October 10, 2008
I love this time of year!
I really do! I've talked about how much I love the fall and all the memories of going to the mountains - going to the Apple Festival, taking in the scenery, and visiting the Christmas shop. But I also have some really fond memories of Halloween. First of all, I never had a store-bought costume, but I don't ever remember wanting one. I had so much fun coming up with an idea and watching my mom (who is too crafty for her own good) execute it perfectly. This started with the jack-o-lantern costume she made me when I was just six months old and continued at least through elementary school - I remember being an Indian, a black cat, and a baton twirling girl (my grandmother bought me a baton that year and I thought it was the coolest thing ever) among other things.
I remember trick-or-treating with my cousins, school parties, haunted houses, and even a party or two my mom let me have here. There were fall festivals at school, church, and my best friend's grandparent's farm with hayrides, games, and ghost stories. It was just such a great time and as a kid, it's good wholesome fun, time with family and friends that you don't think twice about. I'd do anything to be that innocent again! As I got older, Halloween sort of lost its fun. I think I dressed up once when I was in college (as a zombie Stepford wife), but Halloween parties at that age are just like any other party. Last year was a bit of a downer - I was working evenings in coffee shop to earn some extra money and I had to work until 6:30 that night (we had candy but we had maybe four trick-or-treaters), and after that my mom called to tell me that she and my aunt found my uncle dead in his home.
This year, I find myself getting back into the spirit of things. I just can't find an outlet for it! I'd planned to decorate my cute little historic downtown home for the fall, but as we all know, that's not an option now. Even at school, in almost every class I work in, there are one or two kids who's parents ruin it for the rest of the class by not allowing them to do a lot of Halloween-type activities. I think Halloween would be a lot more fun if I had a kid or two, but that's just going to have to wait!
I'm hoping next fall things might be a little better. I did go through my Netflix list and move all the scary movies to the top (just got "The Happening" today!) and I bought some caramel to make apples next week. I will at some point watch the Charlie Brown Halloween special (if you haven't noticed, I'm a big fan), and who knows, maybe I'll sit around on Halloween night and wait for the Great Pumpkin myself...
Oh yeah, and I'm probably going to take a little political break this weekend, so if I do post, it'll be more boring post like these that no one's going to read ;-)