13 Reasons I LOVE Halloween

I. GET SPOOKED 

“Life’s no fun without a good scare!” -The Nightmare Before Christmas

Spooky = exciting and new, which most people are naturally drawn to. Just watch out for clowns! 

II. Time to let my freak flag fly (thank you Amy Poehler).

Dress crazy! I’m unfortunately preoccupied with the way I look most of the time, and I figure that my personality is weird enough so my wardrobe doesn’t need to match. Bur THIS WEEK, this BOO-TIFUL DAY is the time for me to pull out that wacky dress, spooky socks and do all the crazy makeup I love, not to mention wearing it free of (most) judgement. And that’s damn good enough for me.

III. Piggy-backing off #2, dressing up is fun!

I love comfy clothes as much as then next fleecy-leggings-owning person, but once in a while it’s SO NICE to go all out and feel the way you look, and Halloween is the perfect time to do that. Look as witchy-weird as your heart desires, because that’s what this time is for! Being something you’re not is what this holiday is all about.

IV. CANDY

You get it 😉

V. You find the coolest people on Halloween.

Not everyone is into dressing up, and that’s fine. Those people can have their regular parties with their regular outfits and regular non-themed beverages all they want, and it’ll always be the same.

I’m more interested in the ones who see the potential and excitement in this holiday and indulge in it! I’m not saying everyone should blow all their money on an elaborate costume (I certainly can’t, thanks to my cash-absent state provided by college), but for the love of apple cider, just TRY! Put some effort in! Snap out of the apathy and too-cool-for-school mindset and have fun being something you’re not!

The people who legitimately go for it with their get-ups on Halloween tend to be the people you’ll have the most fun with, because they’re not afraid to let their freak-flags fly either (once again, bless Amy Poehler).

VI. Pumpkins and jack-o’-lanterns!

Going to a pumpkin patch every autumn has always been something I look forward to. The crisp air, the gorgeous leaves, and every pumpkin a different shape, size, and color from the last. I usually go home with more than one, because how can I say no?

VII. CATS + SUPERSTITION + WEIRD SHIT = YES

I love cats. They’re fuzzy, funny and weird; an amazing combo. I especially love black cats because of all the creepy superstition around them (also, wouldn’t you want to cuddle a squirmy black fur ball? You sir, in the back shaking your head, you can take your cat phobia and leave, thank you very much). These fluffy weirdos are all over the place around Halloween (not the man I asked to leave, I meant the cats…..).

Not to mention that so much weird stuff goes on during this holiday! For instance, the festival in Salem, Massachusetts every year that’s full of cool Wiccan stuff and witch trial history. Even if you’re not into it, this is the best time to get that curiosity out of your system and expand your knowledge.

VIII. Halloween movies and TV

Where do I begin?! The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Corpse Bride, Hocus Pocus, Silver Bullet, The Shining, Poltergeist, American Werewolf in London, Lost Boys, Edward Scissorhands, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!

Not to mention almost every TV show will spit out a special Halloween episode, with Bob’s Burgers being among my favorites. Other shows like American Horror Story that are already spooky all the time crank out even weirder, underpants-soiling episodes this week too.

It’s a smorgasbord of ghostly, ghoulish television!

IX. Crazy kids

As much as I believe you’re never too old to dress up for Halloween, this holiday is really all about the kids. I remember having SO MUCH FUN on Halloween when I was younger; getting all the candy, walking around with friends and my Dad always finding different ways to spook me. Those are some of my favorite childhood memories, and it’s heartwarming to see other kids experiencing the same things.

Plus, no one goes all out on costumes like little kids. Seeing all the weird, creative stuff they come up with always brings a smile.

X. Pranks and mischief

I personally love messing with my friends and pulling little pranks, so Halloween is the perfect excuse to do a little something extra. Here’s a few ideas:

  • The classic jump scare, always a great go-to.
  • Hide a fake creature you know your friend is afraid of in a place they go to or use often. My favorite is getting a rubber spider with a realistic texture and hiding it in their pillowcase. I learned this one from my old man!
  • Here’s a good one for a significant other or roommate: When they’re showering, write “I see you” or “I’m watching you” in the condensation on the bathroom mirror. You could also do this on their car window if it was a frosty night or a dewy morning. It never fails to work on me, since I have an undying fear of being stalked or spied on.

