It's been some time since I posted here, and for this I apologize. I did some traveling (both for business and pleasure), spent time helping a neighbor (who brought me cookies as a thank you), and spent a lot of time reading. And now that I've made my excuses, on to the post.
This time next year, I'll be settling into my first house. I don't know if it'll be bought or built, as both have their appeal, but either way I'll have a house. No matter what, I will have a full, finished basement. That is nonnegotiable. I already have plans to turn it into a library/lab/entertainment center, but then my thought strayed toward my favorite holiday: Halloween.
I'm currently transitioning to a new team at work, and this one has mostly people who live in the area rather than fly in from other states every week. I'm hoping I start interacting with them outside of work for once and have decided to make future plans to push in that direction: host an annual Halloween costume party each year in that big basement of mine.
I don't have that house yet this year, and will still be settling into it next year, but the year after that, I want to start to truly enjoy my favorite holiday.
So far, I've spent just a few minutes thinking of themes for both the basement and the costumes. The first year I do this, hopefully 2014, I want to set up as the standard dungeon and invite everyone to dress us as classic monsters: vampires, mummies, zombies, werewolves, Frankenstein's monster, and so on. The second year would be 'Creatures of the Night' (nocturnal animals) costumes and a dark forest setting. The third year would be an alien invasion setting with alien/astronaut/science fiction costumes. And, with my mind stuck on this idea, the four year could be a fantasy setting with wizards, knights, dragons, and so on.
I think this would be a lot of fun, and be a great way to really get to know my coworkers and their families. Yes, they would be invited to bring their families with them, making me tone things down to avoid giving the kids nightmares.
Lots of things to think about if I do this, but plenty of time to change my mind if mote immediate things don't work out.