Why I love Halloween

“I think if human beings had genuine courage, they’d wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween. Wouldn’t life be more interesting that way? And now that I think about it, why the heck don’t they? Who made the rule that everybody has to dress like sheep 364 days of the year? Think of all the people you’d meet if they were in costume every day. People would be so much easier to talk to – like talking to dogs. ”
~Douglas Coupland, The Gum Thief (2008)

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Back in the day, people really knew how to celebrate Halloween. I mean, an eyeball holding a cocktail??? That’s my kind of fun.

Today, people are quick to criticize this pagan tradition. There are legitimate concerns about over-commercialization and over-sugared children. But we don’t have to play by those rules. We can make our own.

At the heart of it, Halloween is that one day a year when children, and adults, are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild. You can quite literally be anyone or anything you want to be. Kids get that. And adults need more of it.

As I write, my daughter is in the kitchen carving out the pumpkin and putting the final touches on her costume. Our house is festooned with spider webs and orange fairy lights. Our neighbours are getting ready to open their doors and celebrate right along with us. And candy is only a small part of our celebration. Mystery, creativity and community rule the day.

Call me old-fashioned, but I think these are magical memories that last a lifetime.

And really, couldn’t the world use a bit more Halloween spirit every day of the year?

Happy Halloween!

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8 comments

  1. Sounds like amazing fun! I agree – we should all dress up more often. If only for a chance to experience a life a little different to our own and be a new person or animal or whatever. We’ve carved three pumpkins here (two little ones and a larger one) and a marrow from our garden. Tomorrow we will be dressed up too! Have a fantastic time! 🙂

  2. How I agree with you! We do not have to lose the true spirits of our seasonal celebrations. It is indeed up to ourselves and how we teach our children and encourage them to celebrate without being dragged into the commercialization. For me, it is wonderful to see that our family traditions have indeed passed on, now my boys have left for college both. And ‘having a peek in your cozy kitchen’ I think you do a fine job there. Have a great Halloween and thanks for the great pictures.Hugs from Ohio

    • Happy Halloween in Ohio! All is going well here today — daughter’s school is in full spirit — it was magical seeing all the teachers and kids dressed up and having fun in the yard. They don’t pass out candy, but they do plan games and pumpkin decorating, etc. I bet your boys will have fun in a big city like TO!

    • Hi! I really enjoyed your post about Halloween, and as a parent, I’m always appreciative when people are welcoming to neighbourhood kids. I don’t mind darkened doors, but the friendly folks really do make a difference in the lives of little kids. It’s like those lovely folks who stop at lemonade stands! What would we do without them? Happy Halloween!

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