grab some fruit and light it on fire! go on! it’s ok!

I was working in the lab late one night…

Well Precious Readers, it’s October.  Well, it has been for several days now, but bear with me.  With just this last week alone consuming 20 out of 40 hours of “strategy” meetings, I’ve become a zombie.

I’m beginning to understand why zombies crave brains, because right now mine is fried.

October holds my all-time favorite holiday: All Hallow’s Eve, aka:


Note the excitement here? <wink, wink.>  <nudge, nudge.>

Halloween is by far the best holiday ever. There’s all the camaraderie without the 100% expectation of drunkenness that New Year’s Eve or Fourth of July holds.

Ok, Halloween is a party holiday. It just doesn’t expect the full 100% of it to be filled with drunkenness. Maybe more along the lines of 75%.

The reason this holiday is so special to me is due to a list of several reasons. Mind if I share?

It’s a less stressful holiday to get together with loved ones.  Halloween is a chance for everyone to eat some regular food that doesn’t contain strange gelatinous fruit suspended in bread, and a chance to listen to the music you typically listen to all the other days of the year.  As for food, because it’s a casual holiday, there’s no burden on your shoulders to purchase a better gift for your parents to prove you’re the good child versus your sibling, or to prove who can roast the better (and bigger) turkey causing a 3-day cook-off in your respective kitchens.

I don’t know about you, but I find Thanksgiving and Christmas to be the type of “family get-together” leaving me reaching for a roll of antacids.  Or wine.  Yeah, scratch the antacids, just pass the bottle.

It’s fun for the whole family. For those on a straight-and-narrow or who have little ones, this holiday is full of child-friendly events! You get to spend time with your children, letting them wear their favorite Spiderman/fairy princess costume without getting strange looks throughout the grocery store.  Also there are corn mazes, or for the not-so-faint-of-heart, haunted corn mazes.  There are great kid-friendly films like Hocus Pocus (one of my fave’s. I love Bette Midler), or It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

Mutilating fruit is a good thing. Not a good cook?  Who cares? You’re going to be hollowing out that ol’ pumpkin anyway. Unless you’re able to slice off your finger, carving pumpkins is a fun way to pass the time. Also, you get to set it on fire!  Ok, not really, but glow sticks are a great alternative to open flames within the empty cavern that is your Jack-o-Lantern.

You get to know your neighbors.  Halloween is the one night out of the year where you actually see your neighbor’s face (or at least part of them if they’re wearing a mask) instead of hunching over, covering your face with one hand while giving a somewhat-wave with the other and mumbling a greeting as you hurry past.  In fact, not only do you get to march up their steps with confidence as your cape flutters in the autumn wind, but they have to give you candy. I really do think it might be a law.

Speaking of candy… Now my husband, Pilot is forcing me to write about this.  Personally, I’m not much of a candy person. However, Pilot is a candy fiend and would consume only sugar if the human body could possibly do so without slowly killing itself from the inside. This is a holiday of FREE CANDY. If you’re able to, you could easily cover ground and make pillowcase-bank on the amount of free sucrose flying through the air.

You get to be scared shitless, and it’s OK to scream like a little girl.  This is a holiday that encourages you to let your freaked-out flag fly!  (Again) haunted houses, corn mazes, etc. Scary movies, monsters, chills and thrills galore! I’m personally not so much into the “gore” focus of the holiday. I prefer the more classic monsters such as Frankenstein’s monster, Dracula, mummies, other vampires, werewolves, etc. I remember reading Frankenstein and Dracula before I was 12.

And yes, I do realize how odd that sounds.  What is an under 12-year-old doing reading material like that?  If it makes you feel a little bit better, I was really into The Babysitter’s Club series, too. There. Better?

You get to dress up in a costume and no one thinks it’s weird.  Calling someone a witch to their face is a nice thing and socially acceptable. On any other day, showing up to the office with cat ears and a tail on tends to raise some eyebrows. Costumes allow you to show another side of yourself.  For instance, last year, Pilot went as Lt. Dangle from Reno 911!  (Yes, if you haven’t noticed already, we have a slightly warped sense of humor.)

I’ll tell you what ladies, it takes a confident man to pull off that costume, and Pilot is almost a dead ringer for Lt. Dangle when he slips on those aviators and law-enforcement-panther shorts.  By the way, he fills out those shorts quite nicely.

For singles, they can play up their naughty side and feel comfortable reaching outside of their comfort zone for the night.

Or, reaching into someone else’s, should you feel as bold to do so. (With consent, of course.)

If you hold a preference to corny humor, those of you in the land of coupledom could dress up as ketchup and mustard.  Others can showcase their artistic skills.

My, that is a lovely butcher’s knife protruding from your skull. Did you ooze on the blood yourself?

The biggest reason I love this holiday is probably due to the fact my family didn’t celebrate it much, if at all.  My dad was an “early to bed, early to rise” person. And no, we’re not talking about a nine at night bedtime. My dad went to bed at 7:00pm and woke up at 2:00am every day of his life from about 1966 to the end of his days.  I would be on door duty (sans any type of costume) while my mom prepared for the next work day.

Now, I celebrate this day with fervor and excitement!!!

Note the three exclamation points? That’s how excited I am!  (!!!)

And as an adult, I can stay up even later, let Pilot get his fill of candy (again, antacids, anyone?) and be a kid for an evening. Oh, and chocolate and wine.  Did I forget to mention chocolate and wine?

So how about you, Precious Readers?  What do you like about Halloween?  What has been your favorite costume so far? What has been your most successful, or biggest failure of a costume?  What’s your favorite candy?  What was the worst treat you received when arriving at someone’s door? Did someone ever choose “trick” instead of “treat” when asked? I want to hear from YOU!