What Halloween Is Like, In GIFs

I don't know about you, but as soon as the first hints of pumpkin spice land in stores, I start getting in the mood for fall — and Halloween. Every year, I have grand ambitions to deck out my apartment in spooky faux spiderwebs and festive lights. Most years, I'm lucky to nab and carve a pumpkin and call it a day.

But then there's the costume. This just might be the most important part of Halloween for the modern, stylish women. Maybe you start to plan your costume a year in advance. Or perhaps you take the entire month of October to craft your perfect look. Maybe you simply throw it together at the last minute and still manage to look fabulous for all the parties and trick-or-treaters.

Getting ready for Halloween is an event like no other, and we've documented what that extensive process is like using GIFs. Read on to laugh (or cry) at everything that goes into achieving the perfect Halloween each year. Then, head here for costume inspiration.

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Halloween is here, it's finally here! You are filled with excitement. It's the time of pumpkins, pumpkin spice, and costumed revelry.
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But then you remember: You've got to decide what you're going to wear this Halloween.
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Do you want to go with something creative and DIY?
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Something traditional?
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Or something terrifying?
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Whatever you end up wearing, you're secretly hoping you look as good as SJP in Hocus Pocus.
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Once you've found your perfect costume, though, you're like…
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But now, you look around and realize you don't have anything Halloween-y in your pad. At the very least, you've got to pick up a pumpkin.
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And when you finally spot the perfect pumpkin, it's everything you've ever dreamed of.
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And then, it's time to carve.
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You're astonished by all the goop you've got to scoop out of your pumpkin. It's disgusting, but oddly fascinating.
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Once you're pumpkin is carved, it's perfect. (Or heck, at least it's done.)
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Then your thoughts turn to the future and you wonder: What are you actually going to do on Halloween?
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If you stay home, you may be tempted to scare all the trick-or-treaters (and keep their candy).
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Oh thank goodness, someone's having a party.
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You might be tempted to make some Pinterest-perfect pumpkin spice treats.
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Obviously, you're a natural.
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And of course, you’ve got to stock up on Halloween candy. (And make sure there's nothing wrong with it by testing a few, um, handfuls yourself.)
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And then you wake up Halloween morning, and you just know it's going to be a magical day.
You may need to convince friends that yes, Halloween really is still worth celebrating.
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Then there's the inevitable self-doubt… Is my costume appropriate for this party? Am I too scary, too slutty, too punny?
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Who cares? You look fabulous (and at least you wore a costume in the first place).
Now it's time to get your crew together.
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Somehow, you've got to figure out how to eat in your costume without messing up your makeup or getting food everywhere. Tricky.
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Inevitably, there will be some drama. How dare that guy step on and rip your 6-foot-long train!
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Luckily, boozy cocktails make everything better (right?).
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Well, they certainly make the dancing better.
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Or, at least that's what you think.
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At the end of the night, things might get a little weird.
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So it's time to say goodbye.
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And then, all of a sudden, Halloween is over — but you're already planning for next year.
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At least your diet is set for the next week.