It doesn't have to be something super-fancy. It can be a costume totally hobbled together from the contents of your mom's closet. I'm just all about keeping with the spirit of the holiday -- which is fun times, costumes, too much candy, and an exchange of pleasantries. There's nothing like traveling packs of entitled teenagers telling you to fuck off to ruin the happy feels of Halloween. If you're too cool to put on a costume or say Trick-or-Treat, you've outgrown the holiday. I don't make the rules - I'm just the keeper of the candy.
I have to admit it's a little less annoying now that I'm living in the suburbs of Florida and I don't have to spend $75 on candy to be able to entertain the neighborhood kids for a couple of hours. On my old block in Brooklyn, candy used to go fast. The first few Halloweens I politely gave in to the masses of annoying and rude teenagers. Then it hit me - I don't have to give these brats candy. They're not even dressed up! It was liberating.
I know there are people who think this is grumpy-old-lady of me, but oh well. There are certain traditions around the holiday. One of them is giving out candy. I don't buy a bunch of candy just so I can give it to a bunch of thankless teenagers. If they are excited about the holiday, dressed up, and festive - they can have all the candy. If not - shove it, kids. Don't ring my doorbell. No candy for you!
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