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!”
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.
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).”
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.
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?”
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!
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!”
More photos of Halloween in San Pedro 2015:
- San Pedro Scoop sent in the big guns to shoot photos, Steve, the owner of Lola’s Pub. Great photos here in Part 1.
- San Pedro Scoop’s Part II of Halloween night 2015 at the Holiday Hotel.
- San Pedro Sun’s photo gallery (including a photo of, ahem, me).
- Taco Girl weighs in with her favorite Halloween party photos and video mashup.