I’m getting into the Halloween spirit. I enjoyed the holiday as a kid but it wasn’t my absolute favorite; (I’m a foodie so like all the major Food Holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter). “But, Holly,” you say, “you get to dress up and get free candy! There’s nothing better than that! And Spooky and scary movies, who doesn’t love that?”
I can answer that for you, I don’t!
But I do enjoy the dress up bit. I would alternate between dressing up as a witch or a black cat. Actually, one year I dressed up as Holly, the Christmas Elf. It was inspired by the movie ELF and my name is Holly, so it was a no brainer. But I wrote my name on my costume and a neighborhood dad was with his kids and said, “Hi Holly.” I was like, “Dude, how do you know my name?” He looked at me and said, “It’s on your shirt.” I was confused, embarrassed and probably 13.
I had a few other weird associations of Halloween as a kid. That’s probably why I was so ehh, about it. (But of course I enjoyed going out...it’s like me at a sports event. I don’t watch sports on TV, but put me in the stands at a game and I’m a huge fan!)
I remember for what seemed like 2 years in a row I had to make a pit stop. I was 3 & 4 years old. We live on a huge cul-de-sac, with a bunch of kids and over 60 houses on the block. In the early 90s, Tony, a boy from my nursery school, lived at the top of the hill. I needed the bathroom and told my mom I couldn’t make it home. We knocked on their door, my mom explained the situation and they let us in. In the bathroom one year (literally this happened twice because I distinctly remember Tony’s mom making a joke), Mom and I were in the bathroom and I was doing my thing. Their huge scary dog charged in the bathroom. I screamed! I really was afraid of dogs, having been recently bit by one. So that was not fun. I was trapped on the toilet, my little legs kicking in the air; I was frantic and screaming. Mom tried to get the dog out of the bathroom. I'm not sure how I made it through the rest of the night but I’m sure soldiered on as the remainder of my reward, of my sack full of candy, weighed me down!
1. When I studied abroad in London we were given a week off mid term. In the span of 10 days I left London, went to Poland, Ireland, and then Derbyshire, England. In Ireland, it was a few days before Halloween. Young adults were dressed in costume, we were shwasted and had a blast! My friend and I expected Derbyshire to be filled with children Trick-or-Treating. We had visited the Chatsworth House where portions of the movie Pride and Prejudice were filmed. There was literally no one out! Nothing to do except go to the Pub/Tavern where we stayed and had dinner. We talked about writing until late in the night. Actually the only Halloween Memory we had was getting hit on by a creeper who invited himself over for tea..but my friend I said we didn’t have a kettle in the room…(code for, we’re not interested). Halloween in Derbyshire was a dud.#HorribleHalloweens, remember!
2. There was one year in 6th grade I went to a Halloween party (I don’t remember what I dressed up as) but I was scared to death of the movie we watched, The Leprechaun. To this day if I see that film airing on TV I get spooked!
3. Then of course there were the years as I grew up that I didn’t go to parties or trick-or-treating that were kinda boring. Just stayed in watching 13 Nights of Halloween.
1. 13 Nights of Halloween on TV is the best!! Spooky movies, funny movies, 90s Kid classics, it’s all there! In college, my friends and I would hang out and watch our favorite movies together.
I can’t wait to get all cozy in blankets, make some popcorn, maybe an evening tea and watch these Halloween classics. It’s starts tonight, October 19th! Don’t forget...I can’t because that’s my lovely boyfriend’s (Cody) birthday! Happy birthday Cody!!
2. Halloween with Cody! My Halloweens with Cody have been fun. Last year we went to a cool halloween/birthday party. We were both in CT that year. I dressed up as a flapper, a costume made by my Nana for my mom from an old gown! It’s been in the family for years, I intend to take good care of it. Cody was dressed as IDK a red hooded ghoul or something. The year before I was visiting him in MA and he was dressed up as something scary with a mask. I was dressed as the blue fairy (I wore it to work at a daycare and my kids loved it...I was literally the only Amtrak rider in costume...but whatever, I rocked the wings)!
3. Carving Pumpkins is something I remember doing with my family. We’d put old newspapers down on the table and my parents would cut the tops off and let Heidi and I scoop out the pumpkin guts. My Auntie Linda used to bake the seeds. The past two years I was able to carve with Cody and our families. Below are the pictures….believe it or not I carved that fairy freehand even before I came up with the idea for Pixie Chick!
Well Pixie Chicks, as Halloween approaches and I write this article I’m thinking back on pasts Halloweens. I guess I really do enjoy it. I’m not sure of my Halloween plans this year but you can be sure I’ll carve some pumpkins, watch some Freeform, and hopefully get some sweet treats.
Whether you're the literal bell of the ball or dressing up as Belle
I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween! Hopefully you enjoyed reading this article as it was a “treat” for me!
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