We’re about to enter a marathon of holidays: Halloween first, then Thanksgiving, Christmas, and lastly, New Year’s. Some find great joy in all the excitement and merry-making that define this big holiday season that greets us at the end of each year. For others of us, it’s a lot of pressure. Halloween, my favorite holiday out of all the aforementioned, is the one I look forward to the most. I understand that some people hate it. They may fear the evil connotations of Halloween. But, I’d like to argue, that if you keep it light-hearted, Halloween can be the best holiday of the year. Here are 10 reasons to love Halloween, even if you hate it!
1. It’s Fun
I’m not sure there’s an unfun aspect of Halloween that I can think of. You get to dress up, eat candy, have parties, and usher in the magic and excitement of fall in all the time leading up to the big day. Watching kids loving life on Halloween brings me even more joy than what I get when dressing up myself. It’s just pure, unadulterated fun.
As I mentioned before, you get to dream up, create, and wear a costume. For someone like me, who would love to dress up every day of the year, this is the best. I can be anything, or anyone, I want for one day, and no one looks at me like I’m crazy. Win-win.
Need I say more? Admittedly, I’m the jerk who only lets her kids pick out five pieces of their trick-or-treating candy to enjoy, but I redeem myself with the fact that we donate the rest to the troops. Our dentist collects Halloween candy for this exact reason!
Kids love Christmas mainly because they’re greedy little jokers, but Halloween comes in a close second, mainly for the same reason – greed! Nonetheless, their excitement over the magic and mystery of Halloween makes it all the more enjoyable for us adults.
I love spooky Halloween and fall-themed décor. Festooning my home with black and orange decorations brings me far more joy than lugging down the countless bins of stale Christmas baubles. Cider-scented candles and cinnamon pine cones scattered around the house only add to the cozy ambiance that typifies this holiday.
Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere. Practically every store you enter this time of year has a huge bin of pumpkins for sale. Better yet, make a day of it and go to the pumpkin patch with your kids. The Triangle area has many you can visit. Carving said pumpkins is even more enjoyable. My circle of friends takes turns hosting a pumpkin-carving party each year during which we watch Halloween-themed movies, eat autumnal foods, and of course, carve our pumpkins together. Good times!
There’s nothing better than a Halloween party. Seeing your friends arrive with their well-thought-out costumes and eating delicious foods masquerading as eyeballs, brains, and other gross things is what it’s all about.
Halloween-themed activities are life. Last year I took four thirteen-year-olds to a fear farm and after they got over how embarrassing it was to have an adult following them around, they proceeded to use me as a human shield for the remainder of the evening. A memorable night I’ll never forget. If you’re the cowardly type and fear farms are too much for you, opt for hayrides, corn mazes, fall festivals, and more benign Halloween activities like bobbing for apples and scarecrow-making. Of course, the king of all Halloween activities happens on the big night: trick-or-treating!
There’s something about donning a costume, and going out into the crisp October air with your kids to watch them run from house to house with glee. And, there’s no other time during the year that you interact more with just about everyone in your entire neighborhood. I adore seeing all the different costumes and hearing kids exclaim what they got at each house. And taking pictures of my kids in their get-ups each year is precious to me. I know one year they’ll feel their too old to go trick-or-treating, so I have to savor this time while it lasts. Watching children enjoy Halloween makes me feel like a kid again, even if just for one night.
10. No Stress
Halloween is by far the least stressful holiday, in my opinion. Thanksgiving is all cooking and cleaning. Christmas is so commercialized these days that the true meaning of it is buried under crumpled wrapping paper and tinsel. New Year’s is bittersweet because you’re glad you made it through another year, but you’re unsure what the next year will bring. Halloween is all about dressing up, eating candy, partying, and just all-around having a good time. Stress-free!!
So, there you have it. Ten reasons to love Halloween. I’ve always had an affinity for spooky things, like abandoned buildings, violent thunderstorms, and melancholy music. My favorite book is Wuthering Heights if that explains anything. But, even if you have an aversion to the creepier side of this holiday, you can still thoroughly enjoy it if you just have fun with it. Don’t be scared to love Halloween!