Halloween Costume Parties For Baby Boomers

I first noticed how we Boomers like to dress up for Halloween when we took a 15 day cruise to Hawaii and on the return trip to LA we had a Halloween party on the ship.  Everyone had on a Halloween costume from the passengers to the ships crew.  Everyone was really enjoying the evening and the grand finale  was a contest to see who had the best costumes.  That was something to watch.

Our Boomer friends love to go to those Halloween costume party contest in bars and see if they can win some prize money.  They had a really unusual costume.  He is the electrical plug and she is the receptacle.  Here is a photo I took of them when they came over to my house on the way to one of the contest.  They won $150.

Halloween for Boomers

Getting back to the Halloween party, here I am on the left as a cat burglar with a badge arresting some escaped convicts.   Hey, who said this had to make sense.   boomers on halloween

More Boomers Costumes at Halloween

I know it’s just a mask but this was one of the scariest costumes and the guy was playing the part too.  I think a different personality comes out when you dress up like this.

halloween costumes for baby boomers

These ladies were having fun, maybe a little too much fun.

Halloween boomer ladies

Ideas for trendy Boomer Halloween costumes for 2015 are dressing up as Adult Vampire Partysuit, Captain America,  Zombies and Hungry Games.  Also Boomers costume likes include politicians of course and Donald Trump’s hair will be interesting, but boomers like to dress up as hippies and rock stars too.  Nostalgia is great for  Boomer Halloween costumes, how about Bettlejuice, Sonny and Cher, Captain Kangaroo or Spock from Star Trek.  For him dressing as Zorro and for her Cat Woman. Adult baby boomer costumes are interesting too. Of course there is always the popular prisoner costumes.

With the new Stars Wars movie coming out this week, maybe the Jedi Robe, Darth Vader, Storm Trooper and Luke Skywalker costumes will make a comeback.

Other Halloween costume theme to consider is animal themes, horror costumes and superhero costumes.

The Adult Ultron Muscle Costumes – Avengers: Age of Ultron look interesting.

What will be your Halloween costume this year?

Top Sexy Women Halloween Costumes for 2015 at Party City
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By Robert Fowler

Ten Reasons Food Tours Are A Good Idea

Food Tours Are A Good Idea

This month while on vacation in Asheville NC, we noticed on TripAdvisor that the number one rated activity was Asheville Food Tours. We made a call and went on the tour the next day and had a blast!

Back home we wondered if there were any food tours nearby and found one on Canton Street in Roswell GA.  Our neighbors joined us and we did the Roswell Food Tour yesterday and loved it. Mariel was our guide and did an excellent job with everything. Everyone in our party was impressed with the Roswell Food Tour.

I had never even heard of Food Tours before this month but now am a big fan.  Food Tours seem to be spreading across the country and are worth checking out.

What is a Food Tour?

A walking food tour with a local guide usually visits about 4 or 5 restaurants sampling courses at each and maybe visiting an olive oil store and/or chocolate shop as well.

Food tours normally take place in the less busy part of the day so you can get special attention. Our Asheville Food Tour was between 2 and 5pm and our Roswell Food Tour was between 4 and 7pm.

There were only 4 people on our Roswell Food Tour but 10 people on our Asheville Food Tour and I have heard of groups of 13 people. We liked the group of 10 people because we really bonded with new people but on the other hand the group of 4 with our private party was nice since we had the guide all to ourselves.

Foods Tours usually visit locally owned restaurants and the owner or manager comes out to speak with the group about the restaurants and some of their dishes.

Walking to the next restaurant in Roswell
Walking to the Table & Main in Roswell

There is some walking involved so wear comfortable shoes and an umbrella. Walking to each restaurants is nice and the guide will point out interesting things about the buildings or landmarks as you walk by.

The guide keeps the group on schedule moving between the restaurants and there is no waiting to get in as they are expecting your group and will have the food and drink ready to be served as soon as you sit down. That is nice!

The food is wonderful. You may get appetizers at one restaurant, a main dish at the next,  more sides dishes at the next and a dessert along the way.  The Asheville Food Tour gave us a coupon for 10% off any of the restaurants for visits within 5 days.

I already have the Athens Food Tour on my list. To find Food Tours just search the city name plus Food Tours.  Here are some reasons I think you will like a Food Tour.

