For those who have never truly enjoyed Halloween for fear that children will gain weight from all the candy they eat, scare you death in their Hannah Montana costumes, or that a child might fall into the cracks of hell while practicing their Trick-or-Treat door bell ringing, this is just for you!
Here’s ways to deal with the nature of Halloween, it’s the Halloween therapist.
Fears & Costumes – Here are some fears out there that need to be clarified. Just because a child dresses in a scary costume or as a witch does not mean the child will be hanging upside down crosses over mommy and daddy’s bed when they grow up or fall into satan’s non-sanitized hands. It’s only once a year and for that small amount of time a child can use their imagination to be anything they wish to be. Once a year which usually passes by like a memory when they grow out of dressing up in costumes. Interestingly enough, most adults encourage a child to be anything they wish to be, even when Halloween is not in their lifestyle of tradition.
Candy – If you cannot stand a child going door-to-door saying Trick-or-Treat for candy then you might as well slam the door on the Christmas carolers that end up getting your plate of cookies, the religious buffs asking for time, or the Girl Scouts that live on door-to-door donations so that you can score a box of cookies that are overpriced. It’s a give and take situation in the same way Christmas is celebrated by many.
The kids show you their creative costume and you reward them with something. Who cares if it’s candy, it’s cheaper than giving out Christmas gifts. Plus, if a person has a problem with giving out candy they should just give out apples. Here’s a trick – give out broccoli stalks, that will teach them to go to your house anymore!
Control & Religion – It’s out of your control, Halloween is here to stay like the H1N1 fears after Obama posted his emergency label. Control is something that can work both ways. If you wish to control the environment around you by telling everyone that they will go straight to hell for celebrating Halloween, you may be disappointed. For them, the true hell comes when you control their traditions, and that will never happen. To each their own, so they say, and with that said – Halloween is here to stay!
So there you have it. Only three pieces of thoughts to deliver to the mind over a traditional holiday called Halloween. You did not have to hear the entire story behind Halloween to get there. If you do not celebrate Halloween, so what, some do – I know I do. I suggest getting on with your life because there is one important thing you have forgotten about – you. Enjoy the day for all it’s worth since you know what you believe is true to your own heart, but do not waste your efforts, energy or health trying to demolish what can never be destroyed, the spirit of Halloween.
One last note, an old man told me long ago – “It’s only how you decide upon the measures that creates the hell in return.” In other words, as long as you complain, you create your very own hell when the world continues to spin.
Oh, and by the way, Happy Halloween!