Life Lessons from a Halloween in New Hampshire

Monday, November 1, 2010

  • Most men dress as exaggerated versions of themselves for the holiday. Examples include street fighters, wrestlers, beer kegs, cartoon characters, & lumberjacks (see photo).

  • Every year, I'm fond of declaring, "People who don't dress up for Halloween are the worst kind of people!" Mostly in jest, but also not. Of course, no one can have The Best Costume Of All Time all the time, but on the whole, I tend to think people who refuse to dress up for Halloween are either terribly uncreative or take themselves too seriously - two qualities I don't necessarily find admirable.

  • BUT. Though I've spent my entire life looking down on people who don't dress up for Halloween, it turns out that being the only one decked out in disguise when everyone you're out on the town with is dressed in their regular clothes is a liiiiittle bit embarrassing. My, how the tables have turned.

  • SO. If you're going to go out with people who refuse to dress up for Halloween, wearing a witch costume is likely the best way to go. It's cute but not so creative that you'll feel you've wasted The Best Costume Of All Time (which is impossible because you already used that costume up in 2008 when you dressed as "fishing for compliments").

  • Witch hats impede dancing & the wearing of across-the-chest purse straps. False eyelashes impede vision.

  • I wish people needed bat necklaces year-round. I could make a living out of creating these! But I bet business would be slow in, say, February.

How was your Halloween?

PS: If you're unsure about my love for this holiday or want to know more, please check out this post & this one. With bonus photos of me dressed as a crazy person!


  1. Aww, sad. I hate dressing up for Halloween and haven't in years, not because I'm uncreative or take myself seriously, but just because I genuinely don't enjoy it. To each their own, I guess.

  2. I have to second Amy... I usually am not much of a costume person. I never have been. I remember when my sister and I were dressed up as Squaws when we were about 4 or 5 years old... my sister with a lot of colorful makeup on her face, me with my own pale unpainted skin. I just didn't like it.

    I think if there is a real occasion, like a costume party, I might join in and I admit it can be fun, but overall I'd choose not to dress up, if I can avoid it.

  3. Fishing for compliments? Classic!

  4. Yeah, I'm with Amy - I just plain don't like it. I don't THINK I'm uncreative and I most certainly don't take life too seriously, hehe. But I just find it uncomfortable in any kind of costume.

    That said, I can still enjoy a creative costume!

  5. You MADE that necklace? Crazy creative lady!

  6. haha, considering my bf went as a ninja (who then repeatedly fake-attacked everyone at the party all. night. long. with his various ninja weaponry) i'd have to wholeheartedly agree with your first point :)

  7. Haha you will be happy to know that I went as pippy longstocking. Although she is kind of an extension of myself. We both have red hair and get in to trouble.

  8. "Most men dress as exaggerated versions of themselves for the holiday."

    OMG THIS IS SO DEAD-ON. I don't know why I never realized this.

    And the bet necklace is rad as fuck.

  9. Thanks for visiting via Freckled Nest. I went as Jane Holloway from Mad Men for Halloween. Not the most creative, but it was FREE!!!

  10. I'm always sad when Halloween is over. It really is my most favorite holiday. And all you need is the craze to shift from vampires to bats and I think you'd have a wonderful business with bat necklaces.

  11. Your bat necklace is the shit


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