But I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really get into the drunken nonsense this holiday has become for most people. Most parties are just an excuse to get hammered, which to me, isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really what the holiday is about. I think itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the one time of year itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s totally acceptable to enjoy the macabre and become something different from what you actually are. (Or let your true colors show. I generally transform myself into some weird vampire with a Freddy glove)
In that spirit, if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re in the New York/New Jersey area, I highly endorse that you check out Clinton Place in Hackensack, N.J., about 10 minutes from the George Washington Bridge. Put it in your GPS and take Route 4 West over to the old Bergen Mall, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a few blocks from that.
After all, New York City is just a mess. I was in the City last year, and every fourth dude was dressed as Alex Rodriguez and acting like complete meatheads. This year, theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll all be that Situation guy. And at the risk of sounding like A.C. Green, I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really get into women dressing like harlots for the sake of doing that. I prefer women who truly get into the spirit of the holiday, not ones who put on some bunny ears or something and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s it.
So if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re looking to get into the spirit of the holiday, or are looking for a family outing, hit up Clinton this weekend. It stands up to virtually any pricey haunted house, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s free. Every house on the block decorates for Halloween Ã¢â‚¬â€œ I mean, hardcore. These people have coffins and guillotines Ã¢â‚¬â€œ but thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s also family-friendly fare such as houses themed as the Wizard of Oz, Finding Nemo and my personal favorite, Little Shop of Horrors.
You can go during the day, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s far better at night when everythingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lit up. But either way, this is something you can do for not a whole lot of money to get in the spirit of Halloween, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s safe, and it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t contribute to the bastardization of the holiday Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the way most holidays are treated at this point. Some images are below, but you really need to see it in person.
And with that, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m off to a Zombie Walk. (ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what it sounds like)
To all our friends, have a Happy Halloween and play it safe out there.