the big folks went all out for Halloween on Ocracoke
Anicipation had been building for weeks on Ocracoke.
I hadn’t seen this much excitement among my peers for Halloween since
the sixth grade.
It began in August when my neighbor, Lyn Taylor, began talking about
what she and her husband, Jamie, were contemplating for costumes.
I had to admit that I hadn’t given it a thought because for the last
couple of decades I’ve been dealing with what my kids wanted to be for
Halloween, not me.
Now, as an empty nester, I could get back into the fun, but what to be
was still a question.
When I had to go to Virginia Beach in early September, I made a stop in
a newly opened Halloween store on Virginia Beach Blvd. to check out the
latest ready-made costumes. Though the selection was huge, and
purchasing one of these would have easily solved the question, I
declined their wares.
I don’t like to wear masks, but I’ve done face paint in the past, which
I like. Suddenly, I had my plan.
Since one must be self-sufficient living on this island, I researched
my idea online and ordered several items (well in advance) with which
to complete my costume.
At several gatherings prior to Halloween, “What are you going to be?”
inevitably came up. I stayed mum.
The night of the big event, Saturday, Oct. 30, the weather was mild and
I joined my neighbors and others for a pre-Howard’s monster bash.
My costume? I was an “Ocracat.” Simple, easy, and topical to boot.
Ocracats, for those who aren’t in the know, is an island non-profit
that traps and neuters and otherwise looks out for feral cats.
Among the other costumes in our group were: a “sinister minister,”
witch, pirate wench, Tiger Woods and one of his mistresses, three women
in green shirts as “gang green,” and a couple in Scottish outfits.
At 10 p.m., the events at Howard’s Pub and Raw Bar and Gaffer’s Sports
Bar were in full swing.
This was the first year for a Halloween party at Gaffer’s, which opened
Manager Daniela Gilbert was pleased with the crowd.
“I’m so excited,” she said. “I can’t wait for next year.”
She was particularly pleased with the spooky decorations done by
islander Jennifer Kidwell, which included mummies, a coffin, ghosts,
corpses, and spiders.
Prize winners at Gaffer’s were: Reggie and Kim O’Neal, for most
original, as “British Petroleum.”
Scariest was Ryan McQuade as Stephen King’s “It” clown. Best make-up
went to “Little Jessie,” whose throat was slashed, and the funniest was
Heather Johnson as Ursula, the sea witch from The Little Mermaid.
Gilbert also noted that bartender Jessie Morrissey was wearing a
fabulous mosquito costume.
D.J. “Scorpion” played music that packed the dance floor.
At Howard’s Pub, manager Bill Cole noted that the crowd was about the
same size as in previous years and that people attended from all over
the state and Virginia.
“They make Howard’s Pub a destination,” he said. Many danced to live
music provided by 1,100 Pounds.
Prizes of “pub bucks” were awarded in three categories, and the winners
were Edward Scissorhands, as the scariest; the Platform pimp as the
funniest, and “Golden Securities” was the most original.
Gaffers held a teen night, especially for kids in seventh grade on up,
from 7 to 10 p.m. prior to the adult party. About 30 kids
“I was happy to be able to do something for them,” she said.
Leinbach is also a reporter for The Observer on Ocracoke.)