I grew up in a home where Halloween is a religion. Every year my mother would add new decorations to her collection making our home spookier and tackier. My father continuously told my mom that she was ridiculous buying glittery pumpkins, or a skull rug. But to no prevail, my mother would purchase all of her Halloween happiness and create a masterpiece.
I did not have a choice but to love Halloween. I looked up to my mother, and during the fall season my mother looked up to witches and ghouls (too far?). But because of my mother’s giddiness for this special holiday, I have learned the best ways to celebrate whether you are home reliving old traditions or at school making some of your own.
- One of the greatest joys of Halloween is knowing that you can be any person, thing, metaphor, character, etc. that you want to be for a whole night. As a child, I always looked forward to being my favorite Pokemon character or making a costume out of a box and some duct tape. But as I have grown older, I have realized that Halloween attire is not just for one night anymore. You have a 3-day weekend in which you have the opportunity to dress up every night. Although this is wonderful, it also makes it very difficult on your time and wallet to come up with three costumes. My advice is to save your best costume for Halloween and then find people who are the same size as you and switch them for the following evenings. Usually for me, this means I would need to switch with some men. Any takers?
- Every year my family celebrates Hallows Eve by feasting on none other than my beloved Kentucky Fried Chicken. We get mountains of crispy fried chicken, pounds of mashed potatoes and gravy, and even get a good portion of coleslaw for my Aunt Mona. I would like to say that October 31 is the only time I eat KFC, but I cannot resist the Colonel Sanders mouthwatering original recipe chicken legs. Anyways… Since people frown upon adults trick-or-treating, create your own way of indulging your taste buds during the the spookiest holiday by picking a favorite restaurant to share new memories in, baking a pumpkin pie from scratch or go against the status quo and be a 20-year-old asking for candy.
- Halloween is also a time of pranks. Try and scare the hell out of as many people as you can. If you have a clown mask (I hate you) it is your time to put that awful thing on and spook the socks off of your roommates. If you can handle messes, buy some fake blood and pretend like you have been attacked by an intruder. Have a chainsaw? Turn that sucker on and walk really slowly down the street with a limp. Get as many screams as you can so you can light up the city of Monstropolis.
However you celebrate the holiday, have a spooktacular time on a bootiful night.