There are so many events and invites popping up in the mailbox for the upcoming Halloween. More and more people are getting into celebrating Halloween. Restaurants are introducing special cook up theme menus with wild drinks and gory decorations. Malls and shopping centers have a huge display of dress up costumes and scary looking things.
People in India have suddenly started celebrating Halloween. I just have a simple question to ask them. Living here in India, are we short of festivals, that we don’t get to celebrate? We almost have half a year to celebrate different festivals and holidays. Month of October was whole lot of celebration from Navratri through Dusshera, leading to Diwali in the next month.
There are so many other festivals celebrated all over the world, but we chose the one that needed people to wear fancy/scary costumes and paint their face. If we really want to adapt a festival, then why not go for Thanksgiving, that has ample amount of everything from food to family conversations and sibling fun-fights. Thanksgiving will be so good for our regular lives.
It’s as, we don’t have enough scary things happening in our real lives, that we want to bring in a holiday that celebrates horror. I am not against Halloween. I love pumpkins, candy, and dress up costumes, but I’m really not a big fan of Halloween. Well, let’s say I’m not a big fan of all that comes with Halloween. I would like to change a few things or say I would like it a lot more.
It can be pretty scary for kids. I’d like to keep out the bloody, yucky and scary parts. Children are children. They don’t need to celebrate bloodstained gory cruelty. They don’t need to celebrate the day of dead in full swing. As a society, we are outraged and shocked by the acts of violence. So why is the need for children to roam around in fake dripping blood. Telling horror stories and watching scary movies leaves a long term impact on their minds causing reoccurring nightmares.
Instead of all these it’s important to tell kids the ancient stories about celebrating Halloween. Explaining them that Halloween is a time of carousal and superstition. Mounting the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death. It’s just a reminder about Daylight savings time. Reminder it’s that time again….set clocks one hour behind on November 1st. There are plenty of other fun activities to do with kids to enjoy the day. Carving designs and shapes in the pumpkins can be real fun. Going to trick-or-treat with friends in the neighborhood and passing out candy. Making different crafts like polymer clay dough craft, funny faced cookies. There could be a list of activities available to do with kids on Halloween. That’s about how I prefer celebrating Halloween and taking the scare out of my kids.
Cheers and a happy weekend with HALLOWEEN !!!