Things Only Halloween Lovers Can Understand

If you shed a few tears when you realized you were too old for trick-or-treating.. if you start planning your costume six months early.. if you have a full october agenda to get your into the holiday spirit.. YOU LOVE HALLOWEEN. Don’t worry, you aren’t alone.

There are only 27 days left! Start doing whatever it is that you do to get your Halloween ON.

Here are some important things that only Halloween lovers can understand:


  1. Watching Hocus Pocus, Nightmare Before Christmas (this one works for both Halloween AND Christmas), Halloweentown and every scary movie ever on repeat

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Don’t let the non-festives get you down. Don’t feel bad about showing up late to a social gathering because you had to finish the ending to Hocus Pocus for the 300th time. This is the time to let your imagination run wild. Maybe it’s the changing weather that’s making us truly believe that we can get on a broomstick and fly away..

These movies will never get old. Grab a friend or just have a movie night ‘party of one’ and catch up on all your Halloween favs.. because soon it’s time to switch into instant Holiday mode.

2. Having Your Costume Planned Since November 1st, 2014

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It’s never too early to plan ahead. This gives you 100% dibs on a great costume idea if one of your friends suddenly decides they too want to be Drunk Hillary Clinton (thank me now for this all-star costume). Don’t be afraid to go all out and dress up like a crazy woman/man. Halloween is the time to be whoever you want to be! Let boring people be boring, but you go out and flaunt your impression.. there’s always time to be yourself on Monday.

3. Getting Too Much Candy “On Accident”

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“I’ll grab two.. maybe three big bags.. there could be a lot of kids this year.” Unless you live on a very busy street or love handing out handfuls of candy, you want some of the purchased candy for yourself! I mean, since it’s suddenly unacceptable to go out Trick-or-Treating.. we have to get our candy somehow. Don’t have any shame, eat all the candy you want.

4. Decorating The House In September

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Was it still 75 degrees but you just HAD to have your pumpkins and spiderwebs sprawled out everywhere in your front yard? Did the inside smell of pumpkin spice and have adorable decor in every room? You are a true Halloween super fan and nobody can tell you otherwise. Halloween happens way too fast, so put your things up as early as you want! It does only last ONE day.

5. Dressing Up Your Pets

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If there’s anything more entertaining than picking out your own costume, it’s picking out something for your dog or cat (and other various exotic pets). If you want a good few minutes of joy, google “pets in Halloween costumes”. Let the trick-or-treaters get greeted by your Pumpkin Spice Latte Pug or Sushi Roll Kitty. They will probably not enjoy it, but hey.. it’s almost over.

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I LOVE ANIMALS (Plus: Experience Being A Vegan)

I am obsessed with animals. My main love is dogs, but I am completely in awe of almost every animal I see. I’ve been this way since I was little, constantly begging my parents to let me have another animal to add to my gang (they would then tell me I could get a stuffed version of whatever I had asked for). I’ll never forget the day, after months of online searching and begging, that we got my first dog Tiger, a very small Shih-Tzu. He unfortunately didn’t have a very long life due to health problems from being inbred (I know, sad).

Then, shortly after, we got my best friend: My beloved Shih-Tzu named Oliver Twist. He came to us sassy, un-cuddly and sort of distant. He has a very big ego still to this day. I think that’s what has always made me love and adore him.. He’s the dog version of me (minus the big ego).

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Oliver (right) and Peanut, my brothers dog (left) on Halloween

I also had a brief stint with a hamster named Charlie. I thought he was the coolest thing ever (turns out HE was a SHE) until I tried to pick him up and he bit me. After that, I was a little distant from Charlie. I’d occasionally put him in his hamster ball and show him some love, but I was too afraid to pick him up again. One night, Charlie escaped from his hamster home and ran across my room. I jumped onto my bed, too scared that if I got down, he would bite me.  I was terrified of a miniature, dwarf hamster. He was found and returned to his cage. To my surprise, my Mom decided to give Charlie away one day to a family friend. I cried my eyes out, but later learned that this was a better decision.

I was soon okay.. because we still had my Shnubby-Wubby (Oliver).

In Spring 2014, I was living in Chicago for school. I had been quite bored during the day in-between classes and had started watching some Netflix documentaries about animal-free diets. I had been kind of big on eating healthy for a good year-and-a-half before that so I figured it was something I could easily do. I had heard of several students around campus who followed this diet and they seemed healthy and fine.  But, this time I wasn’t just doing it to maintain a healthy lifestyle, I was doing it for the animals; my fluffy little friends.

So, that was it. I made my decision. My roommate Taylor decided to join me in this journey. We cold-turkey (hehe) gave up meat and animal products in exchange for veggies, fruits, beans, whole grains and nuts. It’s basically totally amped-up vegetarianism. I shopped at Trader Joes for everything (I 10/10 recommend Trader Joes even if you’re not vegan) since it keeps things pretty natural and cheap. Below is some food I ate while vegan:

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I lasted total about 1 month. I must say, it’s a lot harder to do then it sounds. I have a lot of respect for those who choose this a life-long thing because it’s awesome. If I wasn’t so weak, I would still be doing it, but I am a huge foodie who loves chicken.

If you’re curious how Taylor and I broke the vegan-life, she was taken over by the cheese fry demons, and I (soon after) was taken over by the cupcake demons. We just weren’t meant to be, BUT WE DID TRY VERY HARD.

Some great things that came out of being vegan: my hair was super shiny, my face was clear and smooth, I felt great about myself and I ate at home more.

Chicago is home to some pretty delicious vegan places to eat (even if you aren’t vegan normally, still amazing to give it a try) like The Chicago Diner and Native Foods Cafe. Chicago Diner is if you’re looking for some (normally) unhealthy meals like burgers and shakes. Native Foods has slightly healthier foods like wraps, sandwiches and amazing sweet potato fries.

In my opinion, just because you don’t totally follow a vegan lifestyle, doesn’t mean you can’t try out the foods or try to eat this way a few days a week.