When you are a toddler Halloween becomes synonymous with characters, candy and jack-o-lanterns. Your parents dress you up as an animal and you are continuously cooed at. The shear number of photos taken could make up an entire library.
|Pets in outfits are pretty darn cute too!|
When you are in high school it becomes a game of how much longer you can get away with looking “young enough” to go trick or treating, while wearing a thrown together costume that cost you $0. And you switched from a small tote to a pillowcase to hold your candy. Truly a transitional year.
When you are in college Halloween turns into an excuse to be a complete fool for one whole day. Heavy on the beer consumption, light on the costume fabric. It’s a time to be creative without spending a lot of cash-o-la. Cause let’s be real, you don’t have it.
|Bumble Bees 2009|
When you become an adult (for the sake of this post we’ll say post collegiate years), the expectations increase to think of something unique, clever and comical. The “holiday” itself becomes more expensive; your childrens’ costumes, candy to hand out, babysitter for your own party. The flip cup games turn to silent auctions and bag of chips to stuffed mushrooms.
By the time Halloween night actually occurs, you’re probably already over it. The candle in your pumpkin hasn’t even died down and you’re already planning your Thanksgiving meal.
For me, Halloween isn’t my favorite “holiday”. I love fall and have pretty much exhausted the squash known as pumpkin. If I see another pumpkin-whatever, I may puke.
So bring on the pine scent, garland and cranberries! It’s time for me to overindulge in the aromas of winter. But let’s keep it light on the snow, eh Mother Nature? I don’t actually want to dig my car out everyday.