Dressing up in costume for Halloween has become more of a chore than a good time the past couple of years. Last year I was a good sport as an office department head and went along with the plan to dress as “Mad Men.” I wore a blonde wig and carried a cigarette around with me all day, which was especially weird because I’ve never smoked. We won a prize. Three months later, I left the company. A year later, only one person from that “Mad Men” group remains at the company. Maybe it was a Halloween omen.
Instead of dressing in a costume on October 31st, I like dressing up my home for the Halloween season. I don’t put fake cobwebs on everything; but I do have a great collection of witches, jack-o-lanterns and ghosts. I have a great banner flag that goes out front that says, “IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SHOES.” Amen. I have lots of wonderful fragrant pumpkin spice candles. I like the way they smell, but if I light them, my husband goes into a coughing/sneezing fit. Fortunately, they survived a hot summer in storage and are still fragrant thanks to never being lit except to darken their wicks.
This year, I decided to decorate myself for the last two weeks of October in a way that wouldn’t be too much of a Halloween hassle. Starting this week, I will wear the skull necklace and bracelet my grandson gave me a few years ago when he was in kindergarten. And as of this past week, I am sporting a special manicure – black nail polish with the exception of one ring finger nail that is painted orange. I learned this trend from my daughter-in-law and three nieces this past summer. They sported one finger on one or both hands with a different color than the rest. The majority of their fingernails were a dark color, like “Super Sexy Black” or “Eggplant Ecstasy.” One (or one on both hands) was Turquoise Temptation or Green-Eyed Dragon. I love nail polish names, but that’s another story. So this week, I decided to get nine black nails and one orange nail. I didn’t have my reading glasses on, so I don’t remember the polish names; but I liked them. Hope you enjoy the photo.
Who says Halloween can’t be fun for us VIBRANT women? What are you doing this year? Whether it’s silly or dangerous or just hanging out at home eating pumpkin seeds or left-over candy with a glass of wine, I want to know….