Halloween is one of those holidays that you’re not quite sure if you should still be celebrating it since you’re no longer a kid which can freely go door to door and ask for free candy. Although, there is nothing stopping you from dressing in a wolf onesie to look like a top dog. Stoners, however, have no shame when it comes to free candy and watching grown adults dress up in weird costumes and act like maniacs throughout the day. It’s a holiday where the abnormal and odd are celebrated, instead of scoffed at, and we stoners feel at home in that environment. Halloween is on a Friday this year which means the festivities will start during the week and carry over into the weekend. It also means you can drink as much as you want without worrying about a Monday morning hangover. This is especially true if you are going to someone who’s already stocked up on beer. Also, you don’t spend the week before wondering “how can i get a fake id” and can focus on your costume instead. I have a couple Halloween-themed festivities fit for different high adventures and moods. Enjoy the HAS Halloween Guide for 2014!
If Halloween to you is all about the supernatural, spine-tingling horror stories and classic monster movies, Seattle’s favorite theaters have you covered. The SIFF theaters are showing The Ghostbusters movie, Alien and Aliens double feature and the midnight Rocky Horror Picture Show is back at the Egyptian. The EMP is having a Stephen King-themed Bingo before a screening of The Shining to end their 31 Days of Horror. Central Cinema will be showing Poltergeist, They Live and our childhood favorite, Monster Squad. Get high. Bring a friend and giggle, gasp and relive your favorite quotes: “REDRUM”, “Wolfman’s got nards!” and so many more.
I never liked the cornfield mazes where actors would come at you with chainsaws and I would run off screaming through their labyrinth of unpleasant surprises. If you enjoy Halloween for the adrenaline-pumping terrors, I suggest visiting somewhere haunted or creepy. Seattle boasts a pretty impressive Ghost Tour which takes you into the old underground of Seattle. Who knows what stories are buried underneath? Even Pike’s Market has a ghost tour. Or how about visiting Haunted House Party at the Georgetown Morgue, where there were actual dead bodies. Don’t be surprised if you give a yelp like Shaggy and Scooby when you turn a corner to meet a unexpected ghost. Your extra sensitivity to sound and lights while high may heighten the experience.
If you want your Halloween to look like a surreal fantasy wonderland full of themed shots, flashing lights, club remixes of monster movie themes and ironic ‘sexy versions’ of your favorite and forgotten characters, I guarantee that your favorite club will be hosting. Enjoy the colors, sugar and bass while high as a kite and don’t forget to wear a silly costume too. The favorites I’ve seen so far include the Steam Funk Halloween Ball at the Nectar Lounge, ‘Marvel Pals & Disney Gals’ Halloween at Fado Irish Pub and Time Warp! A Halloween Time Traveler’s Party at ReBar. Be sure to take pictures of the craziest and funniest costumes of the night so you can remember that one time you saw that girl dressed as Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a doily in her collar swinging around a gavel and whiskey sour.
Some of you may not be in the spirit of trick or treating and partying with friends while dressed as Sith Lord and would rather catch some B movie horror on the couch with sweets covered in orange icing. For those that want to take their horde of sweets home, have you seen the different pumpkin cupcakes Cupcake Royale has? Or have you splurged and built your own frozen yogurt monstrosity with three fall flavors, cereal, whipped cream and sprinkles toppings yet? There are more pumpkin spiced microbrew varieties at your local QFC than there are Mounds bars in that fun size bag. From the Elysian Field’s Night Owl to the Southern Tier PumpKing dessert beer (that make delicious beer floats by the way) Seattle has way more to offer in the pumpkin-spiced edibles department than just a mere latte from Starbucks. There are plenty of local treats worth indulging in this Halloween.
If those recommendations aren’t enough visit The Stanger’s write up on every dance party, masquerade, monster mash karaoke and relate Halloween events going on this week! We hope you enjoy your high Halloween festivities and may they be full of munchies free of candy corn!