Hurricane Sandy was a violent storm that left so much destruction and devastation in her wake. Thankfully, all of my family, friends and pets are safe and their homes are intact. None of us have power and won’t for quite some time, but we are all feeling grateful. Finding humor in the aftermath is how I cope with the stress of the situation.
The top 10 ways in which Hurricane Sandy contributed to the Halloween atmosphere:
10. Halloween candy is non-perishable and there is plenty of it in the house. With some creative thinking, you can rationalize that it helps meet your nutritional needs when the rest of the food in your refrigerator has spoiled: peanut m&ms are a source of protein; Skittles and Starburst help you meet your required daily servings of fruit.
9. When the power is out, jack o’ lanterns become a festive light source.
8. Bobbing for apples is a low tech game to play during those long, dark nights.
7. No lights, television or internet access sets the mood for telling ghost stories in the dark.
6. There’s no need to worry about choosing a Halloween costume. In a dark, cold house, with the hood of a sweatshirt pulled over your head for warmth, you look just like Kenny from South Park.
5. New Halloween decorations festoon your yard when you see it in the light of day. Of course, these were probably the Halloween decorations of someone who lives 5 blocks away.
4. No power means no doorbell so you won’t hear trick-or-treaters which is a good thing since you already consumed all of your Halloween candy stash.
3. To amuse yourselves, you can make all sorts of ghoulish faces holding a flashlight under your chin.
2. Everyone leaves your house alone on Mischief Night since it looks like it’s already been attacked.
1. You save money on going to a haunted house to be frightened because you get to cower in an interior room of your own house listening to the whistling, whipping wind scream outside as it rips the vinyl siding from your house.
**Good luck to all those affected by Hurricane Sandy.**