The Most Important Lesson of Halloween
Halloween is a time for kids to fill their trick-or-treat bags up to the brim with candy. It’s a time for gender stereotypes to play out via the princess costume. It’s also a time for people to open up their wallets and let cash flow out in exchange for cheap costumes. So then, what is it about Halloween that makes a positive statement? Is there even a moral behind its scary mask?
I would say yes.
Beyond the strong criticisms against Halloween there lies a simpler notion that could be put into place if you consciously let it. Of course, it isn’t stated outright in any Halloween Handbook of Conduct, but it is what I’ve noticed happens anyway. My belief is that Halloween is a time of sharing.
Hang with me for a moment, I’m going to explain.
People Share Their Candy (and Candy = Money!)
Perhaps people open the doors to their homes and divvy up candy in kids’ bags for the sole reason of partaking in an annual tradition. Perhaps not. However, I’d like to think that if someone goes out to buy candy specifically to pass candy out on Halloween night that they’re looking to put a smile on a child’s face.
People Share Their Resources
I’ve seen some outrageously cool and complex costumes in my time. To achieve a similarity between yourself and the character/person/inanimate object you’re dressing up as, you’ll probably need various materials—the majority of which you will not own. That’s where borrowing and sharing come in. When you’ve got a great idea for a costume and you really need that black nail polish? Bed sheet? Scream mask? Witch hat? Platform shoes from the 90’s? One of your friends has probably got your back.
The power of sharing can turn your mediocre costume into a winner with a widely cast network of friends and no budget.
People Share Their Good Will
An easy way for you to be involved in something charitable this Halloween is by Trick or Treating for The United Nations Children’s Fund, otherwise known as UNICEF. They work for “children’s rights, their survival, development and protection.” The basic idea is that you either order special trick or treat boxes or print out a paper and glue it to your own box and then collect donations on Halloween night. It’s ridiculously simple, and there are countless good-willed people out there that will donate to the cause.
So share something this Halloween. Whether it is your candy, resources, good will, or something that I didn’t even mention, do your best to make this day important and useful.
And also—share in the comments section what you’re planning to share this Halloween!