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Grasping for the Halloween Spirit

I don’t know why, but I’m having trouble getting into the Halloween spirit. This is usually not that difficult for me, Halloween is easily the most fun holiday to decorate for (and dress up for). Not being allowed to celebrate it growing up due to my parents’ over-bearing religious tendencies, I’ve embraced the October festivities with full-force since departing from the household I grew up in. Maybe the rebelliousness is just starting to wear off?

Drop of Blood Necklace - $18.00

Drop of Blood Necklace - $18.00

Or maybe working for a costume store last year ruined it for me. It did last year, I’ll tell you that right now. I was working at this Halloween store every day after getting off work from my day job at 4. We would close at midnight or later the closer it got to Halloween, and all of the last-minute costume shoppers would squeeze themselves into stripper outfits three-times too small and fling the closest pumpkin outfit on their child to call it good. Needless to say chasing down the shop lifters and helping to zip-up one too many skimpy outfits at the fitting rooms was a bit much. I came home exhausted, with the Monster Ball jingle stuck in my head. I was Halloweened-out. I did not attend a single Halloween party, so it didn’t matter that I got that awesome 25% employee discount on costumes, I sure as hell wasn’t going to get the chance to wear any of them.

Spider Necklace - $11.95

Spider Necklace - $11.95

So needless to say, when the manager of said Halloween shop asked me if I would work for him again this year, I politely turned him down. I wanted to have fun with Halloween this year. Working at a Halloween store was too much of a Halloween overload, and not in a good way. Now I just need to get out of the funk and get excited about the fact that I’ll actually have the time to attend some events and parties in costume and everything. My husband is already there. He’s been slaving away making a costume replica of his character in the Fallout 3 video game. He’s gone so far as burying articles of clothing underground and digging them up days later–so they look good and weathered. He’s painted a Nerf
Halloween Beading Pattern - $3.95

Halloween Beading Pattern - $3.95

gun and filled it with weights so it’s good and heavy, and sliced up bits of tire to use as armor. Needless to say, I feel pretty lame when people ask me, “Who are you gonna be?” and I respond, “Uhm, well, I have an Eve costume I’m thinking of using for a Poison Ivy costume…” Pretty lame, right?

Well this week I’m going to Scarywood over at Silverwood theme park in Idaho, and hitting up my first Halloween party on Friday night. Hopefully between those two events, the fact that my husband has put up our outdoor decorations, I’ll manage to get into the spirit. We’ll also be carving our our pumpkins this week. Now… just what to carve…