Yarrrr! This year’s Halloween party was pirate themed!
Alex drove me and Helen down to Mountain View so we could have lunch before the party. We met up with Anne Marie and her husband Ken, James’ coworker Nick and also Will from our Monday board gaming group.
Cat: Did you see the Googleween photos on Kaye’s FB page? Is she the shark? ROFL
Ivo: OMG I think it MIGHT be Kaye in the shark costume!
Cat: She looks so happy!
There was lots to eat and drink and we spent most of the time wandering around looking at the different attractions. Like last year, everything (or most things) were based around the theme.
There were various carnival-like games, where you had to knock over bottles or race boats using water guns. Here I am on the ring toss:
We also got to “walk the plank” (a.k.a fight each other with foam swords over a squishy blue pit). I won! I know James let me win because it’s funnier that way, but it was still satisfying.
There were many shark sightings throughout the day. Here I am with my cake pop friends (also note how beautifully my dead seal is highlighted by the sun):
Here I am with my inflatable buddies:
They were actually part of a bouncy castle obstacle course that James and I competed against each other in. James won, but in all fairness the shark costume was really hampering me.
Here I am finishing like .. a minute after he did (it was a short course – a minute was a long time!).
There was also a writer who would write a short verse about whatever topic you wanted, and then put it in a souvenir bottle (message in a bottle!).
I asked for my bottle verse to be about a shark who didn’t want to be eaten:
We had our photo taken with a snake (also with a parrot, but the snake was cooler).
They also had face painting and some mermaids who would put sparkly ribbons in your hair, but as an apex predator I didn’t need any of that.
We left just before it officially closed but I felt like I had a pretty good sampling of the party. There was also a scavenger hunt where you had to get your photo taken at various locations to win a mystery prize but I was content just floating around.
I had a much better time than last year since I knew a lot more people. Also I wasn’t desperately homesick – that definitely helped.
Helen and Zoltan dropped us back in the city which was nice. As soon as we got home we had to pack for a week long trip to Cancun to see Luke and Madeleine get married. But more on that next time. =)