I remember the moment when Halloween ended for me. I was thirteen years old, and was dressing up to go trick or treating. My mother uttered the horrifying words “Aren’t you a little too old to be trick or treating?” I couldn’t believe she said this to me! Me! Who loved dressing up in costumes more than wearing regular clothes. Who tormented my mother by asking at the beginning of August what we could be for Halloween. Who read every single ghost story book available in the school library, then read them all to my three year old sister and terrified her. Who waited all year for the wonderful night of Halloween when it was fun to do spooky things and watch spooky movies and tell spooky stories. It was Halloween, and I was NOT too old for it!
I went trick or treating and went to exactly three houses. On my third house, the door was opened by a cute boy. I didn’t know him, but it didn’t matter, because he was cute and I was dressed like a gypsy and I wanted to sink into the ground and DIE. I weakly said thank you as he handed me a full-sized candy bar- the mother lode of Halloween treats. Then as the door closed, I turned around and went back home. I was too old for trick or treating.
But that didn’t mean that I was too old for Halloween!! I was bitterly disappointed the next year when my Halloween options were to answer the door and hand out candy, or watch television, or do both at the same time. For thirteen years, Halloween had been my favorite holiday, and now there was nothing for me? I rebelled. I’m still rebelling. I was going to make Halloween a big part of my life even if I was too old for trick or treating.
Apparently I’m not alone. Halloween has become big business and the marketing is definitely geared toward adult. Home décor, costumes, crafts, yard décor, music, movies, television shows, all of it is designed for grownups who still want Halloween to be more than just answering the door and handing out candy.
How about you? How do you as an adult, celebrate Halloween?
You’re definitely not alone! We’ll see you tonight!