As with most kids, I loved Halloween when I grew up. It was a chance to dress up and pretend I was someone else. Here you see me in my first ever Halloween costume, dressed up as a black cat. The next year I dressed up as Batman and the year after, I really wanted to scare people, so I dressed up as a skeleton. Years later, I learned that my dad didn’t particularly agree with celebrating Halloween. He didn’t like the associations with devils and the supernatural. My mom saw it as harmless fun. As the years progressed, I continued to dress up, which has led to fun cosplay at science fiction and steampunk conventions.
I continued to dress up for Halloween through my college years. In fact, it was during my first year in graduate school that I dressed up as a Klingon and went on a date with a woman dressed as a devil. That was the first date I had with the woman I’m still with twenty-six years later. Of course, perhaps this all shows that my dad was right to be cautious of those Halloween devils after all!
As the years progressed, we had two beautiful daughters. It shouldn’t come as any surprise that they love to dress up for Halloween, too. Here you see us as a pirate, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and a fairy. I’m guessing I must have been a vampire pirate since Buffy seems poised to stake me!
Since I moved to Southern New Mexico nineteen years ago, Halloween has taken on a new meaning with the proximity of Dia de los Muerto—the day of the dead. The holiday is celebrated around Las Cruces and Mesilla each year. We typically take a little time to remember those who have gone on before. I like to bake Pan de Muerto—the bread of the dead—and remember my mom, who bought me those first Halloween costumes and my dad who patiently allowed me to wear them, even if he didn’t care for them too much.
Of course, I also see Halloween as a great excuse to read a spooky book or two. Remember, you can find links to my vampire novels in the sidebar to the right.
Do you have some favorite Halloween memories? A favorite costume or life event associated with Halloween? If so, I’d love to hear about it in the comments!