For many years Halloween has been known as a kid’s holiday. On that day children dress up in costumes, and go door to door to collect as much candy as they can. However, throughout the years the holiday has become more of an adult oriented holiday where they dress up and have an excuse to party.
Adults also take finding appropriate costumes very seriously as they have more money to invest in their costumes than kids do. “Picking my costume is one of my favorite parts of Halloween because I love dressing up,” GCC student Jayne Kramer said.
While kids still wear costumes, adults can go all out and get more creative more with their costumes. “One year I could be a Ninja Turtle, and then the next year I could be a breathalyzer,” GCC student Kyle Hilt said. Men and women can also create their own costumes if they choose.
“Some costumes aren’t available at any retail stores or online, so I’ve had to make a costume in the past,” GCC student Chris Gernert said. Adults go onto wear these costumes at numerous Halloween house parties and other events throughout the month of October.
In the weeks leading up to the holiday many people get started early and throw Halloween parties. “I’ve been to three Halloween parties already this month, and the people throwing them take them very seriously,” GCC student Nicole Ybarra said. This can be attributed to Halloween being looked at as a party holiday much like New Years and St. Patrick’s Day.
“My favorite part of Halloween is the parties because people go all out to ensure their parties are the most outrageous,” GCC student Reuben Andrade said. These parties range in ages from college students all the way up to people in their 60’s. “My parents even go to Halloween parties every year because they see it as an excuse to get drunk,” GCC student Ariana Griswold said. Outside of parties, Halloween is also a big time for haunted houses and horror movies targeted to adults.There are numerous haunted houses located throughout Arizona, and some of them are supposed to be really good.
“Chamber of Fear Haunted House is the best haunted house because there are three houses you go through and the price isn’t that bad,” GCC student Matthew Martinez said. Chamber of Fear has been recognized as one of the top ten haunted houses in the country. There are various other haunted houses around the valley for adults as well such as Fear Farm, Jack and Jill’s Haunted Trail, and The Slaughter House.
Besides the haunted houses, October is known for horror movies. The only horror movie being released this year is “Carrie”, but adults love watching horror movies leading up to Halloween.
“I like having a horror movie marathon every year with such movies as “Scream”, “The Exorcist”, and “Halloween” to name a few,” GCC student Terran Drey said. All of these events such as parties, haunted houses, and horror movies are skewed towards adults proving that Halloween is an adult holiday for the foreseeable future.