What a long weekend! The past few days at the store have been devoted to preparing for its Halloween celebration. Everyone took on the task of making the Cellar spooky enough for Halloween night revelers. Jaylene, one of our bartenders, brought in wall decorations, signs, images to put over windows, candy, candles, spider webs, and even a carved pumpkin. Our owners found an enormous pumpkin to place on the bar, huge furry spiders with glowing eyes to hang from the ceiling, black crows, a gothic-looking candelabra for the piano, sticky “bloody” handprints to put on the glass, and a mannequin/doll of an old man to “greet” people as they arrived. There was more to the decorating than I can list!
The cheese case received some spooky treatment with a skull in the case, a bloody handprint, a jack-o-lantern, and some “Caution” tape. Since the aged Mimolette cheese is such a bright shade of orange, it was taken out of its case for customers to taste and admire.
The best part about Halloween was seeing everyone’s costume (isn’t that always the best part?). I dressed up as Marie Antoinette by reworking an old pink dress and donning a curly blond wig in the Pompadour coiffe. Among the staff, Carlos kept his promise and came in a cow costume, complete with a nose that went, “moo,” when you squeezed it. Paige dressed as a Mexican with a fake tan and tequila holster, while Dani, one of our cheesemongers and servers, came as Snow White. There were so many great costumes. Jaylene came as Evil Knievel; Paul, our sommelier, was a cowboy; Dawn was roadkill; Sherrie was a cat; Crystal was a geisha. Laura and Aerie came as–I don’t know, actually. They looked dressed as stereotypical French people with berets, striped shirts, and moustaches. More clients than I thought showed up in costume as well. I saw Greek gods and goddesses, cops, farmers, and perhaps, my favorite, Cruella De Vil. Even our piano player, Elliot, was dressed up–as Marie Antoinette. He did not wear a wig like I did, but he did have a gorgeous purple gown which seemed to give him a more dignified air than usual.
But, enough talk. I think the best way to describe this evening is through images! Everyone did such a great job. It was my first Halloween celebration in probably about 10 years, and since it was my husband’s first, the evening was all the more special.