Halloween is the best holiday of the year.

Matthew C. Woodruff

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Halloween is Coming(istockphoto.com)

Halloween started from the Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts celebrated Halloween as the last day of the year, making November 1 the start of their new year. This day marked the end of the summer sun, the harvest, beginning of the cold, and winter. The old customs associated with this time of year that have been transformed into the harmless (or are they?) fun we now associate with Halloween are fascinating to research. Keep on the lookout for another article about this, but today’s article is for why we love Halloween.

All Hallows Eve takes place during the best weather of the year – Autumn. There is nothing better than the changing hues and cool evenings, especially after a long, blazing hot summer. As an added bonus, you get to dress up your pet without looking (too) crazy.

Everyone gets included in Halloween, young, old, rich and poor, boy or girl, partnered or single. Even dead people love it! Also, it is about conquering your fears. It’s breathing a sigh of relief at the end of a horror movie and walking out of the haunted house safe and sound. We can look the grim reaper in the eye and tell him to buzz off, we got some partying to do.

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Kid's Costumes(marketing photo)

Kids get a freedom they usually don’t have. They bang on the doors of people they don’t know and expect them to give them candy, no questions asked. Those unable (or too lazy, come on admit it, you’ve been there) to give out candy can leave a bowl of the stuff outside on the porch with a “take one” sign. We win by not having to get off the couch, the kids win by taking as much of the best candy their sticky little hands can hold.

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Adult's Costumes(marketing photo)

We each get to be someone we aren’t, or possibly exactly the person we really are. Scary, nice, slutty, chivalrous, ugly, beautiful… It doesn’t matter if you are wearing a silly t-shirt with funny writing on it or a full blown Pennywise, we all come together to laugh about it and enjoy the fact that we are all full-grown adults in costumes. That party is for everyone.

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We get to decorate our homes and yards with abandon! Gravestones, skeletons, witches’ cauldrons, gigantic spider webs, lights and creepy music, and of course the hand-carved pumpkins, some of which can be works of art.

Of course, for me, the best part is… you know… Free Candy. I’ll admit it, I love candy. I’m an equal opportunity candy consumer. Halloween celebrates gluttony. It’s all about consuming special treats. Who doesn’t like to be given permission to indulge their sweet teeth? I’m not talking about roasted pumpkin seeds, but candy corn, gummy worms, pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin pie, and anything and everything Hershey’s and Nestle has to offer.

Halloween is all about having fun and letting the inner psycho (oops, I meant child) out. It allows us to be whoever we want. It can be scary and fun (just like sweet and spicy pickles). It helps us feel more comfortable with the unknown realm. How can anything you make a festival out of be scary? By dressing up as our fears, we take control of them.

Enjoy Halloween as hard as you can, I understand once you are on the other side, it’s the only day worth looking forward to.

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Matthew is a free-lance journalist, and an internationally award-winning author best known for Dark Humor/Lite Horror/Supernatural short stories, as well as an ordained minister who served as a domestic missionary. He is a lover of the unusual, travel, cats and the spark that makes people tick. Matthew is based in Florida, USA.

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