Of course there is also Thanksgiving, which I enjoy vicariously from the comfort of my sofa as I watch my favourite US shows. And needless to say, no self-respecting HBO drama would miss the opportunity of shooting a Massive, glazed, over-stuffed turkey and intrigue over the pumpkin pie. But I'm straying off the point..
Halloween reigns supreme in my books for several reasons. People dress up!! Oh how I love seeing my friends transformed into vamps, ghouls, victorian gentlemen, pirates and pumpkins. There's candy - lots of it. Adorable children ring my door bell, laugh in my face and then silly string me, with their parents looking on apologetically. I feel a thrill of nostalgia at every pumpkin I see. I am reminded of my favourite childhood movies; Casper, Hocus Pocus and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. And crucially, no one can tell me I'm overdressed!!
- Leave your outfit till the last minute
- Be predictable or lazy - a white bedsheet with the eyes cut out is not a costume
- Use halloween as an excuse to dress like a hoe! Leave the sheer stockings & suspenders in the underwear draw where they belong
- Get embarrassed about dressing up. It's meant to be fun and there's nothing worse than the awkward person shifting self consciously in the corner
- Don't be mean to other people on Halloween. "Errr, so who are you meant to be?" Halloween is a holiday, so let's play nice.
- Be creative. There are enough vampires, pirates and nurses to go around
- Make sure you have plenty of candy for the little ones
- Carve a pumpkin lantern to go outside your door
- Find an outfit to make you utterly unrecognisable
- Get your friends together on the Sunday of Halloween weekend for a marathon Horror fest. First person to freak out and bottle it does a dare.