Archive for October, 2011
Thursday, October 13th, 2011
Ahhhh, Halloween. The one day of the year that you can proudly walk into a conveniece store dressed as a box of Shreddies or a made-up super hero, and no one bats an eyelash. One day before, or one day after…and you`re just plain weird. It`s the day of the year that every kid looks forward to, besides Christmas. And even at Christmas, you have to have been a good little boy or girl allllll year for Santa to bring you what you want. Not at Halloween. Nope. All you have to do is have a bag. A bag to carry while walking around to strangers houses, yelling at them to open the door…to give you free candy. And you can get get as much as you want. The more houses, the more time you put into it, the more sugar you get. What a great idea.
Halloween has always been a bit of a gamble for kids growing up in Winnipeg. Some Halloweens are warm, some are wet, most are freezing. Remember this? You would get to WEAR your costume in the afternoon at school for the halloween party! My school even had a little halloween costume parade in the gym where you could see everyone’s costumes. (man, that could be pretty embarrrassing, because my costume was always lame. I think I was a wig and lipstick for 6 straight years in a row. People would ask me what I was. I would answer, “I’m a lady”. Hey, my parents both worked…what could I do?)
THEN, you would run home after school, so excited to show your costume to the REST of the world that night when you would go trick-or-treating. BUT…it would be too cold, and your parents would make you wear the almighty Winnipeg- cover- up- the- entire -costume -parka. So, now…you were just a parka with make-up on. Or a parka with cat ears. Or worse, a parka with one of those cheap plastic costumes with masks with pinholes for eyes and a non breathing costume bottom that tied up in the back. So now you were sweating in the parka under the plastic, you couldn’t see because of the bad mask and the person answering the door didn’t even know WHAT you were. It was never like it was on T.V. eh? The way they would trick or treat in California. I still wouldn’t trade those memories for the world. Especially the one where you meet friends on the street and they would tip you off on the GOOD houses. You know,the ones that gave out the FULL SIZED stuff!!!!
Punch in PARKA for 500 points.
Halloween is, and will always be just about having fun. The message here: It really doesn’t matter WHAT your costume looks like. Parka or no parka….wig and lipstick costume…or expensive rental….. you’ll still get the candy.