So what is Halloween, anyway?
It’s late. You’re up, trying to decide if your costume (what was it again?) was a good idea or not.
Since I’m not from here, the craze that grips everyone right before Halloween has always startled me a little. Not that I’m scared by carved pumpkins, or anything. Just that the hype surrounding the holiday gets me wondering why costumes and pumpkin-flavored-everything has everyone so worked up. Come October and the pumpkins come out of the pumpkin farms that have been waiting for this time of year to make windfall profits, and they’re everywhere you look. Pumpkin invades everything edible and drinkable – breads, coffee, pie, beer.. seems they’ve even entered the realm of soy milk, vodka, and pasta, according to this list that blew my mind. Pumpkin-penne-alfredo, anyone? Sort of like that part in Forrest Gump where Bubba lists every possible use of shrimp for a whole scene.
With the pumpkin rant out of the way, Halloween is definitely fun. It’s also the only time of year you get to see New York bring out its weirdest, creepiest and most outrageous costumes. Or be wonderfully punny, put that Columbia-endorsed wit to good use and do the group-costume thing, except not M&M’s and other such juvenile things, but this: (they’re French Kiss, just in case you didn’t figure it out already. I didn’t.)
And I will admit, pumpkins aside, Halloween is quite perfectly timed for our overworked, itching to dress up souls just dying to swap the hoodie and sweats you’ve been rocking for days and look completely ridiculous, but in a good way this time. Because dark circles may look scary, but they’re not Halloween make-up. And with the eclectic spirit of this post – excuse me, but it’s fall break and the academic part of my brain just went on vacation – there’s reason to celebrate beyond the consumerism that is Halloween as brought to you by Ricky’s and Starbucks. It’s all here, in this delightful little history of Halloween that informed me just why we spend our money trying to look like Renaissance Faire Batman and Catwoman.
So with that, I embark on the seemingly impossible search for a last-minute costume. Pass the pumpkin ale.
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