I love Halloween. Loved it before kids. Love it even more now that I have kids.
Although it's more work with them, I truly love every part of the Halloween 'journey' with kids around. From decorating the home, to picking out costumes and putting it on together (- especially the makeup portion!), and walking out in full gear to School Day Events and Halloween Parades and other gatherings (- although this year it'll be drive-in Haunted Houses or Zoom Parties sadly). Finally going out at night in costume with them, and being part of a neighborhood-wide game of make-believe - playing pretend is truly a freedom for them.
As "frightening" as it's meant to be on the surface, Halloween also feels entirely cozy. It's the first big event of the year to kickoff the Fall, and the first to bring family together. It's why Halloween feels entirely fuzzy and warm to me. Everything from Pumpkin Spice Lattes at Starbucks, to trying all the new Pumpkin inventions at Trader Joe's, to Fall leaves and kids out and about in costume - it's one of those things that make life so special.
Halloween also got me thinking about family and good friends. We huddle up closer to each other when we're frightened. We watch horror movies with our family, and we nervously giggle when the heroine gets away from the monster. But there's much to be said about doing this with people we love and trust. The important part isn’t the thrill of the scary scenes. It’s the comfort of having people who have our backs when we deal with the scary stuff. And there is some profound lesson there on the value of family and good friends. Yea, I love Hallowen, and I love having people I can run to when I’m scared out of my wits.