The Day After Halloween

I always hated the day after Halloween.

No more costumes, no more pretending you were someone else, no more free delicious candies from strangers, it was such a bummer.

I’m glad we have kids in my neighborhood that trick-or-treat.  I get way too much joy from promoting childhood happiness via the distribution of high fructose corn syrup.  And the kids had some great costumes this year.

I think that’s why I am so pro-Halloween.  Halloween is gives us all permission to be kids.  You can be magical or funny or special or sexy or slutty or even slutty bacon.  People give you things for free.  You’re allowed to be silly and spooky and bizarre. And life’s not really any of those things.

Life is pretty mundane.  You go to work.  If you are lucky you like your work, but from what I understand most people don’t.  You go to the grocery store.  You go to the gym.  You come home.  Maybe you cook dinner.  Maybe you heat up a Lean Cuisine.  Sometimes you have to scoop your cat’s poop.  Sometimes there is laundry.  Sometimes tv happens.  Sometimes reading.  Sometimes not.  Costumes, and candy, and fun, and whimsy, these things don’t usually happen in reality.

Lean Cuisine - Roasted Garlic Chicken

So you find your whimsy in other ways: sports or movies or books.  Cosplayers find their magic by dressing up multiple times a year, which explains a lot about me of course.  If you are lucky you have whimsy in your relationships.  I like to think I’m lucky in that sense.  Also, cats are magic, and I have two of those.  Their poop isn’t magic though, but that’s okay.  Magic can be messy.

From Innocentenglish.com

But really, life is not sparkly guys, so you’ll have to forgive me if I am a bit bummed that Halloween is over.  The decorations will all come down by the end of the week, because I try to keep my decorations current, and they’ll go back into their boxes in the attic.  Pictures will go on Facebook, costumes will go back in the closet.  They’ll reemerge for Dragon*Con of course. But Halloween is over.

So I hope y’all had a wonderful Halloween and experienced some of that childhood excitement and joy.  My apologies to all y’all in the Northeast, snow is terrible.

HalloWoodyeen !!!!!

I might be taking a mini-hiatus on the blog.  Well, not so much a hiatus as I won’t necessarily be posting every day.  I’ll definitely be keeping up with my Work of Art liveblogs and will post when the inspiration comes, but I’m going to take a bit of a break from trying to come up with something new every day.  I promise this won’t be forever!  I’m adjusting to a new schedule, and once I figure out the best way to balance the work and the gym and the blog and the rest of my life I’ll get back to it.

So thanks for joining me for Halloween month.  I hope you had as much fun as I did, and I hope that your Halloween was magical.

3 thoughts on “The Day After Halloween

  1. You know something funny? I actually feel this way on Halloween most years. The anticipation of it beats the reality for me every time.

    Except this year. This year was pretty cool.

    And as far as work goes: if it was fun, not only would they not have to pay people to show up, but we would call it play instead. Working is completely overrated. And I say this as someone who has begged student loan payments from the parents when the money simply would not come in. It beat working, hands down.

    1. Aw I missed you! I hope you had a wonderful trip, I was wondering where you’d gone off to.

      And um, regarding work, I’ll be doing some more writing on that shortly. It will either be this weekend or next week, depending, but it is good! But basically, yeah, I’d rather stay home all day pursuing fun things…it is called work for a reason!

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