Trashing Halloween in San Pedro is a barrel of laughs

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Sue, Rachel (aka Dorothy) Rose, Wayne and Linda strike a pose at the Holiday Hotel entrance after walking the Black Carpet. Let the party begin!
Sue, Rachel (aka Dorothy) Rose, Wayne and Linda strike a pose at the Holiday Hotel entrance after walking the Black Carpet. Let the party begin!

We totally trashed Halloween this year.

No, I didn’t say we got trashed. I said we trashed Halloween.

As in garbage.

It is a big topic on the island these days because it is a big problem. As one guy would say, “Trash is huuuge!”

Trash ladies! Beautifuls made from materials we all too often find on the sides of our roads and along our beaches.
Trashy ladies! Beautiful gowns made from materials we all too often find on the sides of our roads and along our beaches.
A flock of trash cans prepare to head out for the night on Halloween 2015.
A flock of trash cans (and two seagulls) prepare to head out for the night on Halloween 2015.

So, to bring awareness to the problem, our First Friday Tres Cocos Roadside Trash Pick-up group decided to bring the trash to the people.

Rose, Linda, Marie, Sue made beautiful gowns out of trash bags, Belikin beer tops, Crystal water bottles and the like. Thank you, especially, Bowen & Bowen for providing inspiration through all your disposable products which can be found on streets, lagoons, beaches and vacant lots all over Ambergris Caye. Christina dropped in as a very green Fairy Garbage Mother.

The rest of the gang — Scott & Susan, Steve, Carmen and Wayne — went as trash cans. Not any trash cans. Reproductions of the ones that the San Pedro Town Council has promised us will be distributed north of the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge.

Any day now.

Adam from a Flock of Seagulls is looking for his flight time . . .
Adam from a Flock of Seagulls is looking for his flight time . . .

Security for the group was provided by Chef Hasni who dressed as Batman and more levity was provided by Adam and Jackie who fluttered around the trashy crew dressed as Flock of Seagulls, singing “I ran (So Far Away).”

Hasni's rippling set of muscles made him a natural as head of security, keeping all the rodents away from our trash on Halloween night!
Hasni’s rippling set of muscles made him a natural as head of security, keeping all the rodents away from our trash on Halloween night! Yes, that is a pack of Marlboros in his utility belt. I didn’t say Batman was supposed to be a role model!

I went as Donald Trump aka White Trash. I walked around with my thumbs out, lips puffed and kept growling “This is huuuuge!” until nobody could stand me, which was fairly early in the night. I had a blond wig, red hat with “Make America great again” emblazoned on the front (thank you, again, Mary Wells and Brad!) and a bright orange tie, which I actually found here on the island.

I tried applying orange face paint — Look, I’m a Trump-a-loompa! — but it came off a deathly beige.

Too late in the night, after some mighty large glasses,  I realized that with some large glasses on my face I could well have been Andy Warhol.

Sue could look amazing in a burlap sack. She chose haute couture from the House of San Pedro.
Sue could look amazing in a burlap sack. She chose haute couture from the House of San Pedro.

Trump and Warhol. Two maybe too obscure references for most in Belize, But a lot of people did get the Trump bit. Maybe because of the new Southwest Airlines route from Houston and resulting influx of Texans, I got a lot of “Ya’ll going to build the wall?”

Anyhow.

More cans!
More cans . . . and birds!

We assembled at Marie’s house and worked (OK, drank) our way through Wayo’s Beach Bar, Fido’s  and Lola’s Pub before rolling down Front Street, past the UDP election rally in Central Park to the grand old Holiday Hotel which is Halloween Party Central for the island.

I’ll just say it was an insane amount of fun. Huuuuge fun.

The trash gang took a first prize for Best Group Costume, followed closely by a human set of dominoes.  Halloween — like Independence Day, Lobster Fest and Carnival — is a big, big deal here in Belize. It is huge!

At Wayo's, Greg wasworking on mashup of Elton John and Bono.
At Wayo’s, Greg wasworking on mashup of Elton John and Bono.

I think we got home around 2 a.m. while the island was still in full-on party rocking mode.

My throat is sore and my voice is raspy.

I can barely say “Huuuuge!”

