Okay, in my mental list of things to do on Hallowe’en, I’d probably include:
1. Watch a scary movie
2. Dress up as a spellbook*
3. Carve a a scary face into a pumpkin (or more traditionally up in the North East – a turnip – but boy do they stink when a lit candle is inside them)
4. Ignore trick or treaters by blacking out the glass in the door to look like I’m not in
The one thing that I hadn’t ever considered was doing a spin cycling class to Hallowe’en-themed music.
I just spent lunchtime spinning away to ‘The Little Shop of Horrors’, ‘Monster’, ‘Superstitious’ and wait for it…. ‘Ghostbusters!’. Surreal. We had already passed a pensioner dressed as Dracula on the way to the class, to which my spin colleague commented “you can see that too, right?” (incidentally Dracula was co-ordinating the lunchtime tea dance).
We concluded the spin class with a jumps/bob and weave combo to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ which made looking in the mirror a disturbing experience. A bunch of slightly sweaty, dishevelled and fierce looking cyclists lurching from side to side was like a scene from The Walking Dead, but without the blood.
The reason for the Vincent Price image below? Oh, aside from him being one of the most amazing/hilarious horror actors I have witnessed, I felt I should give him the credit he deserves for the spoken part in ‘Thriller’. The spin instructor referred to him as ‘that man’ – ignorant or what?
Apologies Vincent Price (May 27, 1911 – October 25, 1993) on her behalf.
*Honest, been there, done that, got the cardboard box, painted red with opening front ‘cover’, filled with spells on slightly charred paper to prove it…I’d like to say I was a kid but in reality was mid twenties and old enough to know better.