Happy Friday DINKS. It’s almost the end of October and that means that it is almost time for Halloween. I know that Halloween is not an official holiday, but I sometimes wish that it was. I absolutely love this time of the year and besides also being my birthday month Halloween has a lot to do with it.
I like the idea of getting dressed up, carving pumpkins, and eating candy. Now that my boyfriend Nick and I live in an apartment building we don’t give out candy, but we still do carve pumpkins, well at least I do. My boyfriend comes from a part of the world where they don’t celebrate/observe Thanksgiving or Halloween. I will never forget his first North American Halloween. At the time we were living with my Dad in my childhood home and my boyfriend kept asking why the kids are dressing up in costumes and why are they knocking on doors to get candy from strangers. I honestly couldn’t explain it to him other than saying because it’s Halloween.
Back in the 1980’s and the beginning of the1990’s it was a lot safer for kids to go out and Trick or Treat…or at least it was in my neighbourhood. I grew up on a typical suburban street where we had to make three turns off of the main road to reach my house. Everyone knew their neighbours and all of the kids went to one of the two neighbourhood schools (one public and one Catholic). Nowadays parents have to worry about their kids receiving drugs instead of candy, and being kidnapped instead of having a good time. It almost takes the fun out of Trick or Treating.
Over the years I have had some pretty great/awful Halloween costumes. As a true child of the 1980’s one year I dressed up as Jem from Jem and the Holograms…Remember that Cartoon Band? Another year I dressed up as She-Ra The Princess of Power, in case you don’t remember she is the female heroine in the He-Man Cartoons.
Check Out These Posts From Around The Web about Halloween:
- Frugal Dad gives us DIY Tips in the post “Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas”
- Wise Bread cautions us about our Fall spending in the post “The Best and Worst Things to Buy in October”
- Get Rich Slowly talks about how easy it is to let our spending get out of control during the Holidays in the post “Halloween Spending: Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid”
(Photo by VinylSoda89)