Trick or treat, grow up please
This Halloween, leave the costumes to the kids
October 29, 2015
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The spookiest time of year is now upon us.
On Saturday, millions of kids across the country will be dressing up in a wide variety of costumes, from celebrities to athletes, superheros to game characters, and everything in between.
Some may discard the tradition of trick-or-treating, in favor of visiting their favorite haunted house locations that are put on each year just for the occasion of Halloween.
Joining the vast number of ghosts and goblins, monsters and ghouls, will be perhaps the scariest thing of all: adults who still dress up for Halloween.
Over the years Halloween has somehow shifted from almost exclusively a children-central holiday, to now, being celebrated mostly by the age group of people known as millennials.
Partying adults use the holiday in a similar manner as St. Patrick’s Day; that is to say: an excuse to get inebriated.
Have we got to the point to where we are incapable of acting our age?
For every elementary-age Batman, there is a twenty-something drunk jerk sporting an in-poor-taste Caitlyn Jenner outfit.
What is it about Halloween that causes adults’ maturity level to drop to adolescent levels?
The answer to that, no one knows. Perhaps it’s just an excuse to hold on to their youth, and have a little fun once a year.
Listen, I’m not here to say that you shouldn’t have fun; far from it. In fact, I advocate that college-age folks should have as much fun as possible without making a fool of yourself in the process.
This will most likely be a highly unpopular opinion, but the fact is, you don’t have to dress up to enjoy yourself on Halloween.
A good rule of thumb: if you’re old enough to vote, you just might be to old to be dressing in the same sort of costumes that children wear.
Visit haunted houses, go to parties, and for those of you who have kids, dress them up. But, do yourself a favor and keep the costumes in the closet.
If all of this applies to you, it may come across as a bit harsh, but unfortunately, the truth hurts sometimes.
At the end of the day though, Halloween is a holiday that is strictly about having fun.
That’s it. That’s the whole day. Have as much fun and for some, eat as much candy as you possibly can.
If dressing up, even as an adult, is what makes you happy, go ahead and do you. No one else is going to judge you.
So be safe, have fun, and above all: happy Halloween!