 

Rose posed with Melaney, who just sort of sprouted wings at Wayo's. No Red Bull was harmed (or consumed) in the taking of this photo.
Rose posed with Melaney, who just sort of sprouted wings at Wayo’s. No Red Bull was harmed (or consumed) in the taking of this photo.
One more time, at Wayo's, with Linda, Sue, Marie and Rose.
One more time, at Wayo’s, with Linda, Sue, Marie and Rose. (And yes, my photography was beginning to get a bit fuzzy by now. I blame it on the excitement, lighting and the fact that I kept pulling this iPod out of my sweaty pocket to shoot photos. At this point, no alcohol had yet been consumed. By me, just to be clear. Look for links to more great photos by more-competent photographers at the bottom of the blog post.
The trash ensemble at Wayo's, just before carting off to Lola's Sports Pub.
The trash ensemble at Wayo’s, just before carting off to Lola’s Sports Pub.
Susan was thrilled to discover that she could sit comfortably on a tall stool in her trash can costume.
Susan was thrilled to discover that she could sit comfortably on a tall stool in her trash can costume.
Miss Rose strikes a glamorous pose at Lola's Pub.
Miss Rose strikes a glamorous pose at Lola’s Pub.
Next stop, Fido's, where Wayne and Linda got in touch with their inner Kiss.
Next stop, Fido’s, where Wayne and Linda got in touch with their inner Kiss.
We got to Holiday Hotel just in time to witness the entrance of the full-sized Jurassic Park raptor, accompanied by a full entourage of armed security guards and handlers. The theme music from the movie and prehistoric growls and cries blasted from the sound system -- quite the entrance!
We got to Holiday Hotel just in time to witness the entrance of the full-sized Jurassic Park raptor, accompanied by a full entourage of armed security guards and handlers. The theme music from the movie and prehistoric growls and cries blasted from the sound system — quite the entrance!
Taking selfies with the raptor quickly became the thing to do at the Holiday Hotel -- next to dancing.
Taking selfies with the raptor quickly became the thing to do at the Holiday Hotel — next to dancing.

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More costumes from inside Holiday Hotel.
More costumes from inside Holiday Hotel.
Toughest job of the night? Being a costume judge at the Holiday Hotel.
Toughest job of the night? Being a costume judge at the Holiday Hotel.
It is a story as old as time. A couple of young kids meet at a bar, or club or party and something clicks. Next morning she wakes up and with a shudder says, "Oh, my god, I slept with a dinosaur!"
It is a story as old as time. A couple of young kids meet at a bar, or club or party and something clicks. Next morning she wakes up and with a shudder says, “Oh, my god, I slept with a dinosaur!”

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10 thoughts on “Trashing Halloween in San Pedro is a barrel of laughs

    Susan W. said:
    November 1, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Looks like a BLAST!! Loved the group costume! Trump…well….LOL

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    Emily Smith said:
    November 1, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Okay, I gotta know how the garbage can costumes were made/created using stuff available on the island! All the costumes are great, but these really required some materials, and I am flummoxed as to how you good folk managed them with the limited goods available on AC!

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      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      November 1, 2015 at 6:15 pm

      A very creative group, Emily. They bought up all the hoola hoops on the island. Two to each “can.” Fabrics can be found in quite a few shops these days. Add shoulder straps and stencil on the slogan: “Trash in the can …. toes in the sand.” Decorate with garbage to suit taste. Wallah!

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        Emily Smith said:
        November 2, 2015 at 4:18 am

        VERY resourceful. Love the costumes and the message they send as well. Hope the island can get a handle on the garbage problem. It’s very sad to see such a beautiful place “trashed”.

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    Donald Quigley said:
    November 2, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    I have been enjoying your blog for sometime. My wife and I dream of moving to Belize. We were on Ambergris about three months ago. We are returning for ten days in November. Five at Placencia, five back on Ambergris. I would like to meet and buy you a drink for all the helpful advice.

    Thank you again

    Donald Quigley

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    Tom wagner said:
    November 2, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Did you lose old 59?

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      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      November 3, 2015 at 5:30 am

      I have learned my lesson on Moncho 59, Tom. It was right were we left it. Now I have to figure out a way to erase the permanent magic marker I used to draw the parking location map on my stomach ……

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    SPmQQse said:
    November 3, 2015 at 1:09 am

    you might wanna fix your camera. [ juss sayin]

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      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      November 3, 2015 at 4:22 am

      You mean I “might wanna” want GET a camera — I use an iPod — juss sayin!

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