I kept everybody clear of the pitchfork

Fish of Gold

A good time was had by us.

Everybody, actually, to my two eyes that looked out through the lens-less frames of my spectacles used to top the American Gothic portrait used as this year’s Halloween party costume for my dear wife Karen and I.

American Gothic, Bialczak style.

American Gothic, Bialczak style.

Yes, we wore our classic painting get-ups in my car as we drove to Jeff and Kristin’s house a dozen miles to the west side of Syracuse. I even pulled through a McDonald’s drive-thru for an unneeded McDouble that I piled on throughout the evening by many a tasty food and snack. (Great homemade mac ‘n’ cheese, Kristin. Wonderful many things, Jeff.) The Mickey D servers had seen plenty of costumes already, I could tell. Besides, I saw holiday-appropriates of many ages inside from my driver’s view.

Our hosts. Shocking costume, no?

Our hosts. Shocking costume, no?

People were into it, all but two party-comers dressed up for the bash. I will not name names.

Jeff and Kristin also went for the her-and-him costume. He was a plug. She was an outlet. We got a charge out of it.

The Captain and Tennile?

The Captain and Tennile?

Troy and Heather made a grand and colorful entrance midway through the night.

He told me he went for the plastic shield, but a metal one was available online for $300 or so. No way. I’m with him.

Right after they left, Michelle said something about their Jan. 30 wedding. After a night of talking with my friends, that was the first I’d heard that they’d set a date. I ran out to hug them before they got in the car. It’s great news for a really nice couple.

Working friends.

Working friends: Kristin, Carolyn, Kris, Julie, Michelle and my dear wife Karen.

We spent a great deal of time in the kitchen. The dining room. Back to the kitchen. It was kind of nice for me, as I grazed on chips and salsa and dip and cheese and … and … and … urp. Excuse me.

Before we left, a request came in for a kitchen group shot of the women who’d worked together at the big daily.

Beautiful way to end a great Halloween party. Thank you, Jeff and Kristin.

Did you go out this Halloween, and if so, where and how did it go for you? If you stayed in, how many trick-or-treaters showed up, and how did that compare to years past? What did you dress up as, and what were the best costumes you saw this year?

71 thoughts on “I kept everybody clear of the pitchfork

  1. I enjoyed your American Gothic, great job you two! I also liked the shocking pair, ha ha! Fun times with friends and family cannot be beat. I enjoyed the day with my Mom, who actually got up for cider and donuts breakfast, then napped later in the day, we watched some scary shows and a movie with my brother. All pretty tame, got photo texts from oldest daughter and her two boys, all three are well decked out, since art and theatre are her ‘forte!’ The other ones sent their pumpkin carvings, all 6 of them (son, wife, 4 kids…) no costume photos of youngest daughter, either. I could send you how Mom and I looked on my cell phone, but we aren’t going to probably connect via phone yet. Someday, one of us will travel to the other’s area and we will get each other phone numbers, Mark! Tell Karen, this is including her, of course!!

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  2. Bwaahaaahaa! I LOVE your costumes! You and Karen look great! Now, I have to ask, did you already own the pitchfork or did you buy it as part of the costume? I love the plug and outlet couple and Captain and Tenille also! πŸ˜€

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  3. so glad to see your costumes! Perfect, you and dear wife Karen. And so relieved there were no pitchfork accidents. The other costumes are great, too. Clever friends you have.

    I was a load of laundry, which was a simple as cutting the bottom from a laundry basket and stuffing myself with clothes and a box of detergent. My family mocked me mercilessly when I somehow got myself stuck in it. Was not amused myself, but there you have it. Good time had by all πŸ™‚

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    • Liz, that must have been a great costume! Thank you for airing your dirty laundry to me, as always. πŸ™‚ I’m glad you got unstuck from the basket before Larry and the kids just started tossing more soiled clothes on top, right?

      There were good costumes at the party we went to, you are correct. We had fun, no wounds.

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  4. You and Karen are fantastic, Mark! So glad you all got together and had a blast. This year, Dave & our 2 boys at home headed to Coronado for a short vaca/business trip. This was the first year in 10 years that I didn’t hand out candy to sweet little neighbors and we didn’t throw a party at our home. While I missed doing so, it was fun to watch my 9 year old dress up like a pirate at the beach! He trick or treated in downtown Coronado and all the businesses were very generous. It was packed! Red wine, chocolate, and a walk on the beach for Dave and I was my favorite treat πŸ˜€

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    • Safety at all times, my dear wife Karen reminded me as she carefully lifted the pitchfork from my hands and placed it in the corner of our hosts dining room. Again. And again. And again, Christy. Thanks! πŸ™‚

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  5. those are fantastic costumes, you and karen were perfect and happy you didn’t pitchfork anyone. i love the others too, especially the plug and outlet and good surprise about the wedding. as for me, i was mother nature, had a massive school parade, gave out candy at home after, grands went out at their houses, and it was a rain/snow mix. )

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  6. That photo of you two – one of my favourites. Just love the looks on your faces and although I’m from this side of the pond I knew the painting straight away. Perfect.

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  7. One of the bowlers on another team Friday night came dressed as a witch (She was going to a party after league) with a dress that went a little below her knees. I kept waiting for her to trip the foul light with it…

    Oddly enough, the one place I didn’t see anyone dressed up that evening was at Mecca when I went in for work. I guess all the Halloween fun was over by 10 PM for everyone…

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    • I thought you were going short with the dress instead of long. I had hopes for a good witch instead of wicked for you, Bill, fair instead of foul. πŸ™‚

      I would think a place like Mecca would be crawling with post-happy-hour costumed louts?!

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      • If I’d have been a wicked witch, I’d have used my flying monkeys to knock over some of those splits!

        Apparently the crazies had already evacuated the store by 10. If we were open past midnight, I might’ve seen some dressed up doozies wandering in for some Alka Seltzer…

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  8. I love all the costumes! I didn’t do anything, but as a good friend told me once, I can always do something next year. πŸ™‚

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  9. Your costumes look great MarK. I didn’t get out at Halloween his year. You and Karen look the spitting image of the farmer and his wife. Bravo! Your friends’ costumes are also great – especially the plug and outlet.

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