The Most Horrifying Thing About Halloween
By: Jen D. @ Not Now…I’m Reading!
Most people would say that there are a number of horrifying things about Halloween such as haunted houses, grotesque costumes and the things that go ‘bump’ in the night. Well fellow readers I’m here to tell you those things are mere child’s play compared to the event I’m about to tell you about.
Let me set the stage for you. The year was 2001. I was 21 and I had just moved back to Miami from Las Vegas. My aunt called me and invited me over to go trick or treating with her and my cousins. My answer, of course, was yes because my aunt’s community is one of the best places for scoring Halloween candy. I was fresh out of the rave scene and decided I was going to dress up like a Kandi Kid raver (don’t judge me). What? I didn’t want to spend a lot of money and I wasn’t all that interested in squeezing into an outfit that left my behind feeling drafty. I drove over to my aunt’s house, threw on a rainbow bright t-shirt, a pair of baggy pants, as many kandi bracelets I could squeeze onto my arms and slapped some glitter on my eye lids and took to the streets.
My cousin, who was the same age as me and who was dressed as some sort of weird cross between a baby and Raggedy Ann doll, and I led the way for our group. Everything was going great. We were scoring major candy hauls and everyone was having a grand ol’ time when it happened. My cousin and I knocked at what seemed to be just another house containing yummy delicious candy. ‘Trick or treat!’ we exclaimed loudly as the door was swinging open. The hateful hag that opened the door took a look at us and turned to me and said, ‘Um, aren’t you a little old to be trick or treating?’ My jaw just about hit the ground. I was mortified but, I wasn’t going to let her pee on my parade. I looked her dead in the eye and said, ‘You’re NEVER too old to have fun with your family.’ I then proceeded to step aside and reveal the rest of my family who were standing behind me and had overheard her rude remark. Oh sure, she was extra generous with the candy disbursement after being the recipient of my Aunt’s evil eye but, the damage had already been done. That was officially the last year that I participated in the age old tradition of trick or treating. Told ya it was horrifying….
Thank you so much Jen for participating in Halloween Hootenanny! I remember going trick or treating in college with some friends. Most people were pretty receptive, but there was one woman who put her hand on her hip and glared at us. Come on, it's just a little piece of candy!
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