So, I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a huge Halloween person. I don't know why, it just isn't really my thing even though I love the Fall season. I've never really gone all out on decorations or costumes or parties... I save my energy until the day after because that's when I can officially start celebrating Christmas (and I guess Thanksgiving is thrown about in those festivities).
Nevertheless I can appreciate those that go all out for Halloween. It is a fun holiday with cool traditions and nostalgia. Some of my favorite childhood memories come from Halloween night. Without fail I would always trick-or-treat with the neighbor kids until we were like 14 or 15.
Each and every year we would start with pizza at my parents house and then go out for hours around the neighborhood which just so happened to be a 1-mile loop. We would stuff pillowcases full and then indulge in candy afterwards while drinking hot apple cider that my mom had waiting upon our return.
Now that I'm older I still participate in the festivities because I have some friends that are HUGE Halloween people. I feel like people that are 'team Halloween' are extremely dedicated so it's not hard to get drawn in from their enthusiasm. This year I celebrated the entire weekend with a specific group that is just that... Halloween people. Andrea threw a Viking-themed Halloween party with the most crazy Viking costumes I've ever seen! Her dad even made family shields from scratch... talk about dedication!
The next night we ventured to Markoff's Haunted Forest which is just outside of DC and definitely terrifying. I kept sarcastically joking that I was paying to be scared and unsure why I would put myself through that...
The highlight of that evening was finding out that one of my favorite people ever and her boyfriend had gotten engaged earlier that day!!! Sarah LOVES Halloween and begins preparing for October 31st in late August. Her decorations and costumes are always elaborate and amazing. Even though it's not my thing I appreciate her passion and enthusiasm. This time of year is just her favorite and how fitting is it that she got engaged to the love of her life right before the day of the year that brings out the most joy in her!
Now today on actual Halloween my work-wife and I decided to dress up as Thing 1 and Thing 2 and not to brag, but we crushed it! It was a simple costume: we wore work appropriate black pants and red tops with the 'Thing 1 and Thing 2' logos around our necks and fun blue headbands. We have received countless compliments and had a lot of fun doing it.
So I guess for an anti-Halloween person such as myself I was pretty festive this year. BUT let's not forget: tomorrow is November 1st, meaning.... drumroll.... CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE!!!