As the magic of being a child in a state of play transitions into serious adulthood, luckily the wonder of Halloween remains! Post-college is a time of change and often confusion, and that confusion can include the rock-your-world question as another Halloween rolls around: What now? Not to worry: Halloween lives!
In fact, if you’ve just come out of a college campus environment, you no doubt know now which costumes are PC and what costumes to not wear so that you won’t offend or make anybody uncomfortable or, worse, angry.
Some jobs will let — even encourage — employees to dress up and decorate, so if you’re a lover of Halloween, you can still be fulfilled — well, sort of. Unless you work at a place that likes to party down – and there aren’t many of those since the 80’s — it’s not nearly as exciting as going to a cut-loose house or club party. There’s a prevailing underlying sense that at Halloween-time, anything goes. But not in the workplace, where Halloween and the office form a rather uneasy alliance.
If you find that you run with folks who like to Halloween, you may be so lucky as to be invited to a “costumes required” house party. You could even throw a party yourself! There are plenty of party stores all over the Chicago area that cater to Halloween’ers, more than ever in recent years. Decorating for Halloween can be loaded with laughs as you creatively transform your home into a haunted house.
If you’re not invited to a house party, don’t want to host one but still want to do Halloween, fortunately for you, Halloween has become wildly popular with adults over the years and you can bet every style of venue is having some type of Halloween celebration, whether it be a small bar or a gigantic club with elaborate decorations and costume contests offering exorbitant prizes.
Halloween in your 30’s and 40’s may pose challenges you hadn’t anticipated. Friends weave in and out of your life and some of them “settle down.” Stay the course: If you want to be a part of it all every year at Halloween, do it! Don’t let age stop you – not from Halloween or anything, in fact! There are a myriad of Halloween-inspired events to attend.
If you decide you don’t want to go through the trouble of costuming yourself or you’ve never been into it, there’s still much to do in keeping with the spirit of the season. Try a themed concert, theater production, murder mystery dinner (at the Bennett Curtis House), ghostly tours (via several various modes of transportation at this website), cemetery tour, magic show, haunted house, pumpkin patch, , join a Halloween parade with a bunch of zombies doing the Thriller dance…the venues of Halloween entertainment are endless and highly-imaginative. Search Facebook events — maybe you were invited to some! Check out Metromix or any good source of what’s going on in your area.
Whether you love Halloween or you simply endure it as the years go by, this writer wishes you and yours a very happy Halloween season!