I’ve always been somewhat fascinated with Halloween because it was forbidden in our household due to religious reasons. On Halloween night we would all hang out in a room at the back of the house, pretending to not be home, while there were kids outside engaging in some kind of “evil activity.” My mom would get me excused from the party and parade in the afternoon at school. When I was in third grade a classmate gave me a very hard time for that. She accused me of cutting class because I was leaving but wasn’t sick (I was ditching the party, for heavens sake), and even surmised that I hated candy since I wasn’t on a diet. (Kids can be so mean, but I digress.) I still got lots of candy from my mom and we had plenty of candy any time of year, so I didn’t really care much for the candy aspect of Halloween.
Now I see Halloween as just another commercialized holiday. The decorations are the ugliest out of any other holiday–come on, the rest of the year we’re trying to get rid of the spider webs–but I still find myself drawn to the little spooky towns in autumn sunset lighting (analogous to the jolly, snow-covered, light up Christmas villages). I wouldn’t actually want to own one, though. But I love that there are so many glow-in-the-dark things for Halloween.
I first wrote this post two years ago. This is the first year that I am out of my parents’ house on Halloween and have an outfit that could serve as a costume. (I’ve been wanting to dress up as a dominatrix for the past six years. I don’t like any of the dominatrix costumes, though, so I wanted to put together my own. I also thought it would be funny to construct my whip out of licorice, so I’ll be the sweetest dominatrix out there! 😉 ) However, this year Halloween falls on a Thursday, and I have work the next day. Most people celebrated the weekend before, but I was moving. I’m too old for trick-or-treating and I won’t be attending any parties. My costume definitely isn’t appropriate for me to wear to work! I also don’t think I’d be comfortable wearing it in public if I weren’t accompanied by my boyfriend. So once again, I won’t be celebrating Halloween.