I hate Halloween.
Ok, hate is a very strong word. I dislike it greatly.
I don’t like the costumes. I don’t like the pressure to come up with an awesome costume every year. My brother does Halloween really well- always has. But me, I wouldn’t mind if it never happened again.
Don’t get me wrong- I love seeing little kids all dressed up, especially babies dressed as animals ( this is one good thing about facebook this time of year- adorably dressed children!) I like handing out candy at my house and greeting the neighborhood kids dressed as witches, firemen, football players, and more. Last year there were three triplets, probably around 1 year old or so, dressed as the lion, the scarecrow, and the tin man from Wizard of Oz. I almost died from the cuteness.
But I never really cared for dressing up. As a kid, I always felt like there was an intense pressure to be something awesome. I also felt like I had to have multiple Halloween costumes for the various Halloween themed events throughout the month- the Girl Scout Halloween party, the school one, and an actual trick or treating costume that met my mother’s warmth/jacket requirement. In college and as an adult going to costume parties, I’ve tried to keep it as lowkey, inexpensive, and no fuss as possible. I think my best efforts in the recent past were Rosie the Riveter and when I went as “tickled pink” ( I wore all pink and had a feather to tickle people haha).
I dislike haunted houses ( I am better than I used to be, but I have had more than my fair share of panic attacks about going into one); I’m super allergic to hay so hayrides, even if not haunted, are not for me. I don’t like horror movies mostly because of the gore, but even the psychological thriller types scare the pants off me. Really, the only positive about Halloween is the discount candy on November 1, though since I’m on the weight loss wagon, I won’t be buying any this year either.
Halloween isn’t my least favorite “holiday” ( that belongs to Valentine’s Day), but it definitely is one I’d pass up, but I can’t even do that because I’d worry my house will get egged and toilet papered!