Halloween is my favorite holiday! I think it’s the nostalgia of it all, and no matter what your age is, Halloween returns you to childhood. We can go to pumpkin patches, paint our faces, get frightened by fantasy evils, dress in costumes, and eats lots of candy. I love the colours, the smells, the weather, the decorations, and the activities.
I didn’t celebrate it much in high school because, frankly, I had a couple to zero friends. Last year, I wanted to go to a bunch of pumpkin patches and do other Halloween goodness, but Giovanni and I didn’t due to school and a couple bouts. We finally got to the pumpkin patch and took Gio’s little siblings with us.
We all climbed the giant hay-bale pyramid.
Stephanie got scared and needed Giovanni to take her down.
Next we went into the corn maze and tried to get lost, but Giovanni and his brother, Memo, kept objectifying it and tried to get us out as fast as possible. They told me to only take right turns, but I’d mix it up. Turns out it’s harder to loose yourself in a cornmaze than escape it. Now if it were nighttime…
We went on a horse carriage ride all around the pumpkin patch and observed people wandering through the cornmaze, realizing it was much bigger and more exercise than we originally thought. We picked some big pumpkins and Gio’s sister, Stephanie, and I ran off to find more adventures, while Memo and Giovanni bought the pumpkins.
We found a hay-bale maze that took Stephanie a minute to lead me out of, and it was scarier running into people than the fear of getting lost.
Once we left the maze, I discovered they had those inflatable jumpers that looked like pillows. The last time I went to a pumpkin patch with my parents (I was 15 or 16), my mom and I spent hours jumping on those. Stephanie and I played around, holding hands or jumping alone, and later befriended a little boy who didn’t seem to know about stranger danger, because when Stephanie jumped away, he still wanted to jump with me and hold my hands. Giovanni and Memo didn’t jump with us but stayed there until we finished (which was when the pumpkin patched close at 5 or 6PM, I believe).
We also went costume shopping together, where Memo found a happy baby mask that I really wanted him to buy (but alas he did not). Giovanni and I decided to be cute and go as Batman and Robin! The costumes were expensive, so we’re probably going to reuse them. They’re also really cute. 🙂
Giovanni and I went to a Halloween dance to protect our fellow students, but luckily there was lots of dancing and free candy instead. We did find a classic Harley Quinn though!
I have lots of plans for this Halloween season and hope to make them happen.
- Go to a pumpkin patch. I really want to jump on those pillow bouncers again. If I become a millionaire, I’ll get one installed in my house.
- Bake Halloween-themed treats. I spent a good twenty minutes looking at nearly 100 pictures of Halloween-themed cuisine. Due to tight living conditions, I haven’t been able to bake. This month, I want to make pumpkin bread and try at least one other unfamiliar recipe.
- Go to San Francisco. Giovanni and I need to just go. We’ve put it off due to money, distance, a lack of itinerary, etc… but we need to just head out. My advice to anyone putting off a not-so-far trip: do it. Go. Go now. Right now. I know you’re in your pajamas, but go! I’m interested to see what Halloween adventures the city holds, whether we go on a ghost tour (which, for real, is way out of our student budgets) or simply walk around and make up the adventure as we go.
- Do face-painting. I want to have an artsy photoshoot with decorations on my face or decorate the little ones’ faces. I have a lot of temporary tattoos too, so maybe we could use those. Either way, it shall be creative. (｡◕‿◕｡)
- Decorate a pumpkin. I haven’t carved a pumpkin since I was in elementary school (well, my dad carved it), and I don’t remember the last time I decorated one. I’m not a fan of pumpkin carving, but maybe I could give it a try. No promises though!
- Make and decorate cookies. Tying in with my baking goal, I would like to make cookies and decorate them Halloween-style.
- Prepare for NaNoWriMo. In the several years that I’ve participated in National Novel Writing Month and Camp seasons, I have never outlined. I have rebelled nearly every time, working off a story and manuscript already written, but I have never started a new story accompanied by an outline. I have a story idea that I think would go well with the spontaneous nature of NaNoWriMo, and I’m ready for a fresh story-start.
- Get a job. I applied to the store next to my JC and emailed a restaurant about an internship but haven’t heard back from either. I’ve found a couple other places to apply, and my hope is that I can get a job somewhere. Ideally, I’d spend all my time being self-employed by writing, but there are bills to pay that my writing currently can’t. Which brings me too…
- Manage my time. I have a planner that I carry around and find joy in checking off bullets on my daily to-do list. Back in July I discovered the organizational power of to-do lists, and in September I really utilized it. I’m still an amateur at time-management, but now that I’m out of school, it’s imperious to my success that I develop a balanced schedule. Equip with an arsenal of cute stickers, coloured pens, and the inspiration of Instagram’s planner community, I’m ready for management!
So I want to be honest here and admit that I’m both intimidated and excited to put these goals out into the universe for all and everyone to see. Probably 60% intimidated and 40% excited. Perhaps the mix of fear of disappointing and desiring to impress will brew me a proactive month!
Thank you for reading, and wish me luck!
I challenge you to make and share your October goals. I love reading them and seeing what others succeed! It’s fun and inspiring. 🙂 ❤ Best of luck for a great October and Halloween.