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What Halloween Means to Me


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Growing up in the United States, Halloween was always a fun experience for me. I loved to dress up and go from house to house gathering treats from neighbours willingly offering sugary treats from their front porch. As a young adult, I still participate in this favourite fall tradition, but in different ways. My experience as a child and onward is very much the typical American experience during this spooky time of year.

When I was very young, my parents would walk to the neighbouring homes for candy. Sometimes, my parents and the neighbouring families would dress up in matching theme costumes, but other times the parents would wear normal fall clothes as their children enjoyed their time during Halloween night. It was a fun, safe way to usher in a new tradition in my young life.

As I got older, I was allowed to go with friends trick or treating in their neighbourhoods. We would hop in their family vehicle and drive around to the best neighbourhoods where the adults would give out large chocolate bars. Sometimes we would encounter an unusual family that would ask for each of us to tell a joke in order to receive candy, which was always a welcome change to the usual Halloween evening. After the night was over, my friends and I would sort out our candy and exchange favourite treats with one another before going home. 

Sometimes we would forgo trick or treating and instead attend a carnival at a local church. This was a fun way to enjoy Halloween without any of the usual dangers the media likes to portray around this holiday. However, one caveat to the church event was anyone who had scary costumes or costumes that included toy weapons would have to leave the toy weapons at home and remove their masks.

As an adult in college, I volunteered at a school helping run a carnival during the week of Halloween. The carnival included games, a haunted house, candy and craft tables we set up before the children and their families arrived dressed in costumes. Volunteers were allowed to dress up, and so I wore a Wonder Woman costume I made while I helped make paper plate masks with the children. After the families left the carnival with candy and completed crafts, the volunteers cleaned up the gymnasium where the carnival was held.

Many retail stores in the U.S. begin putting out their Halloween decorations and candy in early September, giving parents and children plenty of time to choose costumes, decorate the outside of their houses. Sometimes, parents like to make their children's costumes or costumes for themselves. This can save time and money, as stores often charge high prices for costumes. As a young married couple, my husband and I plan to make our costumes this year based on characters from a video game for any parties we plan to attend. We are doing this not only to save time, but because it is likely we will not find the costumes we desire in any store.

An aspect of Halloween many do not consider is what happens to trick or treaters once they reach an age where they are too old to go door to door asking for candy. Many adults like to host costume parties for their friends that include adult beverages, costume contests and plenty of party decorations. These kinds of parties are popular with college students especially, as their organizations can use this opportunity to raise money or recruit new members. Some adult women like to wear provocative outfits to parties or outfits that have euphemisms associated with them. Halloween is a great time for people of all ages because you are never too young or too old to celebrate!

You can shop the Halloween party supplies and decorations to create your very own Halloween celebration in Australia at Pink Frosting's online party shop.



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