~ Halloween Musings ~

In honor of Halloween, I thought I'd do a big jumbled post about all things Halloween-y.* This could probably be separated into a ton of separate posts, but eh. All in one is much more convenient.

Things I've Worn:

Over the past three or four years, I've alternated being one of two things: 1) Éowyn (in a gorgeous crushed velvet costume I have) and 2) a black hole. (I dress all in black.) Sixth grade was Éowyn, seventh was black hole, eighth was Éowyn, and this year is black hole.

Costumes I can remember from when I was little are:

  • Tigger
  • Pooh Bear
  • A pioneer girl
  • A Colonial girl
  • A Southern Belle
  • Belle from Beauty and the Beast

And I think I was almost Snow White one year, but then I decided on something else. I've been informed I was also once a fairy, although I don't remember that. My first Halloween I was seven months old and my mom just dressed me in an orange onesie and sat me down by a pumpkin inside by the door. I played with the pumpkin all night, according to her, oblivious to everything else.

Anecdotes:

One year, Olivia and Reagan (henceforth known as the twins) and I were trick-or-treating in their neighborhood and we came to this house that had a perfect leaf pile outside. It was very big pile, one you could swim in, and not a leaf was out of place. It clearly had not been touched or jumped in at all.  I asked the twins if I would be able to jump in it.

"Probably not," reasoned Reagan. "They'd see you."

"Hmph," I said, and with one last, longing look at the leaf pile, we went up to the door and trick-or-treated.

As we were walking back past the leaf pile on the way out of their yard, I impulsively glanced over my shoulder, saw no one at the windows, and gave a shriek and leapt into the leaf pile.

It was absolutely divine! First there was the thrilling feeling of your heart falling out of you, then the soft landing in the bed of leaves that cushioned up around you, filling your nose with the musky smell of dead leaf. Then there was the emergence back up into the cold October air, shaking the leaves loose from my hair (which was very long at the time, so that took a while).

I clambered out. "Oh, that was glorious," I said to the twins, "You should do it!" And I gestured to what was left of the leaf pile.

Reagan in return gestured behind me. I turned around, and there was the man staring through the windows death daggers at me.

We ran from the premises and didn't come back.

~

There is a girl in my class who shall be known as Skyler who holds the best Halloween parties in the entire world. There are countless treats and candies, a chocolate fountain, and a haunted house; she hosts giant games of Capture the Flag; and there's a trampoline and treehouse in her backyard. I've gone the past two years and man is it fun. One year Henry and I played with the balloons, bouncing them back and forth and trying to keep them high in the air. Another year there was a giant ice cube battle, and the twins and I and another girl in my class all jumped on the trampoline. We did some spying on the crush of one of my friends, and I did a little bit of flirting with my (former) crush myself. (Except I "flirt" by having conversations with people, by being genuinely interested in what they have to say and trying to build a real relationship with them, so he didn't know what I was doing. All the better.) One year a dude in my class dressed up as Dora the Explorer, with a wig and everything. (The wig went down to the bottoms of his ears and he was complaining about how hot it was and "how do girls deal with it" and I'm standing there with my nearly waist-long hair (again, before I got it cut) like "uh-huh. yeah.")

Candy I Love:

  • Twix
  • Butterfingers
  • Reese's
  • Kit-Kats
  • Milky Way
  • Hershey's milk chocolate
  • Krackel
  • Crunch

Candy I'm Okay With:

  • Almond Joys
  • M&Ms
  • Twizzlers
  • Three Musketeers

Candy That is Shun:

  • Skittles
  • Gum
  • Swedish fish (I feel like I'm the only person who doesn't like them tbh)
  • Snickers (again, I feel like I'm the only person.)
  • Dark chocolate
  • White chocolate

Things I Love:

Stepping out into the cold October night.

The clunk-clunk-clunk of candy falling into the bottom of a hitherto empty plastic bucket.

Walking across other people's lawns and not getting yelled at.

The dude on my street who roasts hot dogs and serves Coke. I don't eat hot dogs, but the smokey smell is absolutely divine.

Running across your classmates and seeing their costumes.

Shooting rubber arrows at random strangers.**

Seeing all the exquisitely carved pumpkins.

