Halloween has always been a favorite holiday of mine….
Well…. maybe not always but it did quickly grow on me in recent years and has become one of my favorite holidays.
To some, this may come as a surprise being that I absolutely despise anything scary. I have never watched a horror movie ever and I never ever plan to watch one. Just the trailers for them on YouTube are enough to send me running for the hills. Heck, I still think that Disney “The Princess and the Frog” animated movie is scary. In short, I’m just a big scaredy kitty.
However, none of that spoopy stuff is enough to scare me away from this awesome holiday! After all, there are so many other things to enjoy besides scary, axe wielding maniacs! And here, I’ll tell you all about some of my favorite Halloween festivities in hopes to convince some of my fellow scaredy kitties on why this holiday can be enjoyed by all!
That being said, I will be approaching this is a way that will keep in the theme of the rest of this blog. Therefore! I will not be including any of those normal Halloween things such as pumpykin picking or carving. Instead, I shall be presenting more of the little details that I have found and personally enjoy a lot, or, if they are a more common thing, then I will tie it into a personal theme of mine and connect it to J-Fashion/Alternative Fashion or anime culture in one way or another. Oh! And surprise, surprise, all of these things have somehow ended up being fashion related. I wonder how that happened. Hmm…
Haha, well, anyway, I hope you enjoy my rather obscure list of the reasons why I personally find Halloween to be one of the best holidays ever!
1) Dressing up is Fun!
No matter how old you are, you have to admit, having a socially acceptable day (though, with the way I dress this doesn’t exactly apply) to play dress up is amazing.
Whether you are in it for the nostalgia of playing dress up as a kid or the fun of getting together with a group of friends to do a group costume, there is loads of fun to be had when it comes to dressing up on Halloween.
Another cool thing that I find with dressing up for Halloween is that it can allow people who are into alternative fashion (goth, lolita, fairy kei, punk, ect.), but have never had the courage to make the leap and wear it on the daily, a chance to have a “safe day” to try out the fashion and perhaps introduce others to it. This does of course come with some negative things, such as it implying that this fashion style is a costume. The answer to whether this is true or not will vary from person to person, however, I personally believe that while it can be read this way, I think that it’s better that people can be offered a day where they can express themselves in a way that makes them feel safe and comfortable rather than they be driven away from the fashion entirely in fear of what others will think. Of course, I do think it is wrong for people to wear these fashions on Halloween just to make fun of those who wear it on the daily, but that is a completely different thing. To me, everything ultimately boils down to reasoning. If you want to wear lolita or some other fashion on Halloween because it makes you feel comfortable and safe, then that is all that matters. At the end of the day, all that matters is that you feel good about yourself.
Whoo! Ok, that was a lot. But hey, all this talk about alt fashion serves as a great transition into my next point!
2) Mainstream Department and Clothing Stores Cool Clothes and Alt Fashion!
I don’t care what anyone says. Department stores are cool.
In case you didn’t know, I am a very, very small person (I’m just a little taller than 4’10”). As much as I complain about this, there are several benefits to being this height. One of them being that I can shop in the children’s section of stores as well as some stores specifically meant for children. I find these places to be the ultimate jackpot for weird, kitschy, and even some alt fashion clothes. For example, I went to Target the other day and found this really weirdly cute, tulle slime skirt (shown above). It perfectly matches a lot of my Halloween socks and does a great job of incorporating more green into my outfits.
Now, I know what you are probably thinking, “but I’m a normal sized person who doesn’t fit into kids clothes”. Never fear! For there are cutely tacky stuff to be found for you too! Just check out this cool sweater from Walmart!
I sadly do not own this awesome sweater (because I live on an island and the Walmart here does not have these in stock), but it does just go to show you that tacky things like this can be found for everyone!
But hey, even if you aren’t into this kind of weird stuff but still into alt fashion, you can still find something for you! You can find lots of cheap knee-high socks in the Halloween section of Target or Walmart. Given, they do look pretty costume-y and only come in basic colors (white, black, ect.), but beggars can’t be choosers, right? And even still, a little altering (snipping off the bad lace, bow, ect.) can go a long way!
Aaaaand that’s a wrap! Short list today.
It’s not a picks so I can get away with it! Haha!
Anyhow, I do hope you enjoyed this list and I hope it has inspired you to get more into the Halloween spirit this year, or, at the very least, get you thinking about visiting your nearest department store soon, hehe.
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