November 2, 2011
Why is Halloween so much fun?
If you’re a kid, you get free candy and get to dress up and essentially play all day and night. You get to watch horror movies and act out in the darkest way possible without getting arrested (for the most part).
But as an adult?
I’m going to warn you right now. I’m about to get all philosophical up in this post.
At some point, we stopped enjoying life. We go to work, cash a paycheck, and go about our routine. We’ll watch a television show or learn a hobby to pass the time, but we seem to have lost the spark of being able to play and enjoy life. This has to do with work and time as much as anything, and it’s not like we couldn’t make an extra hour in the day if we really wanted it. It’s just inconvenient. We work and act professional, and for most people this “professionalism” bleeds over into everyday life.
We become the suit we wear. The formality becomes normal.
And then Halloween comes around and we can wear a mask or a costume that, ironically, usually tells us more about us than anything else. Mary wanted to dress up like a bloody clown because she likes to creep people out. I dressed up like a calaca because I enjoy the mythology and symbolism of Dia de los Muertos.
It’s odd, but a lot of people get to be themselves more on Halloween than any other day. They let loose. It’s like they’re drunk without the hassle of drinking. There’s a general feeling that you can do anything on Halloween and it doesn’t count, so you get to see who is reserved, who is really a freak, and who likes to show off.
Maybe I’m over-analyzing it, but I think more adults need to just loosen up and have fun. Do something childish. My dad is a consummate professional in everything he does, but get him to a car museum and he turns into a little boy in a candy shop. I’m almost thirty and I work as an educator and freelance writer, but yesterday, my fiancée and I watched Tom and Jerry yesterday for a good hour.
Grow old. Just don’t grow up too much.
And now, to make up for the lack of articles in the last two weeks, here are some links made of awesome. Enjoy!
- As far as costumes go, going as a fully-functional camera is pretty sweet. Going as a spider-rider is even cooler. Going as an 8-foot tall Elite from Halo? You, sir, are awesome.
- However, the best costume has to be Princess Vader. It’s so cute and epic it’s on a level on its own.
- Here are some other epic costumes that also deserve honorable mention.
- I used The Lorax when I worked in the Indiana Reading Corp. It really opened the kid’s eyes, but I’m not sure the movie is hitting the right notes in the trailer.
- You think you’re a badass? Try walking out of a moving vehicle and shooting a car so it flips in the air and lets you grab the occupant inside while the flying vehicle falls to its crunchy doom. Without flinching
- The airwaves are full of scary things. Like Jersey Shore. These broadcasts, however, are much scarier for other reasons.
- Movie monsters come in many flavors, but this handy chart will help you keep them in order.
- I loved watching the Treehouse of Horror specials, but they seem to have gotten kind of lame lately. When I read this ranking, I was glad I wasn’t the only one who thought so.
- I said everyone needs to calm down and just have fun with Halloween. It seems even Planned Parenthood got in on it. They released a very important memo about the dangers of vampire sex. And yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like.
- Carving a pumpkin with a knife? Standard. Carving a pumpkin with explosives in a science lab? Like a BOSS!
- You think Halloween is creepy and scary movies are gory and unnerving? Try Halloween a hundred years ago. The costumes back then were pure, unleaded nightmare fuel.
- These guys pulled the perfect prank. It’s creepy, unnerving, they caught it on tape, and they managed to not break any laws. Behold the horror of Timmy!
- And finally, let’s get over Hump Day with a little metal. And Halloween. Halloween metal!