When did Halloween become a vacation day that needed a two-day lead up? In fact, Halloween may just be my full-time job for the next week. But I know I am not alone, Halloween has become a national obsession.
I have scoured the Internet and the stores for the “right” costumes. (Don’t judge: I have to take pants to the dry cleaners for hemming, there are no homemade costumes around here.) I have to buy more spider webbing to decorate the house and buy three perfectly round but not too enormous pumpkins and somehow cart them home.
The Friday before Halloween I have to essentially take a day off so I can see the two school parades as well as bake some delicious treats for the class parties. But what about the parents who can’t take all this time off to see make sure their little ones are dressed appropriately and watch them parade around the school?
Just like everything that goes through the pop culture feeder, Halloween has become another excuse for consumer consumption. But unlike Christmas and Easter which are holidays that we don’t participate in, for us Halloween gives us a chance to decorate our house and really involve ourselves in the holiday.
The range of costumes out there range from the sublime to the ridiculous. But I still mourn the days when you wrapped a bandage around your body called yourself a mummy or took a cardboard box and some paints and turned it into an incredible costume.
And the worst part is I have to find a costume for myself. From my trip to the store I see that I have a choice of sexy Crayola, trampy Red Riding Hood and Queen of the Harlots. Awesome. Usually I throw on a pair of cowboy boots and a cowboy hat and call it a costume. But this time I am gong to an actual Halloween party with grown-ups. That cardboard box is starting to sound good.
And as soon as the Halloween stuff is out of the stores, what’s next? Christmas decorations. At least I can walk by those. But I am thinking about dressing up my dog...