Anyone that knows me knows that Halloween is probably my favorite day of the year. Even the entire month of October is just wonderful, I love that Halloween celebrations are month-long. Unfortunately, this year I didn’t get to take part in any of it. None. We found out that we were moving this weekend around the middle of September so Halloween was over before it even started for me.
With all of the packing and trying to get stuff put away rather than taken out, we couldn’t put up any decorations at the old place. It just didn’t really make sense. They would have been in the way and been more trouble than they were worth. And since I have so much stuff, we couldn’t even find time to do any hayrides, corn mazes, pumpkin picking. haunted houses. Nothing. It was rough. I really wanted to, but there was no time. There was too much to pack, sell, clean, and sort out. This is what happens when you live in a huge apartment. You end up with a ton of stuff just so that you can fill the place and not have it feel like empty void. That’s not to say that I don’t just have a lot of stuff to begin with, because I do, but that’s only part of the problem.
What’s even worse than being busy all October is actually moving on Halloween weekend. With Halloween being on a Sunday, most parties were on Saturday, but by the time we got everything off the truck and into the new place, we were pooped. Plus, we had to do at least a little unpacking of basic needs and fight for literally hours with the cat to get her out of the old place and safely to the new place. I will not elaborate more on that, but let’s just say there was blood….Daniel Plainview style. So by the time parties were starting, we were just too tired to even hit up a single one…which double sucked because I’m generally the one that hosts the party every year. I knew this was coming though. I knew we wouldn’t make any parties so I didn’t even bother with a costume that I knew I wouldn’t be able to wear. I had nothing. It was so sad. I was so sad.
Come Halloween day, there was just too much to do. We had some stuff we had to buy for the new place and just a ton of unpacking to do. I really tried, but couldn’t find the time to get out and see any front lawn Halloween setups. To make it even worse, we only got a couple trick-or-treaters. We may have missed some while we were out, but still, this was a huge disappointment. I made a big deal in the store a few days earlier about picking the right candy to give out. I stood there for at least fifteen minutes contemplating. We ended up getting a decent amount of stuff to give out too. Now we have more candy left than is even safe to have in one house.
If all of this wasn’t enough, I had really been looking forward to taking tons of photos of Halloween stuff this October. I really couldn’t stop thinking about it. It was going to be great, there was going to be so much to photograph. How much did I photograph? Like less than a dozen shots…of the same thing. Such a disappointment.
And knowing ahead of time that there was going to be no time for anything, I never even could get in the Halloween mood. It never really hit me that it was October, my favorite month. I couldn’t get excited about it at all. It feels like it didn’t even happen.
So this was the Halloween and October that passed my by. It sucked. Don’t get me wrong, the reason I missed everything was a solid reason that will be worth it in the long run, but I don’t know if I can think of a worse time to move. Even the dead of Winter with snow on the ground would have been better. Or the middle of the scorch-fest that was this past Summer.
This will never happen again. I will never miss another Halloween. Ever.
So let’s start the countdown, 334 days until October 1st!