Like it or
loath it Halloween is here to stay!
Hubble bubble toil and trouble
Fires burn and cauldrons bubble
As I embark on a week of spooky, or, in some cases, not so
spooky Halloween workshops it got me thinking why Halloween is not such a loved
tradition for kids and grown-ups alike.
A chance to dress up
– everyone love to dress up and Halloween is the perfect opportunity. It allows
children to play act as a scary or spooky character. It seems now that adults can enjoy the dress
up tradition with more and more high street shops selling adult costumes and such
is the popularity for adults to dress up that Disneyland even allow dressed up
adults into their parks during their Halloween period.
Trick or Treating
- dress up, spooking people and sweet treats as a reward combine to make a truly
terrific tradition. It is also an opportunity to connect with the neighbours. There
does seem to be an unspoken rule to only go to people’s houses who have a
pumpkin outside their door which is a good rule to follow as not everyone likes
and agrees with Halloween. If you do like Halloween though pop a pumpkin or
decoration in the window and prepare to be spooked.
Carving pumpkins –
what is there not to like? Scooping out the slimy insides before carving it
into a spooky face, adding a light and hey presto a magnificent Halloween
decoration. It is a perfect activity for any age. I have also noticed this year an increase in
the number of people who are picking their own pumpkins which looks a really fun
Nostalgia – I loved Halloween as a child, we would start planning
our costumes in September and always went trick or treating with friends round
the village to all the neighbours before returning home to a game of ‘apple
bobbing’. As a consequence I would be keen to pass on these traditions. I am
sure this rings true for other people
Scaring people –
I think the main reason why kids (and adults) love Halloween is the chance to
scare others, to be scary and to feel a little bit scared themselves. Years ago
I worked at an event where my main role was to scare people and the guests
LOVED it – they love being scared!! I guess being scared releases adrenaline
and a ‘rush’ of excitement.
Making memories and connecting with others is key to
childhood and key to Halloween – so however you celebrate and whatever you do -
Happy Halloween everyone!