Fall is the most fabulous yet most basic season of them all. Don’t get me wrong, my favorite color is certainly October, but the Pumpkin Spice Latte and sweater weather obsession makes me want to hurl. I mean let’s be real for a sec, Pumpkin Spice Lattes are quite honestly the only things white girls can even. Am I right?
However, if there is one thing that’s more overrated than Pumpkin Spice Lattes, it’s spending Halloween in NYC. Besides being the only place in the northeast where you have to search high and low to find the fall foliage, NYC is notorious for taking regular holidays (Halloween for example) and turning them into over-priced and over-hyped week long celebrations. Things that should be fun, like spending time with your friends, wind up costing you $100 more than it would on any other week night. As long as you get drunk enough to forget about all that for a few hours makes it all worth it, right? Well, that’s what we just keep telling ourselves…#Regret
So, why is a New York City Halloween celebration so overrated?
1) A Cover Charge? Excuse me?
There’s nothing better than walking up to the bar you go to on the reg to see the bouncer (that knows your name, cause your obviously an alcoholic) tell you to shell out $30+ for a cover. Excuse me sir, was there a drink special with that? A large fish bowl perhaps? Nope, just to get in.
So if a cover charge wasn’t enough torture, be prepared to wait in line until your buzz is non-existent. If you’re patient, god bless you, but most New Yorkers you meet are the most impatient people to walk this Earth and for good reason. Bottom line is that New Yorkers looooooove to complain, it’s part of the culture. So by tacking on cover charges in addition to waiting in lines, you are bound to feel our wrath sooner or later. In this city, it’s the extended encroaching on someone’s space and time that irks us to no end. God bless people who have the luxury of time, but at least in New York they should be considerate enough to get out of our way (:
If spending $60+ on a cover charge and cab rides (if you’re lucky enough to get one that is) weren’t enough, you still get to dish out another $75 or so on your costume. Yippee! But wait, don’t think you’re getting off that easy. Your friends decide that they want to go out the night before AND the night of Halloween, so guess what? Time to buy another costume! But if you’re anything like me, you will wear the same one two nights in a row cause you just DGAF.
4) There are triple the amount of drunk people
The places we go out are busy enough on the weekends, but bring a holiday into the mix and trick or treat! You’ve got yourself a real sweaty, putrid smelling, intoxicated nightmare. Whether your stumbling through the cobble stone streets in Meatpacking with your dress tucked into your underwear or asleep with your face nestled in a half-eaten burrito on the subway platform, you’re just contributing to the never ending shit show that is NYC and no one will think twice about it.
5) When you see how much Uber’s surge pricing is
You want to go somewhere on Halloween? Oh It’ll cost you. An open cab would be a miracle, but as you finalize this weekend’s plans, keep in mind that every witch, minion, mummy and Donald Trump lookalike wants to leave at EXACTLY the same time as you. It’s you versus basically every other half naked drunk person in the city. Good luck and Happy Halloween suckers!
Xo, Broke & Bothered.