Marissa Kendrick
Halloween Party!! [TAG: EVERYONE!]
Sat Jan 28, 2017 14:30

After a week of indecision, a week of laziness, and a couple of days of pure procrastination, Marisa was putting final touches on the Halloween party. This party was much less involved than her secret passageways one, because it didn’t have to be hidden. The fliers had gone up all around the school, advertising the party for Saturday, October 29th, and everyone was invited, staff and their families included. It happened before curfew. She usually tried to host Halloween parties on Halloween itself, but since the holiday fell on a Monday night this year, she figured attendance would be better if she just made it the Saturday before. She imagined that the only reason staff would show up would be for their tiny humans, always popular among students, to show off their costumes. If, and when, staff and their kids showed up, Marissa had trick-or-treat goodie bags to give them.

Marissa set up the main party on the Pitch. There were different candies, both magic and Muggle, and many of them Halloween specific. Unlike her party in the secret passageways, the punch bowls here were charmed against alcohol. If anyone tried spiking the bowls, the precious liquor they poured would evaporate into nothing before it even hit the punch.

People could, of course, keep their drinks to themselves, if they were daring enough to drink around staff. Marissa just wasn’t going to deal with accidentally tipsy eleven year olds.

In reality, this kind of party planning was hard for Marissa. She wasn’t sure how to throw a party for all ages; all ages were boring. It wasn’t that she was unfamiliar with Halloween. In fact, Halloween was a huge deal in the Kendrick household. Her mother loved Halloween, and her dad loved to indulge her. When Marissa was home for the holiday, all four of them would wear themed costumes for trick or treating. One year, they did Inside Out; Marissa had been Disgust. There was a Scooby Doo themed costume one year, which Abby had also helped run a neighborhood haunted house for. Marissa saw pictures of one her first Halloweens, before Kit was born, and it was one of her mom’s favorite pictures in the world: Mom was dressed as Sully, Dad was dressed as Mike, and Marissa was dressed as Boo, holding both of their hands. They won a costume contest for their Monster’s Inc. costumes that year. Even though Marissa wasn’t home for Halloween, she knew the themed costumes still continued with Kit.

Halloween was for everyone in the Kendrick household; that’s why staff and students were invited.

Besides the food, the fifth year had set up party games, like bobbing for apples and ring toss. There was a place to carve pumpkins. There would also be a costume contest halfway through the evening, which Marissa was low-key judging every time she saw someone enter in costume. Next year, she was already planning on putting Kit in charge of the costume contest. Kit had no idea, of course, but she’d be voluntold at the appropriate time.

The rock wall was available to use, and there was plenty of space for dancing. She had music playing, with some amazingly enchanted speakers that could project sound into the big space. The playlist was set and ready to go, with Muggle classics like Monster Mash heavily featured. Marissa figured that the Pitch was the best location for all ages. If the older kids (or couple-y staff members; Marissa didn’t judge) wanted to sneak off for a little bit of privacy, the forests around the Pitch were perfectly spooky and dark for those kinds of activities.

Bless, Marissa loved Halloween.

She smoothed out her Merida dress and started the music. She’d dressed up as Merida for Madeleine’s most recent birthday, at the young girl’s request, and she didn’t see a reason why she should wear a new costume. She didn’t even have to do anything to her hair. It could be as wild and untame as it wanted as Merida.

She stood near the trick or treat bags, ready to hand them out if needed, as the party began and people of all years and all ages began to trickle onto the Pitch. Marissa’s green eyes sparkled and she greeted people who passed by. Shifty Eyes, RMI’s favorite poltergeist, had also agreed to come to the party. She didn’t see him yet, but she knew he’d come. Shifty was fond of Lyras more than other houses, but Shifty sometimes did things for Marissa, despite her being in Aquila. Apparently Shifty and her mom were friends when Abby Embers both went to and then worked at Rocky Mountain International.

Marissa watched the crowd, kept an eye out for Shifty, and waited for someone, anyone, to get her attention.

OOC: Hi all! If your character is participating in the costume contest, please mention that in your post. I'll announce the winner on the OOC board at the start of midterm. Besides bragging rights over their classmates, I may be able to get the winner some kind of prize *winks* Have fun!

    • A party well thrown, if I do say so myself - Rose Farnon, Wed Feb 1 16:57
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                    • Here! Have some candy! - Shifty Eyes, Wed Feb 1 20:08
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