Wednesday, October 1, 2014

O my! It's October Hat Attack!

I love October! Besides being my birthday month, October usually has lovely weather as the seasons change hands. It's a time to savor before the leaves are gone, the days are short, and all the hype and shopping madness take over for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.


I actually don't like Halloween very much any more. It's become over-consumerized and grown-up oriented. I mean, we always did spend money on candy and costumes and cardboard decorations. But now every other house is lit up with purple and orange lights, and scarecrows and pumpkins and hay bales tumble down the porch steps, and people who work at banks and restaurants try to punch keys with werewolf hands or serve food while wearing long wigs and mermaid fins.


I guess I'm a Halloween grinch. How did that happen? I like candy corn, and I don't mind the trick-or-treaters - they're usually pretty cute. And I did have the best costume ever last year (here).

The clothes are all old, had them for years. And yes, it was warm enough for sandals - until it rained.

Here I'm playing around with a plastic costume fedora (seen in VOGOFF and in yesterday's Scavenger Hunt) to join Hat Attack! with the Style Crone.


How do you feel about Halloween - an orgy of sugar madness, or a socially acceptable excuse for playing dress-up?

(Those are not the only acceptable answers.)

Val

23 comments:

  1. Socially acceptable excuse for dressing up! Although I won't put any Hallowe'en decorations up until a few days before, and definitely no candy until the actual day!

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  2. Wow! Lots of Muse! What a treat! Halloween. Hmm....I kind of love it. Little kids in costumes are almost as cute as animals in costumes. It gives shy girls a chance to dress like a slut. And you have to admit that most adults look waaaaaay better in costumes than they do in real life. Plus it's the one day of the year that I allow myself Peanut Butter Cup overload. Happy Birth Month!!!!

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  3. Ditto to Connie's comment but ditto to you too about it being over-hyped and skewing for adults now, and I mean that in the most double entendre kind of way. I guess I'm a bit of a Halloween grinch myself. Give me Christmas any day!

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  4. I love Halloween. It gives everyone a chance to let one of their alter egos step out into the limelight.

    That said, we've given up on giving out candy. Every year I buy it and end up having to eat most of it. Now we just turn off our lights like true grinches and pretend we're not home.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  5. Love your outfit, the pink is gorgeous. As for Halloween... I'm European, it's an American holiday, I plead total ignorance, or indifference...

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  6. I absolutely hate Halloween and always have done since a small child. I find all aspects of it abhorrent. Trick or treating filled me with fear and disgust (even when v young) and I hate glorifying undead things. Sorry, just my perspective. X
    I dislike how commercialised it has become too!
    Your hat is cool!!

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  7. It's a badass hat and me and da broads is looking for ya over here at da clubhouse for some needle work (embroidery). You'll do good to bring da bottled stash from yer desk - I's stocked up on OJ.

    I just noticed that a local bookstore is full of Halloween cards?! Yet another social nicety I shall fail at, on purpose. I like Halloween, but more when I was a kid and the costumes were not store-bought, except maybe the mask. For many years I was a vampire. Your Old Bat costume cracks me up every time!

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  8. Great hat! I still like Halloween, esp the parade in Greenwich Village, and candy corn. It's Christmas that gives me the willies, with all the "Buy!!!" starting around now. xox

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  9. Love this outfit. It combines cute, sassy, badass and nonchalance all in one look. I like Halloween for the little ones, as they are so cute in their costumes and I like chocolate candies but that's about it. I am not into dressing up myself and hated it when as a teacher I was expected to every year. I do not like most decorations-Halloween or Christmas- and can't stand how the stores have every seasonal celebration anticipated by a month or more. I am already sick of seeing Halloween things in the stores and as soon as Halloween is over the Christmas things will come out if they aren't already. I might possibly be able to out-grinch you, Val. ;-)

