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RITSMA Halloween Party
I couldn't think of anything clever to be this year, so I decided to just make a slight improvement over last year. That meant adding face makeup to my Emperor Palpatine costume, for which I already have the cloak and hood. So I found a witch makeup kid at Kmart that seemed to have the right shades to do the emperor's pale/green/yellow face. I also got some scar putty that I thought I might use to make some actual 3D wrinkles instead of just painting lines. And I picked up two cute tarantulas I saw.

Well the scar putty stuff is weird. It's not exactly easy to work with the way the directions say it should be. I'd say it's not adhesive enough, because when you're trying to smear it on it just tends to clump up and roll under your fingers, but in fact I found that it's TOO adhesive because the stuff wouldn't wash off my fingers! Even with lots of soap. I could only get it off by wiping it onto a paper towel. This got me really worried, as I had already smeared the stuff over my eyebrows to conceal them (the emperor has none, apparently). Oh well.

Then I try the makeup stuff. It says to start with green as a base and then add the white to pale it out, and there was some yellow for the eyes, and a black crayon for wrinkle lines. Perfect. Well, not so perfect. The colors didn't mix very well and were too bright, or saturated, or something. Plus, the scar putty, which says you can apply makeup right over it, was getting all messed up as I tried to blend the colors. The black crayon was of course way too black... I know you're supposed to smear it in, but how do you do that and keep a sharp line at the same time?

Oh well, so I threw the cloak in a bag and walked out the door looking like an Oldaged Mutant Ninja Turtle with strange facial tattoos. I got to the Skalny room and nobody was there yet. I showed up an hour early on purpose to help set up, but I guess that wasn't the plan everyone else had. Well with my makeup already on, there were only two things to do... put on the rest of my costume and wait, or go kill time playing piano in Fireside. Someone was reading in Fireside, so that choice was made for me. After I got my costume on, I hear someone walking down the stairs, so I just stood there. It was Paul. He seemed pleasantly scared. :)

About a half hour before the party, people started showing up with stuff to set up for it. So I helped putting up streamers and stuff. People slowly trickled in from Concert Band rehearsal, after taking time to change into their costumes. It seemed a little less lively than last year's, but still fun. The apple bobbing was new this year. We hadn't done that since my very first RITSMA Halloween party back in... oh, '96? Too bad I couldn't try it... I wouldn't want to lose face in front of my friends. (Pun intended.) :) Dave went in and grabbed an apple in under 3 seconds. Very nice. Cindi was apparently hungry, because she went in and took a bite, came up to chew and breathe, and went in again. :)

It was Becky's birthday so we had a huge cake for her and we all sang. But now that I think about it, it was weird to not have candles on the cake. Usually after singing, the person makes a wish and blows out the candles. *shrug*

I had fun, but I was a little disappointed in the turnout. Catherine said all of the musical groups were invited. There were like, two people there from Concert Band who weren't in RITSMA, two guys from BCS who are close to RITSMA anyway, and Jackie, an all-around cool friend who has nothing to do with RIT except us. :) The rest were RITSMA members. 4 people from the performing groups out of the 100+ that Catherine said were invited... is rather disappointing, I think.

Then people started leaving before we could even have a costume contest, and things wound down really quick. Ah well. So then I got to go home and spend a while removing my makeup. Fun. :)

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Yeah... I was hoping we'd get a lot more people from the performing groups, too. But we DID get most of the RITSMA members.... and that's a whole lot better than we did last year. :-)

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