Yes, you read that right. The spirit of Halloween is on life support. Most adults today just don’t want to be bothered to put a bunch decorations up in their yard during the cold season. I don’t know about where you live but here in Minnesota it gets a little chilly around Halloween. Remember when we were kids and streets on Halloween night were full of all sorts of ghosts and aliens even a few monsters here and there? Around here if you go trick or treating around your neighborhood you’ll see that one Avenger far off in the distance almost to the horizon.
Where’d they go you might ask? the mall most likely, it’s safe, inside in the warm air and you could do some shopping while you’re there. While I understand the feeling safe part, isn’t that loosing just a bit of that Halloween spirit? Isn’t Halloween supposed to be at least a little scary? Just a tiny bit? Isn’t that part of the fun?
Yes, I’m aware of the origins of Halloween and how it’s evolved into what it is today and the original intent was to signify a harvest and was originally and is still called Samhain. Halloween is now a separate entity all together. Now it’s about people’s love of being frightened, dressing up as something or someone you’re not, and having fun with it, or free candy. There is no pagan ritual, there’s no devil worship, there is some debauchery involved but that’s all in the fun.
Retail stores are pushing the bigger holidays earlier and earlier every year. This kind of over shadowing is pushing out Halloween and Thanksgiving while also over hyping the Christmas season to the point where when Christmas comes around, you’re already sick of the whole holiday.
So yes, the spirit IS on life support, but it’s not dead, no, it’s undead. It’s coming back. I know, I’ve felt it. I’ve used it. Yup, this weekend while costume shopping for the family I got that spark. I don’t know what else to call it except that one moment of inspiration. We were at Party City, my wife was trying to help our youngest with their costume and I wandered off in typical Loomis fashion and saw a women’s Gothic accessory. I started putting together a costume for my wife that would be dark. I had an image in my head and I was in a zone.
Like a madman I couldn’t form complete sentences. I was grabbing accessories that I would hope worked. Once we left there we went to this Halloween store that is open all year round. Oh yeah, baby. That’s right! Daddy’s got a new hobby
store now. Annnd we’re all a little creeped out now. Anyway, I was like the Doctor on Doctor Who, more specifically Matt Smith‘s Doctor. I even had to attempt to form a broken sentence to one of the store’s many helpers. She just smiled and pointed me in the right direction. I probably wasn’t the first one to say, “Women. tops. black” after being ask if she could help me find anything.
After running around back and forth in the store usually saying to myself something like “Head piece. dark, not cutesy.” or “something dark. Dark. Need dark.” Over and over again, I finally had most of it together and I was bringing myself back out of the zone with a clearer picture of what she will look like. Now that little spark made me just a little excited for Halloween again. There were a lot of people in the store, some were there for the fun, others were there cause they must have a costume for some party. I do know one thing, I’m starting early for next year. because now I have more time and just a little more money to make next Halloween even more frightfully scary.
People love to be scared, in that spirit somewhere deep in the shadows is the Halloween spirit’s heart faintly beating but slowly thumping away, getting stronger. In all of us is a dark side, we control it, we need it, it;s part of who we are and this one day it’s okay to let it creep out even just a little. Feel that Halloween spirit and let it flow. You might be surprised with what you can do with it.