October 29, 2016 by Julia
Halloween can be a stressful time, I’m not gonna lie. My kids like to change their costumes at the last minute, or refuse advice about how to make it better, and we get locked into silly battles that I eventually realize I need to back out of, because…who cares?!? They can look how they want to look. That’s one of the major points of Halloween. If no one can tell that they’re even wearing a costume, because they prefer it to be so subtle you can’t even see it in the dark, so be it. I slap myself upside the forehead and move on, or try to.
Usually, for me, the stress melts away the moment we step out on Halloween after dark to go trick-or-treating. The lovely liberation of it gets to me every time. It feels so old-school communal to simply walk out and greet neighbors, brushing shoulders with fairies, skeletons and superheroes. It’s a communal acknowledgment of the darkness. We glow just enough to flicker back and forth with the shadows but not banish them completely. We welcome the creepiness and mystery and haunts. Sometimes, we howl at the moon, like my daughter’s good friend, and no one says anything about it. It’s fantastic.
Song by Kate Nash, video by Tie Die Partaaay on YouTube:
I won’t pretend to be one of those people who love Halloween more than any other holiday. But I can see the mischevious beauty in it. This is my attempt to remember and embrace my favorite parts, to be a kid again about it. Happy Howling, Happy Flickering, and piles of miscellaneous candy to you!