If there are two things my husband and I both love – it’s a good cabin trip – and Halloween. We met at a Halloween Party in 1992 when we were in college, so it’s always been a “special” day for us. This year, we decided to combine two of our biggest loves into one – and do a Halloween cabin trip! Neither of us had ever camped on Halloween before. What better way to get away from crowds and avoid the dreaded “what do we watch on TV tonight” conversation?
Since the ongoing pandemic is kind of ruling out most social gatherings – especially Halloween parties in bars – taking our own little party for two into the woods seemed like a great idea! Add to that the first Halloween full moon since 1944 and favorable camp fire weather and well, what other convincing did we need?
We set out on a sunny but chilly Saturday afternoon with a packed to the gills Chevy Malibu. The plan was to unload our gear at the cabin, then do a run for firewood and ice. It’s a pretty standard car camping maneuver we’ve done for years. We wanted to avoid having to “go into” a store on Halloween, especially a busy Kroger grocery store, so our “hope” was we’d find some roadside stop to pick up a pumpkin or two. Score! We found a little self-service produce stand along M-36. We wanted small pumpkins, since space in our car was at a premium (I had a little space by my feet), so we bought two of them for $5. We had $11 cash, so we added a $6 jar of apple butter to complete our sale.
So all we needed to pick up was some firewood and ice for our drinks, which we picked up at a Kroger gas station that serves its customers outdoors (yay we didn’t need to go “in” to a store).
I set up the string lights on the inside rafters, set up the sleeping bags on our bunks while Mike got the campfire started outside. As much as I like to gripe sometimes about being tall, I really do have to admit that being tall IS kind of awesome when you’re doing things that require reach! I did need to step on a chair for some things.
We also had a good “light show” going on outdoors on our picnic table – I had a bunch of tea lights, a scented candle, a LED light and the stars – Tweedle Pump and Tweedle Kin – our wily pumpkin duo.
We had a nice time sitting around the campfire – we listened to a special Halloween playlist on my portable Sandisk Mp3 player with battery powered portable speakers.
Here were the songs, which encompassed an eclectic mix spanning genres and decades:
- Runnin’ With the Devil, Van Halen
- The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead, XTC
- Main Theme, Halloween (John Carpenter)
- Main Theme and Rocky Mountain Theme, The Shining (Wendy Carlos)
- Sympathy for the Devil, The Rolling Stones
- Nightmare on My Street, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
- Dragula and Living Dead Girl, Rob Zombie
- Partyman, Prince (Batman soundtrack)
- Treehouse of Horror theme music, “The Simpsons”
- Season of the Witch, Donovan
- The Ballad of Dwight Fry, Alice Cooper
- Waltz to the Death and Descent into Mystery, Batman soundtrack
- Dead Souls, nine inch nails
- Stranger at the Window and Colquoun’s Story (Ravenous Motion Picture soundtrack)
- Shelob’s Lair, Howard Shore (Return of the King soundtrack)
- Night on Disco Mountain, Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack (David Shire)
- Lullaby, The Cure
- Witchy Woman, The Eagles
- Toccatta and Fugue, J.S. Bach
- The City Sleeps, MC 900 Foot Jesus
- Worlock, Skinny Puppy
For drinks, we kept it simple – just cans of hard seltzer (Aldi’s Vista Bay house brand). After enough of these, we decided that since we were in the middle of nowhere, why not howl at the moon? Yes, it was that kind of night!
The day after Halloween, it became even more chilly…and windy. We knew a campfire would be out of the question, but we decided we’d enjoy some Halloween candy, play some board games (Zombies and Monsters Menace America) indoors – and goof off with some cosplay in the cabin:
Despite the windiness on All Saints Day, we did some hiking around the park. And some more cosplaying around!