I don’t know, maybe I lived in a bubble but when I was a kid there wasn’t any controversy about Halloween. It was just a night to have fun with your friends and create lifelong memories. Back then I didn’t know anyone who didn’t celebrate Halloween so to me it is still such a foreign concept. Maybe it’s not a new concept and the advent of the Internet has just finally brought it to my attention.
Don’t get me wrong, we are all entitled to our own opinions, but I guess I can’t see why someone would take it so seriously. To me it’s a fun day that kids enjoy. No more, no less. As with many things, meanings evolve over time and Halloween is just a shell of what it used to be, Samhain. Unless you follow a Pagan religion it is now a secular holiday for entertainment only.
Even so, Samhain isn’t an evil holiday or something to be afraid of. It is celebrating the new year which begins on November 1st on the Pagan calendar. All Hallow’s Eve, or Halloween begins at sunset on October 31st to signify Summer’s end, the end of the harvest season, and the beginning of Winter. It is also a time to honor the dead and reflect on those they have lost. There isn’t anything scary or occult-like about that to me.
Paganism as a whole is a peaceful belief system that revolves around celebrating the Earth and all is has to offer. They don’t worship the devil, practice black magic or sacrifice animals. Many of today’s holidays have Pagan origins but none are looked down on as much as Halloween. Most of us put up Christmas trees and dye Easter eggs which also have Pagan roots, so why is Halloween the holiday that people tend to ban?
Is the problem the candy? One night a year isn’t going to make your kid an obese sugar addict. Carving pumpkins and dressing up are some of my favorite childhood memories. What kid doesn’t want to be a princess or a super hero? Going out at night gives them the excitement of doing something that seems almost taboo even if it is only about 6:00 at night.
In a world where kids are hardly allowed to be kids anymore, why not let them have one night to let loose and have some fun? My kids will be going out for Halloween and they will continue to have these fond memories forever. Just like I do of the Halloweens of my youth.
Oh, and don’t get me started on towns that trick or treat during the day or better yet, don’t even celebrate Halloween ON Halloween. I can understand a family not celebrating at all before I can understand that.
For the record, my blog is not a place where I have decided to discuss my beliefs as I don’t think they’re relevant to the topics that I have chosen to write about. I am not Pagan but I do have some loved ones who have chosen this path in life and they are amazing, loving people.
Do you celebrate Halloween and have fond memories of the Halloweens of your childhood? If not, why not? I would be interested in hearing why some choose not to. (Please keep in mind that on subjects like this not everyone is going to agree. Please be respectful)
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