessory. Add a friend in a martini costume for a real party, or some Bombay Sapphire and Vermouth for a real-life tipsy olive.• Shower costume Think “Karate Kid.” If Ralph Macchio did it, so can you. Take a rod of some sort to make the showerhead, use tinsel for the water, wrap a shower curtain around a hula hoop, make two shoulder straps out of rope, and attach the hula hoop to the rope. Just like McGyver. Then go naked. OK, not really. Skin-colored clothing is much more appropriate, especially if a public place is on the evening’s itinerary.I also suggest costumes parodying ’80s hair bands, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or ’70s sitcoms.

It’s happening in Carbondale to boot: Wine and cheese reception to unveil The Body Barn’s new Stripper Fit Studio, 5-8 p.m. Information: Beth Maun, 948-2443This is why I’d kick it up here: This one’s for you ladies, and gents. The Body Barn offers a sexy way to get in shape and improve body image – all with the help of a shiny brass pole. Stripper Fit tones muscles by shakin’ what your momma gave ya. Get in touch with your inner stripper, kick those inhibitions to the curb and stop by today’s reception to see the new workout studio and sign up for classes. And guys – maybe look into buying that early Christmas present. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, really.

It’s happening in Glenwood Springs to boot: Frontier Historical Society’s Ghost Walk fundraiser, 7, 7:45, 8:30 and 9:15 p.m. today and Saturday; and 7, 7:45 and 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: Frontier Historical Museum or through the Looking Glass bookstore, or by calling 945-4448This is why I’d kick it up here: I love ghost stories. Sure, they always make the hair stand up on my arms, which is not the greatest look for a girl. But I just love getting spooked. I haven’t been to the Ghost Walk, but from what I’ve heard, the trek up to the Linwood Cemetery by lantern and the stories told by actors impersonating historical Glenwood figures ’round the tombstones should do the trick. I ain’t afraid of no ghost (yeah right).

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