it’s coming….

Halloween, that is!  Tomorrow is the last day of September, and that means this weekend I pull out all of the Halloween decorations!  I can’t wait!

Halloween is such a fun holiday, but the last few years I’ve let my natural, competitive nature get the better of me, fretting over wanting to win Halloween costume contests.  I decided after last year I’m done.  I’m 66 years old, and I’m tired of fighting myself over it.  I bought a nice Day of the Dead 3/4 sleeved shirt, and that is what I will wear.  Keeps the ‘spirit’ of Halloween alive, but no more stressing over costume contests and no more frustration if someone not as greatly costumed as me somehow wins.  (LOL)

Guess what?  I’m already looking more forward to the holiday than I have for several years.  So my plan is working!

How about you?  How much, if at all, are you ‘into’ Halloween?

25 thoughts on “it’s coming….

  1. BootsandBraids

    Halloween is also a favorite of mine (or was) and, like you, I’ve gone all out on costumes but was robbed of the win when, all ego aside, I absolutely knew my costume was the best. After the third loss in a row, I decided to continue to dress in costume, but no longer enter contests. Then last year, there was the let-down I blogged about when I was the only one to dress in costume here at the senior complex contest. Consequently, last year’s let down and the fact my favorite Halloween race, the Spooktacular, where I always participated as Walking Dead’s Michonne, isn’t coming to my area this year has put a total kibosh on this month being the fun I’ve always looked forward to it being. Looks like my only opportunity to wear a costume is here at the senior complex, and I'm hesitant to give the seniors another shot at disappointing me. More likely, I'll be celebrating Halloween by watching the baking contests on Food Network.

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  2. Jean R.

    Glad you've got Halloween to look forward to and enjoy. I'm just the opposite. I don't like it because it always triggers an eat binge that lasts to New Year's. And I haven't a costume since I was 13. I did once watch one of those Food Network cooking shows, they're fun.

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  3. dkzody

    Not a holiday that I celebrate much. A few pumpkins on the porch. A scarecrow wreath on the door. I may or may not hand out candy to trick or treaters depending on the day and how busy I am at that time. I dislike costumes.

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  4. Anonymous

    Not a holiday that I celebrate much. A few pumpkins on the porch. A scarecrow wreath on the door. I may or may not hand out candy to trick or treaters depending on the day and how busy I am at that time. I dislike costumes.

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  5. Lynda

    Halloween has never been a tradition in New Zealand but it's slowly creeping in – kids go trick and treating in costume and there are some Halloween parties around. I personally don't get into it but understand it's a big night for you over there 🙂 . Definitely just enjoy and don't worry about your costume.

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  6. Anvilcloud

    Not a big deal for us. We live on a townhouse street, so there are scads of kids. It feels more like an invasion of greed than a celebration. I must still be grumpy after my rough start to the day.

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  7. joared

    When I was young Halloween was called “Beggars Night”, then if someone didn't give you anything you might go out the next night and do some trick to them — non-destructive like throw shelled corn on their porch. Everyone made their own costume — lots of ghosts in old sheets — or just wore an eye mask By the time I had children it became “Trick or Treat” scheduled on one night and we had moved to a different part of the country. The holiday was becoming more commercialized as people bought or made elaborate costumes — adults started to inject themselves — took a lot of the simple fun out of it for the kids — was no longer special for them –I thought. Halloween has always seemed to be for the young kids as once they got to be teens they usually lost interest, and those teens that did continue going out often did destructive things — at least the strangers that came to our neighborhood. For a decade or more now we have no one coming door to door. Those with children have private parties in one another's home. Our city has a special Halloween scary safe setup, treats for young but don't know if anything designed for adults.

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  8. coffeeontheporchwithme

    I love autumn. I love the crisp leaves, the feel in the air, the colours, but I can take or leave Hallowe'en. I think maybe because I was a kid who grew up “out in the country” and didn't have a lot of experience with walking from house to house trick or treating (when you are a country kid, your mom drives you to a few neighbours) I just don't get that excited. But I did make sure my own kids had great experiences and we decorated the porch and carved jack o'lanterns. But I really don't dress up in costumes at all. I do admire people who very evidently put lots of effort into their costumes. -Jenn

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  9. tammy j

    it always used to be my favorite as a child.
    I always wound up being a gypsy because it was the easiest. we weren't allowed very much candy so Halloween was especially anticipated because of CANDY!
    I went to real actually gorgeous costume ball once and had the time of my life!
    I mean where much thought (and probably money) was spent. and it was magical!
    only once and never again. but it was worth it.

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  10. Silver Willow

    yikes! Well, I've recently started 'throat wheezing' when I eat chocolate, so that has changed things for me. (once I realized and accepted it.) Caramel sure is good in little doses, though… LOL

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  11. Silver Willow

    we have always turned off the lights at 9 pm. And I won't give candy to older kids that aren't in costume. And I won't give candy to any child that can't say 'trick or treat.' That said, we have the most cooly decorated on the outside house, so they get it. I'm trying to keep the traditions alive, not be a mean old lady. 🙂 p.s. I also teach them to say 'thank you' if they haven't already…

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