For someone with a well-documented history of cowardice, I really like Hallowe’en. Yes, the holiday comes replete with ghosts and ghoulies, and a porous boundary between the living and the dead. It produces scads of creepy costumes, and an endless supply of horrible slasher films.
But to all that I say: candy!
There’s more to it, of course. I like the kid-friendly version of Hallowe’en, the one with trick-or-treaters and decorated neighbourhoods. Given those, an interactive evening excursion becomes a kind of processional pageant, with bonus snacks. I like the community aspect of it, which echoes the inclusive nature of Day of the Dead celebrations. Everyone gets to join in.
And I love, truly love, the chance to dress up in costume. Continue reading…