However, as an admitted Craft Project Junkie, Halloween takes me there without pushing me totally overboard like Christmas. Let's face it--there comes a moment when no amount of tinsel, glitter, glue guns, beads, baubles, pipe cleaners, Popsicle sticks, felt, and artificial snow will make up for the fact that no one really cares that you made all those crappy ornaments and decorations yourself. Yet, people are actually impressed when you make your own Halloween costume, even if all you did was dress in all black, accent with a few leopard print items already in your wardrobe, staple some cat ears made from construction paper onto a headband, and draw some whiskers on your face. Voila, you were a cute kitten and you can wear that belt again!
Of course, Halloween has its downside. There are those weird people (like my grandmother) who give away toothbrushes, fruit and rolls of pennies instead of candy. Or the people (like my Dad) who pass out candy that no one wants like candy corn, butterscotch or Almond Joy. Sometimes there are overly protective parents who politely chastise you for not offering alternatives for kids with nut allergies, or mannerless children who neglect to say thank-you after demanding extra pieces of gluten-free candy. Among those in the the too-old-for-trick-or-treating-set, there are teenaged girls and grown women dressed like