A Real Scream
The first thing everyone needs to know about me is that I love Halloween. At my house, Halloween is a big event. I love going to parties, eating Halloween treats, and, most of all, I love dressing up in costumes.
When I was a kid, my family was extremely poor, so we were never able to buy Halloween costumes. But I remember one year when I wanted to be a robot and my mom went all out to help make my costume. We found a big box I could wear and painted it all black. Then my mom tracked down a smaller box, wrapped it in aluminum foil, and turned it into a robot head. I went to a Halloween party with the other kids in the neighborhood, and even though my costume was homemade, it was the coolest costume at the party.
These days, dressing up is still my favorite part of Halloween. I’ve dressed up a Darth Vader, the Grinch, and Jack Skellington, just to name a few. My wife and I go all out, and I aim for costumes no one can recognize me in. Darth Vader was great because of the helmet, but let me tell you, it got really hot really fast. Last year I was Jack Skellington, from “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” That was a great costume. Everyone could see my face, but no one recognized me because of the big bald head.
Of all the costumes I’ve worn in recent years, my favorite has been Batman. I usually rent my costumes, but I went ahead and bought the Batman costume. That one is just a lot of fun. When you’re in costume, you get to be in that role. It’s nice to forget about the stress in life and be Batman for a while. And what kind of lawyer doesn’t imagine being a superhero sometimes?
I dress up for Halloween parties the weekend before Halloween because on Halloween night, our house becomes trick-or-treat central. We’re the starting point for most families in the neighborhood. We kick the front doors open and we have about 30 kids and their parents inside at one time, enjoying food and drinks. We even have adult drinks for the parents who need a pick-me-up while making the rounds.
My wife and I take turns taking the kids trick-or-treating each year. Whoever stays behind is in charge of handing out candy. I don’t mind which role I get, because I enjoy everything about Halloween. This used to be a holiday “just for kids” but as those kids who loved Halloween grew up, we realized that it’s still fun to dress up do something different. Adults have to work really hard to take care of themselves and their families — it’s important to take some time away from work to recharge. A great way to do that is to pretend to be someone else for a while.
And if you can eat mini chocolate bars while you’re pretending to be someone else, it’s even better.