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Comments & Curiosities: Adults can enjoy Halloween too

October 23, 2010|By Peter Buffa

You have one week. Not to live — until Halloween. Sorry, didn't mean to scare you.

As you know, Halloween is the official, certified start of the holiday season. How is that possible? Wasn't the Fourth of July about six weeks ago? Wasn't Labor Day the weekend before last? I don't get it.

Anyway, here we are, coming up on Big Spooky Pumpkin-Goblin Cheesy Costume Day. You also know that Halloween is one of my all-time favorite holidays, along with Groundhog Day — two wonderfully goofy, profoundly meaningless holidays that don't even pretend to celebrate anything but fun.

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I'm bummed that trick-or-treating seems to be going the way of calculators and snail mail, though, at least for little kids, which I totally understand. I think it's great that some neighborhoods organize the deal so that little kids can at least ring a few doorbells within a block or two of home.

It's sad, though. Half a century ago, when all I knew about the universe was where the Bronx started and ended, we would sprint home from school, suit up in whatever loopy outfit we came up with, hit the streets while it was still light then run around like crazies for hours, except for racing back home every so often to drop off candy, go back out, drop off more loot, go back out, etc.

Those days will never be here again, I'm afraid. But forget that.

There is still fun to be had even if you are a larger-sized, non-kid type person, although figuring out exactly how to do it can be challenge. Let's see. You could go trick-or-treating except you're going to look silly and make people nervous, which means someone might poke you in the snoot, which is not good. Halloween parties are fun but try to find someone else to throw it, which is better. You could go to a big Halloween rager at a club somewhere but, unless you were born after 1985, I'm guessing you'd rather eat a bug than do that.

Wait, try one of these:

How about a Halloween night bash at the Five Crowns? That way you get both spooky and stylish, and if you're lucky enough to have Tommy Martin at your table, you know the wine will be perfect.

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