Yesterday was one of the Halloweeniest All Hallows’ Eves I have experienced in a long time. Not long after dark, my wife, friends and I sat at Mi Sen in Portland, ate noodles, and watched people—the vast majority creatively adorned—walk by on Congress Street. There was a particular energy in the air, which I later heard a handful of other folks say as well, adding that the evening felt more festive and widely celebrated. Maybe heavily-caveated emergence from recession makes us more willing to celebrate, or perhaps we millennials have hit peak infantilism. Aside from a few hiccups, I was glad to be able to experience it.
While walking after dinner, an older drunk guy down on Middle Street called me a faggot, presumably based on the whimsical nature of my Gozer get-up (see above) and another told his son that I looked like a fairy. A fairy. Afterward, we stopped by SPACE Gallery and caught the tail end of Lovers of Fiction’s Kinks cover set and the whole of a decent Roky Erickson set fronted by a dude dressed like crust-metal Pauly Shore. We then went to Empire for a few and saw the last few songs from a great performance by Slingshot Dakota while Friday the 13th was projected on a wall and the people standing beside me strained to figure out what this old Kevin Bacon movie was. A 50-something man proposed to my wife, who was dressed like a bang-up Wednesday Addams (see above). He had been waiting to do so for 40 years, he explained, before requesting a hug.
So you know—Halloween.
Skimmed from Maine-related hashtags, here is a look at how the rest of the state celebrated my favorite holiday.
Having it. [via Kyyuulle]
Definitely not having it. [via sjordan0421]
It’s funny because we traditionally boil lobsters, not babies. [via mackenziecl710]
Sexy lobsterman. [via mikelydon11]
Sexy Bieber [via maluut]
Sexy Mary Poppins [tomcouture]
Sexy Stevie Nicks [via bunbunbunnybunbun]
IT’S A TRAP. Admiral Ackbar and probably definitely not a dog penis. [via jadafitch]
Old Pattie Hearst heard the burst of Roland’s Thompson gun and bought it. Also, a witch playing the violin. [via jmheffren]
Tea Party Express [via tomcouture]
A solid Thelma and Louise, apparently, with bonus points for the acid wash / bourbon / Misfits hat trick. [via lomaine]
Also, sweet Vampire Lezbos shirt. [via cosmodemonic]
Actual caption to this photo: “Alaskan Grindr profile pic.” It writes itself, really. [via hiposcottamus]
All things considered, it’s probably wrong to find them attractive. [via absolutelo]
“Janine, sorry about the bug-eyes thing.” [via geeksquid]
“It won’t be long now. If the Great Pumpkin comes, I’ll still put in a good word for you.” [via bonnie_durham]
Liz Lemon trying to evade jury duty, Judge Doom, and saucy guest. [via materialobjectsme]
Kaci Hickox (but for real, actually a Kaci Hickox costume) [via gneissspice]
The Walking Dead. [via caseymay2020]