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Halloween Before & After Sobriety

Halloween has definitely not been the same since we got sober. Halloween for me was always a reason to get dressed up and drunk. I just don’t honestly feel the same now that I am sober about dressing up and celebrating halloweeen and as a mom, my teenager is not into it. So we really don’t do Halloween anymore.

Last year I did do a pumpkin patch with some friends and their kiddos. I am not opposed to that and it was fun. We have dressed up our dog too, even sober just cause and we took her trick or treating with some friends. But that’s when my son would still trick or treat too.

We went to Vegas once during Halloween and that was a blast. One of my favorite times to go to Vegas. I definitely was not sober then though, but I remember it was my favorite time ever going to Vegas. I can’t wait to go back though and experience it differently, sober and do so many things I wouldn’t have done when I went as a drinker. My husband really wants to go rent a fancy car and drive it done there, like a fast fancy car like a ferrari or do a track day with one and Vegas has that. There are so many National Parks we would want to drive to and check out, leaving from Vegas is a good starting point. Some artists I follow have had great galleries in Vegas so there is a lot of art stuff I would love to go see. I also would just like to experience it sober, a different perspective on Vegas.

I thought I would post a few of my favorite Halloween pictures and a lot from parties when we partied and got dressed up and hammered. I honestly don’t miss it though, glad we did it but I’m good now.

Some of the Halloween’s along the way of my drunken path. Tacky tourists, Vegas Halloween as a Oregon Ducks fan with my referee, a rockstar vodka get up- my favorite drink back then.
Maclynn’s first Halloween as Superman
Super dog first Halloween
We have always decorated a bit and still do. Our hold house.
Still decorate minimally at our new house

Looking back through photos trying to find ones from Halloween, I noticed I liked to just dress up in general. I didn’t need a reason like Halloween. I just enjoyed getting dressed up in costume wether it was for a work holiday, theme party, ugly sweater Christmas party or what. I just really liked dressing up. I wonder if this had to do with just being different and out there, getting attention, being the life of the party even if not drinking or what. But it was interesting I found so many times I dressed up just to do it. Even just doing our hair like the 80s, wearing weird accessories. I found so many Beach trip and rafting trip pictures that had some dressed up theme or at least dressing up and ratting out our hair. My friends and I just liked dressing up and having fun. Mostly though there was a common theme of alcohol being involved, so maybe that’s why I don’t have the urge that I once did. Maybe that was also part of me always looking for something I didn’t have, craving attention in any way possible. I’m definitely not that person anymore, I don’t think due to sobriety but definitely since brain injury.

Halloween has been fun. It was real fun as a drinker. It was real fun with a little kid. Now I just enjoy a little minimal decorating and spending time with my family. I’m thankful for all the memories though. Here are some pics over the years when my son liked to dress up and trick or treat. 🎃👻 We did go camping this weekend at the beach at the Lincoln City KOA and went hiking. Funny we realized we went this same weekend last year, same place same hike. So we decided now that we realized this that we will make it a yearly thing.

Jax over the years. I think Chucky was the last time he dressed up and trick or treated.

I once dressed up as a piñata too. I couldn’t find a picture but I took a little plain dress and glued on tissue paper just like when your making a piñata, using a pencil, it’s eraser and all. I think I would even put candy pieces in between my legs and let them fall out. Of course, totally drunk. But it was a funny costume, wish I had a picture of that one. I do know that Halloween was a shit show and ended with drama with my boyfriend, now husband thanks to our drinking shenanigans, thankfully those times are gone.

Happy Halloween 🎃

By jessymunch826

I am a TBI Survivor and woman who has been through a lot of good and bad. My goal by this blog is to share what I have learned and how life has happened for me and not to me. I have found purpose in it all and am here to share it. I am also sober and quitting drinking was the best choice for me. I will post about TBI, Brain Injury, life, travel, lessons learned and more. I am not a doctor or a nurse, I am a traumatic brain injury survivor who has lived 40 years of life and have an amazing mindset from it all. None of this is medical advice, that is what your doctor is for or 911 if you are having an true emergency and need help right away. I am here for community and am a certified health educator who knows how to navigate the healthcare system and Insurance. Always willing to help. Find me on Instagram jessymunch82617 or email me at Jessymunch826@gmail.com. Click on the white title of the blog post to read, just saying in case you might be confused like I am with all this 🤣

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