Just because it’s socially unacceptable to walk around your neighborhood dressed in a costume, asking for free candy at this age doesn’t mean you can’t still celebrate the holiday of mischief, spook and best of all: treats.
Traditionally, we associate Halloween with childhood and cheerful gestures. Growing up, I would attend my aunt’s annual Spooky Party, filled with caramel apples and pudding dirt cups — sour worms and all. Monster Mash would inevitably blast throughout the house, and green and purple everything were everywhere. Although those details reflect childhood and elementary holidays, there are still ways to keep the spirit, even when you’re on the giving side of Halloween. The whole point of growing older is to keep your soul jubilant, isn’t it?
Let the holiday become a treat and cheat day.
Although the day has greater meaning in other areas of the world, honoring the lives of those lost and other cultural traditions, in the US, it has the outstanding reputation of candy and sugar galore — so take advantage of it. Whether you want to search on Pinterest or on our own article for ghoulish sweets, there is an entire world of cookies and candies out there screaming your name. The most convenient part of the holiday, however, is that if you’re not the kind to make the candy for yourself, just walk into any convenience store and you’ll find yourself swimming in festive goodies.
Gather a group of friends, family or simply people that make you happy, and visit a fall event.
Whether you’re looking for zombies and goblins to jump out at you from corn stalks, or to take pictures in a pumpkin patch, you can celebrate the holiday out and about. Many town organizations and farms host autumn themed events throughout the season, but the spookier side of the year comes through until Halloween night. Since Halloween is on a Monday this year, the scariest of all days, you can still get your festive spirit into play on the days leading to or following the holiday.
Exchange the tradition of costumes into pajamas and have a movie and snack galore-a-thon.
Last Halloween, none of my friends and I were truly in the Halloween spirit when it came around to finding a costume and planning for it. To replace the $30 or so that would’ve been spent on a one-time affair, we all bought ourselves new pairs of pajamas and snacks and spent the day binge-watching movies and playing board games. The classics It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and Halloweentown were some among the mix, but we also found our way onto Benchwarmers and a self-produced horror film. An odd mix, but a mix that brought great memories with little effort.
Let your inner five-year-old live a little more.
Halloween is perhaps the only holiday — or day in general — that it is completely acceptable and quite expected for someone to wear a tiara all day or to have fake blood running down their lips, so take advantage of it. It is so easy to completely silence the part of our mind that wants to run around laughing or play mindless games when it is filled with work and chores and everything on the opposite spectrum of basic fun. We can let ourselves be free and silly when out with friends, but this day especially calls for you to wear pigtails and skip around the block.
Forget about everything on your to-do list, and turn towards the open night.
Being someone who is in the Christmas mindset 365 days a year, I often wish there was a skip button over Halloween just to get closer to December. Every year when the time comes around, however, I take the holiday by the hand and dance with it like Rory did with Dean at the 24-hour dance marathon. When you are offered a time to take a break from reality and indulge in everything innocent and bright, never think twice. Treat this Halloween like you did when you were 8 years old, and show off your childish grin.