Let’s Talk About Halloween
I love this time of year. I love Halloween. I think because I’ve always loved the idea of pretending to be something I wasn’t. I could be a little edgier. Scarier. Bolder. For us shy folks, it’s so fun to “dress up” as your alter ego in a way. Even if just for one night, you’re allowing people to see a side of you rarely seen. As a kid I remember those horrible plastic costumes. The plastic sheet (it’s what it felt like) and that awful plastic mask, with the elastic band that always broke before you got to your first house. You felt like you couldn’t breath, and your face got all sweaty. Ah, good times.
As I got older we had the homemade costumes. Half man – half woman one year was memorable. Mascara beard and mustache on one half my face. Lipstick and blue eyeshadow on the other side. Hair pulled back on one side. Puffed out on the other. Half suit. Half dress. One year I was Boy George. I’ve been a punk rocker, a witch. Gosh, so many “personalities”.
I remember when we were young, my friends and I were incredibly spooked by someone dressed as Frankenstein. Who just stood at the end of the driveway. Not moving. Not speaking. Following anybody who dared to go for candy. I will never forget that night.
I love the decorations. We have tacky decorations out front of our house. I don’t care. I love the messy cobwebs. I love the ghosts and ghouls that hang around our front door.
I love carving the pumpkin. I’m 46. I still love it. I feel like a kid again. I don’t follow a pattern. I just go with whatever I feel like carving. Then I roast the seeds. Last night we carved pumpkins, and I tried a new recipe this time. Allow the seeds to dry for a few hours. Then mix them with a bit of melted butter, cinnamon and white sugar. Bake for about 30 minutes. They are so good!!! Seriously. And good for you too.
And I still love the excitement. I love to see the kids come to the door. Excited for what’s being placed in their trick-or-treat bag. I always buy more than I should and try to resist eating it before Halloween.
I think Halloween is meant to be fun.
What is your favourite memory of Halloween? What do you like to hand out?