Being Raised Without Halloween Traditions Made Me Indifferent To The 'Wicked' Holiday

Being Raised Without Halloween Traditions Made Me Indifferent To The 'Wicked' Holiday

You don't necessarily need Halloween.

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Growing up in a Christian home had some rules: No Halloween. No skeletons or goblins and definitely no witches. I was never invited to the Halloween parties in high school, nor was I allowed to sit in the classroom when everyone else was celebrating the holiday. I would just sit in the media center with the principal or another staff member and eat some pretzels from the vending machine until all the holiday festivities were over. There was always ONE kid every year that thought I went to the bathroom and missed the whole thing.

My family and I would stay at home and act as if nothing was happening outside. We would put up a sign saying we had no candy to give and turn off all the lights. Yet people would still knock on our door, or throw eggs at our house. I have had so many people over the years ask me why I don't celebrate it. Before, I used to say my mom does not want us to. Then it would be a giant snowball of questions.

Eventually, I stopped having the desire to celebrate it. I don't care for the costumes, or the scares, or the blood. If I am going to be totally frank, I like the day after Halloween because all the candy goes on sale at Target and Walmart and I can stock up for the rest of the year.

I watch a Halloween movie every now and then, but I am just not that into it. Why spend a whole day or weekend dressing up and being someone you're not? Just for fun? I used to be so jealous of everyone else, but now, Halloween is just a holiday that I wish would just go by quickly.

I have been asked if I would let my future children celebrate the holiday, and the answer is, I am not really sure. I mean, I won't tell them not to celebrate it and throw holy water on them. But I won't necessarily get them all dressed up nor will I dress them up as babies. They will decide for themselves when they get older.

Halloween is not a religious holiday, or should I say, anti-religious. I know that. So please don't try to convince me about that. It all just comes down to going years without the holiday. It does not mean that once I am at college I will get hammered and rage out on the holiday.

That just isn't who I am. I will make a note that any extra candy can be sent my way at least.

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33 Halloween Costumes Inspired By Broadway Musicals

Including lots for the last-minute trick-or-treater!
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In need of a last-minute Halloween costume? Or maybe you've already started planning Purim or next Halloween way in advance? I've got you covered with a long list of awesome costumes inspired by Broadway musicals of all different genres, eras, and locations!

1. Young Frankenstein

Dress up as the monster himself, or get out your lab coat and mad scientist gear to trick-or-treat as his crazy creator, Dr. Frankenstein! Of course, this is also a great movie or musical to rewatch on Halloween.


2. Little Shop of Horrors

Who wouldn't want to be a giant people-eating plant? Or the person who gets eaten by the plant? Well, maybe that's not quite as fun...


3. The Addams Family

There's so many different options for an Addams Family costume.


4. Shrek

There's something for everyone in Shrek--princesses, ogres, donkeys, and even a cat wearing boots!


5. Into the Woods

(This is how you pass off your witch, Cinderella, Rapunzel, or Little Red Riding Hood costume off as indicative of something deeper.)


6. Sister Act

Nun costumes are probably one of the easiest things to find in a Halloween store, and maybe it's a little bit irreverent, but hey, so are most of the nuns in this show!


7. Nunsense

Even better if you can find a nun puppet to carry around with you.


8. Cats

You could actually dress up as a cat...or, you could just dress your cat up.


9. Xanadu

This can basically be accomplished by wearing roller skates or a toga.


10. Cinderella

An excuse to wear a ballgown--or just to be Laura Osnes. And that's also okay.


11. The Sound of Music

More nuns! Or wearing curtains--take your pick. I seriously considered dressing up as all the Von Trapp children by myself. So I guess that's an option, too!


12. Matilda

This costume actually portrays Matilda as the movie does, but you can opt for the musical version as well! Miss Trunchbull is also a fantastic costume choice that will probably be even more recognizable than Matilda herself.


13. Annie

There's almost nothing more iconic than the red dress and curly red hair. And it's not just for kids! If you, too, say #INeverGotToBeAnnie, then this is the costume for you!


