I don’t like Halloween.
I was never one who liked to dress up, even as a kid. Maybe it was because I never felt creative enough to come up with a really good costume. I always felt a little left out. There’s nothing like coming up to a house, knocking eagerly at the door, and have someone ask, “What are you supposed to be?” I know it happens, but still…
My kids generally enjoy Halloween. They like to wear the costumes that they have -dragon, chicken, princess, witch, Little Red Riding Hood- but it’s more about the candy. They put the costumes on two or three times a year and parade around the house. My son never went through that phase where he wanted to dress, eat, sleep, and bathe in a super-hero outfit. No big deal.
My kids understand that the pre-requisite to go out and ask for candy from strangers (how weird is this concept? Talk about mixed messages!) is to be dressed up, so they do it just fine.
My husband does the trick-or-treating duty. He takes the kids out and wanders the ‘hood; I stay home and
haunt stand by the door. I give out candy (not in costume) and I never ask kids what their costume is. This seems to work out okay. I blow out the candles in the pumpkins outside by 8 pm and turn off the outside light. By this time, I’m tired. Kids who are old enough to be trick-or-treating after 8 pm on a school night should not be trick-or-treating.
My daughter, the older one, has more stamina than my son. She will continue on the trek for treats, buoyed by the idea of more/better candy just down the street. My son is more of aware of things rather than just this single-minded focus. He doesn’t like the dark or the hazard of bumping into other little goblins. The weather is usually crappy, so he’s either cold, wet, or too hot. The bag is hard to carry or too heavy. He doesn’t like all the kinds of candy he gets and what he gets decides his experience. If he doesn’t like what’s he’s getting, he’d rather just go home.
This last part, the candy choosing, is especially curious to me. My son isn’t that fond of the dressing up but he’ll do it for the candy. But the candy is not that exciting if he’s not getting his favorite kind. So what kind of holiday festivity is this? You don’t even get the day off. Reminds me a little of Seinfeld’s Festivus.
I know a lot of people (read: adults) like to get dressed up. I’m probably the minority in the dress-up department. Costume parties, theme parties, burlesque shows, races, Halloween. I understand people have fun being something/someone they’re not, or at least the fun of getting together a good costume.
My brother and his wife went to a party as Sonny and Cher Bono. They spent the entire evening talking to strangely polite friends, only to realize the next day that no one knew it was them. A friend asked why they hadn’t come to the party as planned. My brother wears his head like a cue ball and Sonny had, well, hair. It was a great disguise.
Perhaps I am not bold enough, or I just find all costumes itchy, or I don’t want to be something else. Or maybe I am just a hollow weenie and can’t sew or really put together a costume. I just make sure it gets done for my kids, because that’s what parents do. Boo.
*Do you like to get dressed up?
* What’s your favorite thing to do on Halloween?
* What’s the best costume you ever had?