I love Halloween. I think it might be my favorite holiday. Why? Well, for a lot of reasons:
1) Getting to dress up in costume. Even when you’re an adult.
( aside – It amazes me the difference between how adults in the USA handle Halloween differently than adults in the UK. Back in Ohio it seemed if you were over the age of 13 and dressing up in costume the general idea was to be something scary. A zombie or a vampire or the Loch Ness Monster (hey, it could happen!). Here in the UK the general idea (for ladies, at least) is to go out in public wearing as little clothes as possible. And how! You can be a skanky nurse or lusty devil or bad police woman or any number of super heros, etc. I can not get on board with this idea. Sorry. )
2) Anything to do with pumpkins. I love to carve them and bake them and make them into pies and even eat their seeds. I ❤ pumpkins. I even like films about pumpkins. (“Films about pumpkins?” you ask. Yes. It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, for instance.)
3) Scary movies. I use Halloween and its inherent ghosty-ness to watch scary movies that I normally wouldn’t watch. Because I don’t like them. They don’t have to be horror films and/or blood and guts films. My favorite Scary Movie Night title is actually The Shining. This year I think I will watch The Shining, The Orphanage and Blair Witch.
4) Chocolate. (I don’t feel this needs an explanation)
5) Ghosts. I’ve always had a strange fascination with ghosts and Halloween is the best time to celebrate my fascination. I love all things ghostie. I love things shaped like ghosts, talking about ghosts and yes, even films about ghosts.
6) Seeing kiddies all dressed up in their costumes. In the UK they actually have to sing a song or recite a poem to get chocolate or candies from you. It’s adorable. This year I am not handing out chocolate to anyone because a) I hate my stupid neighbors and their stupid children b) I’ll be home on my own and don’t fancy answering the door to strangers.
7) Halloween food. I think Halloween might be the one holiday of the year where people go totally crazy with their treats and food in general. Yeah, OK, at Christmas you get cookies shaped like trees and angels, but what holiday other than Halloween lets you serve things like “eyeballs” and “severed fingers” to your guests? I remember when I was little Mom & I used to spend ages food coloring and shaping Rice Krispie Treats for my school classes. We made ghosts (yay!) and pumpkins (yay!!) and witches’ hats. It was great fun and maybe that’s where the fascination began. Go the the Food Network site and look for their page of Halloween goodies. It’s inspiring. Maybe not as cool as these vampire cupcakes, but still awesome.
I guess I could go on, but I am sure you have all got the point by now. I LOVE Halloween. I urge you to go out and celebrate this fantastic holiday in fashion! xo A