Halloween Nails

I have new Halloween nails…and I don’t mean nails in a coffin. The older I get, the less I feel like getting all dressed up in a costume for Halloween. I do it if there’s a party at work or with friends. Mostly I just put on a witch hat and sit in the dark man cave with my hubby, eating little Milky Way bars and waiting for kids to scare before handing out a treat. I get a bigger kick out of dressing up the house, just in case my grandchildren show up for a pre-Halloween visit and for the neighbors to enjoy. Residents on our street get into the spirit with harvest and Halloween decor including those huge blow-up ghosts and jack-o-lanterns that light up at night. During the day, those things look like the messy, post-melting remains of Wicked Witches, with only their clothes left on lawns dotting both sides of the street.

This year I decided to be a bit more festive for the season. In addition to wearing the skull necklace my grandson gave me a couple of years ago, I got a special manicure. It took my husband over two days to notice it, which says a lot about the importance of my fingernails in his life.  When he finally noticed, I was gesturing with my hands and he started following them around with his eyes before saying, “Stop right now!” He gazed at my one orange fingernail and began shaking his head. He made a “Tsk Tsk Tsk” noise, which made me realize this was a good thing. I had succeeded in surprising him.

I got the idea for my Halloween manicure from my three nieces and my daughter-in-law, who earlier this year started occasionally sporting a different color on one or two nails. It was usually a single nail with turquoise, green or purple polish and the others were a dark color like black or that popular “eggplant.” This is one of the few younger generation beauty trends I like, so when Halloween rolled around, it was a perfect time to try it out. So far, it’s very popular with bank tellers and cashiers at Kohl’s, Trader Joe’s, and Target.

Shannon Ingram
Shannon is a co-founder of BoomerReviews.com. An expert in the field of marketing to Boomers, seniors and family caregivers, she is the author of "The Heart Way - A Journey from Corporate to Care" about her experience of caring for her elderly parents. She is Vice President of Industry Marketing for Caring.com and an active supporter of UCI MIND, the University of California Irvine's Institute for Memory Impairment and Neurological Disorders. She considers her most important title to be "Granny Shanny" and enjoys spending as much time as possible with her two grandchildren.

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