As a kid, I was horribly insecure and shy. But when it came to Halloween, I was a whole different person. Maybe you can relate. If you are an introvert and were shy as a kid, you might have had these Halloween memories similar to mine. Extroverts will not understand our trick or treating struggles.
1. The bobbing for apples memory
I believe I was in second grade at the time when I was invited to a classmate’s Halloween party. I was so excited because I desperately wanted to fit in the crowd. I do not remember much about the party, but I do remember when it was time to bob for apples. What if I failed? Would they laugh? What if I couldn’t get an apple?
I would probably die from embarrassment. My turn came, and I had high hopes of being the only one who could actually catch that apple bobbing around in the bucket. Then everyone would think I was cool. I would not need to hide behind my mask of shyness and insecurity anymore.
I closed my eyes, took a deep breath, and slowly inched toward one of the apples. I could feel it on my lips, and I knew it was now or never. Unfortunately, that time was going to remain never. Trick or treat? That one was a trick.
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2. Trick-or-treating memory
Trick-or-treating was always a time of uncertainty for me. I never knew if someone would jump out behind some place to scare the living daylights out of me or not. I hated that stupid saying, “trick-or-treat” and then begging for the treats. Thankfully, my younger sister was my “go to,” and when I didn’t want to say it, she would. Trick or Treat? Hmmm. Treat for me, I guess.
3. The costume contest memory
Now as I mentioned before, I loved being able to be someone else on Halloween. I could be an extrovert. I remember a time just out of high school when my place of work decided to have a costume contest. Prizes were involved, and I was going to be able to put the extrovert mask on and be someone I wasn’t.
How about Dolly Parton? Now, if you are too young to know who she is, you might need to do a google search to see what I’m talking about. Let’s just say a wig and two balloons were all I needed. Dolly is famous for her singing and her chest size. Why I chose her, I do not know.
I guess because she was so opposite of me. I was the popular sales clerk with the men that night, something I didn’t feel real comfortable with at all. But, needless to say, I won the contest. I won a trip for two for a weekend in a resort! Trick or treat? Treat, definitely.
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Can you relate to any of these Halloween memories? Being an introvert is not easy, but on Halloween, you can explore the world outside of the introvert comfort zone for one night. Trick or treat? You decide.