|Pure Halloween joy|
As you can see, my mom made some pretty rockin' costumes for my sister and me. She'd ask what we wanted to be toward the end of summer/beginning of fall so she had enough time to sew our costumes. This is probably why I'm always brainstorming costume ideas during the summer. We'd go trick-or-treating every year with my cousins who also had badass costumes. I just remember Halloween being this really amazing experience. The candy, oh, the candy!
|My first costume (I'm the clown)|
|My sister and I with a creepy dude.|
I could go on and on with the pictures, but the point is, I loved Halloween as a kid. Then junior high rolled around and I stopped giving a crap.
Too old for trick-or-treating. I think it wasn't cool to have your mom make a costume, so if there was a Halloween event, I'd just throw something together last minute. Keep in mind, young folk, this is back before slutty costumes took over the Halloween costume market. Hard to believe, I know.
High school was kind of the same. Sometimes my friends and I would dress up. We might go to a party or a haunted house, but there wasn't always something going on. Then I went off to a really conservative college where no one celebrated Halloween. I mean no one. It was kind of depressing. I think I maybe went to one Halloween party where I threw together a tooth fairy costume at the last second.
So by the time I got out of college, I was having Halloween withdrawals. I was desperately missing the costumes and candy and spooky decorations and parties and haunted houses and the Great Pumpkin and everything! I became obsessed. I thought about costume ideas year round. I dreamed of throwing my own Halloween party. I've basically spent the last ten years loving Halloween and dragging my friends along for the ride. Nothing makes me happier than to have a friend email me in the middle of summer and say, "I've decided my Halloween costume already!"
|My favorite adult Halloween costume (thanks again to Mom's help)|
The funny thing is, I actually hate being scared, and I don't like anything really gory, which seems sort of odd for someone who loves Halloween. My friends host a scary movie night every year where we vote on what movie to watch, and I always vote for The Little Mermaid (which is never actually an option, but I'm too chicken for the really scary movies). I guess I'm more of a fan of campy Halloween stuff: Ghostbusters, Nightmare on Elm Street, old classic movie monsters. That kind of thing.
Anyways, that about sums up my Halloween history. Hope you enjoyed this little self-indulgent post. Happy Halloween!