With Halloween upon us, my mind wanders to days gone by ("so what else is new with you?" you ask). You are right. I do dwell in the past alot, don't I? Perhaps I am just too old to get into those shenanigans any more now, but Halloween used to be such a hoot for us. Oh, we never got destructive or mean or hurtful to anyone, but we sure had fun!!!
My girlfriend and I were close to retirement age the year we decided to dress up for Halloween and crash a Seniors Halloween Dance. On a trip to Morocco the year before, I had purchased a couple of nylon, caped, gowns trimmed with gold embroidery that I had planned to use for lounging around the house on casual evenings. By adapting these outfits and adding gold belts, lots of bangle jewelry, lace pillbox gold-trimmed head pieces and lacy veils from just below our eyes, we were totally unrecognizable! Timing our arrival under darkness so that no one would see which car we came from (in a small town, everyone knows your car) we entered the hall and joined the crowd. We did not speak (so we could not be identified by our voices) and with our faces veiled we had a ball as everyone tried unsuccessfully to guess who we were. When the music started, we deliberately asked various people to dance, men, women, strangers, friends, young, old, etc. This totally confused everyone. .
I left that hall "a complete unknown" taking with me a hilarious memory of the evening. Being the blabbermouth that I usually am, my biggest challenge that night was to not utter a single word for an entire evening, but I succeeded and no one did figure out who I was. I was a fantastic evening!