No D-Day: Halloween Post
In honor of the day where the topic we normally discuss cannot be named ( how’s that for dancing around an issue?) we’re going to be talking about something entirely different: October is upon us, and the build-up to Halloween has begun.
For those of you who don’t know, Halloween is tied with Christmas as my favorite holiday. The reasons are many: Number 1, I’ve been a huge horror fan all my life, and have a collection of movies, stories, games and memorabilia that would probably make some people uncomfortable. Actually, it has. Just last night I finished moving into my new apartment ( I highly recommend never moving from a 5th floor walk-up to another 5th-floor walk up), and my new roommate saw my collection with the type of reserved nervousness you’d show if you weren’t sure whether or not you just signed a lease with a serial killer.
Second, few holidays have the build-up of Halloween–pumpkin picking, holiday decorating, haunted houses cropping up on every streetcorner, horror movie marathons on tv, costume parties, trick-or-treating, etc. Almost no other holiday comes close when it comes to the sheer amount of things going on. Thirdly, it’s one of the few holidays that ( as it stands now) exists for pure enjoyment. Most other holidays have a somber element to them, or an undercurrent of seriousness running through the celebration. While Halloween has it’s Pagan/winter solstice roots, it’s all but completely disconnected to them. Kids, dress up and get some candy. Young adults, dress up and go to a party. Adults? Uh…take your kids trick-or-treating?
What can I say? October is my month, and Halloween is my holiday. In the interest of “No D-day”, how do you plan on celebrating this month?