The Fearless Infertile’s Guide to Halloween


When a much-coveted baby bump eludes you, Halloween can be a tough holiday to go through. Not only is it filled with aren’t-they-cute, costumed little ones, Halloween is also the harbinger of Holidays To Come. Not an easy time for those with empty strollers.

You may want to don a Halloween mask to hide the pain, or spend the day (or entire season) in bed, but there are other strategies which may help you enjoy the day. Here are some tips to get you through October 31st.

  • Halloween is sexy. Halloween represents a really sexy, Grown-ups Only Party Opportunity. Go to a no-children-allowed event, or throw one, either for a group or for two. And don’t forget to wear a costume that shows off your beautiful you. Not feeling sexy and pretty this year? That’s OK, just fake it till you make it. It works. Really. Have fun with your honey and don’t worry about having to get home early enough to meet a baby sitter’s curfew.
  • Bark up a (Halloween) storm. Already in love with a fur baby? So are tons of your child-free friends. Throw a Halloween For Pets Only Party, and have everyone you know attend with their costumed, furry cuties.
  • Go ahead. Put yourself first. No matter what costume you choose to wear, you are a Queen. Don’t forget to treat yourself like one.
  • Don’t feel like shelling out $50.00 on sugary, cavity making treats? Then don’t. Don’t spend your money on that junk and don’t answer the doorbell when it rings. Better yet, don’t be home. No party to go to? That’s why God invented movie theaters.
  • Be very afraid. And not of the never ending parade of infertility tests, needles, and Big Fat Negatives either, but of ghosts, goblins, and overgrown men dressed in inappropriate, belly-bulging costumes. No matter where you live across the U.S.A., a good cathartic scream (or laugh) is just a stone’s throw down the road. So find a haunted rollercoaster and holler to your heart’s content.
  • Tell your friends everything. Or nothing. On Halloween and every day, it’s up to you who you share your life with. Going through infertility treatment is nothing to be ashamed of, in fact, one in eight couples are currently going through it with you. Get the support you need from people you trust, but feel free not to share the facts of your life with people you don’t want to, even if they’re related to you, or work in the cubicle next door.
  • Hold your head up and have hope. You’re a Queen, remember? A little bit of baby-making fairy dust is your legal right. Hang in there, Halloween Queen. Your time is coming.

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