Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Halloween. Save the deep thinking for world peace

Right now I have a zombie and a spider witch getting ready in the bathroom. They are having a ball putting on fake blood, red lips, and trying to make rotting flesh out of paint, the scarier the better!

In about an hour, we will be off to the haunted house for them to play games, get some candy, and maybe get a bit frightened. Nothing too scary, but a little bit, as that is what halloween is about, at least in my house.

I have never put much thought into the meaning behind halloween, and don't intend to start now. A friend suggested that she might not let her kid dress up as she did not agree with halloween because she didn't want her kid to get scared. My jaw about dropped to the floor, in disgust, and I wanted to take away her birthday just to show her what it was like. Take away halloween? Was she mad? I understand if people are religious and it contridicts what they are taught, but the other people, no excuse. Take away halloween...sheesh! Whataretheythinking?

For me, it has always been about putting on a costume and getting candy. No deep meaning at all. My kids love dressing up, I love walking with them as they knock on the door and say "trick-or-treat," and we all love getting candy. For me, that is about as deep as it gets. Dressing, knocking, eating. Overall, it is a great way to spend time with my kids and we all go to bed a little happier, and fatter.

Life is short so have fun while you can and don't take all the fun out of things we thought were great as kids. Sometimes people think way too much about the wrong things. Save the deep thinking for world peace, curing a sickness, or ways to help others. Not for ways to spoil the fun for little kids.
(c)2007 Cindy Breninger. All Rights Reserved.

1 comment:

kalisekmet said...

I whole-heartedly agree! Halloween, as it is celebrated in the US, is entirely a commercial holiday (much like Christmas). It is about having fun and honoring the fact that life is scary sometimes. I have always loved Halloween because the kid in me never gave up on "dressing up". I dress up every chance I get!!! I am looking forward to dressing up with my kids and going around doing the Halloween thing again when they are old enough to enjoy it!

If I want to get all deep, religious and meaningful, I concentrate on the religious celebration of Samhain that coincides with Halloween. But that is a different matter entirely! lol!