We were warned! The Halloween Party signals the end of hurricane season and the last bash before the cruisers all go their separate ways. Since we were tipped off, we started our Halloween costume search in Alaska where we struck out, continued it in India where we picked up outfits that would work, and finished our shopping in Maryland. Not wanting to buy cheesy costumes-in-a-bag and utterly lacking in creativity, we decided to go with our Indian outfits and goof them up a bit with some glow bracelets, flashing braids, and a fez.
Dave started growing a beard and mustache in Maryland because we couldn’t find any decent mustaches for sale. He felt the beard was necessary instead of just a mustache in order to avoid being mistaken for a child molester.
As it turns out, that was a good choice. He did look rather creepy with the mustache only. Of course, he was too blonde to look Indian, so I helped out with a little mascara to the mustache and eyebrows. Top that with the goofy Fez and the look was amazing! I wish I had videoed Dave wiggling his eyebrows. It was funnier than Groucho Marx!
Before I go into the party, I want to share the kids with you. These boat kids truly celebrate Halloween in a unique way. First, Secret Harbour Marina threw quite a Halloween party for the kids with music, dancing, bubble machine, games, pony rides, jump house, and I don’t know what all else. Pretty awesome, right? Then it was trick-or-treat time in the evening before the adult party. The kids all met at the dinghy dock and jumped aboard dinghies to trick-or-treat from boat to boat.
It was about the cutest thing I’d ever seen. We always loved Halloween, so I was more than happy to hand out candy from the boat. Above is a small gallery of pictures., click on each photo to expand them. I think there was even a Clockwork Orange kid in there!
Above is a drone video Derek Pickell took of the kids trick-or-treating. It even shows them at the boat next to us (with Livin’ Life in the background) and then the kids visiting our stern between the sugar scoops (pictured as the cover shot). Those kids were hyped and having fun!
The adult party started out mild, not much different from any other. Music was thumping, colored lights were flashing, and the kids were dancing to 80s pop hits. A few adults danced on the sidelines and the drinks started flowing. I was immediately recognized as an immigrant and cuffed for deportation to Mexico by Donald Trump (Jeff from Izzy R). I pleaded my case that I was from India not Mexico, but he said it didn’t matter: I was an immigrant and all immigrants would be deported back to Mexico. Apparently that’s the way things are in TrumpWorld. It didn’t take long for things to liven up. More alcohol meant more dancing as party goers lost their inhibitions. Then the bubble machine started. Again, the kids were the first to get bubbly, then the braver (or drunker) adults joined in. I was pulled in by Michael, one of the young adults, and Dave followed along for the ride. Thoroughly bubbled, I had to share the wealth and grabbed Jeff. This is where I start to lose the order of events. I’ll just say the party was in full swing, most of the kids were gone, and things got wild. After being bubbled, my saree weighed about 30 pounds and I had a hard time walking. Solution? Strip it off. I was down to the crop top and underskirt. Sorry, no pictures. Haha! It was definitely a “not to be missed” event.
Halloween party day didn’t start out fun. It was one of those boat days where everything that could go wrong did. But we had such an amazing response. We had at least six boats call us on the VHF and offer assistance. We had workers stranded on our boat because our prop went out on the dinghy after we picked them up and brought them aboard. While they fixed the SSB (Yes! It is actually working now for the first time ever!), Dave and I worked out a plan to get them back to shore. It was a big day and we didn’t want to be stranded either, so we left the mooring and took Livin’ Life back to the dock. The guys were able to leave, but we were on the fuel dock and couldn’t stay there. We didn’t like our docking options (the marina is nearly full), so we tried to figure out another way. Fast Manicou came to the rescue. Fast Manicou is a boater that started a business of purchasing at wholesale prices commonly needed goods that are heavy and/or bulky and difficult to bring back to your boat, then reselling and delivering them to boaters. Brilliant. He had a spare used prop for the exact same outboard model and let us borrow it. Dave installed it and we were back in business. Shew! We returned to our mooring ball with plenty of time to spare before the kids arrived to trick-or-treat. Yep, the day started out rough, but it definitely got better. What a party! We are going to miss all our Grenada cruising friends. But we should bump into at least some of them up island.