I love Halloween! You got that right! I love dressing up, laughing with friends and having a good time. When I was a kid Halloween marked the beginning of the Holiday Season. The leaves were colorful and falling and I lived on top of a beautiful mountain where there was no grafitti, no gangs, just the simple life. Halloween was never about the candy for me, it was always about the adventure. Usually I would get angry with my mom when she threw my Halloween Candy out at Thanksgiving, it was a bag of uneaten candy to her, but a bag of Halloween Memories for me.
One of my clearest Halloween Memories was in first grade and we had a play. I believe 7 of us had parts, but the only parts and the only THING I can remember is that I did not get the part that I wanted. The two parts in question were the Princess and The Witch. The Princess was all pretty dressed in Pink, with a crown and sparkly dress. The Witch got to wear a black dress, and cape with Purple Hair. (I remember thinking, OH how nice that would be to have purple hair… I was 6 years old after all I had never seen anyone with purple hair)
The princess had a big long part in the play, and of course I was the first grader reading on a third and fourth grade level.. so… they NEEDED me to take the long part. I was all dressed pretty in pink and spoke my part as I watched the Witch stand with her pretty purple wig (I was already jealous of her as her name was Dolly (in real life a kid in first grade named Dolly Lusk) LOL
One thing I can say about my mom, she always let me be whatever I wanted to for Halloween, My Senior year, I was Tina Turner and I rocked that part.
This year for the annual Halloween Party I decided to be a Witch… The little girl in me never got to play that part for the first grade play, but the grown up me could make that happen in honor of my inner child. So I dressed myself up in black, with a beautiful hand carved broom that I bought in the Wood Craft Store in Dollywood, and a Halloween Corset to sinch my waist, a scarf with a rhinestone moon, and lots of pretty make up. No Green face me, No pointed black hat or black nails, Not even purple hair. You see Halloween is just like any other day for me, I don’t wear a mask to and I don’t need to cover up what radiates from deep inside me. Neither does anyone else, you included. We can be beautiful even on a bad day, so we can be beautiful even if we are a Witch on Halloween!
Last year, I danced the entire night at the party. This year I am getting over a bout with the flu and probably should have not been out yet. This one dance with Gordon sat me into a coughing attack, and I sat the rest of the night on the sofa watching my friends and dancing from my seat on the sidelines. It was still a great time. You see I could look at the night and think about how miserable it was to have to sit out the dance, or I could be thankful for being surrounded by my wonderful friends and I take the latter!
All this talk on the Boards about the Halloween Candy. I have learned to take the Holidays and view them for the real treats, the friendships, the common bonds among people, the laughing and talking. I don’t even notice the Halloween Candy on the shelf. What are you doing for Halloween? Will you dress up? Whatever you decide just know a couple things:
*You can be beautiful no matter what costume you decide to wear, it is who you are on the inside that shines through both your outside layers AND your costume layers.
*The candy and desserts are not the “sweet” part of life, it is the friends you chose to spend your time with.
*You can be whatever you chose to be, On Halloween and everyday… chose beauty!
Much love and Hugs along your journey!