Monday, November 16, 2015

Post Halloween Depressive Disorder

After Halloween passes, there's always a bit of a let down for lovers of horror and genre. We put away our orange and black streamers and throw out the pumpkins. Decorations are carefully boxed, and some of us head off for the Halloween Store the day after so we can enjoy the 50% off sale for items for next year.

So what's the best way to cope heading into mid-November, feeling the press of Thanksgiving and Christmas? After all that anticipation, how do we deal with the After-Halloween-Blues?

Here are five suggestions, although I'm not sure any of them will really do the job, but let me know if you have others.

1) Embrace the coming holidays. Whether it's Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas, Festivus, or New Years Eve, just enjoy it. Maybe try leaving out your Halloween stuff, but add a bit of glitter. Got a zombie on the front porch? Give him a sparkly wreath or a Santa Hat. Got a hand of glory? Eight fingers make a great menorah.

2) Form a Post-Halloween Support Group for PHDD (Post Halloween Depressive Disorder). Why not a twelve step group for after Halloween? "My name is Stewart, and I'm a Post Halloween Depressive." Hi, Stewart! "It's twelve days after Halloween, and I keep turning on the porch light and looking for kids. The police have started driving by real slow."

3) Denial. Okay. Forget everyone else and the endless holiday commercials on TV. As far as you're concerned, it's still October 31st, and it's going to stay that way until next September, when you're legally able to anticipate Halloween. The only break you may be the Superbowl. But that's it. (and maybe Valentines Day...and St. Patrick's Day...maybe April Fools Day, and Aunt Margie's birthday...but that's it!!!)

4) Overdose..purge it from the system. I know you don't think it possible, but consider it aversion therapy for Halloween fanaticism. Force yourself to eat nothing but Mary Janes for two weeks whHocus Pocus on a continual loop. Or wear your favorite costume for the entire month of November, complete with mask. Don't worry about work disapproving, you have civil rights! Just cite the Religious Freedom Protection Act!
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Charles Gramlich said...

It's the holiday traffic that drives me batty

Miss Wicked said...

Lol I love this! I love all holidays but Halloween is my favorite! I always feel down after Halloween, especially if I didn't get to do all the Halloweeny stuff I wanted to lol.