And you thought trick-or-treating was over

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and no, I'm not talking about Christmas. It's Halloween, my favorite holiday, so all you Christmas elves can hold your britches and wait your turn 'cause now it's time to get spooky.

Now is the time when everything is decked out with pumpkins, skeletons, ghosts, and black cats. While most people are out shopping for Halloween decorations, I'm looking for my everyday home decor, which happens to be in season only once a year.

Halloween is one of those holidays that everyone can enjoy, no matter what age you are. Christmas, for example, is definitely more fun when you're a kid not dealing with the gift-wrapping-food-making-house-decorating-family-hosting chaos that comes with it. Even if you're "too old" for trick-or-treating, you still get to dress up and have a good time at all the parties and haunted houses. (Side note: No one is too old to trick-or-treat!)

This is one of the few times I actually envy my friends who have kids for the sole reason that they get to go trick-or-treating, without being shut down for being above age six. Some people don't seem to understand that candy is rated E for everyone. Actually, if anyone needs a volunteer to lead the raving group of goblins through the neighborhood, just tweet me. I will charge a small candy fee because obviously someone has to check all the good stuff for "razor blades." (I'm looking at you dad. No telling how many Tootsie Rolls I lost to that scam.)

Getting into costume is another great thing about this time of year. Personally, I don't limit myself to Halloween Day. I stretch it out all weekend long, occasionally getting some sideways glances from the less enthusiastic crowd. But I refuse to limit myself to one costume on one day. By the time Halloween actually gets here, I have dressed as every Disney princess and all my favorite characters from Game of Thrones. When else will I get the chance to be Daenerys Targaryen?

But wait, there's more!

Let's not forget about the marathon of scary movies on every channel. It's the perfect excuse to binge watch the entire Nightmare on Elm Street franchise for all the cheesy 80s gore you can handle. For those less into red corn syrup, it's the season of Tim Burton too. Personally, The Nightmare Before Christmas will be on repeat at my house through the end of the year.

I can't talk about Halloween without bringing up treats. Classics like candy corn will never go out of style, but seasonal twists on classics like Reese's shaped like bats are also huge. Plus, there's the fact that massive bags of assorted candy are terrifyingly cheap. Homemade treats, however, are hard to beat. Popcorn balls and caramel apples are top picks of mine.

Halloween brings all the best things with it - cooler weather, horror flicks, super cheap candy in bulk, and of course, "The Monster Mash." It's a time when you don't have to be yourself because you can be anything you want to be. I mean really, what other time of the year do people welcome strangers to their homes and give them treats? So get in the spooky spirit because the time for haunting is nigh.

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