Why Halloween is My Least Favorite Holiday

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Halloween is coming soon...hoorah. Can you sense my enthusiasm, or lack thereof? I rarely meet a person who doesn't like the holiday, but I have my reasons.

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Why Halloween is My Least Favorite Holiday

1)      You don't actually get the holiday off. When it doesn't land on a weekend, it's not like you get to fully enjoy it. 2)      I worked at a Halloween store when I was a teenager. For two seasons I saw enough costumes to last a lifetime. I'm happy to never step in another Halloween store again. 3)      I have a terrible sweet tooth. I have no willpower when it comes to candy and neither do my teeth. Just ask my mother. One dental visit I had 7 cavities. Or, maybe, the matter is that I am terrible at brushing and flossing my teeth? 4)      The traffic. Really, how does one holiday manage to create freeway gridlock for 3-5 straight hours in my city in all directions? 5)      It should be renamed Hello Jerk Day. In my experience, all the monsters do come out on this night...or turn into ones after all the drinking that goes on. 6)      If you don't dress up, people think you're lame. I'm just lazy and unimaginative most years, actually. 7)      No one told me monsters and ghosts weren't real.  I may be over the hill, but I have to admit, I still get scared. Thing is, my parents were raised in a culture that is really superstitious and believes in the spirit world. Maybe if I were raised thinking it was all make-believe, I'd feel differently about Halloween.  Now that I'm a mother, though, it's hard to resist dressing up my daughter as funny characters any day of the year. Thanks to no shortage of presents in Little D's closet she has much to transform into: owl, moose, dragon and hamburger hats, fairy and princess dresses (care of her grandmother) and tiger, butterfly and strawberry costumes, among others. And, indeed, it kills me to see her in each - they're not scary, they're happy. With Halloween almost here, and celebrating the second one with a kid, I've warmed up to the holiday just a little with a new list:

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Why Halloween is an Okay Holiday

1)      My little girl loves walking up to knock on anyone's door. 2)      I have a terrible sweet tooth. ;) 3)      I believe in dragons...and love them. For today's giveaway, I need your help! My daughter and I still haven't decided on costumes. Tell us about some of your most memorable - and genius - costumes below by Thursday, Oct. 31, at 8 pm ET and you'll be entered into our random giveaway for a Rockabye Baby CD of your choice. Three (3) winners will be selected!

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