After yesterday’s story on the closing of the Grand, I figured we all could use a few laughs. I’ve been holding on to these photographs I took last Saturday night downtown for just that reason, and I want to share them with you today.
On the Saturday night of the weekend before Halloween, there are two traditions on Mackinac Island. One tradition is for the children to visit all the businesses downtown and trick-or-treat. The kids also trick-or-treat on the real Halloween night, so the first one is kind of like a practice run. The second tradition is that all the adults (I refuse to say “grown-ups”) dress up in the most outrageous costumes that can imagine and have a good old time walking up and down Main Street – visiting Horn’s Bar, Sinclair’s Irish Pub, and the Pink Pony.
Now some of you out there are saying (I can hear you), “That’s just an excuse to run around and act crazy and drink.” If you are out there saying that, I only have one thing to say to you – you are exactly right!
But you know what? It was soooo much fun! Ted and I had asked Jill to go to dinner with us Saturday. She didn’t know how many more days she would be on the island, and we wanted to take her out before she left. None of us dressed in costumes. Jill, who has seen a lot of these “adult” Halloween parties on the island, couldn’t wait to see my face and Ted’s when we saw the elaborate lengths people go to. There’s even a contest with prize money!
Since this is a G-rated blog, I am going to be very selective in the photos I post, but let’s just say there were a few costumes of the NOT G-rated variety.
We ate dinner at the Harborview Dining Room at the Chippewa Hotel, and we had barely gotten seated when Nadine, the Chip’s Sales Manager (dressed as a very attractive policewoman), walked in and slapped her handcuffs on Ted. Thank goodness she decided to let him go on the grounds that he wouldn’t be able to pay for our meal while he was “locked up”.
Ted had just gotten seated, when another attractive lady walked over to say hello to everyone. It was Sandy, who Ted worked with at the Visitor’s Center this summer. I think she was dressed as a caberet performer – that is my best guess anyway.
When we finished our meal, we just wandered around town and took pictures, so I will caption the rest of the photos. Unfortunately, I did not know what or who a lot of these people were supposed to be. But I give them all an “A” for creativity, design, and sheer bravado to wear some of these costumes. Here goes!
Now, if you have a Halloween costume party to go to this weekend, and are stuck for an idea, the pictures above should give you something to think about. BUT, if none of those help, I offer this last idea.