Rise of the Jack-o-Lanterns

It seems too good to be true, but Mark and I are actually enjoying the second weekend in a row where we’ve had the apartment to ourselves! The roommates took to New York for a family celebration which leaves us with 3 whole days of not wearing pants indoors, taking over the fridge, and sprawling out unapologetically on the couch. I know, we’re getting pretty spoiled over here…

You could say that it’s been a lot of “just us” time, and you’d be right. But what living together has taught me so far is that Mark and I are the kind of people that really value our quality time together. I rarely ever get sick of his presence ;)! Going to school in different states for so long made us apprehensive of how we would adjust to being together all the time, but I have to say it’s my favorite thing. We’re the best of friends and he’s the first person I go to when I want to do something fun. And what makes him so perfect for me is he’s almost always game for whatever, and even if he’s not as enthusiastic as I am, he comes along and makes the most of it anyway. I actually feel like that happens a lot. What a trooper, right?

So anyway, this Friday night instead of going out to a bar or club like normal 24 year olds I dragged him to this thing I got wind of called Rise of the Jack-o-Lanterns. Read about it here. I mean it’s festive and fun and one weekend only! Mark, once again, came along without even a hint of a complaint. And I am so happy he did because it was SO COOL!

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The Headless Horseman

The funniest aspect of the whole experience was, while it was advertised as being in the LA Convention Center, it was actually in a garage of the center. I imagine to keep the pumpkins cold/preserved. But for some reason that really cracked us up. It was completely dark except for the thousands of lit jack o lanterns and a couple of eerie displays here and there, and the whole area reeked of pumpkins…but in a good way. We walked around ooh-ing and ahh-ing for about an hour. There were Jack-o-lanterns for everything! Scary movies and not-so-scary Halloween movies, Disney, sports, super hero figures, and even real life personalities. There were big portraits made of multiple individually carved pumpkins and pieces of art on one little pumpkin. I decided I just had to share a couple of my favorites!

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I couldn’t walk away without pictures of the Halloween classics, The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Nightmare Before Christmas, Frankenstein, and Corpse Bride. There were also Hocus Pocus and Harry Potter pumpkins…but my hands were shaking too much from excitement and they didn’t come out good enough ;). There were a fair amount of Dia de Los Muertos pumpkins, which were all beyond gorgeous. And although the Halloween ones were the real treat (or trick? hehe), there were so many non-holiday ones that absolutely blew me away.

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And…of course, there just had to be a Hilary Clinton pumpkin. You know you made it big when you’re the inspiration behind a jack-o-lantern. Am I right?! Get it girl.

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At the end of the night we were really happy we went. It was nerdy but it was a lot of fun and such a simple outing! Plus any time together is time well spent. I don’t know if I’d call it a must-go, but if you want to get into the spooky mood it will definitely do the trick!

Now raise your witches brew and drink up because THANK GOD IT’S THE WEEKEND.