Ten Reasons Food  Tours Are a Good Idea

1. Exciting and fun new experience. Feels like a vacation.
2. Great way to try new restaurants, especially in a new city.
3. Meet new people. People bond while having a great time.
4. Special attention – Seating without a wait at a reserved table. Food ready to serve. Menu selections made.
5. Great way to entertain visitors or friends.
6. Great thing to do when you are on vacation.
7. Learn about and sample interesting foods you never tried before.
8. Friendly and entertaining guide keeps a flawless schedule that keeps things interesting and fun.
9. Restaurant owner or manager will make you feel like a friend while giving you the background and specialties of the restaurant.
10. Learn historical facts about area and see interesting things

 

Roswell Food Tour group
Roswell Food Tour at Greenwoods
Patrick with Asheville Food Tour
Patrick with Asheville Food Tour
Olive Oil Tasting on Food Tour
Olive Oil Tasting on Asheville Food Tour

Local Food Tours
Asheville Food Tours
Georgia Food Tours
Charlotte Food Tours
Savannah Food Tours
New Orleans Food Tour
Seattle Food Tour

Baby Boomer Music – Happy Together Tour at #Lifeat50

Happy Together Tour Liveat50

We just saw The Happy Together Tour at the #Lifeat50 AARP Event in Atlanta.  The Happy Together Tour includes Flo and Eddie from The Turtles, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett and The Union Gap, Gary U.S. Bonds and Gary Lewis and The Playboys.  Each singer of the 60’s performed some of his greatest hits and the next singer quickly took over without a break.  So the same band played for all signers, but they were good and that was not a problem.

First out was Gary Lewis, who sounds just like he did in the day.  He talked about how he started writing “Everybody loves a clown” for his dad Jerry Lewis’ birthday, but saw it could be a hit and worked it a little more to become a hit. (see my video)

Next up was Gary U.S. Bonds whom my wife thought was the best.  He really had it going on.  He did one of this twist songs and his come back song This Little Girl among others.

Lifeat50 ConcertFlo and Eddie of The Turtle were a riot. They jumped around the stage with all kinds of craziness. They sang several of their hits, including Happy Together which the concert was named after.  It looks like Flo and Eddie are the concert promoters.

The poster on the left has Mark Lindsay but he was not part of this performance, replaced by Gary U.S. Bonds.

Gary Puckett & the Union Cap was actually the one I most wanted to see. Gary performed “Young Girl” and “Lady Willpower” among others. Gary is turning 71 this month but he seemed to be in really good shape. I remember my parents even liking his songs in the late 60’s.

Next up was Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night, also 71.  Man, “Joy to the World”, “One” and “Mama Told Me Not to Come” sounded as good as ever.  He still has a booming voice.

For the curtain call each performer was brought out to sign one of his biggest hit songs with full audience participation. There is no better crowd for this tour to play than the Lifeat50+ crowd and we loved it!

So that was Friday’s entertainment but there is entertainment all three nights at Lifeat50. Thursday was several groups of Gospel Singers which was very popular and Saturday night Gloria Estefan wowed the Lifeat50 crowd at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Life@50+ is much more than just the entertainment.  Frankly I think it would be impossible to see it all, so here are some things I did in addition to attending that wonderful Happy Together Tour.

AARP travelThe exhibition floor is huge showcasing an seemingly endless selection of services to us baby boomers.  In the AARPDiscounts.com section I found AARP membership discounts available on services I already use like UPS Store and I-800Flowers.com.  Most impressive to me since we Boomer love to travel, was the travel benefits. They cover all aspects of travel, a must to check out before your next trip or vacation. I did a test drive on their new next generation travel site coming out soon (maybe Jan) that’s even better.

Being an old school techie, the travel people on the floor told me I should check out the TEK Pavilion and I attended the seminar about cutting edge technologies to help us stay healthy,  where entrepreneurs from 4 companies showcased their new inventions.  (see my AARP TEKYouTube AARO playlist of these presentations).  There were presentations about Buzzy – an invention to remedy unnecessary pain, Lift Labs who has an invention to help people with hand tremors, Neurotrack has an early diagnosis test for Alzheimer disease and finally Breezie has a Internet product to help people to easily get on line.  I met with Jeh Kazimi of Breezie immediately after his presentation and he gave me a test drive of his creative, easy to use product.  Frankly, I loved all these products and thank it is wonderful to have such a preview of what is coming.

In the morning general session I attended, I heard Bryan Popin play (amazing) then heard Whoopi Goldberg interview Tyler Perry, in the way only Whoppi can do it.

Well I could go on for awhile, but I know I did so much but there was so much more to take in.  The Life@50+ events are now twice a year and the next ones will be May 8-10, 2014  in Boston and Sept 4-6, 2014 in San Diego.  If you would like to visit those cities, I think Life@50+  would be a great way to do it.

Robert Fowler