Halloween Blog Hop: All We Need is Halloween

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Hello. My name is Gabrielle Faust. And I am a Halloween Addict.

Honestly I love all holidays. Except Easter--too many pastel colors for my taste. Christmas, Valentine's Day, Thanksgiving, even St. Patrick's Day. If there's an excuse to decorate and annoy my coworkers with holiday gifts on their desks, then I am happy as a kid in a candy store. However, and it's not simply because I am a Goth, Halloween has always been my favorite holiday of the year. The minute one Halloween ends, I start dreaming of the following year and race to the nearest Target to scoop up whatever remaining decorations and houseware items there might be before the tidal wave of Christmas commercialism that has been inching closer and closer takes over the store like The Blob. I've been this way since I was a child, when tragically bad pirate and witch costumes allowed me to terrorize the neighborhood jacked out of my mind on sugar for one evening, much to my father's entertainment.

There is a sense of mystery and wonder that permeates the universe this time of year as the temperatures chill and the leaves begin to show the first signs of change. The air is crisper, the sky clearer, and the people reinvigorated after the draining months of 100+ degree heat. Skulls and bats begin to adorn doors, yards, and desks. The Goth world that I live within 365 days a year becomes the norm for everyone. Yes, do buy those spiderweb fishnet hose and wear them to the grocery store with your black and orange jack-o-lantern hoodie! Be one of us--come to the dark side and feast on the joyously spooky wonder that is Halloween! More than any other holiday, adults are not only allowed, but expected to act like kids. And for one night, you are encouraged to use your creativity to become something otherworldly and extraordinary. Want to be a dragon? Poof! You're a dragon! Want to be a sexy nurse? Sure! Tramp it up because no one is going to judge. And if you just want to be your freaky self, now is the time to let that freak flag fly higher than ever before. The more twisted, bizarre, colorful, and outrageous, the more we are going to shower you with praise. Don't worry, you can go back to your skinny jeans and ironic t-shirts tomorrow.

Again, to ask a Goth why they love Halloween, is sort of like asking a college student why they love pizza--because IT'S PIZZA, of course! What's not to love? And if you say you hate Halloween, well, I just have to think you have no soul or sense of humor. I kid, I kid...sort of. ;) And if you have never truly taken the time to celebrate on All Hallow's Eve, take this year to climb out of your comfort zone, buy a cheesy Spirit Of Halloween costume and join in on the revelry. Trust me, it will change you in the best way possible. For Halloween is not the high-stress consumerism of Christmas or the emotional pressure test of Valentine's Day. It is people coming together to indulge their inner children and simply have fun. And maybe party with a few real ghosts and vampires if they're lucky. I may be a little biased, but I believe if we had Halloween twice a year, the world would be a far better place. Just saying...

For the past eight years I have spent Halloween in the city I call my "second home", New Orleans. This year, unfortunately, I was unable to make the trip. I would like to wish all of my Goth, Witch, and Vampire family there a very Happy Halloween. Please have several drinks for me and hug each other tightly! I will be there in spirit!

So, that's my little post for JoLynne Valerie's Halloween Blog Hop! Thank you so much to JoLynne for inviting me to be a part of this event. If you haven't checked out the previous posts you can do so via the links below. Also, be sure to check Jodi Vaughn and JoLynne Valerie's blogs on the 30th and 31st for the last two days of this fabulous month!

Tuesday, October 27: Monica Corwin

Wednesday, October 28: Julie Morgan Thursday, October 29: Gabrielle Faust Friday, October 30: Jodi Vaughn Saturday, October 31: JoLynne Valerie

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XOV'''"VOX

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