Costumes: There is just something magical about stepping into a brand new identity for Halloween. We also find it acceptable to display our passion, our obsession, and our sense of humor during this ritual. Famous pop culture stories inspire funny costumes. A play on words transforms into a beautiful and clever disguise. We get to become someone else on this day, and for an evening, we share something inside with the rest of humanity.
Scent: I’ll let the picture do the talking.
Decorations (bonus points for black cats): I love the craft stores, and I downright adore going during the pumpkin season. Even big chain companies can produce some wonderful decorations. I am guilty for using some of the accents I find to decorate year around. I have a mother that decorates every day like it is Halloween (her birthday sits right on the edge of the 31st). I really love the black cat decorations. I’m a cat fanatic (duh) and I really adore black cats. Good tempers and very sweet, I have never met a black cat that I did not love.
Memories: I was once a part of a wonderful yearly Halloween party. My mother would make all of her own decorations, and loved making our costumes when we were younger. I won 2nd place in my 5th grade costume contest when I dressed as Morticia Adams. My mom (as I mentioned) has a birthday just a day off from Halloween, and she has an obsession with medical imagery, so this holiday is one of her favorites (it ties with Thanksgiving, because she loves to cook). My sister and I always buy up the Halloween sections and give it to her for her birthday and for Christmas. I have a fond attachment to the holiday. I love the memories I have associated with the national event, and I always will have a soft spot in my heart for the 31st of October.
Gender Costumes: I just really dislike the trend women’s costumes – sex sex sex. Sexy Muppet Babies? Sexy Ninja Turtles? Sexy hot sauce? No, thank you.
Trick or Treating in Decline: I never get any kids at the door. In my old apartment, we had two kids in the course of 3 years. Other people have noted that T&Ting is on the decline due to safety and convenience of working parents. I can understand the reasons, but I feel sad that children today miss out on the roving gangs of little sugared peers terrorizing the streets.
Plastic crap: I have the same pet peeve with Christmas. I like some of the little things I see in stores, but the cheap little plastic “We made this to fill up a sale bin” items are going to be in the trash in 5 days. Consumerism is also killing the fun. I do not need a cheap little plastic skeleton that serves no purpose. Put some thought into it, for crying out loud. We do not need any more junk.
Start of the Holiday Stress: I wish we could remove the stress of the end of the year. Competition and family obligations tend to set off a certain wave of dread in America. I love this time of the year, but I even have some secret anxiety about the October to December run.
Candy: It is acceptable to buy a ten pound bag of candy during this time of the year. I need social rejection to keep me in line! Do you know what happens when I am allowed to purchase 120 count bag of peanut butter cups? Hint: Fat pants, here I come.
Halloween is a special time of year for many. It’s a lot more fun when you are a kid, but there are things you can do as an adult to keep it entertaining! Since I don’t have kids (and don’t plan on EVER having them), I carve pumpkins. This was my first year actually attempting a complicated design, and I went with the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic cast. Originally I wanted to carve all six of the main characters, but uhhh that didn’t exactly go as planned.
Pumpkin carving is HELL on your back and other body parts. I don’t have a great back and my knees are even worse. Sitting in one place with your legs crossed for a very long time is brutal. So I got two of the six carved and then I had to quit. Also disappointing was the fact that my first pumpkin went soft before Halloween. If you live in the south, you really can’t carve more than a couple days before Halloween. The humidity is hell on certain kinds of produce. So with that said, I need to announce that my first pumpkin got ruined. There was a bit of a cave-in. It was husband induced, but the meat drawer in the refrigerator did the rest of the damage. I did manage to get pics of it before it kicked the bucket though. And I also have photos of the other. Maybe next year I will attempt this again, depending on how much time I have.
Needless to say, this year pumpkin carving is something I love AND loathe about Halloween. See how I tied it into the topic?? 😀