5 Reasons Why Halloween is Awesome
Love it or hate it, Halloween is a thing, a thing that exists.
That means that no matter how hard you try, you can't hide from it. This includes closing your curtains and pretending to be out when trick or treaters come to visit.
The best possible thing that you can to do is open your door to Halloween, welcome it in with all its spooky, pumpkiny goodness, and use it as an excuse to have a good time.
And the first thing that you'll notice about Halloween when you do allow it into your life is that it's awesome. And here are just five of the many reasons why that is the case.
1. It's an excuse to party
Everyone loves a party right?
We all like to meet with friends to dance, hang out and maybe act a bit crazy. Halloween is a great time to do this.
Well everyone is on a major comedown when Autumn comes along. Back to school, back to work, no more sunshine, shorter days, longer nights etc. We all NEED some fun at times like this, and with Christmas still months away, Halloween is perfectly situated to use as an excuse to party hard.
There are a load of cool decorations and cool themes for you to use too, so you don't need to spend hours thinking about 'what to do' and 'how to do it'. You can find Halloween party ideas everywhere. Especially on the web.
All you need to do it get some costumes, lots of party food and invite some people over. The rest will sort itself out, as if a creepy witch cast a magic spell on it or something.
We all love to dress up. Whether that's wearing something a bit smart for dinner or making yourself look a bit more like Dracula for Halloween.
And so Halloween is the perfect time to justify spending a bit of time and money on a creative costume idea and re-live that long forgotten childhood pastime called 'playing make believe'.
So you don't need to actually act like the character that you're dressed up as (although obviously, at this time of year it's totally fine if you do). But just donning a costume for a short time brings back all those great memories and makes you have even more fun.
It's also a great time to use costumes to become something that you usually aren't - like an introvert librarian becoming a semi-naked, yodelling Tarzan for the night. Something like that.
Add to that the the potential for playing hilarious pranks on your friends in costume AND the fact that you can even have prizes for the best costume at your party, which makes your party stand head and shoulders over any other party that doesn't have prizes.
Costumes are awesome and therefore, so is Halloween.
Everyone loves sweet treats. Cakes, candy, sweeties, chocolate, puddings, crisps, snacks... EVERYONE.
Halloween is probably the most treat endorsing celebration of all. Mainly because kids love to celebrate it, and kids love treats, but also because back in history, some kind of insane genius came up with the concept of 'trick or treating'.
No doubt it originally must have had some simple, less exciting beginnings: Maybe ancient trick or treaters went door-to-door asking for surplus grain, firewood or some hay to bed down on.
But once candy came along, Halloween was all about that.
Any why not? At least kids aren't begging for cash as with some other, lesser celebrations.
And if you're having a Halloween party, making/baking sweet treats is a great fun activity. You can get really creative and if things go a bit wrong, you can always give your failed cakes to the kids that will inevitably come knocking at your door.
And if you don't like treats, there's apple bobbing. Apples are like treats, but healthy.
4. It's spooky
Although lots of people make out that they don't like being scared, actually they do. In fact there are whole industries that make money out of our desire to be frightened. Theme parks and horror movies are good examples of this.
So if we all enjoy a big of scariness now and then, why not do it all on one night of the year in a nice controlled way? You know, like at Halloween.
At least that way Halloween haters can know when to expect such things and do something different to avoid being involved.
For those of you who do want to get involved in the spooky fun, there are of course lots of things that you can do, in addition to the great things mentioned in this article.
You could go on a ghost tour, watch a scary movie, stay at a haunted hotel or go to one of the many Halloween events that take place each year.
Halloween isn't just awesome in a modern, costume wearing, candy eating, fun having kind of way. It also has ancient roots. And if something has been popular for hundreds or even thousands of years, that takes it to new levels of awesomeness.
Halloween, Hallowe'en (a contraction of "All Hallows' Evening") or All Hallows' Eve has been a tradition observed in numerous countries worldwide for a very long time.
Prior to that it is said to have roots in Samhain or All Saints, both of which started well over 1,000 years ago, which puts it right up there with things like Christmas, and makes celebrations with more recent origins seem pretty much pointless and insignificant.
So when you're celebrating Halloween, not only are you having fun; socialising; eating and drinking yummy things; and enjoying doorstep given free stuff. But you're also keeping an important, ancient tradition alive for future generations. Which makes you pretty awesome too.
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