Well, it's 2009. Is that crazy, or what?! I can't believe it's already been almost three months since Halloween. As I sat here pondering the new year and the things it might bring, a thought popped into my head. I thought of how one of my New Year's resolutions should be planning an exciting Halloween, and making sure that I go through with it. My plans for this past Halloween ended in huge disappointment, and I definitely don't want that to happen again. Every serious Halloween fan needs to feel a sense of gratification after the Big Night. For hardcore home haunters, this means creating the most frightening, awe-inspiring display possible. For others, it means going out in search of anything that will give them the kind of fear and excitement that they experienced as innocent little children trick-or-treating on Halloween night. I tend to fall in the second category. I think my favorite thing to do on Halloween is get dressed up in some outrageous costume, and then meet up with friends and visit haunted homes and cemetaries, and walk down moonlit streets filled with little ghouls screaming and laughing as they run from house to house. I miss that kind of excitement that I felt as a kid, and every year I hope for its return. It's always my goal, as I prepare to go out on Halloween, to turn into that kid again who had some of the best times of her life on this one special night of the year. I think most of us who love Halloween continue to celebrate it as adults because of the wonderful, warm memories it gave us as children. We want to keep making new memories, even if it means we can't trick-or-treat anymore, or go to school in our costumes and have Halloween parties with our friends in class.
So, Halloween is definitely on my New Year's list this year. I have about nine months to think of something fun and different to do, and a costume to wear. As with every year, I will look forward to that time of year when summer's end is near, and the days start to grow shorter, and Fall is once again coming 'round. Oh, and most of all, I love it when the first signs of Halloween begin to appear in store windows, and I can begin my Halloween shopping. Pure joy! :)