- 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.
Lindsay (Fabulous 40’s)
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)
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