Evolution of Halloween

By Kelly Conroy

When I was 8 years old, my Dad made a plaster mold of my face and covered it with gauze strips. This was to be my mummy mask for Halloween that year. My full-body wrap and custom headpiece made for a pretty impressive costume that year, and it paid off BIG time in candy.

With three kids in the house, Halloween costumes were major hand-me-downs. We recycled a clown costume more years in a row than I could count. And then, come middle school, things shifted.

At age 13, I headed over to my friend’s house for my last trick-or-treat escapade. To this day, I have no idea what my costume was supposed to be, but it was dark, and velvety and was topped off with black lipstick and funky hair. Teen angst in the flesh maybe?

Once trick-or-treating was taken off the table, I didn’t know what to do with my Halloweens. I dressed up at school and maybe went to a friend’s house but inevitably ended up going home early because scary movies are the worst. It wasn’t until college when Halloween evolved into a holiday with an age appropriate celebration again.

But this new Halloween celebration was not for kids. Or parents for that matter. This Halloween took place in the middle of the street across from campus and on the first floor of a frat house and in the dim lighting of a college town bar. While I’m not super proud of them as I look back today, I made pretty good use of my hand-me-down upbringing when it came to college costumes. A pair of recycled bunny ears and a fluffy tail from high school became a cliché “sexy animal” costume. One year, I found my brownie uniform from my girl scouting days buried in my old closet at my parents’ house and, you guessed it, wore it as a Halloween costume – complete with uniform regulation skirt and vest that was originally fit to a 7 year old girl…

I have to admit that I had a minor meltdown when I realized that Halloween would, once again, lose its meaning that I had become so attached to. After graduating and luckily finding a full time job, I knew that my previous crutches of short skirts and tall heels wouldn’t pass for another Halloween.

It’s been five years now and I still struggle with costume ideas that are appropriate for my physical and mental ages (compounded by the fact that I refuse to spend $100 on a pre-fabricated outfit from the store). My Octobers have become significantly less sexy, but have also turned into some good, semi-adult fun. I still carve a pumpkin every year, it’s still mandatory that I dress up, and it usually works out that a big group of friends gets together for a celebration that reminds us that Halloween can be a lot of fun at any age.

So, if you’re still looking for something fun to do out on the town this Halloween, check out Trunk or Treat at the California Automobile Museum. Classic cars, family friendly, and trunks full of candy for only $8. Plus, you’ll get to see a museum that you probably haven’t been to yet in Sacramento.

One of Sacramento’s famed historical sites, Sutter’s Fort, turns into The Haunted Fort for this special occasion. You can support your local state park while getting your senses frightened by ghost stories about real pioneers.

If you’re looking to keep some of that sexy in your Halloween, head over to Harlow’s for a special evil villain themed burlesque show by Sacramento’s Sizzling Sirens!

So you see, there’s no reason to add Halloween to the list of why it’s tough to become an adult. From Murder Mystery parties to pinterest themed haunted house decorations, there are tons of creatively creepy ways to spend Halloween without risking the dreaded workplace facebook exposure of a wild night in your piece-meal “slutty Mad Hatter” costume.

You might also like

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.