A Year Without Halloween

Jewniquely Myself

It’s time you knew: I don’t like Halloween.

I know, I know, Halloween is the time of frivolity, when kids can dress up as the monsters who scare them sleepless the rest of the year, or as the beautiful fairy princess/dynamic super hero their parents claim them to be. It’s a time to express your imagination to co-workers, to bring out your inner mad scientist or rock star, to simply walk around the neighborhood getting reacquainted with your neighbors.

I actually liked Halloween as a kid, even once I was too old to go begging for candy myself. I delighted in handing treats to the little ones who came to the door, to hear their jokes and songs, to see their cute little faces light up greedily when I invited them to take another Snicker bar.

But when I became a parent, my perspective changed dramatically. Suddenly the idea of…

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2 Responses to A Year Without Halloween

  1. joanmyles says:

    Thanks, Patty. I know Halloween is a major holiday for Wickens…but the American version of celebrating just leaves me cold. Blessings to you!

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    • Patty says:

      Well, there are many who celebrate this holiday and for various reasons.

      In my neighborhood there were some trick-or-treaters, but we don’t have the problem of children who are too old to trick-or-treat because 13 and older must attend some sort of function.

      I noted small children with parents, and lots of neighbors doing what I call front porch sitting. Chatting with each other and it was a calm event. Lasted about an hour and half and after all was quiet.

      I know it can be abused but, in my area, at least it was handled quite well.

      Also now there seem to be a lot of organized activities which make it even better.

      I did not hand out candy but did walk around a bit, let Campbell say hello to some children and then went indoors.

      I celebrate but in a very different way. For me this is a time to think of family members who have passed on, and to spend time meditating on the year to come.

      This is the Celtic New Year and I observe it in that way.

      So for me this is much like celebrating new year.

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