The Halloween candy is being loaded into stores by the pile. Is it too early for candy corn? For me…yes. Too late, too early…doesn’t matter. I hate candy corn. And dum-dum lollipops (too small…what a waste of a stick). BUT, that is about the only thing I don’t like about Halloween. Favorite holiday, hands down.
I love that my kids start planning their Halloween costumes in August. Just when all the adults start complaining that “OMG, Home Goods has a HALLOWEEN display up already! It’s still summer!”, the kids take that teeny glimpse of the upcoming holiday and run like heck with it.
Of course, this is only Round 1 of the decision process. Early September usually brings about a new idea for a costume, followed by late September and the actual scouting of that costume (only to discover that it would cost you $200 to put together. Nix that.) followed by yet another idea in early October. This is a complex process. If all kids were as devoted to their homework, the planet would be teaming with geniuses and over-achievers. Strategy, marketing, design, even architecture…so much at work here.
At this point in the season, Child #1 has an idea and Child #2 has their costume. I will admit that I secretly love when Halloween season starts. Yes, I have written many-a-post about savoring moments and not rushing things, but Halloween…ah, that’s different in my book. Bring it on. Just catching the sight of something black and orange sets my heart a twitter. I flippin’ love Halloween.
From the early days…carving those pumpkins and plotting the costume…ooo, I just loved it. Still do. I will even go so far as to admit that I was a witch for virtually every Halloween when I was growing up (hold your jokes/opinions/witch references, please). And to think that I consider myself a creative person-it’s almost laughable. In fact, it IS laughable. What a weird kid thing to do and strangely enough, no adult around me questioned it. Huh. Maybe I was a witch in another lifetime? Well, we all have a little witch in us. Maybe some more than others.
Halloween is the one day of the year when a sane person can act quite insane and it’s not really questioned. Don the hat, wear something odd…no one thinks twice and in fact, I believe that some will envy the moxie of those that do. Why not? Have fun. It’s a day when being a kid and having goofy fun is completely allowed.
My mom-in-law knows a woman who, on every Halloween, goes out with a bunch of her best girlfriends. Kicker…they dress up, head-to-toe-in their most awesome, flowy witch costumes and troll the city of Salem, Massachusetts (with about a million other witch-zombie-ghoul wannabes). They even ride the train to get there, just sitting with the other riders as if this is their normal garb. I love that witchy-moxie. They have a great time every year with this little pilgrimage of theirs.
Halloween is a mere thirty-three days away…time to start tapping into something just a tad bit wicked….
“”Love and magic have a great deal in common. They enrich the soul, delight the heart. And they both take practice.”-Unknown