Gene Simmons loves parties, Halloween and America: 'When you're in America, every day is a holiday'

Stop checking your calendar: Every day is the right day for a party. Just ask Gene Simmons.

"My mother's philosophy, and wisely so, is that every day above ground is a good day. That's the best holiday there is," the KISS frontman told AOL during a recent interview. "You wake up, you're in America, it's a holiday. Whoopie!"

According to Simmons, who was born in Israel and immigrated to the United States at age 8, there's no "right" time to celebrate. "You can't look at the calendar and wait for someone to decide that a certain day is when you should be having a party," he said. And those parties require food, family, and -- yes! -- a bit of crafting.

"We forget, we grow up, we get so serious," Simmons lamented. "I think [crafting] is something really cool to do on dates, to do as an event. You take your friends, you go to Michaels and have a great afternoon. I love the fact that it's playtime and there are no rules." And really, more men should be taking advantage of this prime insight, Simmons said: "Take her to Michaels and she'll like you more."

Gene Simmons paints a pumpkin for Michaels Make-Off. (Getty)

More than 50 years after a young Simmons and his mother -- Hungarian-born and a Holocaust survivor -- made their way to New York City, his face is one of the most well-known anywhere of all time.

"I have one of the most recognized faces on Earth!" Simmons said, directing a question to this reporter: "As a well-read woman, you know that Sweden is a monarchy and has a king and a queen. Do you in fact know what the king and queen of Sweden look like?" (Embarrassed head shake.) "That's interesting, because everyone in Sweden knows what Kiss looks like. Defense rests, your honor."

And like clockwork, every October, countless kids -- and adults! -- go full-on Kiss for Halloween. Simmons loves it. "It is amazing," he said.

To get in the Halloween spirit, watch Gene Simmons and Busy Phillips compete in a pumpkin carving contest in the video above.

24 PHOTOS
Vintage photos of Gene Simmons in KISS
See Gallery
Vintage photos of Gene Simmons in KISS
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Simmons Gene (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Simmons Gene (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Kiss 1976 Gene Simmons (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage)
IN CONCERT - Airdate: March 29, 1974. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) GENE SIMMONS OF KISS
FEBRUARY 18: (L-R) Paul Stanley, Peter Criss, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the rock and roll band Kiss pose for a portrait for the cover of their self-entitled first album 'Kiss' which was released on February 18, 1974. (Photo by Ginny Winn/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LONG BEACH, CA - MAY 31: Bassist Gene Simmons of the rock and roll band Kiss performs onstage at the Civic Auditorium on May 31, 1974 in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MAY 31: (L-R) Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of the rock and roll band 'Kiss' pose for a portrait session backstage on May 31, 1974 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Richard Creamer/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Photo of Gene SIMMONS and KISS and Peter CRISS and Paul STANLEY and Ace FREHLEY; L-R: Ace Frehley, Peter Criss, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons - posed, group shot (Photo by Steve Morley/Redferns)
Left to right: bassist Gene Simmons, guitarist Paul Stanley and drummer Peter Criss, of American heavy metal group Kiss, backstage, circa 1975. (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns/Getty Images)
Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley of Kiss in San Francisco 1979 in San Francisco, California (Photo by Steve Jennings/WireImage)
DETROIT, USA - 16th MAY: Bassist Gene Simmons from rock group Kiss performs live on stage at Cobo Hall in Detroit during the concert recording of Alive! on 16th May 1975. (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns)
Bassist Gene Simmons, of American rock group Kiss, in Detroit, Michigan, May 1975. (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 1976: Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss of the rock and roll band 'Kiss' joke around with fans and cause mayhem at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in February 1976 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 01: RICHFIELD COLISEUM Photo of Gene SIMMONS and KISS, Gene Simmons performing live onstage (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 10: American rock group Kiss, sporting their face paint and costumes, visit London at the start of their first European tour on May 10, 1976 in London, England. The group are lead singer Gene Simmons, guitarist Ace Frehley, drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Paul Stanley. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 1976: Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss of the rock and roll band 'Kiss' joke around with fans and cause mayhem at Grauman's Chinese Theatre with radio DJ Rodney Bingenheimer in February 1976 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Bassist Gene Simmons (left) and guitarist Ace Frehley performing with American rock group Kiss at Hammersmith Odeon in London, 16th May 1976. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - 23rd MAY:(Clockwise from top left) Peter Criss, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley of Kiss pose for a studio group portrait at the RAI Congrescentrum on 23rd May 1976 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
CIRCA 1977: (L-R) Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley of the rock and roll band Kiss performs onstage in circa 1977. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1977: Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley of the rock and roll band 'Kiss' performing onstage in circa 1977. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1977: Pop singer Elton John poses for a portrait with the rock band 'Kiss' in full regalia in circa 1977 in Los Angeles, California. (L-R) Ace Frehley, Peter Criss, Elton John, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley. (Photo by Michael Montfort/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1977: Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley of the rock and roll band 'Kiss' perform onstage in circa 1977 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JULY 24: Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss (on drums) of the rock and roll band 'Kiss' perform onstage on July 24, 1979 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Richard Creamer/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Read Full Story

Sign up for Entertainment Insider by AOL to get the hottest pop culture news delivered straight to your inbox!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.