Cross-Cultural Interaction, Holidays

What I like about Halloween

Happy Halloween!

I have to be honest, it was hard for me to even type that sentence.

Ever since I was little, I’ve always hated this holiday. The creepy decorations, the ghoulish costumes, the weird music…there is pretty much nothing about this holiday that I enjoy. I always breathe a sigh of relief when November comes around and people take down their Halloween decorations.

But if I’ve learned anything over the last few years, it’s that perspective changes everything.

Choosing to focus on the positive aspects of a situation makes all the difference…and there areĀ always positive aspects. If the apostle Paul could be joyful while in prison because he was still having the opportunity to share the Gospel, then for sure I can find something about Halloween to be grateful for.

With that in mind, here are the things about Halloween that I appreciate:

  • I like that Halloween brings out the child in so many adults. It makes them playful, whimsical, carefree….perhaps even more so than bigger holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas. Those require lots of work, but for Halloween all you really need are candy and a good costume!
  • Speaking of candy…I love the candy sales right after Halloween! Although my waistline doesn’t…but we won’t go into that.
  • I like that Halloween brings in my favorite time of year. When I see the fake spiderwebs up, I know that fall is right around the corner!
  • I really appreciate how this holiday brings people together – whether it be friends at a party, or neighborhood kids going trick-or-treating.
  • On that note, I love it when churches (my own included) use Halloween as a way to connect with the community around them. Come on out to Trunk or Treat tonight at Rehoboth Baptist church!
  • I enjoy carving jack-o-lanterns with friends and loved ones. I carved my first-ever pumpkin with my husband just weeks after we got married. We named him Gordie and christened him as our first child. Sadly, Gordie didn’t last very long. I’m hoping our first human child does better :).

That pretty much reaches the limits of my creativity. I can’t think of anything else I could possibly like about Halloween. But you know what? That’s ok. This was a difficult list to write, but I’m already looking at this holiday with different eyes. (Another thing I’ve been learning is that sometimes it’s not easy to change our perspective, and that’s ok. There’s tremendous value in doing it anyway.)

I’ll see you on Thursday with another list, this one much easier for me to write – my winter bucket list!

 

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