Hallowe’en Hoopla

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Photo Courtesy of Good Housekeeping

Holy Hallowe’en! This holiday is definitely upon us in about a week and that feels crazy. I have to say that I am not particularly a Hallowe’en fan per se. I would rather spend my time and money decorating for Christmas, but Hallowe’en seems to just come and go for me. I really like to dress up, but I really hate putting in so much effort to do so. I don’t really care for anything really scary, and I am not into skulls and vampires. Frankly, I get nightmares from a lot of this stuff. (As I am writing this, The Cranberries, “Zombies” is playing – oh the irony).

I think that my only favourite Hallowe’en was when I was in Grade 7 and my friends and I went as the Spice Girls (they were very cool, okay). I was Ginger Spice, of course. I even had borrowed my friend’s mom’s sparkly halter top and used shoulder pads to fill it in. This was topped off with orange hairspray, and of course completed with a big coat in order to cover up the whole outfit while completely defeating the purpose of dressing up. Awesome.

Really, Hallowe’en is for my nieces and nephews. I love to figure out what they are going to be. One year I did the makeup for my niece to be a butterfly. It was pretty great I have to say. Otherwise, (or at least for the past few years) I have been working on Hallowe’en night, which I have to say is kind of a blessing in disguise. I am always terrified that something bad is going to happen, and I don’t really like firecrackers. Fireworks are amazing, but firecrackers are scary. I don’t want to worry that someone is causing somebody’s house to light on fire, or they are burning their hands off. All I think is: DANGER! Wow, aren’t I the party pooper? Raining on everybody’s Hallowe’en parades. I will be happy and excited now, I promise!

Because everyone likes lists of likes, and I have already ranted about my many dislikes, I will give a mishmashed list of things that I really like about Hallowe’en. Which will be short and sweet.

1. So, I love candy! I mean really, who doesn’t? I could eat that stuff all day, everyday. I am definitely a sugar loving person for sure, and I am more than happy to pay half-price for Hallowe’en candy any day (except if I have to fight people off at Walmart for it – I don’t care that much).

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Photo Courtesy of lindsayfincher.com

2. I also really like good Hallowe’en movies that show Hallowe’en how it should be. Of course, all of these movies are more than likely G-rated, or at least campy enough to be really funny and enjoyable. My favourites are as follows in order which ones I would watch before the others:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which is by far the best Hallowe’en movie of all time. I am such a big fan of this movie, that I would love to get dressed up as Dr. Frankenfurter all of the time if I could. I sing “I’m a Sweet Transvestite” a lot…and I really just think that this movie is the best song in the world. It is so weird, wonderfully musical, and bizarre that it is just amazing. We even went to a production of it when we were in Montreal last year (which was the best show that I have ever been to). I even have the album on vinyl that I listen to a lot when I am cleaning the house, or need to perk myself up a bit after a bad day.

Shaun of the Dead, and I know that this really isn’t a Hallowe’en movies per se, but really it is about zombies so…I think that it qualifies. I could really watch this movie everyday, and I quote it definitely on a daily basis. My husband and I love it.

Hocus Pocus, really just because of the awesomeness of this movie. Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker in this amazingly hilarious kid show? I could watch this as a kid so it has to be good and G-rated. I love this movie. It brings back so memories, and has such a good message…awww.

Evil Dead II, because this is probably the weirdest and hilariously scary movie that I have seen, and most likely will ever see. I haven’t really watched a lot of scary movies, but this is about as scary as I like to get (I am a total scaredy cat for sure). I watched this movies with friends on Hallowe’en like the cool kids that we were, and I went as a fairy, and my husband was Hugh Hefner (quite the ladies man I have to say).

Alfred Hitchcock Presents, which was a t.v. show in the 1950s and 1960s that was amazing! He really was such an amazing director/producer, and all of these episodes were really creepy and suspenseful, but in a great way. I love them.

3. Carving pumpkins is about as creative as I really like to get for Hallowe’en. I actually really enjoy carving pumpkins and I feel that this is a very satisfyingly beautiful and fun activity for Hallowe’en. I really like to see really amazing artwork and I can appreciate that. (I can also appreciate really great costumes, don’t get me wrong – I just don’t want to dress up).

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Photo Courtesy of Southern Living

Hallowe’en is in about 1 and a half weeks! Crazy! I will most likely be at work as a cat, for about 2 hours, and then I will scratch my face so much that I will have to take it off. Happy Hallowe’en!