Personally, I take it as one fun holiday before the festivities of the holidays begin. Family and friends abound at Thanksgiving and Christmas, which usually keeps our hearts, homes, and schedules full for two months – and that’s alright. But Halloween is good because it’s a fun, low stress time unburdened by the stresses of “making the perfect holiday.” Halloween is a laid back time to enjoy and have fun. You can do as little or as much as you want, and it’s alright. Want to party? Have at it. Want a quiet night at home? That’s OK too. Want to have some fun during the work day and then retreat back to the privacy of your home at night? Why not? There’s no Norman Rockwell way of having this holiday. It’s dominated by cheesy horror films that are impossible to take seriously, just like the holiday itself. It’s all about fun. And that’s what makes it a good one.
We moved out of a neighborhood when we built our home seven years ago, so the trick-or-treating and other festivities have passed out of our lives. By and large, we usually let it pass. But this year it’s on a Friday, and I decided I wanted to have some fun with it, for a change. I am dressing up, albeit moderately, as a purple witch, and I have candy ready for the office. Once the work day is done, the day is over for me – it’s back home to our normal routine – but this is an opportunity to make the work day a celebration. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, especially when the powers that be give you permission to let loose a bit this one day of the year.
Frankly, I don't understand why some people find Halloween so offensive, especially for "religious reasons." I'm Christian too, but it seems hypocritical to shun Halloween and embrace Easter when, in fact, Easter has as many or more pagan origins than Halloween. And yes, Christmas has pagan symbols too. Turns out the early Christians thought the way to spread the faith was to incorporate things that already existed elsewhere to give people a "frame of reference" that they could understand.
My point: don't take it too seriously. This Halloween, I hope you take advantage of it being on a “casual Friday” and at least have a little fun with the day. After all, there will be plenty of chances for stuffy formalities over the next 60+ days.
That’s all today. I hope you have a Happy Halloween Friday tomorrow and a wonderful weekend.