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PLAYING DRESS UP The Fun of Halloween I have fond memories from when I was little of the night before Halloween. I thought it was a blast staying up late, getting my costume ready, awaiting how it would turn out, and unveiling it to my friends at school the next day. As for my mom, who worked late into the night sewing my costumes, I don’t think she enjoyed the sleep exhaustion as much as I did. Still, she always made sure I had an amazing costume, and she did enjoy designing and sewing them herself. Halloween was the one time a year my dad would come home early from work to take me trick-or-treating. My mom usually came, too, because she wanted to see people’s reactions. We would go around the neighborhood, and I loved it because it was one of the few times a year I saw all my neighbors.
Fortunately, Jacob is more into superhero costumes than impersonating the boogeyman or Jason of “Friday the 13th” fame. My sewing skills are not up to par like my mother’s were, but I’m fortunate that Jacob is okay if I don’t make his costumes from scratch. He was Batman last year, and I’m not sure what he’ll pick this year. In the past, I’ve dressed up as Snow White, Dorothy, and the Green Lantern. Last year I dressed up as a unicorn, and, alongside me, Josh was wearing a T-shirt that said, “This is the best costume ever. Believe me. It’s tremendous.” He probably got the most laughs in the history of our Halloweens with that costume. For Jacob, it’s very important that someone stays at our house to pass out candy to trick-or-treaters. Usually, Josh ends up with that role, and I go with Jacob and his friends trick-or-treating. I think Josh would like to do both, but, for now, I go out with Jacob and Josh hangs out at home. Halloween is a fun excuse to feel like a kid again. You can’t help but get in on the excitement. In addition to trick-or-treating, we usually get together with some of our friends for a Halloween party for kids and adults. We enjoy getting together with our friends and celebrating this fun holiday.
As a kid, I loved playing dress up. Now, as an adult, I get to do it for Halloween and share Jacob’s joy in picking out a costume. While I really enjoy the excuse to dress up and have some fun, I’m not so much into the spooky side of the holiday. It makes me a little nervous when everyone has masks on and I don’t know who I’m surrounded by.
Do you dress up for Halloween? Who will you be this year?
–Meliha Perez Halp ern
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