The Big Question: What Are You Doing for Halloween?

In just ten days, it will be time for the ghouls and goblins and whatnot to show up at our doors begging for candy. And so the question arises, what will you do? What will you do?

Me, well, I fully intend to put on a tacky, ridiculous horror film (possibly in the Edward D. Wood Jr. catalogue) where it won’t make any difference whatsoever when I lose track of the marginal plot, fill a big bowl with candy, and spend the whole night running to the door handing out miniature candy bars to the kids who arrive on my doorstep.

When the candy starts running out, I’ll shut off the porch light, point and laugh at the television as I consume the last couple peanut butter cups, and then go up and try to calm my cat who will be climbing the walls with horror.

But I know mine is far from the only way to celebrate the holiday. So I’m wondering: what are you going to be up to this All Hallow’s Eve? Tending trick or treaters? Going trick or treating yourself? Boozing it up at an adult party? Ignoring the whole sorry mess? Praying for our immoral immortal souls?

Give it to me straight. I can take it.

14 Responses to “The Big Question: What Are You Doing for Halloween?”

  1. Margaret October 21, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    My lovely MIL bought TWO costumes for my 4-month-old daughter, so she will be dressed in one of them for her hospital appointment (in the vague hopes that she will cheer up someone who needs it) and the other will be worn in the evening when the neighbour kids come trick-or-treating.

    Is it bad that I use my baby as a means of amusement?

  2. Patsy Nevins October 21, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    Absolutely not. There is nothing more adorable than a baby dressed for Halloween. I love Halloween as much as any child & take full advantage of this season to keep my home stocked with fun size candy bars while they are on sale & my house covered with Halloween decorations (& the inside ones are with me year-round because they cheer me, especially during the rest of the holiday season, which is difficult for me). I have several t-shirts with Halloween or mild horror themes which I wear throughout the season & I will wear one on Halloween & accompany my granddaughter for trick-or-treating. I will & am watching every Halloween cartoon I can find. I am also reading several Halloween blogs. On November 1, I will celebrate my son’s birthday, then wait for 11 months (well,10, who I am kidding? Halloween season for me is September & October) for the fun to begin again.

  3. Rebekka October 21, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

    I live abroad where they don’t do Halloween, so nothing. (Kids here dress up for the pre-lent holiday instead.)

  4. Bethany October 21, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    I will be handing out candy with my friends at the town square, and I might go to a party. I’m so excited about my costume! I wanted to be a flapper, and it was so easy to find a costume that I could cry. Try buycostumes.com if you want an easy costume shopping experience.

  5. RB October 21, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

    I’m going to a grown-up party, and I promised that I would dress up. I’m considering just wearing some pretty party outfit and tossing on a pair of bunny ears, but I also think it could be fun to make some social commentary by dressing up as a “sexy” version of a ridiculous inanimate object. You know, like a sexy toaster, or a sexy traffic light.

  6. dr nic October 21, 2012 at 6:14 pm #

    The Friday before Halloween my husband and I (along with about a dozen friends) will get dressed in costumes and go to a Rocky Horror Picture party that acts as a fundraiser for a local theater. Its a appox 2 hr drag/burlesque show followed by the movie at midnight. On Halloween itself, one of us will take the two kiddos out Trick-or-Treating and the other will stay at home and give out candy.

    My 4 year old daughter will be in a Darth Vader costume and my husband and I will be in Steampunk inspired costumes.

  7. Simone October 21, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    My boyfriend and I will be moving, which entails a 6 hour drive. So no Halloween for us or the dogs this year.

  8. ChloeMireille October 21, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

    If I can get it together, I’m going to be Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time. I just realized that I have one purple dress in my closet and it’s long-sleeved and velvet. Incidentally, I have bright purple curtains, but I’d feel bad for turning them into a costume because they were a birthday present from a friend.

  9. Jenna October 22, 2012 at 9:00 am #

    I live in the boonies. We never get trick-or-treaters, and my boys would rather stay home and shoot zombies on the Playtstation instead of dressing up for a party. So I’ll be staying home and ignoring the whole sorry mess by clearing off my DVR, probably.

  10. BJ October 22, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    There’s a RHPS screening this weekend (LET THERE BE LIPS!) and on Halloween night there’s a party at my nightclub. Haven’t really decided if I’m going to dress; it’ll depend on the weather. My number one costume choice is Queen Boudica, but if we get one of those eighty-degree nights that costume’s not gonna work.

  11. Txbunny October 22, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    Last Sat was a low key adult Halloween involving pumpkin carving and a witches hat and booze.

    Tues and Wed week before Halloween are happy hours after work.

    Thursday before Halloween is a show involving the Capitol Steps.

    Friday is a very large (1,000+) adult party outside with costumes, a cave, live band, and fireworks for charity.

    Sat is a private adult costume party (150 or so) at a friend’s house with an outdoor dance floor and two DJs.

    Halloween evening is going downtown and bar hopping with all the other crazy people.

    Good thing I don’t drink much.

  12. Linda Mercury October 22, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

    I don’t have kids, but I do love handing out candy on Halloween itself. We usually play a board game and listen to creepy music for that portion of the festivities.

    I really like going to parties when I have a costume figured out. My friends and I decided to go as various princesses last year. We had a Tinkerbell, Cinderella, Snow White, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and I was Xena, Warrior Princess. I felt so bold that I sang karaoke for the first time.

    This year is about more about book promotion than parties, so wish me luck!

  13. lali October 23, 2012 at 4:03 am #

    As we have done for the last 10 years or so, we will go to the house of a friend who hosts a yearly party in a neighborhood which really goes all-out for the occassion. There, my sister, her best friend and I hand out candies to visiting children, and more often than not pose for photos with them as we are always dressed up — one year we were the witches in Hocus Pocus, last year we were figures from mythology (I was Medusa), and this year we are Disney villainesses (Ursula, Cruella and Maleficent).

  14. -kathy- October 23, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    This past weekend went camping at local State Park for their Falloween festival. Everyone decorates their campsites and the kids trick-or-treat. We won 2nd place for decorating again. I love the preschoolers fascination with our Halloween train. I try to make some silly comment or compliment to each trick/treater — it makes them smile (or groan). Now to decide if I will costume up for work. I’ve been told I won’t be able to top Fiona from Shrek that I wore last year. I might be able to handle donning the jack o’lantern costume I made for my mom, its been 10 years since she died. I love the opportunity to be someone other than myself for a day!