Last friday was Halloween and this year I was invited to go to Friday Night Live at the ROM. Being at the Musuem at night with food vendors, drinks, people in costumes, live music and exhibits to explore sounded like a fun way to spend Halloween. Although most Halloweens I’m good with just watching a scary movie and staying in.
We spent a good chunk of our evening getting ready and trying not to rush ourselves because we both had long weeks and felt like we needed to just slow down before heading out again. It was the weekend after all and didn’t want to stress ourselves out with trying to get there early. We got there for the last 2 hours or so. If you’re planning on going, I would recommend going earlier so you can check out all the different rooms and levels.
A good friend had asked me a few weeks earlier and I didn’t figure out my costume until 2 days before. A costume wasn’t necessary but I figured it was Halloween, so I might as well wear something I might not otherwise wear for the fun of it. My only two criteria was I wanted to feel comfortable and I wanted items I could use again. My 80’s inspired aerobic costume came about while tossing around ideas with a friend one day and getting lots of great advice from a sales associate. I decided not to do the headband because although classic it would probably bug me. So, I opted for a scrunchie and high side ponytail instead.
White leotard was a last minute change in decision right before I paid. I was suppose to go with grey but then I looked at the grey bodysuit and thought it just seemed kind of plain in contrast to the other colours. And yes, I was also self conscious because white makes us look bigger right? yeeeek. After weeks of snacking on chocolate and chips and working at a desk for long hours, the last thing I probably thought I would feel confident in was white. But for some reason, once I got my costume on, I felt pretty super. My incredible tight jeans I wore that day probably made this costume feel soooo much better. 🙂
There were many wonderful creative costumes which made the night feel even more magical. Lots of Mario and Luigi’s, little red riding hoods, Chung Li, Cops and Swat agents and lots of more. We both felt inspired by the sea of costumes we saw and want to prepare earlier for next year’s Halloween festivities.
There were hot foods stations catered by food vendors. Naturally, that was highest on my list along with exploring as many rooms as we could. The first vendor we saw was selling fried chicken on a stick but after I got the R.O.M. food/drink tickets, we went to the bar first and then I saw ME.N.U food station so I wanted to try their food too because I remember reading about them before. It was delicious! The combination of the soft roti with crunchy cabbage, onions and pulled pork. They had me at roti and pulled pork…MMM. I want to try more of their foods next time. Check them out, they run a food truck in Toronto. 🙂
What did you do for Halloween? What did you dress up as? Any scary movies?