I felt like I needed to write an article about Halloween. Ya know, ’cause I like to rant.
This time of the year has always had a special place in my heart. It’s my favorite holiday of all, closely followed by Christmas, but you’ll hear about why I love Christmas later on in the year.
Ever since I learned what Halloween was, back when I was a wee lad, I have adored this day. The imagery, the festivities, the candy: it’s all amazing to me. Even though a lot of skanky, ignorant people try to ruin it every year by taking it for granted and making it a reason to dress like a skeezebag, I still hold strong to my belief that it’s the best day. Honestly, if I could decorate my house all year round like people do on Halloween, I would. But I think my wife would kill me. I hadn’t done it in a while, but this year I renewed my love for carving pumpkins. I think it’s the artist in me that loves the act of creating something wonderful with my hands. Seeing my creations, a Ninja Turtle and the Doctor Who logo, sitting on the front porch, glowing proudly, it brought me great joy.
The best part was watching my little girl get into the fun of it and seeing her face light when the pumpkins lit up. This is the only time of the year that I like spiders too, so that’s gotta say something. Black cats, skulls, witches, vampires, werewolves, monsters, and pretty much everything else you’ll find in a haunted house–It’s all magical to me.
And who doesn’t love free candy? Sure there’s always been that fear of those sick people who poison candy or put razor blades in it, but has that ever stopped anyone from going out at night and getting bags full of the good stuff? Nope. Kids still throw on their costumes, grab their trick-or-treat bags or buckets or pillowcases, and head out in a fiendish attempt to gather as much as they can. I did it when I was young, you know you did it, and kids will continue to do it for many years to come.
Then there’s the non-stop horror movie marathons. Sure you can have those anytime you want but they won’t mean as much as they do on Halloween. Sitting in front of the television with a bowl of popcorn, some sodas, a pizza, a few beers, or whatever’s gonna hold over your thirst and appetite while you watch, just letting your mind go numb as you zone out on some quality (or horrible) films. Halloween (original or Rob Zombie), Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Puppet Master, Leprechaun…whatever. Watch whatever makes you happy, or scared, just have a good time.
There were years when I would start to lose interest, but something would happen that would renew my love for it. This year, it’s my little girl. It’s her first trick-or-treat and I can’t wait to experience the joy I’ll feel from watching her dressed up in her costume, collecting candy, and then devouring a bunch of it and going into hyper-spastic mode until she crashes, just like I did when I was little. I’m pretty stoked for it. Not to mention, getting to enjoy all the free candy I’ll get from all the stuff she can’t eat. Awesome.
Halloween, oh how I love thee.
What do you love about Halloween? Leave your comments in the comments section.