Multicultural pals workforce the use of smartphone with espresso at college school ruin – Folks palms addicted by way of cellular good telephone – Generation idea with attached stylish millennials – Clear out symbol (Photograph: Getty Photographs)

I would like all of you to grasp that at one level in my lifestyles, I used to be cool. I swear. 

Simply 5 years in the past I went to all of the stylish bars in Washington, D.C., wore the cutest outfits, had purple hair and even went to the Oscars. I stayed up till 2 a.m. or later, used the most recent social media and generation (again then, it was once Snapchat) and fed on a large number of avocado toast. 

A global modified by way of the pandemic has coincided with lots of my primary lifestyles adjustments as I way 30: Getting married, purchasing a area and making plans for a circle of relatives. However the adjustments to my lifestyles, and the sector round me, have dramatically sped up my transition from partying 20-something to previous fogey. After I used to save lots of up for live shows and fancy cocktails, however for the previous few days I have been staring longingly at a dear vacuum cleaner. At this level I am beautiful certain that I can by no means perceive TikTok. 

Cocktail glasses (Photograph: Crate & Barrel / Meals52)

A large a part of this alteration is that my favourite actions of my early 20s – bar-hopping, dancing at golf equipment, attending fairs, going to a birthday celebration at a chum’s area – had been decimated by way of quarantine. Apparently on a regular basis I pay attention that a unique membership or eating place I like has closed forever. 

So many of us, understandably, want things to go back to normal as quickly as possible. But it’s clear that some things have changed forever, even our very personalities. That can be scary, but it can also be good. I was always going to grow up. I couldn’t day drink, scroll through Tinder, and Snapchat forever. And honestly, becoming a responsible adult, and yes, buying a fancy vacuum cleaner, is going to make me extremely happy. In 2020, I’ll take any happiness I can get. 

Today’s alternate Halloween plans

A cool pandemic-friendly adventure that might be available near you this year: A drive-thru Halloween experience. 

It makes a lot of sense when it comes to safety. You stay in your car, and anyone working the event is outside. Even if it’s not as scary or thrilling as a traditional haunted house, it’s still something fun to get us out of the house as the weather gets colder. 

Friend of the newsletter Carly Mallenbaum set out to sample a few of the haunted drive-thrus in Los Angeles, and she gives the experience her official endorsement. 

“Life in 2020 has been full of enough terror as it is, that it feels good to instead embrace the absurdness and joy of the holiday of ghosts and monsters,” she writes. “This October, I’m delighting in the ridiculousness of receiving a shovel full of candy (social-distanced style), chatting with friendly witches and admiring a Spongebob Squarepants made out of pumpkins. I’m currently seeking a fourth drive-thru experience to help sustain the silly, magical feeling.”

I highly recommend watching the video of Carly driving through some of these locations. It’s so sweet and also, makes me feel like I get to spend time with my friend. Miss you, Carly! 

USA TODAY reporter Carly Mallenbaum tours a drive-thru Halloween experience in Los Angeles. (Photo: USA TODAY)

Some other alternate Halloween activities my friends and family (and myself) have been doing this month:

It may not be parties or trick-or-treating, but I’m already having fun. 

A pumpkin carving in the shape of ghosts and the words “Trick or Treat” (Photo: Pete Ark, Getty Images)

Today’s friendly skies update

Our USA TODAY Travel team is working diligently to follow updates about flying during the pandemic:

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Today’s pets

Two for one special over at the Staying Apart, Together pet emporium: A dog and a cat!

Says human Roma Kroll, “This is Chester my 2-year-old Shar Pei and his brother Butch. Seems they get along just fine when they both want the same thing — getting in the house!” 

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