Posts Tagged ‘7th grade’


All Hallow’s Eve (part 2)

October 30, 2008

I don’t know why I’m so into the spirit of Halloween this year. The pumpkins, the smell of candy, the goblins and witches and ghosts, the signature Halloween music in TV commercials for the “Halloween special” complete with the blood-curdling shriek at the end. 

But for some reason the fake cobwebs and skulls and tombstones and other scary things in people’s yards that light up at night make me giddy. I practically pounced on the bag of candy my dad brought from Costco and proceeded to eat six tootsie rolls, a pack of nerds, and a Skittles bag. I didn’t even want any after the 2nd tootsie roll but my sweet tooth didn’t care.

The last time I went trick-or-treating was Sophomore year. PACO rehearsal fell on Halloween last year so there went my Junior year halloween. But when I think back on all my October 31sts, one in particular stands out. 7th grade. I came to school with a black velvet dress way too big for me. It dragged everywhere I went. It was a cloudy day, but not cold. The kind of cloudy that makes the sky so white it hurts your eyes to look at it. 

PE came and we were on our basketball unit. Yesterday my team won and I scored the winning point. This was before my intimidation about height and laziness prevented me from enjoying basketball. Today was another round of full-court games. Now that I think back, I don’t know why I didn’t change into my PE uniform…it would probably be too much trouble. So I played this fast-moving sport in an oversized, heavy dress weighing me down. And it was some of the most fun I’ve ever had. I just remember being envigorated and consumed by the drive of the game, getting so invested in it. I was hyper for the entire day and the weather really helped. There’s something about cloudy, bright weather that lifts me and makes me say things I normally wouldn’t. 

Now everyone is saying they’re too old or too busy. You can’t be so busy that it’s impossible to spare 2-3 hours to let yourself goof off. Every day you’re forced to be focused on “serious matters” and are tied to your obligations. Halloween gives you an opportunity to have a crazy night and come home with a pile of candy so big it’ll last you till Hannukah (or Christmas). And humans of today need that. An excuse to goof off, to only focus on the fun. Plus, it’s a chance to put your political beliefs on a pumpkin for all to see.