In this day and age of Pinterest and super-parents who stop at nothing to create magnificent, over-the-top costumes for their kids, it’s hard for me not to feel a little slighted when I think back on the crappy feeling I always ended up having Halloween night out on the street, in the middle of collecting my candy haul, when my Casper the Friendly Ghost mask popped a staple and dangled the rubber band that kept the damn thing on my head.
Pinteresty Parents of 2013 would have a whole box truck of new costumes and crap following close behind their precious trick-or-treaters nowadays.
Back then, my mom just told me to forget about the mask, to stuff it in my plastic candy bag and knock on the next door already.
Things have changed, I guess. Well, some things.
Still, I loved Halloween; I really did, and that’s all that counts. We didn’t know any better back then. There were no super costumes. There was no air of parental superiority when it came to our get-ups. Hell, we would have like 14 Scooby-Doos in a class of 22 kids.
Fancy or not though, there is still a lot to be said for the magic level of creativity we tend to see more at Halloween than any other time of the year. Parents and kids both seem to shine a flashlight into the deep, dark corners of their imaginations and come up with costumes that blow my mind, time and again.
Sometimes they are elaborate works of laborious art. Other times, they’re just thrown together ramshackle masterpieces.
Either way, they help to make Halloween a fabulous time to be alive. Especially if you’re a kid.
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