Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween is now a season.

vintage-little-girl-witch-red-cape-hat-black-cat-broom-pumpkin-cardHalloween used to be for just one night - October 31st. Not anymore. There are a lot of fun things to do in the weeks leading up to Halloween. The time frame for Halloween has expanded into a season, not unlike the holiday season in December.

Halloween is about dressing up and being frightened, about as far as you can get from the other holiday season of Christmas, Chanukah and Thanksgiving. Halloween is frivolous, crazy and wild, not warm and serious. Halloween allows to be anyone but yourself, do things you never would otherwise. Like wearing a costume that's as unlike the real you as it's possible to be.
Everyone knows that the costume is one of the very best things about Halloween. You can vamp it up and dress a little more provacatively that you would at any other time. Or you can try on the persona of someone real or imaginary that you admire. Then there's always the comedic route. Whichever way you choose, creativity is the key to a great costume.
vintage-Halloween-little-girl-witch-pumpkin-black-cat-cardBeing frightened is, of course, a great way to get into the spirit of All Hallows Eve. Read a good book about werewolves, vampires or a serial murderer. Suspend your disbelief for a while and immerse yourself in a scary story. A quick trip to the library or book store will net a huge selection of spooky stories for all ages. The youngest kids can read something fun, like No Howling in the House, about friendly monsters. Older kids can read scary stories by flashlight. Even adults can find a good book that will keep them awake at night if that's what they want.
How ever you and your family decides to celebrated Halloween, please remember to do it safely and responsibly.

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