For me, Halloween is one of my favourite celebrations of the year, even possibly rivaling Christmas. It might be the creativity of the season or just the fun of becoming someone or something else. For whatever reason, the holiday brings out the inner kid in this professional journalist.
At this point some people have probably already decided their costumes, while others have not decided who they want to be yet. It is almost like for one day, there is a blank slate for you. You can become whoever you want to be. For one day, it gives people an excuse to get out, have some fun and, for us adults, to reconnect with our childhood heroes, fictional or real.
I remember fondly some of my childhood costumes. One year, I dressed as a pirate with the full black wig and pirate shirt. Another year, I went as a werewolf. I had the furry mask, and had some extra fake fur glued to a slightly ripped shirt, and to some gloves. These are good kinds of memories to have, to look back on and at least to laugh at.
Having an excuse to treat yourself to some candy or sweets doesn’t really hurt either.
Now, I know that this may be a week too early to be talking about Halloween, but as my next column will not run until after Oct. 31, it may be the best time.
Recently though, this celebration has faced some issues with schools. Last year, a school in Paris, Ontario banned the wearing of Halloween costumes. Also in recent years some schools, mostly in the United States have been afraid of celebrating it as they see it as a ‘pagan’ holiday.
However, I don’t think any person should grow up without experiencing Halloween throughout their lives. It helps them explore their imagination, become whoever they would like to be and just escape the usual stressful, and sometimes somewhat boring, world that they live in.
Halloween has been a long lasting tradition, and I hope that we have it, unchanged, for many more years to come. It is a date that I, and I think many of us as well, looks forward to every year. It is a fun celebration for all ages.
I can’t wait to see what kind of creative costumes people come up with. And if anyone is still stuck for an idea, maybe going as Jose Bautista is an option. He has definitely scared a lot of opposing pitchers this season.
Recently a year long experiment by a company in Sweden found that the six hour workday can be more productive than the usual eight hour workday.
This got me thinking whether it would work on this side of the Atlantic, and I think, with some changes to the way we do things, it definitely could.
For one thing, it forces employees to be productive since they have a shorter time period for work. This means that workers have less time to be distracted by things like texting and social media sites, and logically would be more focused on getting work done.
Once the distractions that previously helped people get through slow periods of the day have been cut out, people will likely be able to complete the same amount of work.
This would also lead to more time for people to enjoy leisure and the beauty of their community. Therefore, in my opinion, people would come to work with less stress, and the quality of work done would likely improve. It is a business principle, happy employees lead to production, and thus less stressed employees will better produce.
This may fix a societal issue in which people don’t tend to spend enough time with their families. The entire reason that Family Day was created was because the government realized that we weren’t spending enough time with family. As well, I remember talking with a parent of a colleague, who told me one of her regrets was that she missed certain time with her children because of work.
As I said in a previous column, people tend to sometimes be moving too fast and don’t take time to enjoy what or who is around them.
This is also not the only time that the idea has been examined. Kellogg Co. tried it in their business in the early 1930’s and found it to be successful.
Now, let me clarify that these points work in theory. There are always issues with any theory. In this case, that would be individual work ethic, as well as what job or career you are in. As well, the wage process would have to be restructured so that workers would end up making about the same money as they are now. However, if it can work abroad, why not here? It’s an intriguing idea anyways.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Enjoy the celebration, and your time with family.
Is a reporter for The Standard Newspaper, so if you see him, feel free to say hello. You can follow Dan on Twitter at @dancearnsy