Friday, October 7, 2016

31 Days of Halloween: A Very Gilmore Halloween

Okay, I have to be straight with you. Gilmore Girls only had one official Halloween episode & it really wasn't that focused on Halloween. But you have to admit that Gilmore Girls is really just one big 7 season long love letter to fall. Located in the fictional Connecticut town of Starts Hollow, Gilmore Girls is a picturesque east coast haven, blanketed in twinkle lights & hosting a town festival every other weekend. Rory's birthday is October 8th, so her birthday episodes are always chalk full of more than a few great shots of pumpkins, fall colors & hay bales. In the only episode that the Gilmore girls actually celebrate Halloween (Season 6 episode 7 "21 is the Loneliest Number"), it's almost Rory's 21st birthday and she & her mother aren't speaking. This is a pivotal episode in the Lorelei/Rory feud, but my favorite scene might be this Halloween-y opener! 

Even though the episode doesn't center around my favorite spooky holiday, it does have some great moments & I recommend you check it out this month!

Now, since we're talking about one of my favorite tv shows of all time,  it's only fitting that I share something especially cool with you! Earlier this week, in honor of Gilmore Girls Sweet 16, Netflix sponsored pop-up Luke's Diners all over the U.S! When I heard about this, I immediately looked up where the closest location would be. Lucky for us Coloradans, we got 5 locations! I went back & forth on whether it would be worth it to go check it out & I ultimately decided that it was kind of a once in a lifetime opportunity! So, I woke up at 5:30am, drove down to Denver & stood in line in 45 degree weather at Purple Door Coffee  with 200 of my newest best friends.

It took about an hour to make it through the line, but it wasn't boring! When you're standing in line with 200 serious Gilmore Girls fans, there's always something to talk about! We shared our favorite episodes, characters & storyline. We went over the Dean-Jess-Logan debate & we talked about how we were introduced to the show. Some people watched it from the very beginning on the WB like me & some people only got introduced to it through Netflix. One of the coolest things about the whole event was the community element. I am so charmed by pop culture that brings people together in a meaningful way & Gilmore Girls does just that. You wouldn't believe how many women I spoke to watched this show with their mothers (just like me!) and had happy memories of that shared time together. I met one gal who started watching the show when her parents got a divorce. She & her mother had to move into a depressing apartment & watching a silly, little show for one hour a week took them out of the despair of their lives & allowed them laugh & smile together. It gave them something to look forward to when life was at it's darkest. Gilmore Girls got people through break-ups (that's me, too!), job losses & any number of huge life events.

That is special. That doesn't happen with every show.

What a great t-shirt! 

All the cups had a snapchat code under the sleeves that gave you access to a special limited time filter! 

Seeing this made me happier than I thought it would! 

I made a lovely new friend!! 

This day was so much more than a marketing gimmick. This was more than just an opportunity to get free coffee with a Luke's sleeve on the cup. But that makes sense given that Gilmore Girls was more than just a show. 16 years later, it's amazing to see what this show means to people. 

Don't worry! We'll get back to the full-fledged Halloween festivities here tomorrow, but this was just too good not to share! I hope you'll humor me & be sure to check out the only Halloween episode of Gilmore Girls! You'll love it! 

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