Halloween is not only about putting on a costume, but it’s about finding the imagination and costume within ourselves.
Halloween is the day when we get it right. Strangers come to us, beautiful, ugly, odd or scary, and we accept them all without question, compliment them, treat them kindly, and give them good things. Why don’t we live like that?
Halloween breaks the rules. We are prone to dress up in costume to the delight of not only others, but to our inner child who never wishes to fully grow up. In this magic holiday, we are given express permission to divert from the norm, arrive wherever it is that we are headed, and show ourselves as an internal expression of our imagination.
When the barriers are broken, and we are acting disparate from how we might feel at another time of the year, there is an internal joy and satisfaction of breaking the norm, acting out and behaving differently than any other day of the year.
If you were in a supermarket in the middle of June, and three large men came walking through looking like the grim reaper, a psycho clown and a zombie, you might reflexively grab your child or loved one and make for the door, assuming something was very wrong. Yet on this day, of all days, you would not think twice.
When the children from the neighborhood knock on your door, you are happily desirous of giving them some treat for their efforts and complimenting them on their creativity, regardless of topic or subject matter.
For those of us who spend a majority of our time operating in the creative realm, Halloween is less of a unique diversion and more of a moment of normality in which everyone around us is invited to behave same, to express how they wish to be seen and allow others to comment freely, with honest appreciation for the creativity that each of us have opted to express.
I would argue that Halloween shares a commonality with theme parks, in that it is a secluded experience designed to awaken the inner child and enable that child to openly behave in ways that will not be acceptable the next day or in the next place.
Whatever your plans today, take a few moments to empower your inner child to have fun. Be playful and celebrate that in others. Recognize that perhaps there are deeper lessons to Halloween than what is experienced at face value and enjoy the holiday!