14. Fiddler on the Roof

Be the fiddler. Or the roof. Or, just put on a headscarf.


15. Chicago

And all that jazz.


16-18. The Wiz, The Wizard of Oz, and Wicked


19. A Chorus Line

If you're feeling ambitious, go for these gold outfits worn by the entire ensemble at the end of the show. But if that's just not happening this year, breaking out the dance class clothing is totally a valid Halloween costume. Totally.


20. Newsies

Most of these costume pieces can be found in your closet or a family member's, plus grabbing a free newspaper on the streets of New York City. Another major perk is that it's usually super-comfortable because it's just normal clothes.


21. Billy Elliot

Break out the tutu and tights and call it your Halloween costume (even though you're a Ballet Girl in real life too)--or borrow your sister's and rock it! #BoysDanceToo


22. The Phantom of the Opera

You don't even have to go this far (especially since the costume got discontinued)--the mask alone will make it clear.


23. Les Misérables

You could be really elegant about it and find some gorgeous Cosette costumes...or you could just turn your baby into a criminal and put him next to some bread.


24. The Pajama Game

As demonstrated by this picture from the actual show, you can literally just trick-or-treat in your pajamas. Sure, you've reached an all-time high for laziness, but you're more comfortable than anyone else!


25. Camelot

No explanation necessary.


26. Hamilton

If Fun Home stars Oscar Williams and Gabriella Pizzolo did it, then it must be cool! (The thousands of dollars people will pay for a ticket are also good indicators.)


27. Mamma Mia

Because who wouldn't want to be Donna and the Dynamos (for one night, and one night only)?


28. Jersey Boys

One of the few costumes that's probably more iconic than Annie, at least in the United States.


29. Cabaret

We can't all be Alan Cumming. But we can try!


30. Grease


31. Fun Home

In my opinion, it's been a lot harder to acquire costume pieces for Small, Medium, or adult Alison Bechdel as seen in Fun Home than it should've been. But this is definitely in the running for my costume for next Halloween!


32. Kinky Boots

Just like the Hamilton costumes--if tiny Annie stars Tyrah Skye Odoms and Brooklyn Shuck liked the idea, there's definitely something there!


33. You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown

To end with an oldie/goodie/cutie, Charlie Brown and his friends will always be classic, recognizable, and ever since the first production in 1967, Broadway musical-themed!


All of this being said, I myself decided to go with a more frequently-seen Halloween costume that's not Broadway-inspired this year: Waldo.

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9 Halloween Costumes We Hope To Never See After 2018

C'mon people. Lets get more original here!

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C'mon people lets get more original here! It's 2018, and people are still recycling the same costumes with no real creativity.

Here are 9 Halloween costumes that should be retired after this year's spooky season:

1. Army Girl

The oh so basic "you don't wanna fight with me" captions are officially old and camo is SO out!

2. Playboy/Hugh Hefner

We have officially paid our respects long enough, may he rest in peace. And may we invest in a piece of clothing that covers our entire body!

3. Boxers

We've definitely seen enough "you should see the other guy" captions, and it's just a waste of perfectly good drawing bruises around our eyes!

4. Nerds

C'mon. If you really were a nerd, you would not be wearing those suspenders with a crop top, that simply isn't practical!

5. School girls

Sister Mary would never approve of the length of that skirt or the height of those heels!

6. Fire fighters, policemen, nurses.. lets just keep the uniforms to the people that belong in uniforms yikes!

We've seen enough skin tight spandex costumes to last us a life time!!

7. Angels and devils and the corny captions that come with it

"Yes, it hurt when I fell from heaven.""Didn't even dress up this year"...blah blah blah, move on. You look adorable, but can def be more creative c'mon.

8. Cat..or any form of animal with ears

I don't think our beloved household pets would want to be represented in little tiny lingerie!

9. Holes

While always a nice comfortable classing, and I mean c'mon orange IS the new black. This is so painfully over-done now too!

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