The title is a little misleading, since it implies there’s only a thing or two I love about this holiday. There are actually plenty of things I love. In no particular order:
Pumpkin Pie. Okay, so this is probably one of the top reasons for my love of Halloween. I love pumpkin pie. Really, truly, love pumpkin pie. If I could only have pie for the rest of my life, it would be pumpkin pie. And while I know you can make pumpkin pie at any other time of the year, it just doesn’t taste right to me unless I’m eating it between October and December. And speaking of pumpkins….
Pumpkin Carving. It’s messy and gross and time consuming and I absolutely I adore doing it. You do have to devote an entire evening to it, it’s not an activity you can do quick, fast and in a hurry. But when you get it done—ooh, buddy. I like to do the stencil kit thing, because I suck at free-form. And because you can almost always find something to match whatever decorations you have going on. And speaking of decorations….
Decorations! I am on a segue roll here today. While I’m not big on haunted houses, usually because people go absolutely overboard, I do love a good decorated house. The creepy graveyard in the front, the spider webs, the tiny ghosts hanging from trees…it just helps set the mood for the holiday. Now, if you’re in a kid-friendly neighborhood and expect lots of visitors you’re probably going to want to tone it down. But if you’re playing with the big kids, go all out, baby. And finally….
The Costumes. Okay, how could I not mention the costumes? This year I’m kind of going all out, but not really, since I can tone it down. Halloween is the one time of the year—outside of Mardi Gras or a convention—where you can be someone else entirely. Whether you want to be a zombie, a member of the French court (pre-Revolution, of course), or a 1950s pin-up girl, this is the time of year to do it.
So, those are some of the reasons Halloween is in my top three favorite holidays. What are yours?
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