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Happy Halloween! Wait, it’s already November? And what is that you’re saying – that I should be working on my novel for #NaNoWriMo instead of blogging? Oh well.

I hope everyone had a good and safe Halloween. My Halloween didn’t turn out quite like I expected it to, but I still had a fun evening of passing out candy downtown with a coworker.

So my little friend in Florida and I had a pumpkin carving contest Wednesday night. My mom was the judge and she took her job seriously, rating us in originality, cleanliness, etc. She has yet to name the winner (though I’m feeling that she will side with him) but I’m still holding out to hear my name.

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My friend’s pumpkin is the one in the lower right-hand corner and I think that he did a wonderful job (besides, I’m absolutely thrilled that I had even convinced him to participate with me!). I really stepped up my carving this year and am proud that I was able to pull off something different from the triangle eyes and huge gaping mouth (with no teeth) that I usually wind up with.

Last Saturday, myself and three other friends found ourselves heading up to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg for Howl-O-Scream. I have heard a lot about HoS the past few years and have been dying to visit. We made almost a whole day of it, which meant that by the time night fell, I was already exhausted. We rode Apollo’s Chariot, the battering ram (I always have to ride this one first), and the Loch Ness monster (twice).

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While my friends were riding Verbolten (which had an hour wait and had been broken down earlier – huge red flag for me), I snuck off to Das Festhaus, which had been turned into the Casket Club. I was there between shows but as I ate, I realized that while I would love to go back to HoS next year, I would change a few things. The first being that I would find someone who would go to the shows to me. The second being that I would definitely invest in the Quick Queue pass so that I can make it to more than just 2 haunted houses. The lines weren’t as long as I had anticipated (maybe 45 minutes at the most) but rumor had it that one line was almost 4 hours.

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I loved the amount of detail that Busch Gardens had included in each of their various territories, even regardless of it being Halloween. There was a quaint Irish pub that was so realistic – at least in my mind. I heard that there wasn’t as many creatures jumping out as in the previous years, which was perfect for me.

Just one more thing to add – the Elizabeth II sailed in the port (of Edenton) last Friday and Saturday. My mom and I made sure to stop by during my lunch break on Friday and it was pretty amazing to look at.

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