I loooooove Halloween. Always have. However, Halloween has not always loved me. I’ll never forget my seventh grade Halloween, where I dressed up as Mr. Freeze’s wife. Yes, I did. It was my mother’s costume first, but she had gotten this furry lined cape that made me feel like a princess. I can’t quite remember what I wore under that cape, but it was definitely white. Want to know why I’m so positive about that? Because I wore white underwear with pink ice skating elephants on them…and they showed right through my white outfit.

At the time, I was friends with people who bullied me a lot. Straight made me go home crying, for various reasons. One of them lived down the street from me, so we made plans to trick or treat together. When she noticed the underwear, she would not let me live it down. Unfortunately for me (yes, this gets worse), my parents were out of the house for a party, so I had to spend the whole evening like that. It was pretty traumatizing, as a thirteen-year-old. My friends did not let me live it down, for a long while.

Don’t worry, I’m totally over it now. *eye twitch* This year, I actually purposefully took less work this October, so I could actually enjoy Halloween. I got to go to a haunted house, had a horror movie party, go to a fun house party and have eaten everything pumpkin that I can get my hands on. I found paleo pumpkin pancakes at Whole Foods that help squelch the fact that I can’t eat pancakes outside of the house, for the most part.

This year, October is a bit more dreary than normal. But I’m excited to celebrate with friends. I even have a masquerade party at the end of the month, with my polya community. When people ask me how I am right now, I’m able to answer truthfully: I’m really good. Life is good. So when Traci and Becca wanted to do their session despite the cold rain…I knew I had to put in a real effort. Be creative on a level I don’t always get the opportunity for. Looking forward to their wedding at a museum in Houston next March!!

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South Congress Austin

South Congress Austin

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South Congress Austin

South Congress Austin

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South Congress Austin