Why I Don't Celebrate Halloween + 30 Chic Accessories For The Girl Who's Just Not That Into Halloween
As a child, my family really didn't celebrate Halloween. One of my earliest Halloween memories, I was maybe 4 or 5 years old, my mom "made" my sister and I matching "African princess" costumes, which consisted of a white long-sleeve turtleneck wrapped in dashiki print fabric she probably bought from Michaels (insert side-eye emoji face). We wore this same "costume" two years in a row!
Another memory of mine, when I was maybe 7 years old, I remember running home one day, crying to my mom because one of the boys in my classroom told me there wasn't going to be a Halloween that year. While my mom consoled me and ensured me that there would be a Halloween, looking back, maybe it was a premonition because that would be the last year my family celebrated the holiday.
I grew up in a Christian household and when I was about 8 or 9, my mom became super involved in our church. From that moment forward, Trick-or-Treating was replaced with "Harvest Festivals" and watching scary movies or any kind of Halloween themed movie (along with any kind of "Rated R" movie), was strictly forbidden. My mom was so anti-Halloween that we didn't even pass out candy to the other children in our neighborhood. Each year, we turned the porch lights off and put a "No Candy" sign up on our door (yep, we were that house).
But as I got older, it really didn't bother me as much that my family didn't celebrate Halloween. It just wasn't a big deal. My closest friends also attended the same church that I did, so they didn't celebrate Halloween either. Plus there was usually a classroom party at school, so I would come home with free candy and Halloween treats anyways, so I never really felt like I was missing out. And as I went from middle school to high school, celebrating Halloween pretty much became obsolete.
Now as an adult, my lack of interest in the holiday continues. Not so much because of my religious beliefs, but more so because of my introversion. The thought of going out in a large crowd of people dressed up in a costume that I will only wear once is not my idea of fun. I'd rather stay at home, watch Hocus Pocus (one of my all-time favorite movies for the simple fact that I was not allowed to watch it as a child), eat fudge brownies, and munch on popcorn than have to deal with strangers running through the streets or in a club, getting drunk and acting a fool.
If you're like me and have no interest in dressing up for Halloween, but you still want to get into the spirit, here are 30 wardrobe items and accessories for a chic Halloween moment.
Do you celebrate Halloween? Comment below and tell me some of your most memorable Halloween moments.
xo, Danielle Nicole