As Jerrica pointed out last week, it is October. However, she quickly learned not all of us embrace Christmas so early. Sorry, Jerrica.
So, in celebration of this fun holiday let’s stay in the present.
Halloween dates back centuries and something I will probably blog about at a later date. It has evolved from the pagan practices of the Celts and Druids into how we celebrate now. Today, it is all about costumes, candy, parties and being scared.
Costumes: Just go to any Halloween store and there are all kinds. From the cute princess/fairies and super heroes for the kids, to the more adult version. Some I can’t image wearing, even in my younger years. Mainly because the party I still go to was outside for many years and I had no desire to freeze and end up with pneumonia all for one night of fun. Plus, no matter how warm, I was never one to show so much skin in public. Still, I am amazed at the creativity I see year after year.
Candy: What is not great about lots and lots of candy? When I was younger I knew every single neighbor I basically begged from for a treat. My favorite stop was across the street for popcorn balls. They were wonderful and I have not had one that even comes close to being that delicious. We would also get homemade cookies as well as store bought candy from other homes. My kids were not so lucky. Even though I know most of my neighbors, there are only a few I would let my kids keep a homemade treat from. I simply don’t know the rest well enough.
Parties: On this one night, no matter what day of the week, parties go on and they tend to last late. Some do have their parties the Saturday before, but most bars are overflowing with costumed characters partaking of Halloween style beverages.
Being Scared: This can be accomplished in many ways. Who doesn’t love a haunted house? Okay, that would be me. In high school I worked in one for a few years. That was fun. Going through one and not knowing what to expect around the next corner is not for me. Nor do I like the more modern scary flicks, especially the slasher movies. I personally don’t see a point in a movie aimed at topping the last movie with the most dead bodies, body parts, most horrible way to die, and tons of blood without much of a story. I am lucky to make it through Psycho. I am more of a Hocus Pocus type of girl, or Scooby Doo.
What about you? What is your favorite part of Halloween? Is it the costumes, candy, parties or the goriest movie being released?