The gorgeous decorations, twinkling lights of orange and black and little lamps with witch cutouts in them.

The house across the street that hands out king-sized candy bars.

Things I Hate:

Tacky decorations.

When you tell your parents "Save me some of my favorite candy" and thEY DON'T SAVE YOU ANY OF YOUR FAVORITE CANDY.

Giant lines waiting for the candy.

When the person in front of you tells the exact same joke you were about to tell.***

When you're a long way from your house and you need to pee.

When you're a long way from your house and you actually pee.****

When people can't guess - or guess wrong - what you're supposed to be.

When people don't get the punchline of your joke and you both just stand there with crickets chirping for an awkward thirty seconds.

When the night's finally over and you realize you'll have to wait a whole other year for Halloween.

___

I really do love Halloween - it's one of my favorite times of the year.

So STAY SAFE.

ROCK THAT COSTUME.

GET LOTS OF BUTTERFINGERS OR TWIX OR WHATEVER THE HECK YOU LIKE.

AND REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE ALL VERY BEAUTIFUL PICKLES.

(or pancakes or waffles or Disney princesses or whatever you're dressing up as.)

Namarië,
Ellie

*This is my formal excuse. The actual reason is that I just wanted to ramble about Halloween.

**My best friend was Katniss a couple years ago. Needless to say, me with access to a quiver full of arrows, though they were rubber, was not the best idea. (I think I may have actually come close to hitting a five-year-old dressed as Sleeping Beauty. Oops.)

***I have been informed that normal people don't tell jokes on Halloween, they just walk up to the door and say "Trick or treat!" and automatically get candy. I wish. But where I live you have to work to get that candy. You have to tell an actually-funny, Halloween-themed joke. That's your trick. See? That's where the "trick" bit of "trick or treat" comes in. Otherwise, there's no trick, and the entire saying loses its modern-day meaning. You can't just say the word "trick" at the people in my neighborhood and expect them to pat you on the back and give you candy like it's a huge achievement. We also celebrate Halloween on the 30th, which I have been informed is also backwards from the rest of the world. Idk man.

****This did happen to me once.

8 comments:

  1. I have been:
    Other dimension Isabella from Phineas and Ferb:across the second dimension. (No one knew what that was in middle school.)
    A one eyed one horned flying purple people eater (I don't even know what that is. I let people think I was a unicorn.)
    That one chick from the Lego movie with the blue and pink spray painted sweats. (No one knew who that was either.)

    Snickers are the only thing worth eating. Also thise caramel covered Apple lollipop things. Butterfingers are ok.
    I hate Swedish fish and white chocolate. Yuck. No. Don't even.

    Dark chocolate is only for sophisticated people.
    Like me.
    Definitely.

    I didn't know jokes were a thing.
    I'd tell the one that goes "how many ears does Captain Kirk have? 3. A left ear, a right ear, and a final frontier."
    Lame jokes are my favorite.

    Maybe I'll go as a period this year. Dressed in all red, later than everyone else. "Hey I'm your period. Sorry I'm late."
    Found that on Pinterest and it was so brilliant.

    I tested the waters (the humor waters?) with my art teacher today describing that costume idea. She laughed, but she told the rest of the class "don't try to out do her."
    It's always good to know what kind of sense of humor your teacher has.

    Or maybe I'll go as myself and say I'm a future leader of society.

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    1. GWEN LAST YEAR I WENT AS A TAMPON I'M NOT EVEN KIDDING I DYED MY HAIR RED AND EVERYTHING.
      'course after a few houses of "and what are you supposed to be?"s and "shit i don't want to tell them"s i changed into all black and drew a $ on a bag and went as a burglar, but it was fun all the same.

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    2. The Isabella costume sounds awesome.
      WHITE CHOCOLATE IS FIEND.
      My friends really like Swedish fish but they're too hard and chewy for my taste. If something's chewy, it's gotta be soft. Like gummy bears.
      They only are where I live, I think. Even people from different areas of the same state don't do them.
      THAT IS THE PERFECT JOKE GWEN I TOTALLY CALL IT FOR NEXT YEAR.
      Both are good costumes.

