Halloween has definitely not been the same since we got sober. Halloween for me was always a reason to get dressed up and drunk. I just don’t honestly feel the same now that I am sober about dressing up and celebrating halloweeen and as a mom, my teenager is not into it. So we really don’t do Halloween anymore.
Last year I did do a pumpkin patch with some friends and their kiddos. I am not opposed to that and it was fun. We have dressed up our dog too, even sober just cause and we took her trick or treating with some friends. But that’s when my son would still trick or treat too.
We went to Vegas once during Halloween and that was a blast. One of my favorite times to go to Vegas. I definitely was not sober then though, but I remember it was my favorite time ever going to Vegas. I can’t wait to go back though and experience it differently, sober and do so many things I wouldn’t have done when I went as a drinker. My husband really wants to go rent a fancy car and drive it done there, like a fast fancy car like a ferrari or do a track day with one and Vegas has that. There are so many National Parks we would want to drive to and check out, leaving from Vegas is a good starting point. Some artists I follow have had great galleries in Vegas so there is a lot of art stuff I would love to go see. I also would just like to experience it sober, a different perspective on Vegas.
I thought I would post a few of my favorite Halloween pictures and a lot from parties when we partied and got dressed up and hammered. I honestly don’t miss it though, glad we did it but I’m good now.
Looking back through photos trying to find ones from Halloween, I noticed I liked to just dress up in general. I didn’t need a reason like Halloween. I just enjoyed getting dressed up in costume wether it was for a work holiday, theme party, ugly sweater Christmas party or what. I just really liked dressing up. I wonder if this had to do with just being different and out there, getting attention, being the life of the party even if not drinking or what. But it was interesting I found so many times I dressed up just to do it. Even just doing our hair like the 80s, wearing weird accessories. I found so many Beach trip and rafting trip pictures that had some dressed up theme or at least dressing up and ratting out our hair. My friends and I just liked dressing up and having fun. Mostly though there was a common theme of alcohol being involved, so maybe that’s why I don’t have the urge that I once did. Maybe that was also part of me always looking for something I didn’t have, craving attention in any way possible. I’m definitely not that person anymore, I don’t think due to sobriety but definitely since brain injury.
Halloween has been fun. It was real fun as a drinker. It was real fun with a little kid. Now I just enjoy a little minimal decorating and spending time with my family. I’m thankful for all the memories though. Here are some pics over the years when my son liked to dress up and trick or treat. 🎃👻 We did go camping this weekend at the beach at the Lincoln City KOA and went hiking. Funny we realized we went this same weekend last year, same place same hike. So we decided now that we realized this that we will make it a yearly thing.
I once dressed up as a piñata too. I couldn’t find a picture but I took a little plain dress and glued on tissue paper just like when your making a piñata, using a pencil, it’s eraser and all. I think I would even put candy pieces in between my legs and let them fall out. Of course, totally drunk. But it was a funny costume, wish I had a picture of that one. I do know that Halloween was a shit show and ended with drama with my boyfriend, now husband thanks to our drinking shenanigans, thankfully those times are gone.
Happy Halloween 🎃