Whether Boiseans were sipping margaritas in shark costumes, nursing brews in neon or downing drinks dressed as disco dancers, most of the last week's happenings had both booze and costume components.
On Oct. 25, Parrotheads dragged their tiki bars and blenders to the parking lot by Taco Bell Arena for a Jimmy Buffett preconcert tailgating party. Boise Weekly intern Jordyn Price waded into Margaritaville to chat up some of the revelers.
"The tailgate was somewhat reminiscent of an adult Disneyland mixed with a spring break party--grown men hollering at those passing by to come take Jell-O shots and women rushing around in coconut bras to get their picture taken with strangers in parrot costumes and shark hats," observed Price. "In short, Buffett fans know how to party."
That same evening, rave mavens unearthed their vintage Hypercolor T-shirts and glow bracelets for the Discovery Center of Idaho's Adult Night event on the theme Luminescence.
"Glow sticks and neon clothing were the attire of choice and were highly visible against the low-lit background of the Discovery Center," noted BW's Sheree Whiteley. "Some of the museum's permanent displays were a little tough to enjoy with the decreased visibility, but that didn't slow Adult Night attendees down."
In addition to offering a green screen and explaining the intricacies of genetically modified fluorescent fish, the Adult Night event also boasted booze, food trucks and fire dancers.
Another group channeled their inner children Oct. 27 at The Crux, where Bouncing Souls frontman Greg Attonito and his wife, Shanti Wintergate, held an all-ages concert by their new children's band, Play Date. The event was an album release party and benefit for the Treasure Valley Institute for Children's Arts.
"Play Date began with the single 'Dance Like a Monster,' in which a driving bass got the kids moving. Repeated refrains beckoned the children to dance and included easy-to-remember verses on how monsters shimmy," said BW's Andrew Crisp.
And moving up the spook ladder from monsters to prisoners, more than 2,000 people poured into the Old Idaho Penitentiary over two days for the annual Frightened Felons event. Crisp hit up the Old Pen Oct. 27 for the more adult-oriented evening.
"Within the Pen's walls, actors portraying felons of the past interacted with visitors, often springing on them without warning. In the solitary confinement facility, nicknamed 'Siberia,' actors stepped out of the shadows to frighten flashlight-wielding explorers," observed Crisp.
But Crisp also noted that, though it was mildly frightening, the event wasn't too dark.
"An organized mass performance of Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' was followed by a costume contest, which included a blue-skinned woman as an Avatar and a group of sparkly '70s disco dancers."