Déjà Boo

  • Did you plan last year’s Halloween costume based solely on how well it coordinated with your fright night-themed Zoom background?
  • Are you still researching YouTube videos to craft the perfect social-distancing, no-touch candy delivery system for your trick-or-treaters?
  • Are you relieved that you can still avoid all Halloween festivities this year without having to devise an elaborate excuse or by turning off all lights and sitting in the dark until the coast is clear?


This pandemic continues to play cruel tricks on us so why should Halloween be any different? 2020 presented us with the perfect Halloween trifecta (fell on a Saturday, with a full moon and daylight savings time, giving us all an extra hour to sleep in the morning after) yet we couldn’t truly take full advantage.   So, is this year going to be any different?  Are we going to dress up and make up for lost time?  Are you? 

Full disclosure:  when discussing this month’s blog topic, we realized that our opinions on Halloween have not changed much over the past 12 months, so we are re-posting an updated versions of last year’s Halloween blog.  Sort of a Déjà Boo, if you will.  Is this a trick or a treat?  We’ll let you decide.

Karen (F’ing Fifties)

Even though I don’t particularly want to spend any amount of time agonizing over, creating and executing a timely relevant and clever costume, I do enjoy seeing what everybody else comes up with (all from the comfort of my own home, of course).  Although, if I ever manage to have any candy left by the time Halloween actually rolls around, I do like the convenience of pawning it off on the neighborhood children. All that is usually left is the crap that they throw into those 10,000 piece mixed-because-nobody-would-buy-it-on-its-own-anyway bags of candy (I’m talking to you, circus peanuts)! So it’s a win-win.

But, Just like that ginormous bag of mini candy bars already sitting opened in my pantry, I do have mixed feelings about Halloween again this year. I’m not too excited about opening up my door to all of the evil little germ spreaders but I have no problem with those that will. So, at the risk of sounding like a quintessential Gen-Xer: You do You. Meanwhile, I’ll be in the basement with the lights off. Probably simultaneously cursing at, but ultimately eating, those damn circus peanuts!

Lindsay (Fabulous 40’s)

My Halloween excitement ebbs and flows. I was not excited to get dressed up as a kid, and I still roll my eyes if invited to a costume party. Why do I have to think even harder about what to wear when I go to a party? Don’t I obsess about that enough already? Is my costume too sexy?  Do I look like I’m trying too hard or an over-aged prostitute? Is it too demure? Am I boring others as well as myself? And, my biggest fear is showing up dressed as something or someone I have to explain all night ’cause no one “gets it”…..now that is Halloween horror!

I do love to see the kids all dressed up in their costumes.  At least I did when I knew who/what the were.  Now I have no idea what 50% of the costumes are.  I must look 100 years old in their tiny, wide eyes when they proudly announce who they are dressed up to be as I’m nodding and smiling with a blank look on my face.

All in all….I think anything fun for kids and bringing families together is a great thing. It’s even better that no one has to cook a meal to celebrate….it’s as easy as pouring a cocktail, eating some chocolate, appreciating parents and kids creativity and then making fun of those dreadful, gone wrong, homemade costumes the kids got stuck with cause all the good costumes were gone by the time their lazy mom got to try out her new hot glue gun only to find out she has zero costume making skills.  YAY to Halloween!

Brooke (60-Something Baby Boomer)

I host two big parties every year: St. Patrick’s Day and Halloween. I love both and weeks of planning and preparation go into these events. Halloween is particularly fun in my world. My neighborhood is a mecca for Trick or Treaters. We don’t have a lot of kids where I live but they come in from neighboring towns and a steady stream of young families fill our streets every 31 st of October.


My party starts on my driveway where us oldies commence cocktailing and watch the parade of pint-sized dinosaurs, princesses and super heroes. I’ve found that the thrill of dressing up for Halloween fades from adolescence through middle age but returns with a white-hot fervor among the Medicare set. Everyone costumes up for my party and, after a drink or two we head inside where the Halloween hijinks continue.


And then came 2020 and, sadly, no invitations were sent. I seriously considered moving ahead, but over time realized I wouldn’t draw the numbers and I ultimately decided it would end up a paltry imitation of Halloweens past. So, while I anticipate the usual barrage of costumed kiddies, my house was a “no treat zone” until now.  I promise my costume (and party) this year will be EPIC.

Amanda (30-Something Millennial)

I’m not against the holiday per se, but not a fan of putting together a costume for myself. Costumes are work and I just appreciate a holiday that’s more about the eating – like Thanksgiving. But I also believe that Halloween is an important part of growing up. You haven’t lived until your Mom is making last minute adjustments to your Statue of Liberty costume at the school’s Halloween parade because it snowed and you had to fit a snowsuit under your toga. Or, until you’ve woken up still wearing your Britney Spears costume (true story – from the college years!)
I haven’t totally given up on dressing up for the holiday, in 2019, right before the world shut down, I was one of three blind mice. Except our third mouse got stuck on a business trip in Minnesota, sooooo, there we were, just two vision impaired mice at a party.
One thing I do love about the holiday is handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. I appreciate any excuse to buy candy and I like to gawk at others creativity while pairing my Snickers bars with a Pinot Noir. And yes, I’ll even give the teenagers without a costume candy, because this world needs all the sweetening up it can get, especially this year!


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5 thoughts on “Déjà Boo

  1. Brooke, the world needs parties these days (I hope that your party’s attendees are vaccinated). Party on!

    1. Knowing Brooke, they are all vaxxed, relaxed and ready to party to the max! Brooke’s party’s are almost as legendary as her costumes and we can’t wait to see what she comes up with this year! #FOMO

  2. Reading this reminded me of last year’s post, but with a little extra. I enjoyed it very much!

    I particularly liked Amanda’s take on giving sweets (we don’t call it candy over here in the UK) to teenagers not in costume just to spread the joy. 👍🏻

    This year, I’ve been asked to perform a ghost-walk for a local town for the children. So, I’ll be going along to help set up decorations on the actual nature trail and telling them Nottinghamshire ghost stories in the night! My character and costume as the guide is a parapsychologist: Dr D. Bunkem. Basically I’m wearing a lab coat as it will help them see me in the dark.
    In fact, it will be my next post!

    Have fun this Halloween and as I’m sure Karen already knows…. The word ginormous contains “Gin”. Happy Halloween, ladies! 🎃👻🍸🍹🍫

    1. The ghost walk sounds like a lot of fun, can’t wait to read all about it! In the meantime I’ll be on a quest to figure out which candy pairs best with gin. Brilliant!

      1. Thank you, you shall indeed find out!
        That sounds like an excellent adventure to be tried out. Happy Halloween! 🎃👻

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