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  10. Looking cool, Val - you and Mel are the film noir fedora twins!
    Oh Halloween... Being a Brit, I stubbornly see it as an imported festival, well at least the commercialised trappings of it are. When I was a kid, no one dressed up, decorated, or had even heard of trick or treating - these are all later developments, and I feel completely disconnected from them. I can go along with an enjoyment of the macabre, the twilight zone between life and death, ancient legends of pagan spirits abroad, and all that shit, but endless sweets and tacky costumes and yet more pressure to spend money on something that lasts a day? Not so much... xxx

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  11. Hey Val! I love this hat and your pink jacket combo. They look great on you. Btw, we should get together sometime for a shopping trip. It's fall, we need to treat ourselves, right? :)

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  12. Brimmed hats totally suit you! I didn't realize until the close-up pictures that the hat was plastic. :D

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  13. No shit! Bank tellers with werewolf hands, I've heard everything now. I'm pretty much in agreement with Curtise and regard Halloween as an American celebration although it seems to get bigger and more commercial in the UK every year, the shops are full of dreadful plastic tat. I much prefer our own Guy Fawkes night a few days later.

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  14. Love the hat!
    What I like about Halloween is the alter ego indulgence - in agreement with Suzanne there. It seems like it's one of the few opportunities that most grownups have, and take, to be creative about dressing. This is obviously not true of bloggers like you (and commentators too - I've been to your blogs) but lot's of folk are hemmed in by expectations and trends and just plain dowdy-ness. I say, give em a chance to break free.

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  15. I think I am rather pleased we seem to pretty much escape Halloween here in Australia, specially as you describe it.Love you in the fedora , plastic or otherwise and that great pink jacket.

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  16. Hi Val! Love your longer hair peeking out under the cute hat. And the leggins with the skirt is always a favorite look.
    You know what we do here for Halloween? We put a sign on the fence of a horse holding a toothbrush. It says, Sorry No Candy! Don't Forget to Brush Your Teeth!

    I love not having to answer the door!

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  17. Last night, at the dinner table, our 14 year old grandson asked, "Nana, what was Halloween like when YOU were a girl?" Conversation began about how we AARPers would dress up in whatever what was in the house. At my house we had a costume box stowed away in the cedar closet that was ALWAYS provided for such an event, rummaging through to see what we could come up with. Many of the things in the box were from my MOTHER'S girlhood days. It was a fun time in the 50's...all the neighbors knew each other and OF COURSE everyone had large families then. I told the boy how we'd be invited into neighbors' homes for hot cider or hot cocoa, and be served homemade popcorn balls. "Those were the days, my friend". Today? I can do without it except for the hour or so that the few little ones who live in our neighborhood come to the door. I'd be SO pleased if "Old Bat" would show up! Believe me, YOU'D be invited in for more that hot cider or cocoa!

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  18. 'Old Bat' is genius, end of - I've been out today to get the fabric for my girls outfits, it will be an interesting combination this year of gore and eerie, it's tradition we go to my parents then trick or treat in her road (people turned up in taxi's last year, I'm not kidding!) my kids love it - and I love you in your hat x x x

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  19. I always liked giving out the candy and seeing the cute costumes on the little ones. And their trying to remember to say trick or treat and say thank you, wen you knew they just wanted to eat what you just put in. I liked going around with the grandkids some years roo. But alas, that is in the past as we have downsized to apartment living and no one comes around the complex. Do save money though so theres the bright side.

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  20. I effin' love Halloween more than any grown woman should.

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  21. Hey Val, lots of bloggers seem to be having birthdays in October - including me - so hope life is treating you well in your birthday month.
    I love your Halloween outfit from last year x

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  22. Happy Birthday month! I went for many years without paying any attention to Halloween, except for occasionally going out for dinner with friends on the street where all the university students party just to watch the girls freezing their arses off in their tiny little costumes. However, the last couple of years, I've dressed up for work, and I have Halloween decorations on my porch this year. It's growing on me.

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  23. Happy Birthday Val! I'm catching up and happy to be back and reading the posts of my favorite bloggers. Loved your fedora on Hat Attack! Thanks for sharing and for wearing that lovely pink jacket.

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