How To Do Halloween in Your 30s

Happy Halloween, Thirtysomeones!

It’s very tempting to say we’re  too old for Halloween. I admit that it’s becoming more and more of a challenge to access the same enthusiasm I had for this night when I was younger. But Halloween was always so much fun growing up so I am putting in the effort, maybe hoping to keep that childhood innocence alive.

This year is actually the first year that I’m going to give out candy because I’ve been begrudging the trick-or-treaters since my late twenties, having grown just a littttttttle too big to go out myself…

But this year, I’ve decided that I’m not sitting it out anymore. I’m dressing up, my dogs are dressing up, and I can’t wait to see all the kids enjoying the night with just a small tinge of envy.

If you’re not a parent, you can do what I’m doing – dressing up with your dogs and handing out candy. I have a box of 200 and I think I’ll blow out the pumpkin when I get to 190 (or maybe even sooner) so I have some left for myself.

Or, if you’re the partying type, but  so over the club scence – no worries! I’m sure you’ll find some other crazy adults who want to dress up, watch scary movies and play Draculopoly.

Here in Toronto we have a famous haunted restaurant called, The Keg Mansion. With a great menu and wine list, this is a great way to be in the spirit, adult-styles. Check out your city for any famous haunted spots and get a group together.

If you’re a parent, you’re probably putting your kids first and getting them ready and keeping them safe. But don’t forget that one of the best ways to get your kids interested is by participating yourself. You may even find that by dressing up you awaken that spark you had as a kid. There are tons of family costume ideas online. The featured pic here is the adorable Neil Patrick Harris, his husband and kids. If you haven’t seen them before, you have to check out some of there great photos over the years and how they make Halloween as a parent look just as exciting as ever.

And if you’re stuck for a costume idea, you could always be Supermom or Superdad…because I’m sure you are!  And either way, I hope we all find a way to let our inner child lose and enjoy the night.

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