Nightmare Before Tinsel (8 October 2021)

Apparently, there is a Christmas and Hanukkah bar that serves drinks every year from November until New Year’s Day. It’s called “Tinsel.” However, they open in September and October for Halloween. They call it “Nightmare Before Tinsel,” a play on the movie title “Nightmare Before Christmas.”

I decided to go on 8 October before my Shabbat. When I walked to the place, a Beetlejuice guy was standing outside. He piqued my interest, but I continued inside. It’s a really spooky place. I ordered a PSL type drink and they gave me a pale to keep.

Of course, I had to take pictures and I asked people to take photos of me.

I had to step outside and take a call, then I saw the Beetlejuice guy. He works for Tinsel and I asked him if I could take a selfie with him. He did one step better: he asked his friend to take our photo. His friend prepared to take the photo; then Josh, that was Beetlejuice’s name, thought a photo in front of the sign would be better. His friend caught Josh and I laughing before we moved for a photo under the sign.

His friend took two photos of Josh and I. I felt like we were being followed by the Halloween paparazzi.

I thanked him for the photos and he said, “we can take photos all night if you’d like!” Oh, Josh.

Philadelphia and the counties surrounding Philadelphia are all requiring proof of vaccination before we are allowed inside. I know everyone I meet inside and in places are all vaccinated. While I’m still safe and still mask up for medium to large sized crowds, it’s just nice that Philadelphia is following in the footsteps of NYC. It makes this Spooky season a little easier. We’re still not out of the haunted woods, however.

I’m heading to an adult Halloween at the Franklin Institute on Thursday night. Before I go to the Franklin Institute, I’ll stop by Nightmare Before Tinsel again, dressed as Harley Quinn. Can’t wait! I hope to see Josh again!

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Creator of the Happiness Box Project Initiative, a project where you write your happiness or gratitude each day, then open the box in the New Year. The Initiative is to teach joy and gratitude, to pass it on to others.

One thought on “Nightmare Before Tinsel (8 October 2021)”

  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    That “Nightmare Before Tinsel” watering hole looks like a really fun experience. The decorations and lighting are sensational and you collected excellent pictures of the place. I’m happy to know they V-card people before letting them in. Halloween was meant to be the fun kind of scary, not the kind that turns into a living nightmare. Josh the Beetlejuice guy looks like potential friend material. Maybe when you return he’ll be there again and you can continue to get to know each other. Seems he already likes you. You can say the name Josh as many times as you like, but whatever you do, don’t say “Beetlejuice” three times in a row or there could be big trouble. 🙂 Also, don’t say “Candyman” five times in a row. People who do immediately regret it. 🙂 That picture taken outside the bar is superb. I hope you have fun Thursday at the Franklin Institute’s H-ween thing.

    Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend JM!


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