I know some people balk at the idea of celebrating Halloween because of its roots in paganism, its dark and twisty side, or its consumerist emphasis, but I just can't help but love it. Modern Halloween doesn't have anything to do with pagan beliefs, and who doesn't like to be spooked by a ghost story now and then? Also, let's be honest, what holiday ISN'T commercialized by now?
If you get past those complaints, how can you not love October 31st? A holiday that let's you pour out your creative energy, make (and eat) delicious treats, host and attend parties, and wear numerous costumes? Yes, please!
Here are a few of the many, many, many things that made Halloween 2010 especially happy for me:
1- Playing Dress Up: Angel
A simple, quick, and cool (read: not hot) costume for my 2nd year classes
2- Pumpkin Pancakes
Oh. Yes. Yes. Yes.
3- Harry Potter Lesson
An incredibly involved, super fun class. x10.
4- Carving Pumpkins
with some special first year students and two amazing CouchSurfers. :)
5- Halloween Party
at one of my churches. Super fun. :D
6- Pumpkin 1
which was carved at my...
7- Carving Pumpkin Party.
Max looks good in a maid's apron, huh? We also carved...
8- Pumpkin 2
The lovely Shisa O'Lantern.
9- Playing Dress Up: McGonagall
For that Harry Potter lesson mentioned above.
Baked and photographed by the excellent Angelo. Savored and devoured by me.
11- Costume Fashion Show
Fun with 2nd year students.
12- My Angel
Crafts with my adopted Japanese family, including their youngest sweetheart. <3
13- Playing Dress Up: Poison Ivy
I really, really love wearing costumes. :)