Halloween, Halloween, the best time of the year.
What do you think of, when you hear the word “Halloween”? Do you think of ghosts and jack-o-lanterns? Do you think of candy and trick-or-treaters? Do you think of witches and evil spirits?
I think of the magic, mostly. It’s the night when magic is strongest–so strong that the air feels charged with it. It’s also a night of great and terrible evil, when dark spirits and deep fears come out to play. But it’s a night of revelry and bravery and a whole lot of fun.
Some of my fondest Halloween memories are from childhood. Getting to dress up in a costume and pretend to be someone or something else, going house to house and seeing all the neat decorations, getting candy that could last you for months with careful rationing… Halloween filled me with a special kind of happiness. A sort of exhilaration that you only get from touching magic in its purest form.
Now I’ve grown up and don’t go trick-or-treating anymore, but I still make costumes and still like to see all the decorations and haunted houses. The costumes still have their charm: the thrill of being someone else, of stepping into their skin and pretending that you’re just as powerful or brave or menacing as they are. And the decorations have a sense of community. Everyone is celebrating and banding together against the darkness. It’s kind of amazing.
Jack-o-lanterns, too, fill me with a special sort of joy. They’re so fun to carve, you can be so creative with them, and they’re absolutely beautiful standing out in the blackness with their candlelight. They ward away the evil spirits, protecting our homes with their gentle glow. They’re the very embodiment of bravery. They’re the very embodiment of goodness.
Because while Halloween might be filled with demons and vampires and fear and horrible evil spiders, it all serves as a mirror, reflecting how brightly a single light can shine in the darkness, revealing how strong the human heart can be in the face of such terrible things. Sure, there’s a lot to be afraid of, but when everyone gets together and enjoys the warmth and laughter, it’s not nearly as bad as it seems.
And when you touch the magic, even for a moment, and feel it wrap around your heart and soul, warding off fear, keeping you safe, making you feel just a little bit braver… it’s a powerful thing.
Halloween is for having fun. It’s for acknowledging fear and facing it head-on. It’s for setting lights in the darkness and being safe in good company. It’s for the magic.
What is Halloween for you?
May your Halloween be full of fun and magic.