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.
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