Author Gemma Juliana poses an interesting question today. How do you like your Halloween?
by Gemma Juliana
How do you like your Halloween – mild or spicy? I’ve noticed two things about Halloween in recent years. It has grown in the past few years in popularity to rival other major holidays. Also, it has become more extreme – as in gruesome. The Halloween costume and decoration market is exploding with prosperity. This holiday is now as popular with adults – if not more so – as with children.
Taking a walk down memory lane, I have warm memories of mild Halloweens that would probably be considered boring nowadays.
Mild means running from door to door trick-or-treating, dressing up in costumes, throwing a party with spooky music, placing orange, purple and black lights at your door or in your windows, putting a blow-up ghost in your front garden, baking treats like spider-shaped cupcakes… and don’t forget the candy!
Spicy means dressing up very risqué, or downright gruesome. You might be a corpse that just clawed its way back into the realm of the so-called living, or a zombie with a blood-splattered head and an axe hanging from it. Just looking at it makes you flinch… then you pay for a haunted house experience that will literally make you die of fright. This is not for the weak of heart, or those who hid behind their hands while watching Rosemary’s Baby (me)…
As more adults jump on the Halloween bandwagon, the dark element associated with this holiday has grown. In ancient times, All Hallows Eve was the end of the year and beginning of a new year. It was a sacred time of communion between the living and the dead.
More recently, Halloween was for children. They dressed up as ghosts with white sheets over their heads or in a nurse, princess, doctor, or police officer costume. The most gruesome costumes were witches or devils, and they weren’t gruesome at all.
Many people enjoy the scary dark side of Halloween, but speaking for myself, I miss the fun, innocent days when Halloween was exciting. It was about dressing up, collecting candy with friends and running from door to door saying, trick or treat!
GEMMA JULIANA is a multi-published author who lives in an enchanted cottage in north Texas with her handsome hero, teen son, and a comical dog. She loves making new friends and hearing from readers. Exotic coffee and chocolate fuel her creativity. Her latest novella, Autumn Masquerade, is about a career woman with psychic gifts and the ability to speak to ghosts. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, and Apple.
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