Trick or Treat!

The ghouls and goblins will soon come out to play, or at least they will be asking you for candy.  That is the hope anyway.  Surely kids these days don’t go around throwing toilet paper around someone else’s property.  I would be admittedly amused if I saw it happen and likely angry if it happened at my house.  However, that is neither here nor there.  They are coming.  They will ask you for candy, and if you have it, you will give it to them.

You’ve likely seen Halloween decorations in all manner of places now; homes, stores, on sale in stores.  It’s actually a fun time of year.  I actually believe that despite the fact that I won’t put out my decorations until the night before.  What can I say?  I’m relatively lame like that, but that’s okay!  We all do things a little differently.

Why do we celebrate Halloween?  That’s a very good question in my mind, though I sometimes wonder why we celebrate any holidays at times.  The retail business has turned everything into a way to make a little more money, and we all buy right into it (pun intended).  We go out and purchase our decorations so that the kids who come calling will be delighted.  We invest in immense amounts of candy to give away to those same kids.  We venture out to haunted corn mazes, haunted houses, and watch “scary” movies to experience something frightful.  We dress up as our favorite characters or something that we believe is frightening.  Some of us adults even go out to Halloween parties.

Why?

Maybe it’s because we want to hold onto our youth a little while longer.  Maybe it’s because we unconsciously are still celebrating certain customs that have influenced Halloween for centuries.  Maybe, just maybe, it’s because it’s the one time of the year that we can really just let go if only for a few moments.

Think about it for a moment.  We (adults for the most part) are so serious for just about the entirety of the year, but when Halloween comes around things definitely change.  I’m a bit of a curmudgeon sometimes.  Grumpy, grouchy, and just generally all too serious at times, yet I have come to enjoy sitting out on my front porch on Halloween handing out candy to all of the kids that walk of my sidewalk (HEY!  Get off my grass!  There is a sidewalk you know…).  Those kids are out having fun and getting something that they love.  They are out staying out of trouble (I’m looking at you teenagers) instead of finding some trouble to get into.  No, that doesn’t apply to everyone of course.  Hell, even the parent’s kids are out having a good time.  They might be grumbling a little bit because of all of the walking and maybe even because of the weather, but their little bundles of joy are genuinely happy, and that is all that it takes for a parent sometimes.

Did you know that this all started as a post about the origins of Halloween?  I decided that I didn’t really want to sit down and do all of the research that would require, but I will tell you that the customs that have been incorporated into Halloween are old.  We’ve just modified them over time so that they would better fit our needs.

I may still dive into that and possibly into the history of Christmas since that is coming up as well.  Quickly I might add.

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