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Halloween Vs. the World Series

With our girlfriends heading up Sunday Fun Day, our night will go from World Series, BBQ and beer to pumpkin-carving and drinking Vampire wine.

As I’ve been trying to (or lack thereof), I’ve also realized my social calendar will need a shift in strategy. What do you do when you pay to live in an area right by the beach, but the weather isn’t warm enough to go out and get a tan? What do you do when your perfect little Westside beach town is mildly inconvenienced with a 10-degree drop in temperature? How can I sound any more spoiled than I do as I’m writing this?

As spoiled and as “first-world-problems” as this sounds, it is a change for us Santa Monicans, at least the beachgoers like myself. I’ve formed a pretty tight-nit crew here over the past few years. I went to UC Irvine, and after a brief stint back at my parents' house, I headed out to the Westside to begin my comedy career. Luckily, three or four college buddies made the same move for various reasons, and we’ve become sort of the team captains of a Santa Monica Sunday Fun Day crew.

Members slowly get added to the crew, as the captains get new jobs and meet cool co-workers, we date new people and meet their friends, etc. We’re pretty consistent now and try to take turns at each other’s houses every week or two. We each bring some BBQ, other food and drink, and watch whatever sporting event is taking place that night.

Adding into the mix a couple of girlfriends who couldn’t physically care less about sports has changed the style of some of our gatherings. For example, we’re hosting Sunday Fun Day this week, and it couldn’t be farther from this last one, where we watched the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals in Game 4 of the World Series. This time we will be pumpkin-carving.

. I feel like she's been coming home every day this week with new Halloween-themed gear for the party. First it was Halloween paper plates for the dinner we haven’t decided on yet. Then it was black-and-orange cups for the drinks we haven’t bought. Then we spent almost an entire evening creating a Facebook event for the party, where she kept interrupting me—while I was working on a script—to ask if I could help her come up with witty lines for the event description. Because, after all, “I’m the writer.”

Gone are the Sunday Fun Days where we go to the beach, play volleyball and toss the Frisbee around before hitting the grocery store to pick up some meat to throw on the grill. Now it has become all about Vampire wine and a trip to the pumpkin patch. Do I fight it, or do I roll with it?

Maybe this is the adult in me talking, but I’m going to roll with it. Not every Sunday Fun Day has to be about beer and football, and take place in a man cave. We’re gonna decorate our place with Halloween gear, and come Christmas, we're going to have our own little tree. I’ve never had a tree that wasn’t at my parents' house, and I think that’s kind of cool. A notch on the growing-up belt, if you will.

Now all I have to do it buy a pumpkin, figure out what I want to carve it into, learn how to carve and figure out what costume to wear for Halloween. I had no idea that holidays could equal so much homework.

Since Halloween falls on a Monday this year, I’m most likely celebrating before the actual day, and then maybe going out to watch a scary movie on Monday.

Anyone have any fun plans for Monday? I’m open to suggestions. Share them in the comments box below.

Lacey October 26, 2011 at 11:39 PM
Just a suggestion for your Halloween dinner: my group of friends has the tradition of fondue which we call Fon-Boo! We dip food into cheese, then we fry things, and end the evening with chocolate dipped delights! I'll be missing this tradition this year as we are relocating from Atlanta to Venice, so someone needs to pick it up out here!
Catherine Myman-Kaplan October 27, 2011 at 11:22 PM
I think you're not really a grown up til you yell at those damn kids for being so loud trick-or treating after 5 pm. And my tradition is, I wait until my daughter is asleep and I then I raid her candy for Snickers.
Robbie Pickard October 28, 2011 at 06:22 PM
Fon-Boo! I love it! My girlfriend would lose her mind over this, I'm gonna tell her about it. She has our placed decked out right now, thanks for the tip!
Robbie Pickard October 28, 2011 at 06:24 PM
haha thanks for the tip Catherine! I'm actually sad I live in an apartment that I doubt will be infested with trick-or-treaters, but I suppose that novelty probably wears off fast. When I have kids I'm going to do the same thing, only my weakness is Reese's peanut butter cups!

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