I didn’t even realize today was Friday the 13th until I saw pictures of Jason Voorhees all over Facebook, and even then it took me a minute to put it together. The Internet is a strange place, and you never know what random obsession will suddenly sweep everyone up for the day. But it makes sense that it is a traditionally spooky sort of day today, since it was after midnight last night when me and my friend Justin starting combing through YouTube for horror movie trailers, from old cult classics to films pending release. I still don’t know how or why exactly we started watching clip after clip after clip from Stephen King’s It, especially because nothing in the world is as pants-soilingly terrifying as Tim Curry as Pennywise, or so I’ve believed since I first saw the wretched thing when I was about 5. So it will trouble me to have to create a mini version of him for the Halloween Party, and have it just casually hanging around my house for a few months. <shudder>
I should explain.
For last year’s party, I made a bunch of goofy-looking voodoo dolls out of basic craft supplies and hid them around the house. The object was for the guests to find them, which earned them a little gifty bag filled with candy and mini bottles of booze, and then the doll was theirs to keep, as a sort of souvenir of the party. Due to its popularity, I’ll be doing the same thing this year. I didn’t think to take any pictures of them at the time (stupid) but luckily, a friend of mine did. These are the two he went home with:
And just for fun, here’s the voodoo altar I had set up near the front door, with Big Daddy Voodoo Doll perched atop to greet our guests:
Anyway, this year instead of my wee feathered voodoo friends, I will be making dolls that resemble various iconic horror movie characters. So far, I plan on making (in no particular order): CarolAnne of Poltergeist, Freddy Krueger of Nightmare on Elm Street, Jason Voorhees of Friday the 13th, Dr. Franknfurter of Rocky Horror Picture Show (couldn’t resist), Regan of The Exorcist, Pinhead of Hellraiser, Samara of The Ring, Leatherface of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Michael Myers of Halloween, the twin girls from The Shining, the Leprechaun, Pennywise of Stephen King’s It, and just for fun, I’ll pick up a little toy shark to stand in for Jaws. I’m still considering a few others but haven’t made up my mind who will make the team. So, I will have to create a tiny Pennywise, and he will live under my roof for several months. Ugh.
The good news is that today was payday, and therefore I will be off buy my supplies for the dolls posthaste. Huzzah! Progress!
…So much for progress. I just realized its after midnight, and therefore no longer Friday the 13th. I suppose I could’ve re-written the first paragraph and the title, but… I didn’t.