Major, major shoutout to "oneshiningmoment" for this fantastic homage to the old CC logo.
It's indescribably beautiful.
I'm a big holiday guy. Never tried to hide it. Not hiding it now. I'm actually writing about it publicly while wearing my Garfield costume from '92 and with Night of the Living Dead (call me, Barbra) muted in the background, which is pretty much the polar opposite of hiding it.
Halloween is the only holiday I think I actually enjoy more as an adult than I did when I was growing up. Sure, the prospect of getting an enormous amount of candy was tantalizing, but my parents were pretty liberal with their candy policies to begin with, so this was basically just a holiday that forced me to be at the mercy (and for the amusement) of total strangers in order to get what I could already have, only in larger quantities. Plus it's kind of hard to look like a bad ass Donatello in front of the other kids when your posse is comprised of your little sister, your aunt, your grandma and your mom, the last of which being the most picture happy human being in the known world. Once I had a satisfiable amount of chocolate and caramel (usually a couple blocks) I was always ready to sprint back to the house where the testosterone level was markedly higher.
Halloween is also the only holiday whose main purposes and attraction evolves as we get older. When you're young it's about dressing up and trick-or-treating. When you hit puberty it can be mischievous and kind of awkward...like puberty. When you're in college it's about parties and either entertaining people or putting yourself in the best possible situation to hook up. And then when you're an adult it becomes about family and decorations and taking the kids out...and maybe a night when you're allowed to dress up and drink a little without drawing public scorn.
One of my favorite aspects of the holiday, especially as an adult, are the movies and specials. Horror and slasher films were about my least favorite things in the world growing up, but this is the only time of the year when that sort of stuff is allowed to be mainstream, and so I'm willing to embrace it. That said, Hocus Pocus is always and forever going to be go-to Halloween flick.
This is also the moment where I make all of you incredibly jealous by pointing out that the actor who played Billy in HP recently became my best friend on Twitter.
Sign whatever you want, just don't breathe on me.
I also always try to watch the previously mentioned Night of the Living Dead and Bela Lugosi's Dracula. It's usually just on mute in the background while I'm working, but it makes me feel good to look up every now and then and see somewhat being eaten or bitten.
However you're celebrating today, I hope you have a wonderful Halloween. And if you're not into the holiday, simply celebrate the fact that this is the last day before Louisville football and basketball officially pull a complete takeover of all of our lives at the same time.