Halloween is one of my favorite times of year. Getting to dress up in fun costumes, see little kids eyes light up when they get their candy. Watch Halloween movies (not the scary ones, not all that interested in Horror.), curl up with a good book.
I’ve noticed as I’ve grown up, that I don’t tend to go all-out for Halloween costumes anymore. I remember a time when I would buy a new one each year, I kept all the old ones, but it was fun and exciting to browse through the shops and pick out exactly the look I had in mind in my head. Or sometimes just to wander through the aisles and see what jumped out at me. (Hopefully not literally!)
But the last few years I seem to only wear one of three costumes: A Dark Fairy if I’m heading to a party, complete with glittery wings and long black tassels hanging down to the floor; a Gypsy, which is basically normal day-wear mixed and matched to be more fun. 2 long broomstick skirts layered so one shows under the other, sides of the top skirt tucked into my belt. A peasant-style blouse, with a scarf wrapped through my hair, and 2 more around my waist. And whatever bangle-type jewelry I can find. And the third, my is my most favorite: My Ren Faire Garb. I used to work NorCal Faire, so I have an elaborate peasant costume nearly completely hand-made by myself and my Guild. Now that I don’t live in California anymore, and the Texas Ren Faire is a ways away (and I always have to work my RL job!), I don’t get to wear it except for Halloween. I haven’t yet decided which costume I’ll be wearing this year, but I already know what I’ll be doing for most of that day and through the evening.
Curling up on the couch and watching my favorite Halloween movies, and sampling the candy. Hey, gotta be sure it’s good candy for the trick-or-treaters, right?
While waiting for the trick-or-treaters I’ll probably be reading in the entryway. It’s always so hard to find good Halloween books though, I usually end up falling back on children’s or YA. So if you have favorite books you read this time of year, please share them! I’d love to find new treasures, and I’m sure others would too!
What are your favorite Halloween traditions? What books and movies do you like to read on the day or leading up to the day? Do you have a favorite go-to costume, or do you buy/make new ones every year?