Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. I love scary movies and even enjoy the decorations, while other holidays mainly annoy me. But it is a bit unsettling after you’ve lost someone close to you and you see so many “fun and festive” references to the dead (and the undead.) I thought after losing Dad, and then almost losing Mom this summer, that I might sour on the whole holiday.
While I certainly was careful not to pick out a card with R.I.P. written on a gravestone for my mom (not an easy feat), I find I can still enjoy the festive spirit of the holiday. The dead are gone and far beyond our trivial celebrations here on earth, so there’s no reason to feel guilty about enjoying the staged horrors of Halloween, if that’s your cup of tea.
I think after dealing with so much death and misery over this past year, I was afraid that Halloween would be the last holiday I would want to celebrate. But I find that I can still enjoy the ghoulish fun that the holiday offers. Sometimes, brief escapes from reality are just what the doctor ordered.