"The most wonderful time of the year" refers to Christmas for most people, but I choose Halloween.
Dressing up and making costumes is my favorite part. I get really into it. I love it so much I attend or throw themed costume parties outside of the month of October. Some costumes from the past years include Princess Lolly from the Candy Land board game, a zombie (never on halloween, but on various other occasions), a bird (angels are kind of overdone), sushi, the misunderstood "Time" costume that garnered a lot of requests to touch my dress, costume dress from the '20s, '40s and '60s, the retro-futuristic party with all its shine and this year's ocean inspired costume is coming together nicely. Maybe I wish it were acceptable to dress in garish costumes every day.
Halloween also does not involve a full month of holiday themed music, and what Halloween themed music there is tends to be pretty fun. Who doesn't love the Monster Mash? But at some point my heart starts beating Pah-rum-pum-pum-pum and I'm drained of Christmas spirit. Bah humbug?
Treats. I'm too old for trick-or-treating and I don't know that my neighborhood draws any, but I have a sweet tooth and can't complain too much about this tradition. And Christmas seems to focus too much on candy canes, while Halloween offers a plethora of options. I'm even ok with Candy Corn in small doses, as weird as it is.
Carving pumpkins is always a fun artistic outlet, and possibly another outlet with the stabby aspect. I haven't done one in a while, but I am thinking about doing it with my little this weekend. Similar to designing and making costumes, I really enjoy having something pretty to look at. And pumpkin seeds are delicious snacks.
Hayrides and haunted houses are other Halloween associated activities that I haven't done in a while. I know there are some Halloween events going on here and there, but I am under the impression most of the halloween stuff here is aimed at kids and I am not one, nor do I have any, though I can count three occasions in the last two years when I have been asked if I was a high school student. My mom tells me I will appreciate looking a decade younger than I am eventually.
I also have a really tough time with the gift giving aspect of Christmas — I have a hard time figuring out what to get people, and sometimes I have a hard time affording it. The last time I went home for Christmas everyone got knit hats and headbands. This year I've taken up sewing, so my dad might unfortunately get a kilt because pants seem hard. Halloween though, no gift giving involved! There are treats or tricks. That's it.
I accept that other holidays have their merits, but if we lived in a hypothetical world where each person had to choose only one holiday to celebrate, I'd choose Halloween. Easy.
What do you like about Halloween? Do you have another favorite holiday?