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My girls don’t want to grow up. They sometimes act as if they must squeeze all the fun, leisurely things in life into the last few years before they graduate from high school.
I often contemplate their unusual desire, since I thought I’d been eager to grow up at that age, but then I realize, a lot of the time “Adulting” just stinks.
Things Adults Miss
The things we wanted to get grow out of all those years are what we now strive to recapture:
- We never wanted to go to bed- adults kill for nap time
- We couldn’t wait to see the world- most adults favorite thing is staying home
- Kids complain when they have nothing to do- adults rejoice when they have nothing to do
Halloween Lets You Be a Kid Again
But there is one magical time of the year in which we can all be a kid again—or whatever we want and that time is now, Halloween.
Halloween gives us the opportunity to become the character of our choosing, if only for a day.
Although part of me realizes I write paranormal/fantasy—and often about witches—is the ability to rebel against the adult responsibilities and vicariously create a life free from the boundaries adulthood brings all year long.
A little magic can go a long way.
The witches in my stories are just normal people with a little more.
- Lucy, from Witch You Were Here: Well, Lucy’s just a little more…everything.
- Hope, from Destiny Calling: Emotions
- Sabrina, from Forget Me Not: Visions
- Carman, from Grandma Must Die: Unpredictable, Powerful
- Celeste, from That Magic Moment: Healing
Yet in all my years of celebrating Halloween, I don’t remember ever dressing up as a witch. (Here’s a pic of one of my costumes from a post of Halloween past.)
According to the National Retail Federation’s 2016 Halloween Consumer TopCostumes Survey a witch costume the #1 costume for 35+ year olds.
Costumes for 35+ year-olds:.
1 – Witch 13.7%
2 – Pirate 4.7%
3 – Political 4.1%
4 – Vampire 3.9%
5 – Batman character 3.5%
6 – Animal 3.2%
7 – DC Superhero or Star Wars 3.1%
8 – Ghost and Zombie 2.5%
9 – Scary Costume/Mask 2.2%
10 – Marvel Superhero 2.0%
Proving once again, that the older you get, the more you want to believe in magic. Or perhaps you’re seeking a spell to cast.
Yet, despite my girl's resistance of approaching anything resembling adulthood, this year they hesitated when I asked what they were going to dress up as this year.
They’re starting to worry they’re too old to dress up.
Too old for Halloween?! Never.
I hope they’ll change their mind, because who doesn’t love the magic of being whoever, or whatever you want for at least one day?
So maybe this year will be my witch costume year?
How about you, what’s your favorite Halloween costume?
Maureen writes stories in the beautiful state of Pennsylvania that boast laughter, light suspense and something magical in the hope of sharing her love of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary world. She writes Paranormal Romance and Fantasy.
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