This Halloween, I started preparing about a month in advance. Here in Boston Halloween is some serious buisness. The big event amongst the folks I know is the annual Halloween Bicycle Ride. This year was the 8th year for the 18+ mile ride and it was bigger then ever….almost double in size from last year at 240 people. The ride begins in my neighborhood of Jamaica Plain. Then it snakes its way through Boston’s many neighborhoods, through Brookline and all they way over the Charles RIver into Cambridge. After making our way through the busy streets of Cambridge the ride then heads over the Mass Ave bridge to Downtown Boston for some more looped-a-loopes before heading back up to Jamaica Plain. It’s about 4 hours of ridding.
4 hours of ridding…as a whale! Everyone dresses up for the ride and dresses up their bikes. I chose to dress as a big bule whale. My friend paul dressed up as a zombie whale hunter and our friend Jolie dressed up as rag tag, anti-whaling radical prepared to through malatov cocktails at Paul. Thank god it wasn’t too windy out. If it was I would have been blown off my bike.
As we road I got my fair number of hoots and hollars. People on the street heading from one party to another and joining in the general revalry that is Halloween in Boston would yell “hey, it’s a whale” or “Oh my god, a whale” or “A whale!”. I got lots of attention…which was great! I made my whale out of cardboard and painted it bright blue. Then when the paint wasn’t dry I sprinkled white glitter all over it making it a very pretty whale. Paul actually used liquid latex on his face to make his skin look like it was rotting. He als actually bought kelp at the Korean market and reconstituted it at home and hung it on his jacket. That is committment to a costume. Jolie wore bright yellow rain pants and jacket and red bandana around her face. We re-enacted the whale hunt several times during the night.
We can’t forget Mahsa! She dressed up as Wonder Women and her Invisable plane!