Surely you’ve seen the movie ‘Groundhog Day’, right? Don’t say no. You’ll break my heart. But in the interest of this post, Iwill fill you in a bit. The story is about a weatherman, played by the fabulous Bill Murray, who finds himself living the same day over and over again.
Well, I’ve identified a similar phenomenon in my life. Every October the same thing happens to me year after year, yet I still find myself surprised, like…”Whoa! How’d that happen?!
Here’s the thing. I love Halloween. Love it! This “holiday” was designed with me in mind. I love candy more than any adult really should. Caramel apples and candy corn are two treats that make me do backflips in the grocery store. Throw in some goofy costumes and several cocktails, and BLAM-O! You’ve got a perfect evening. I realize this may not be a popular sentiment. For some people, the mere thought of having to dress up in a stupid costume and mingle with a bunch of strangers at a party is close to the worst thing on the planet. But for me….it’s a match made in Heaven.
But you see, I’m not very good at Halloween. In fact, I suck at it. Just like my inability to shop, I lack the ability to actually choose a Halloween costume, and thus, I’m left costume-less on October 31. It’s not like I have 365 days to think about it and plan accordingly. Oh wait…right. Crap. Believe it or not, I actually do think about it. It’s the follow-through that gets me.
Seriously, for the past 7 years I’ve had a folder in my Yahoo! inbox called “Halloween Costume Ideas” to which I periodically send myself Halloween costume ideas when they strike me. See – here it is!
And then, suddenly, the last week of October just appears out of no where, leaving me with no time to buy or make a proper (read: funny, ironic, brilliant) costume. Damn you, October! Every year I end up spending hours picking through the crappy leftover wigs and shreds of costumes at the make-shift Halloween store at the strip mall, desperate to find something worthy of my discerning tastes (read: funny, ironic, brilliant).
But not this year. By George, I’ve done it!! I have the perfect couples costume for me and my unassuming husband who frankly has no say in the matter. It’s perfect (read: funny, ironic, brilliant). Sure, I still have to purchase said costume, but I should be able to get it in the next 11 days. I hope.
So, Halloween, this year I’m not going to suck at you. Nope! This October, I’m feeling cool and confident. And even if my brilliant costume some how fails, I will at least have the 4 bags of Halloween candy* I bought for the non-existant trick-or-treators in my neighborhood to console me.
* Kit Kats, Milky Ways, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and Butterfingers