Scare up a little Halloween family fun this season
Halloween is next week. Are you ready? Have you purchased your bags of candy at a local retailer? Do you have your pumpkins out front, along with a few decorations or lights? It seems Halloween, which used to be a day when we would raid our parents’ closets for scarves and old hats to create a costume for the day, has taken on a completely different tone over the years.
No longer is it a day for kids, but it has become a season to be celebrated by young and old, which just happens to be located in the fall. It has become a time for grown-ups to express their wilder side. In fact, there are stores all throughout the Twin Cities dedicated solely to Halloween, from costumes, to make-up, music, fog machines and all sorts of things only they would think to offer so we can create a day to remember and talk about with our friends at the office and our friends online.
When you think of Halloween, what comes to mind? Do you remember the day and evening of trick-or-treating for yourself or your kids? Do you remember a specific costume you made or wore, a pumpkin you carved, lights you put up or a party you had or attended? Halloween, for most children, has become a favorite day of the year, and if you ask any of them what they plan to be for Halloween, they can tell you with delight which character they will become for the day.
What if adults could suspend their attention to work or the duties of their lives for a day like this, and simply think about becoming someone or something completely out of character, if even for just 24 hours? It seems that it would stay with us for the following year, just like it does our kids. It is such a fun and inviting time, why live it for only one evening? Why not allow it to be a season and truly infuse our lives with enchantment and mystery, for that moment and through the pictures and videos that will be taken and viewed for months to come?
If you have children whom you do not want to go trick-or-treating, or if your teens would like to do something more engaging and fun, check out websites that offer all sorts of activities available throughout the Twin Cities for the season of Halloween. There are several websites presented that offer hayrides, corn mazes, star-gazing, houses that have spooky enterprises, as well as many other venues. Check it out and then plan to do something fun this weekend with your kids.
Soucheray is a Woodbury resident and a licensed family therapist