Halloween. Hallowe'en. All Hallow's Eve. Etc.
I don't have a very strong connection to it. Which is not to say I don't
like candy and dressing up.
I grew up in a very Christian home. When I was quite little, my parents allowed
us to dress up and go collect candy from neighbors and families from our
church. We were never allowed to be anything scary though. I was a cat once.
Then a tiger. I remember my brother as a clown (which really is scary!)
And once as Dick Tracey. And I guess that's it. I remember exactly two
Halloweens as a child.
Then my parents, and my small Christian school, decided that good people
don't celebrate that particular holiday. So my mom just bought us candy every
year instead. I was happy enough.
In college though, even a Christian university, everyone was back into
dressing up. Firstly, there was Chipotle. If you dressed like a burrito (wore
any scrap of foil) you got a free burrito. It was great. So I did that. Every
My housemates and I had a party the year after I graduated. But I wasn't
really even big on that. People got drunk and went all out on costumes and
everything. I just wore my cloak (was a hobbit?) and ate candy.
And a year or
so following that, I wore the same cloak and went to a party as a Jedi.
This year, even though I did nothing at all last night, I did make a costume
for going out the previous weekend. I was Altair from Assassin's Creed.