Every Halloween, my friend Brian and his sister, Sherry, turn their house into a spooky wonderland and invite their friends to a “Harry Potter Halloween Party”.The Joy’s are known for their holiday house decore. They start decorating for Christmas in October. They hit every major holiday and are considering inclusion of Arbor Day. How many of you have been turned down for dinner and a movie because “I have to finish changing the china in the north east china hutch”?
I think that their basement full of house decorations is getting to the point that it could rival the warehouse in the end scene of “Raider of the lost Ark”.The take meticulous care of their decorations and put them in the exact same place every year. They still have Sherry’s Halloween decorations that she made in Kindergarten, for Pete’s sake!
(You should see Christmas. With a last name of “Joy”???? YAH. The holidays barf on every nook, cranny and curio cabinent. Pretty awesome.)
They have a Harry Potter Ledger that all the guests sign with their character name and their muggle name as well. I have gone as various people through the years: Hermione, Madame Traylawny, Ginny Weasley (Jon went as my brother. THAT was interesting.), and went as the Diggory’s one year.
This year we showed up as Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester. (We were mis-shelved).
I have had this dress forever. Originally, it was made for me playing “Miss Jessle” in the opera “Turn of the Screw”. (I was the ghost of a governess that was prim and proper on the outside and all sorts of nasty kinky on the inside. Woot.)
Every self-respecting mezzo needs a dress like this, since we have such wacko roles and it’s versatile. (Careful you don’t rip it though. Then everyone will know you are wearing red underthings underneath your dour veneer. Sorry, everyone!)
Funny, but looking like a puritan didn’t really seem to have an effect on sexual appeal. Maybe it is was just Jonathan channeling his sophomore required reading list and pulling up naughty images of “Hester Prynn”. Michelle and Jon were “Tonks” and “Unidentified Wizzard Guy” going undercover to infiltrate the Muggle world. Chelle researched the hell out of muggle cops. She was even equipped with notepad and doughnut.
Bridget and Max were “The Gray Lady” and Max was “Sir ????” one of the paintings hanging in the hall. I loved Max’s picture frame. It totally won.Mary Ellen came as Hedwig. She was molting, which was pretty damn sexy.There were more people there, but we’re really only interested in my friends, huh? I know I am, anyway. VERY interested!
We ate, talked, giggled, and got kinky with Michelle’s handcuffs.
Because he let his son, Mason, have the “Really Cool Sword”, Max suffered from SSS (Small Sword Syndrome) most of the evening. Fortunately, he smacked down an 11-year-old Joan of Ark, stole her sword, and felt much more like a man.
So did Max, for that matter.
Eventually, Jon realized there is just one woman for him, but only because I threatened to post photographic evidence of him doing the “Care Bear Stare”.It was a great party. Thanks to our great hosts. We had a lovely time.
We can’t wait for next year.