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A Man’s Halloween

by Jon Stonger on 31 October 2009

Face it.  You’re too old to go trick-or-treating.  When 6-year-olds with little plastic pumpkins and the ability to walk half a mile do it, it’s considered cute.  When a 30-year-old man with two trash bags and the endurance to walk 6-8 miles does it, it is somehow frowned upon (as I found out last year).

That doesn’t mean you can’t have fun on Halloween.  Here are a few ways to enjoy Halloween as a man.

Decorations

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Many homeowners compete at Christmas time to put up the brightest and most complicated displays.  Still, with Christmas, there’s only so much you can do.  There’s Santa Claus, lights, and maybe the reindeer on the roof.

With Halloween, your options are limited only by your imagination.  Any kind of monster or creature will work.  You can even make a multi-holiday display where Santa fights Frankenstein while a Werewolf chases the reindeer.   Plus, it’s the only time of the year you can put a fiery devil in the front yard without offending the neighbors.

Costumes

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If you took a poll (and I haven’t) many people would probably list Valentine’s Day as the sexiest holiday.  These people are wrong.  Halloween is the sexiest holiday, and nothing else comes close.

Halloween is a time to let your dark side come out and play, and for many people, especially women, this means the opportunity to express desires and play out fantasies that might normally be frowned upon.  How many times (not enough) have you gone to a Halloween party and seen the quiet girl who wears sweaters all year round marching through the party in a French maid outfit?

For one night of the year, business attire is out, and sexy is in.  Scantily clad nurses, cheerleaders, policewomen, devils, angels and pirates rule the night.

For men, you have 1000 years of monsters, heros and legends to draw from.  You can be scary, ironic (lots of Bernie Madoff costumes this year) or funny.  Either way, it’s another chance to embrace this distinctive holiday.

And if that doesn’t work, you can always buy a big tub of candy, sit at home, and watch old horror movies.  There’s more than one way to enjoy Halloween.

About Jon Stonger

Jon Stonger is a novelist and short story writer. His first book, The Adventures of the Delineator: The Slimy and the Sentient, is now available. He currently resides in Suwon City, Korea.

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