Happy Halloween, Y’all!
Over the weekend, I went to the store to pick up a few items I needed for the house. It has been impossible to walk into a store this past month without being hit by a wall of candy. Yes, yes, I know Halloween is coming. Because I do not engage in black magic (i.e. meal planning and prep), I end up at the store quite often, picking up just a few items instead of making one big haul. After one too many times at the store, I have learned to tune out the wall of candy. Although, I cannot wait until tomorrow when all of it will be 50% or so cheaper. No, I do not mind eating candy with ghosts and witches on them all year long. Shhh, do not tell the producers and shop owners.
While at the store, I remembered a young family member mentioning they were looking for a mask to complete their costume just as I was passing by a costume aisle. I walked in and expected to be surprised by all sorts of great apparel. Unfortunately, all that I felt was disappointment. What happened to all the creative, beautifully crafted ensembles? What I saw was cheaply made and it lacked any sort of creativity. I do not know what half of those things were.
Halloween costumes are not something I buy every year. Sometimes I skip any and all celebrations. However, since I am a sucker for cheaper meals, I do dress up sometimes in order to get a discount at a food place. There are two or three costumes in my closet that I recycle. I have always wondered why people keep buying different costumes every year. It kind of reminds me of a wedding dress – you wear it once and then this piece of material that cost actual money gathers dust for the rest of your life. But people do get new costumes every year. That is what companies must have figured out as well, which is why they do not really focus on the quality of the product. They make something that only needs to last a few hours. What a terrible mentality.
This is a Throwback Thursday post, so it would not be complete without me telling you about my past. Brace yourself!
A long long time ago, I can still remember how that music used to make me smile and I knew if I had my chance that I could make those people dance, and maybe they’d be happy for a while.
Wait a second, these words came to me so easily. They sound so familiar. It is almost as if I have always known them. Ah, yes! These are the lyrics to Don McLean’s “American Pie”. “Well, alright, Goldie. What does that have to do with anything? Did you want to be a singer in the past? Or did you dress up as the singer?” – you ask. No. None of these. I just like the song. Do you not think these lyrics make for a perfect introduction?
A long, long time ago, the first Halloween that I remember, I was dressed as a baker. Stop looking around, trying to gauge other people’s reactions. I was a baker. It is a thing! Well, at least it WAS. I am not really sure how this came about. I am assuming that my parents forgot and had to figure something out last minute, so they tied an apron around my waist and that was it. There was also some sort of a hat. I must have purposefully blocked out what other people were dressed as at school, but I remember being stopped in the hall by kids I have never met asking me what I was. People were shocked. Although, I do not remember anyone saying anything negative. Maybe I blocked that out, too. See, there is a pattern – block bad things out and you will have a much happier life. Maybe that should have been my Wednesday Wisdom post…
Trick or treating was not allowed in my house. After all, my parents could afford our own candy. There was no need to go around and beg strangers. Oh, how adults can spoil all the fun. Granted, they were worried about razors and cocaine potentially hidden in candy, but I did not care. They just might have ruined Halloween for me.
Today, I am dressed as a prisoner by wearing a black and white striped costume. There is even a prisoner number on my chest. It feels fitting to wear something like this at work.
Are you dressing up today or have you dressed up last weekend? (People seem to celebrate Halloween and St. Patrick’s all month, depending on convenience.)
If you are not dressing up, why is that?
Do you trick or treat?
Do you give out candy or pretend that you are not home?
Do you give out something else than candy? (Some give out toothbrushes and toothpaste. Really?)
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