How everyone can, and should, have one from time to time

Just thought I’d jot down a few words about Halloween, my favourite of holidays. I guess I love it because it’s the one holiday that you can celebrate as much or as little as you like. Whether you dress up as your favourite Transformer, slip on an old Child’s Play t-shirt or just kick back and watch your favourite scary movie, there is no right or wrong way to celebrate the day. Everyone’s welcome as nobody’s cared about the religious/superstitious origins for centuries, and nobody expects anything of you, as opposed to, say, Christmas, where you’re expected to go home, buy presents and so forth.

I guess it’s one of the few occasions where you can really let your freak flag fly, dressing up in homage to whatever you’re passionate about and not caring what anyone thinks. It’s also an excuse to listen to cheesy music (when else are you going to listen to “Clap For The Wolf Man” or “The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead”?) and eat pretty much whatever you like. Even if you’re not the kind of person who’d watch Brain Dead or Candyman you can enjoy Teen Wolf or Labyrinth.

Tonight I’m going out with a mate, for the first time in ages, which should be fun, even if a bunch of other people have bailed. I’m wearing a costume, though not a scary one, and all store-bought stuff I’ve had for a while, no hand-made elements this year. I’m also spending the day (and probably tomorrow) watching a bunch of movies and just taking some time to myself. Which I guess is my point, it’s important to just take some time to yourself every now and then, and spend a day or two doing whatever you want to do, no matter how lame or dorky it sounds on paper. And isn’t that what today’s really all about?

Whatever you end up doing, I hope you take care and have a great time. Cheers for reading,

Rees