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  2. hmm, let's see what maddie has been throughout her time...
    1.) i was a five month old dalmatian puppy.
    2.) i was a cowgirl, i think. maybe.
    3.) i was...idk.
    4.) i was winnie the pooh, and my little brother (who was two at the time) was tigger. we were cute.
    5.) i was a horse, and my two younger brothers (three and a newborn) were cowboys. (i used to really like horses so that's why horse themed stff was used multiple times haha)
    6.) this time i was a cowgirl aGAIN smh
    7.) uhh...
    8.) ...
    9.) ......
    10.) i think i was a veterinarian.
    11.) i know for sure i was an artist.
    12.) i was a nerd.
    13.) i was a tampon as a joke for about a half hour, but then me and my two other friends i was with (who threw on costumes from years prior) dressed in all black and quickly made some "money" sacks, and thus went as robbers.
    14.) i can't go as anything becAUSE I'M GOING TO FREAKING STATE CHAMPS FOR BAND AND I WON'T BE HERE AT ALL TODAY *sobs* but on thursday we had our annual halloween practice and we had to dress up so i went as a hipser because it was easy. however, most people in the band just thought i was a better looking version of myself. "maddie 2.0", they called it. thanks guys.

    hershey's milk chocolate is the greatest. then again, i may be biased, seeing as i live an hour away from hershey haha.

    i hope you have fun today!

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    1. AWWWWW THE DALMATION SOUNDS SO CUUUUUUTE.
      AWWWWW WINNIE THE POOH AND TIGGERRRRRRRR. Winnie the Pooh was my childhood tbh. I still have a Pooh lamp and quilt and stuffed Pooh Bear and okay I'll stop now.
      I FEEEEEL YOUUUUUU I WANTED TO CELEBRATE BUT I COULDN'T BECAUSE ONE OF MY FRIENDS WAS IN THE SCHOOL PLAY AND I PROMISED HER I'D SEE GO AND THE ONLY NIGHT I WAS AVAILABLE WAS LAST NIGHT AND MERRRRRRR.
      (we celebrate Halloween on the 30th where I live. Don't ask me why. We just do.)
      Oh, poor Maddie. Cool costume idea, though.
      It is though. No one else I'm my family likes it but I'm like "WHAT IS THAT HERSHEY'S GIVE NOW PLS."

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  3. I don't even remember what I dressed as half the time, but I do remember feeling like I grew out of halloween when I was like eight and then I went full circle and decided no one's too old for halloween when I was like 13, so here I am. xD
    The things I do remember are:
    1. Barbie (I was barbie like three times)
    2. Cinderella (I was obsessed with Cinderella when I was little)
    3. Sherlock (I actually just wore a jacket and put on a benedict cumberbatch mask last year and it was the best everyone laughed)
    4. A cheetah
    5. A cowgirl
    6. A flower girl (??? idk)
    7. And this year I'm going as a Hufflepuff student because I'm a nerd, so great. xD

    HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT HALLOWEEN

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    1. Very true.
      I remember being obsessed with Belle because she was the only one of the princesses who shared my obsessive love for reading. And she had like THE BEST DRESSES OMG THAT PINK ONE MY HEART.
      THAT COSTUME IS EPIC MAN.
      Hurrah for Harry Potter!
      THANK YOU DEAR.

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  4. Let's see if I can remember what I was for every Halloween...
    1. I was two weeks old and I was a pumpkin. I actually still have my pumpkin costume and I can't believe I was ever so small.
    2. Apparently I was Tinker Bell, but I haven't seen a picture or the costume so I have no proof.
    3. I have no idea.
    4. A cheerleader
    5. A witch (which I still have that hat for, but I don't know where it is)
    6. A pirate
    7. Cinderella
    8. Sharpay from High School Musical
    9. Movie star (which basically means I wore a sparkly dress, a sparkly bracelet, and a feathered boa)
    10. A bag of M & Ms.
    11. A 50s diner girl
    12. A black cat
    13. A renaissance girl (I think it was a princess but I don't remember)
    14. A bumblebee
    15. I stayed home and watched one of my favorite shows, so I guess I was myself.

    You're not alone on the candy thing – I don't like Snickers or Swedish Fish either.

    It bothers me that I don't know what I was for Halloween when I was three. And I would ask my mom, but she won't remember.

    Anyway, thanks for this post, it was fun remembering what I was for Halloween each year. :)

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