Every year, my friend Kurt puts on a great Halloween party called Nukestock. In years past, it was a huge event drawing upwards of 100 people. Nowadays, it's a little more modest, now that most of the casual visitors (college acquaintences) have moved away, but the diehards still attend, even from places as far-flung as Denver, D.C., and even China one year (if I'm remembering the story right).
Anyway, I just got the invite to this year's gathering. Looks like it's going to be fun. It starts Thursday night before Halloween and continues through Sunday evening. (Yeah, you read that right - three solid days of party.) The theme this year is Cthulhu, in all his tentacular glory. On the agenda for this year are the ever-popular trivia game, open BBQ grill, a bonfire, games for kids and adults, plenty of live music, CRASH (Cthulhu Rally and Savenger Hunt, which, if previous years have been any indication, will be a hoot and a half), and of course, ritual sacrifice. Ia Ia Cthulhu Fthagn!
The only down side, of course, is that it runs directly against the last-minute rush to get Carnival of Souls ready in time for Halloween. Last year, I had to settle for only a few hours at Nukestock and giving Nukestock attendees the exclusive premiere for Madame Sarita's Spirit Parlour. This year, I'm hoping to get things close enough to being done that I can enjoy more Nukestock time. We'll see!