By Laura LaVoie
I absolutely love Halloween. I love costumes and candy and Halloween themed music. I love the fall weather and symphony of leaves. I love pumpkins and…pumpkin flavored beer! But I completely recognize that this kid-centric holiday may not be a favorite for everyone, especially some women without children.
It doesn’t have to be that way. I give you my best Halloween Survival Tips:
Take Back Halloween! Last week, I posted some favorite costume ideas for NotMoms. Then, I learned about this website offering costumes for “women with imagination”. It has some great alternative ideas to consider, besides all the “sexy” costumes, that is. (There’s even a costume for a Sexy Cookie Monster! What in the world?!!!)
If you want to wear something more dignified than a boobalicious Sesame Street monster, then the Take Back Halloween site has got you covered – quite literally. You can wear any of their costume ideas in a traditional work environment, to parties, or to pass out candy on Halloween night. Never worry about needing a kid to enjoy Halloween.
Throw A Party. If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably made a few friends who also don’t have children. Why not throw a party just or your kidfree friends? An adults-only party has its perks. You can enjoy treats like themed cocktails and party as late as you dare (Halloween’s a Thursday – only one more workday until the weekend!)
Check out the local bar scene. It’s quite probable that drinking establishments in your city will host Halloween-themed events. With no worries about getting home to relieve a babysitter, you can make the most out of costume contests and other adult activities. It may be a great way to meet new child-free friends as well.
Find Some Kids. OK, so you don’t have children, but you absolutely love to see those little sweet peas in their costumes. If you want to skip passing out candy and join in the fun, borrow some kids. Trust me, not every parent wants to spend the evening going door-to-door with his or her children. When I was younger, we went by ourselves, but things have definitely changed.
Give your sister or girlfriend a reprieve. Let her take photos of the kids and then put her feet up while you take her kids trick-or-treating. Take your own pix of the adventure, too. If this is your type of thing, you’ll have fun, the kids will have fun…and that’s what it’s all about.
How will you celebrate Halloween this year?