I have to admit, this Halloween weekend was quite fun. And not just because I got carded. Me. The 42 year old with grey hair. Yep, I got carded. It was exhilarating. In fact, I think I’ll probably be wearing the “I got carded” glow for a few days even. Although, to be fair, I’m pretty sure that the barkeeps down at Jake’s Famous Crawfish probably card just about everybody due to legal constraints. Or, perhaps my attire Saturday night influenced him. Who cares, the whole thing made me so giddy that I sweet talked the bartender with a rave review of the absolutely delightful Sidecar he whipped up for me. I’m sure it made his night. Either that or my rendition of “Tomorrow”. I figure he and his fellow bartenders got at least one giggle out of the whole thing.
Mister Soandso and I went to a costume party in Portland and we decided to go as Daddy Warbucks and Little Orphan Annie. We ended up not winning the costume contest (bah!) but we rocked the look. It helps that Mister Soandso looks so dang cute in a tux, but then, what man doesn’t?
It was a crazy weekend for our family – we had lots and lots of Halloween fun. Which means lots and lots of candy for the kids. Which means my kids love Halloween.
And for the first time in a long time, I had a great time celebrating Halloween. I’m pretty sure it’s because for once I embraced the real attraction of Halloween — the chance to try on a new persona for a few hours or so. There is something quite fun about embracing our inner child and imaginations. No wonder some folks love performing on stage so much — put on a costume and try out an identity for a bit. Maybe someday I should dress up as a football player, seeing as I love football but my gender and age meant I was never destined to carry the pigskin across the line into the end zone. At least Halloween could give me an opportunity to be a football player…even if only for a few hours.
My kiddos were transformed into a Gladiator, a ninja, and Medusa (she’s a witch here tho). Mister Soandso was Daddy Warbucks and I was an adorable orphan. (Although I shucked my wig and dress for my Warrior Helmet and jammy pants with skeletons wearing ski caps for handing out candy.)
I’m not sure if it was some linear arrangement of the planets or if I’d had the perfect amount of caffeine for the day, but it turns out, I can have a fun time on Halloween.
And I’m already planning my costume for next year.