Tonight Fran and I are hitting the first Halloween party we've been to since before we had kids. I love Halloween, the decorating, carving pumpkins and all that spooky autumn fun.
These past seven years I've been more interested in finding cute Halloween costumes for my kids. I have a pair of cat ears that I sometimes wear, but since Lilia wants to be a cat this year, I'll pass that torch on to her.
After you have kids, people start to think of Halloween as purely a kids holiday. Not so!
Here are five things that adults can do for Halloween:
1. Dress up in costume and actually go out. Head out to a costume party or attend any fine establishment that's hosting a Halloween costume contest.
2. Have a scary movie marathon. I say I'm going to do this every year and it never happens. This year, it is going to happen. Put your kids to bed, turn off the lights and watch whatever it is that terrifies you. You can find some guaranteed suspenseful movies on this list.
3. Eat tons of candy. No holds barred. I try to pretend that I'm not going to eat a million fun sized candy bars every year. This year, I'm just going to own it. Bring on the candy bars!
4. Check out haunted places in your area. I've always wanted to visit Bachelor's Grove Cemetery even though I'm not sure I'd get out of the car. Here are some other haunted places in Chicago that I dare you to visit.
5. Visit a haunted house. Metromix has all you need right here. At least you know it's "pretend" scariness. I can't promise you still won't be petrified.
For our Halloween party tonight, Fran and I are going as Margot and Richie Tenenbaum from one of our favorite movies, The Royal Tenenbaums.
However you decide to spend it, have a Happy Halloween!
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