XI. Spooky histories and ghost stories

‘Tis the season for urban legends. Even though scary stories can be a lot of fun, the best part is the actual storytelling among friends. The people you’re around and the way the story is told really influences the effect it has.

XII. Traditions

Holiday traditions like pumpkin picking and trick or treating are great, but the ones like watching a specific movie while eating a certain kind of candy at midnight every year or taking pictures in the same spot can provide the best Halloween memories.

XIII. The moral of this wacky list?

Don’t be afraid to have fun and do crazy stuff for Halloween! Too many people dismiss it as a meaningless holiday just for little kids, but it can be a fantastic time to let loose and enjoy some spooky mischief with your friends and enjoy dressing crazy for a night or two. You’d best believe I’ll be rocking some crazy makeup this year!

Have a safe and fun HALLOWEEN!

This is for me, and it feels good

I’m new to the blogosphere and a realization of the upkeep it takes to maintain a popular blog just crashed over me. It seems like such a consuming pastime! Granted, if you’ve become a professional blogger, congratulations! I’m not at all saying it doesn’t hold value.

However, for a full time college student like me, updating with an intriguing piece every week seems like a bit much, especially when there’s pressure to keep pace with other bloggers who really know what they’re doing – like mastering the art of popping out catchy titles every few days.

When I started this blog, it wasn’t with the intention to get followers or to share my feelings with strangers. I wanted a free place to express myself when I feel like it, learn more about blogs because I’m an advertising and public relations major, and develop my writing style.

After surfing the blogosphere some more, I am blown away by the time and effort people put into these posts.

To clarify, I’m not knocking bloggers at all. I recognize the value of what they’re doing, but staying up to date with what cute featured images to use and how to recycle the same concepts over and over while somehow keeping them fresh is exhausting to me. Yes, there is a lot of what I just described in store for my future career, but the difference is, that will be my career. 

If I were to do all that on my blog, I’d be doing it solely for the benefit of other people, not myself, and that corrupts the therapeutic foundation on which I made this decision. If this place turns into something that a few people enjoy reading, then great! But I’m not in it for that.

When I go somewhere worth writing about or am inspired by something, I’ll write about it. I’ll do it how I want, when I want because this is a place where everything I say goes.

If you’re reading this and enjoying it, thank you so much for your time, I honestly appreciate it. On the flip side, if no one ever reads this, I’m happy with that too. This is for me, and it feels good.

All of the Soles

“You can tell a lot about a person by their shoes.” –Forrest Gump

Have you ever been sitting somewhere, like a waiting room or classroom, and you start to observe things about the people sitting around you? Maybe someone has a really bad dye-job, like their hair has two different colors and you just know it isn’t on purpose. Or maybe you just notice people’s regular habits, like biting their nails, or discreetly trying to itch the inside of their nose, or even that ankle-calf shaking thing that I am usually guilty of.

I was sitting in English class, dissecting an Emily Dickinson poem, and I noticed that my professor had some thick, clear tape wrapped around the toe-area of her boot. Of course now I’m curious about why it’s taped; are they just old? Did the sole break today, causing her to stumble or trip in front of her colleagues so she hurriedly taped it to get through the day? Maybe she just likes tape on her shoe – I’m not judging.

Now I’m looking at everyone else’s shoes. Our classroom is a “seminar room,” so the tables are arranged in a somewhat messy rectangle, perfectly framing the museum of my peers’ footwear.

This is where it gets a little less unusual – I see the same generic pairs of leather boots on four or five girls, two pairs of white Converse, Uggs (guilty – it’s frigid outside), and Nikes on one of the two guys in our class. One girl is wearing turquoise tennis shoes with royal blue laces and a gray sweatshirt. The hood is pulled up to cover her eyes, which are cast down. She’s reserved for most of the class, and just when you think she’s not paying attention, she contributes something no one else thought of.

Then, next to the turquoise tennis shoes are a pair of grey combat boots attached to a girl with patterned pants, mauve lipstick, and a pretentious disposition.

Last, there’s my shoes. My trusty chestnut Uggs that have stuck by me since sixth grade, walking with me all the way through high school theatre rehearsals and into a college class that sparked the article you just read about the shoes of people you and I don’t even know.

“The Feet, mechanical, go round” –Emily Dickinson