Do you get spooked at Halloween?
We can all get spooked now and again, but do you get more spooked over Halloween? Does the dark seem darker and the silence seem eerie? Are all those pumpkin heads with their great big holes for eyes just a little bit scary? Perhaps you're not a fan of all those spider webs and witches hats hanging from the shop windows. How spooked are you over Halloween?
Not spooked, just saddened. Grownups should be protecting children from all that is hideous and heinous, but for weeks/months prior to the night it is in their faces everywhere they go.
If we said no to exposing children to the monstrously horrific activities that pass for entertainment and only promoted that which is beautiful to all their senses might we see different behavior from them? Would their hearts be more encouraged instead of dreadfully discouraged? How is that we expect them to behave when their entertainments mock beauty and embrace the worse than ugly?
It's not that this date's activities are alone responsible for kids becoming more depressed, more disconnected, more addicted to various drugs, and more violent, but it is that there are dots to connect. That grownups think it is funny to thoughtlessly scare and even terrorize children/teens at this time without giving consideration to how it helps to harden their hearts and minds is curious in face of the fact that science has proven that brain development is markedly incomplete until the early 20s.
Others give various reasons for opposing the day, such as turning children into demanding beggars, too much candy, and more. But it's not difficult to agree with many who are convinced that the serious issues children face today are connected to tremendously powerful exposure to all that is frighteningly repulsive and viciously violent on this date and throughout the year.
I'm sorry I didn't realize that reflecting on life and mortality, honoring one's dead loved ones or ancestors, or contemplating the turning of the season's was so morbid or terrible...I love Halloween!
I am slightly unnerved by your answer and find myself wondering what experiences you have had as a child: scaring children is hardly the agenda for Halloween as far as I have encountered: it's been a fun time, a reflective time on historic events.
Halloween doesn't spook me at all, in fact, I find it to be a very spiritual time. The seasons are shifting, the cold of winter is settling in, it's a time to think back on past events and loved ones that have gone, and a great time for introspection. Halloween and all the festivals that predated it are rooted in so much intriguing mystery and magic it's hard not to be fascinated.
For me, jack-o-lanterns, witches (like me!) and all things spooky make me happy. I feel much more cheerful around this time of year and it's always been that way.
NEVER, Halloween is such a DEVILISHLY FUN time of year. What other season can one can one's DARK on? Halloween lets us be as DARK as we like within boundaries of course. Wooooooooooaaaaahhhh, here IT comes, IT'S coming closer.......closer........CLOSER.................
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