What does Halloween mean to people these days? Well, for me, Halloween and Samhain, even though they fall on the same day, are 2 very different things. Samhain is for me very spiritual and religious, so today, I’m talking about Halloween. The candy and costume holiday.
For some, it’s about playing pranks around the neighborhood, and getting away with it, for the most part, because even though the cops are out in full force, there
are so many people in costumes, it’s hard to find that particular ghost that smashed the pumpkins outside your house.
For most parents, it’s about hauling your children all over town, waiting while they knock and get their stash of sugary goodness, and helping them cull the candy from the pencils and stickers when they get home. It’s about taking your kids out to the local airport to get the candy run through the x-ray machine to make sure there are no “poison apples” in the bag. It’s about making sure it’s a safe, fun holiday for the munchkins.
For some, it’s all about the spooky movies and the TV shows about haunted places. OtherHalf is in absolute heaven at this time of year, as he gets to watch all his favorites, plus all the spooktacular shows that appear on television this time of year. Monster-junkie, that one.
As for me? Well, I’m a mom, so I get in on the costume end of things, helping the kidlets find their “persona” for the big day. Sometimes, it’s about finding the right thing online, or making something that just “makes” the costume, or just getting the makeup right.