Ah, it’s Halloween time! The glorious ghosts and goblins are here! The endless bowls of candy are sucked down through these days of bountiful harvest. The little cherubs run through the streets with a sugar-induced squeal and a gurgling growl wearing masks that can both scare a grown man or bring a woman to tears. It’s a frenzy of imaginary friends and fairytale dreams. Monsters come alive as nightmares unfold into reality for some little angels. Humorous and adorable figures roam the dark and narrow paths of each neighborhood, in search of the goods given out on Trick or Treat Night.
The air is filled with excitement and wonder! There are bonfires glowing and flashlights beaming. There’s both hot cider to drink to warm the body and precious and precarious costumes to spark the soul. It’s an event that is both over stimulating and underestimated. Its tradition for many is right up there with the day Christ was born. It’s a big one. It’s a celebration of being someone you’re not. It’s the only time of the year when your behavior can be both disgusting and inappropriate and the character you transform into is where you hide. For one night, you can be anyone you dream to be…
I know many adults who also savor the Holiday with an assortment of costumes that pursuit the inevitable quest….to become someone they’re not. It’s a wonderful creative outlet for them and they bask in the dwelling of another character they can escape to for just a moment in time. I just love seeing these costumes because they are the elite of the bunch. The adults know how to dress up….and when they do….it’s show time baby!
I’ve never been one to dress up. I find fulfillment in watching others transform, and seeing the magic that takes place. I am the “ooh! and aaah!-er” that stops to see every kid and responds with fright to the teenage Vampires. I cry and I laugh. I scream and I run. I enjoy…and question….and take it all in as I walk the streets with my little ones eating all the good loot they grab at each door. And I take in the night full of spirit and energy….where dreams really do come true! One glorious superhero at a time.