To some, it’s just an excuse to eat candy, but to many, Halloween is one of the most fun and creative holidays we celebrate. It’s the one day of the year when we are open to do or be pretty much anything we want, to push the boundaries of good taste, and shamelessly express ourselves to our friends and loved ones, without regard towards sex, sexuality, kink, pomp, circumstance, or any of the usual hang-ups we carry with us the rest of the year.
Halloween is a day of true freedom, liberation from social norms, and exorcism from our own fears. It’s a day to not take ourselves seriously, to laugh with total strangers of all ages. In that regard, it has the potential every year to be better than Christmas.
Granted, there are those who think Halloween is just for kids. Fair enough, everyone goes through a period where they don’t have the time, money, or energy to plan a wicked costume. When we grow up, Halloween often ends up being one of those things we rebel against in order to present ourselves as adults.
But just because you may not believe in Santa any more doesn’t mean you stop buying presents and visiting your family at that time of year. So, too, with Halloween, there is still magic on that day even if you just buy a small bag of candies for yourself, pretend you’re a zombie (by laying flat on the couch and barely moving), and watch The Simpsons Halloween specials all night, you’re partying, Halloween-style.
Whether you hide behind drawn curtains, lights out, pretending not to be home when the kids come a knockin’, or if you’re out dancing all night, here’s a Halloween soundtrack for you.
By the way, if you have any good ghost or Halloween related stories, the comment section is all yours. Don’t be a stranger.
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