What happened to Halloween?

Halloween, last year.
It seems like every year, Halloween gets less and less exciting. Am I the only one who thinks this?! I feel like when we were kids, the streets were packed with trick-or-treaters and it was such a fun experience. I remember preparing for at least a month just for that one night of candy gluttony. I remember anxiously waiting be able to wear my costume to school and attend the special Halloween assembly we had every year to check out everybody's costumes. That same night we would stay out for hours on end making sure we didn't miss one house and covering multiple neighborhoods. It was always so bloody cold and it was common practice to wear snowpants underneath your costume.

I feel like it isn't like that anymore. Maybe because I'm older, but at the same time I can't help but wonder why the streets aren't packed full of children holding pillowcases full of sweets... running around and scaring each other. We are lucky to get fifteen knocks at the door and the night air is silent. What happened?! I was appalled to learn today that some schools have new rules in place in which you aren't allowed to wear your costume to class. Instead, they prefer you wear black and orange clothing. Um, what!? I feel so bad for these kids... for not being able to experience a night that was always such an amazing memory for me.

I'll cross my fingers that more show up tomorrow evening and try to convince myself that Halloween isn't a dying event.

In spirit of the big day, I decided I couldn't go a year without painting my face, so.... this happened on Saturday night:

It really creeps me out to look at myself like that!  I hate creepy clowns. Why did I do this to myself?!

Last Halloween on this blog, I shared my top scary movies with you, and I wanted to share it again because everybody needs a little spook fest! Check it out right here. These movies are great if you're staying in and want to get into the spirit.

I had also released a Wonder Forest Halloween collection that was so fun to make!  Unfortunately I had no time this year to do the same, besides my little Pumpkins... which aren't even 1% scary.

How will you be spending Halloween? Do you think that it's a dying event?

 Sweet dreams, friends!

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  1. eeeeewwww - this is so creepy! now i don't know if i can sleep tonight. ;)

  2. These are amazing! I agree that I really don't like creepy scary clowns, but you've got some nifty skills. I especially like your Halloween look from last year. It's pretty scary. Like, PRETTY...scary. You dig? Haha. Anywhoo, I agree that Halloween gets less and less exciting each year, or we all just get more lame as we grow old. But really though, Halloween 2012 on a Wednesday?!--the FARTHEST day from the weekend. Not to mention Hurricane Sandy pouring literal horror unto us. Oh dear. I guess what I'm meaning to say is: Love your blog, dear!

    <3Jo of thelittledandy.com

  3. Wow your face paint is spectacular! I have observed the exact same thing. I live in a safe neighborhood, with lots of kids, on a military bases (which opens for non-military families to come trick or treating as well). I didn't get a single trick-or-treater last year. Not one! I didn't even buy candy this year.

  4. Wow! You did great with the face paint! Scary! :D

  5. I remember the excitement of Halloween when I was younger as well. A few years ago, we were living in the big city, and no kids seemed to drop by -- maybe 23 -- and each year there were less and less. A few years ago, we moved out to a new development in a smaller city just outside the big city. The first Halloween we had no kids -- because we were the only house on the street -- but last year we had 58, and this year we are expecting more.

    Halloween became quite boring for me until I had my son, and now I'm looking forward to taking him out Trick-or-Treating every year. I hope that some Halloween excitement happens for you this year!

  6. It had dulled right out for me until I had my kid. Now it's exciting again.... Maybe even more so than it used to be. It's my favorite holiday but all of them are more fun with my son in the picture. As far as the practice of trick or treating dying off, seems to be the case. It's certainly not like it used to be when I was a kid. I was watching Hocus Pocus last night and I said to my husband, "kids just don't flock the streets like that on Halloween anymore" it makes me pouty :/

  7. I wonder the same thing. I guess things got too dangerous, now they all do trunk or treating. :P Lame!

  8. I live in the UK and I personally think over here that Halloween is becoming more of a big deal. I've loved it for years and years but people have never been as fussed about it as I am - now, this year, everyone is making a huge effort to dress up and pumpkin carving has been MASSIVELY popular this year.

    Love your costumes.

    Emily Jane xo

  9. That clown freaks me out! ;-)

    Happy Halloween!


  10. I used to wonder the same thing! I was born and raised my entire life up until 3 years ago in the same area and it seemed like things just weren't what they used to be. But then we moved here, and things are totally different in this small town. They have tons of Halloween events, parades, haunted tours.

  11. oh Pretty, Scary! We don't have Halloween in Italy...

    You guys have fun and happy Halloween!

    XO yanxia @misluo

  12. This year I just haven't been able to get into the Halloween spirit. I would have liked a trip to the pumpkin patch and corn maze, but honestly it's been nice to just relax and watch the leaves change. Happy Halloween Dana!

