Halloween is fast approaching. Meh.
When I was younger, I did Halloween. When the Kid was home and young enough to enjoy it, I did Halloween. When we lived in town and there were children trick-or-treating all around, I did Halloween. When I was still scarfing on the candy bars, I did Halloween - if only for myself.
Now, I'm no longer young, the Kid is an independent adult, and we live in a place with no children for the most part. (One younger couple with one 6 year old and a baby do not make for a rush of kids at Halloween.) I'm also done with the candy bar scarfing, so that pretty much means I don't do Halloween.
I don't even do scary movies. Although this time of year, watching campy, non-scary, scary movies is kind of fun. I watched Eight Legged Freaks and Lake Placid on Saturday. I'm also into the Final Destination movies, which aren't scary to me. I enjoy the suspense of how people are going to get killed. If you've never seen them, pretty much everyone dies in one way or another and some of those deaths are pretty ingenious.
Yep, I'm pretty much a Halloween Scrooge. Bah Humbug.
With my memories pretty much shot, I only remember one Halloweens from my childhood. The one where they wouldn't give my older brother candy because the football team had already come through and wiped the town out. I got one piece and my sister got one piece at only a couple of houses. Bummer. I remember a Halloween from when I was like 15 and shouldn't have been trick-or-treating anyway, but my friends and I got dressed up and wandered through a neighborhood in the dark.
When I was in college, I remember a party my friend threw. I was a sexy modern-day vampire before those were cool. (Pre Interview with a Vampire days.) My friend walked around her house carrying a bowl of Cheerios and a knife. (Cereal Killer... get it?)
Between those years and the years when the Kid was old enough to enjoy Halloween, meh. And since then? Meh.
I don't have a problem with Halloween. If you're into it, good on ya. Go wild. Have a blast. I'll just be sitting here on another regular Thursday, reading and trying to decide if I'm really going to write a book starting the next day.
Do you still celebrate Halloween? Are you taking a kid out or are you staying home to pass out treats? What will you be giving away this year? What's your favorite Halloween treat? I used to really groove on the Snickers bars.