Happy Friday and welcome to the pre-Halloween edition of Friday Open Thread! How are you doing on the first day of the weekend before the gayest holiday of the year? What are you dressing up as this weekend? I know y’all love a good party – and yes I definitely want to see your costumes! [Ed note: If you want to be included in the official Autostraddle Halloween Costume Gallery, email 1-2 photos of yourself in costume to vanessa [at] autostraddle [dot] com. Include your name, age, and what you’re dressed up as and write Gay Halloween 2018 in the subject line!]
I do not go out, so I will not be attending parties this weekend (or any), but I will be at home thinking about ghosts and spirits and spooky things because that’s what you do around this time of year! Personally, I’m a baby, so the spookiest ghosts I like to think about are in the Disney Channel Original Movie Halloweentown. But my favorite ghost story is actually a Christmas story. Are you ready? It’s fucking wild.
So this woman moves into a bed and breakfast that she has to sell for some reason, but there’s a resident ghost, who makes it hard for her to sell. He turns into a solid ghost during the twelve days of Christmas, so she finally meets this troublemaker. Turns out though, she thinks this ghost is a babe! And she falls in love with him and decides to just live the rest of her life with a ghost who is only solid for twelve days a year. It’s a terrifying story of the dangers of heterosexuality and it scares me to the core every time I watch it.
So friends, what’s the spookiest story you know? Please share all the gory details in your comments, please think about even drawing a picture to accompany your story!
Also: how are your hearts? You can definitely talk to me about that too, because y’all it’s fucking hard out here. I very honestly feel like we’re all just walking on the ceiling and everyone’s pretending like it’s normal for the most part, so I get it if you need to talk about all of the shit happening in the world. If you need some tools for taking care of yourself and your communities right now, here are my five faves from this very website we all hold near and dear to our hearts:
- Beyond Self-Care Bubble Baths: A Vision for Community Care by Abeni
- Beyond Self-Care Bubble Baths Part 2: How to Take Care of Each Other by Abeni
- Five Witchy Ways to Take Care of Yourself by Allison
- Be the Change: Take Care of Your Community, Take Care of Yourself by KaeLyn
- All the Small Things: 5 Simple Self-Care Methods for Your Daily Routine by Reneice
I love each and every one of you so much and can’t wait to talk to you about your weeks!
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