    1. Same here Stephanie! I didn't even carve my pumpkin this year :(

  13. Come to my neighborhood! You can't even drive your car-it's like a street party every year! We have the awesome people in our neighborhood that pass out full size candy bars and some that have coffee and/or adult beverages (tee hee) for the parents. Btw, super awesome makeup!

  14. No, it's true! Halloween isn't the same! Kids have figured out the best places to go to tricker-treat, and no longer come to our neighborhoods. All the junior high kids feel like they are too old and cool to dress up. What's going on? So sad!
    xo TJ

  15. That is the creepiest face paint I've ever seen!

    In the UK people are so subdued about Halloween and think of trick or treating as 'begging'. We like to decorate our path with jack-o-lanterns and get sweets ready for the kids but only ever get one or two knocks at the door.

    I spent Halloween in North America one year as a kid and it was amazing!

  16. I think this is one of those things where it really varies based on community because every community tends to have it's own traditions and rules when it comes to Halloween.

    In the community where I grew up, you were expected to give up trick or treating around 12 or 13... Less about the "cool" factor as much as the adults frowned upon begging teenagers on the loose. It was difficult to do more than one neighborhood in an evening because the houses were so far apart. Whether or not you got into Halloween past age 13 sort of depended on whether or not you or your friends were the type to organize and host a party.

    Many of the towns surrounding us were about the same, though one of the neighboring towns banned trick or treating and throws a yearly Halloween party at the school in the evening instead.

    In NYC, it's different. Trick or treating is handled by the neighborhood businesses (last year, I camped out in a restaurant and enjoyed watching all the kids parading in and out to pick up their candy). Lots of people throw parties. There are tons of organized events you can bring your kid to. Adults are super into Halloween because you can get all dressed up and go barhopping. TOTALLY different culture.

  17. That is seriously great face paint! x

  18. Love the facepaint! Our community used to be really big into it - one guy even made cotton candy right for you in his garage. However, my city has become a huge place for refugees from other countries, and a lot of the schools don't allow costumes. For a lot of the kids from war-torn countries, it isn't easy to see people dressed up as dead bodies, zombies, and other scary things. It's easy for us who have never seen a real body, but its a lot harder for children who have seen loved ones die. I guess halloween really depends on the community.

  19. I personally think that some of it has to do with the blood and gore that people think nothing about these days. I mean, what sweet little child needs to be scared to death by a bloody vampire or a scary zombie when all they want to do is get candy while they're dressed up like a princess? And the other problem is that there are so many people who can't be trusted these days. You can't be too careful! I hope I don't sound like a prude, but these are just my observations. I live in a small town and there are safe places for the children to trick or treat, but if I lived in a big city and I had children I don't think I'd want them to be involved for their safety and peace of mind.

  20. Creepy! Just had this conversation with some of my co-workers today about the lack of trick-or-treaters. What I noticed is the weather. I remember as a child Halloween being nice Fall nights but over the past few years it seems like Halloween is always so nasty and rainy. We are also lucky if we get at least 15 kids. I guess more candy for me!

  21. I was just talking to a friend about this. I hoep that kids come to my house this year!

  22. Holy shit, that is creepy!! I still love Halloween!

    <3 Melissa

  23. I feel the same way about Halloween!
    When I was young, I remember the streets being flooded with kids and everyone second or third house would be very decorated. I remember feeling overwhelmed trying to plan which ones we were going to go to next, not wanting to miss a single house that looked cool.

    Now, there were only a handful of houses on my street that even had pumpkins put out. We got 84 kids, which is okay, but not as many as we used to get.

    There's probably a few reasons why there is a decline. I think a big party of it is the safety aspect. Of course there has always been uh, creepers living in neighbourhoods, but nowadays news stations pick up on every story and tend to make people feel very afraid of their own neighbours.

    I don't think bad weather is to blame. When I was little, my mom would make my costume a few sizes too big because I had to wear a snow suit underneath it - there was always snow on the ground!

    I really hope it doesn't die. I know that I love it and when I have my own house one day, I want to deck it out! And have a halloween party heh.

  24. That is a scary face! You did an awesome job! I have a Halloween party/bonfire to go to tomorrow night, so I'm trying to think of how I want to paint up my face. I hope I don't get all impatient and screw it up, haha! I know how you feel about the lack of trick-or-treaters. Where Aaron and I are right now, we only got 10, if that. But when I called my mom, she had 73 (and that's a lot for that neighborhood). But, yeah, we used to dress up and go to school and have Halloween parties! That was always a lot of fun, and everyone looked forward to modeling their costumes. Now they just have Harvest Parties, if that...

  25. oh ym gosh, awesome makeup! I wish I could do that! next year I really want to go as dawn of the dead! You should think about doing a tutorial next year!

  26. I'm kind of at this point with Halloween too. Each year I want to make a big deal of it, but no matter what I plan, it's kind of dull to do alone. Maybe if I could rope in buddies it'd feel more "Halloween-y".

    Alli xx

  27. I used to love Halloween when I was younger! It was so much fun :) xxx



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