Just Say BOO and Call Me in the Morning

October 25, 2006 at 11:26 pm 20 comments

A few posts ago, bobciz commented that he just didn’t get the whole Halloween thing. That’s okay, bob, I’m here to help.

You see, in the pursuit of an acceptable adult lifestyle, it is necessary to abandon certain childish things. One minute we’re giving up our imaginary friend, next thing you know we’re wearing matching socks and depositing our extra money into in IRA. There is a distinct lack of Magic and Miracles in adulthood. Most of the time I can deal with this and keep my love of the tacky, shiny and socially unacceptable under control. But when it comes to Halloween and Christmas, all bets are off.

The first step to understanding Halloween is to forget its actual origin. It’s enough to know that Halloween is about costumes, things that go bump in the night and the ability to use orange, black, purple and acid green together without fear of arrest by the fashion or decorating police. It’s the one time a year you can have a discussion about the best way to display a bloody cadaver without people looking at you strangely. An opportunity to insert a little magic and imagination into our humdrum lives.

Even if I had no kids or grandkids, I would make a spectacle of Halloween and Christmas, I miss having a little magic and miracle in my life.

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  • 1. Linda  |  October 26, 2006 at 4:01 pm

    I truly feel that there is a bit of a kid in all of us. Christmas and Halloween help us to locate that inner child. At very least, I love to look at all of the kids in their costumes. It makes me feel giddy when I think about mountians of Halloween candy.

    The last quarter of the year is my favorite time. Halloween to New Years is just a magical time. A time to play, to imagine, to be a kid.

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  • 2. Betty  |  October 26, 2006 at 4:12 pm

    Good explantion. I have not so nice things happen on Halloween so I am just not into it.

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  • 3. Kat Campbell  |  October 26, 2006 at 4:25 pm

    My favorite quarter of the year too, Linda, and also the busiest. I roll into February a literal zombie, but its worth every minute.

    Ah Betty, I hate to hear that. Maybe your “magic” time is spring or summer?

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  • 4. Catch  |  October 26, 2006 at 5:03 pm

    I love everything about Christmas…..Halloween is just a ho hum holiday for me….I hand out candy to the kids but I dont really decorate for it. But I do love Christmas and all the beautiful decorations.

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  • 5. Hayden  |  October 26, 2006 at 6:56 pm

    new years’ eve is my favorite – I love to decorate and have a few friends in to drink some bubbly and share hopes for the new year. Two years ago I painted silver and gold stars all over my teal blue living room floor: ripped the damaged paper from my shoji folding screen and recovered it with thin rice paper with gold stars, put it behind the sofa with lights behind it, then put little lights behind things everywhere – so that the room glowed with magic and (to me) hope for the new year. But I didn’t put up a single Christmas ornament, LOL!

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  • 6. Kat Campbell  |  October 26, 2006 at 7:19 pm

    Catch! As much fun and as free spirited as you are and you don’t get into Halloween? Girl… next year you ought to give it a try.

    Hayden – that sounds beautiful! New Year’s is my ho hum holiday. I had kids so young (21) that I never really got into the swing of it.

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  • 7. W. J. St. Christopher  |  October 26, 2006 at 7:37 pm

    Luckily, my inner child stays v-e-r-y close to the surface. I’ve never cared for “tacky” but never even attempted to give up “shiny”!

    I’m not big on Halloween, but any holiday that leads to 75% discounted bins of candies is A-Ok by me!

    Trick or treat!!!

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  • 8. Kat Campbell  |  October 26, 2006 at 9:11 pm

    Oh W.J., tacky is an unfairly maligned style. My sisters and I used to torture our southern mother with tackiness just to see her squirm!

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  • 9. Hammer  |  October 26, 2006 at 9:36 pm

    I enjoy watching my kids do the halloween thing. I have to admit last year was the first time in the ten previous halloweens that kids actually said “trick or treat” and thank you.

    Before they just walked up and opened their bag, took the candy and walked off.

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  • 10. MrsJoseGoldbloom  |  October 26, 2006 at 9:37 pm

    I love halloween & Christmas too. I don’t even try to control my inner child during these two holidays, and my husband has learned to accept it. 😛

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  • 11. Kat Campbell  |  October 26, 2006 at 10:13 pm

    As has mine Mrs. Jose. thanks for dropping by!

    Hammer you have to insist, I hold the candy hostage until they say trick or treat. Luckily I live in a small town with a bunch of kids who understand me. Thanks for coming by!

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  • 12. Sunflower Optimism  |  October 26, 2006 at 10:34 pm

    I’m with you Kat. Always had Halloween parties for my kids when they were young. Now they are both in ollege.* We live in a rural area with exatly* 6 kids that may show up on Halloween. Very sad.

    But tomorrow I will throw all my Halloween spirit into making up “Halloween Goody Boxes” to send to my kids.

    *sorry – explained in my blog.

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  • 13. Abandoned in Pasadena  |  October 26, 2006 at 10:35 pm

    I love Halloween & Christmas, but I also love Easter. I have bunny ears and hide plastic eggs in an acre yard. I’m a kid at heart being forced to act grownup, at times.

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  • 14. Kat Campbell  |  October 26, 2006 at 10:46 pm

    Atleast you’re doing what you can Sunflower. My friend Library Lo, has a similar circumstance, so she comes to my house and helps me scare… I mean treat the kids.

    Easter is nice Pasadena, but so pastel… You’re doing a good job retaining that kid inside, secret to staying young!

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  • 15. goldennib  |  October 27, 2006 at 5:23 am

    I love Halloween. The first year at my current job, I got dressed in full witchy gear and went from desk to desk giving out candy. I walked in on my new boss who was having a meeting. I thought I was fired, but his guest thought it was great, so I was ok. It was from that point on my boss knew he was in trouble.

    Um, I didn’t know I had to give up my imaginary child. Who will I talk to?

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  • 16. Kat Campbell  |  October 27, 2006 at 7:08 am

    Nib, you can keep her if you talk to her very quietly and not in the company of certified ADULTS.

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  • 17. Mike  |  October 27, 2006 at 11:03 am

    And what will Miss Kat be for Halloween?

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  • 18. Kat Campbell  |  October 27, 2006 at 12:31 pm

    Well, Mike, this ole girl believes if you can’t do it right, don’t do it at all and I flat ran out of time to make me a costume. Next year… just wait and see.

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  • 19. Gela's Words  |  October 29, 2006 at 1:33 am

    Viva la child in us!

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  • 20. sandy  |  October 30, 2006 at 6:29 pm

    I love Halloween but don’t celebrate it much now there aren’t any children here, it does have a touch of magic to it. So pleased that you are enjoying it to the full.

    I’m sure I commented, Blogger has been a little unfriendly of late. 🙂

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