Do I celebrate Halloween?

I wouldn't say I "celebrate" Halloween, but I enjoy the season. It ties in with harvest, Thanksgiving, and all things Autumn, which I do celebrate. I love leaf bonfires, campfires, football games, Homecoming activities, pumpkins, pilgrims, the colors orange and black, red maples, apples, caramel apples, candy corn, cornucopias, Thanksgiving Day Parades… you name it I love it. Day of the Dead? You betcha!

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2 thoughts on “Halloween

  1. “Day of the Dead? You betcha!”
    It’s been too long since I went to a funfair or amusement park.. Do they still have ghost trains and haunted houses?

    Traditionally, at Hallowe’en (pedantic apostrophe), we draw together against the coming of the dark. In these more secular days, we extract all the non-threatening warmth we can from old rites, and naturally do our best to see the funny side of what scares the crap out of us. I like things that engender a sense of community; the fuzzier and warmer the better. Let’s do what we can to feel good, and externalise “The Evil One” to the safe territory of horror films which can’t really happen (can they?)

    It’s certainly better to draw our wagons into a circle with joy at its heart, rather than as a bulwark against scapegoated minorities whom we deem responsible for everything that goes wrong with society.

    I agree with you MOI. Let’s keep it light, and do what we can to fend off the dark against the sure and certain knowledge of the coming spring.

    • Reg,
      It is indeed fun to scare ourselves silly this time of year. I don’t know why I enjoy it so. Perhaps as a diversion to what’s always going on; politicians obsessions with themselves and others’ obsessions with said politicians. Bleck. Give me ghouls, ghosts, and goblins any day.

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