No matter where you are in the world right now, I’m pretty sure you’ve heard that Halloween is coming up. I always felt like this was more of an American holiday and I definitely felt like the American culture celebrated it more, perhaps it’s because of the build-up or the fact that Americans love to party, but the Halloween aisle here in the UK would normally be a few shelves of plastic crap in Asda and trick-or-treaters barely made an effort to dress up.
But as time has passed and years have gone by, the UK also seems to have embraced Halloween a little bit more, brands seem to be theming their branding on the holiday, you see more people dressing up and night-clubs love to go all out too; but it’s not the drunken, dressing up and having a wild-night out that I enjoy, it’s the fact that this is arguably the warmest holiday of the year. The colours are warm, the fashion is easy and also: warm, then, trick-or-treating is a bit outdated now so it doesn’t happen so we’re all happier to fill a bucket of sweets ourselves, sit in front of the tele and watch a Halloween themed movie.
I didn’t always happen this way obviously, and Halloween didn’t always appeal to me either, I didn’t see it as a waste as such but more as something else to put money into, and I don’t know if it’s me growing up and needing an excuse to have a bit of fun in life or the fact that Instagram has pushed me into feeling festive a bit more, but Halloween is a holiday that I do like. I love the way pumpkins look and the way that halloween themed candles smell, I love the orange tones and the fact that you can pig out with sweeties.
I also feel like the world is very doom and gloom nowadays, we need fun distractions such as themed holidays to keep our minds off the way of the world, politics is in a more critical state than ever and the news is constantly depressing, so having something to look forward to makes things a bit more exciting, happy and makes the world feel less crap.
My favourite thing to do around this time of the year though, is observe the world change. I love the Summer time, and I’ve made it very clear that Summer is my favourite season, it’s the season I feel the happiest in, but I cannot control the seasons so I have no choice but to embrace certain aspects of seasons changing; I love watching the leaves turn from a fresh green into a crisp brown or orange, I love the way mornings feel and how a hot chocolate is ever so tempting, constantly.
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As seasons come and go though, I find myself constantly wishing for the next thing. I expressed this to Pedro a few days ago, we were sat in the living room and I told him, “I’m waiting for the ‘now what’ feeling.” – I always have something to countdown for you see, I always make sure I do anyway, because without things to look forward to, I find myself feeling like I’m fed up, I feel like I need to have something lined up, otherwise the days start to feel to repetitive, I start to feel bored and tired, and all I honestly want is a good event or something to happen. So, holidays such as Halloween help me to break up the inevitable “now what?” I feel like life is eventful, or more so than when I don’t have things planned, and I look forward to living.
Then there’s also the point of why I think we should celebrate it more, and it also relates to what I just said about having something good to look forward to. I feel like we don’t celebrate enough, big events for the world are few and far between and we don’t seem to get a lot of chance to celebrate together. I feel like something as simple as a holiday like Halloween is enough to excite people and remove the wrongs from the world for a few hours.
I also feel like having a reason to party is always fun, I miss the days of being a kid and having parties at my nans house with the whole family together; I often mention it to my mum how I enjoyed those times as a kid – we’ve swapped parties at my nans for parties at Lauren’s or at my mums, we make everything fun for Harriet and have a laugh playing music and eating together, but as an adult the whimsical feelings of the world no longer exist, and when the party is over you go back to reality: rubbish brexit news and counting calories. Boring. So to have something that is a warm build up and a great time on the day, I appreciate it and feel like we should all embrace Halloween with more open arms.