I love Halloween. It is actually may favorite holiday. When else do you get to pretend to be someone (or something) else and it's absolutely okay-- and fun. You can be as strange, scary, sexy, outrageous as you want to be and it's all good.
This year's Halloween party came early for us in the form of a murder mystery party. The Immortal's Ball. The idea of the game is that you are an immortal (or one of the few mortals) invited to the annual Immortal's Ball Costume Party. Since it's a costume party you character has to come in costume. There is however, a problem in the immortal world as the mortal watchers, the humans who help keep the immortals secret, are being murdered. But who would do such a thing?
The party was fun, even if the turn out made it a bit hard to play the game. I went dressed as a leopard while the SO donned the garb of a demon-- horns, wings and all for which the best costume award was received.
I miss the days of dressup. In so many schools now of days there are not Halloween parades or costume parties. In our neighborhood no one goes trick or treating. I can't help but feel that in addition to the this being a response to the tendency of our society to cater to the most vocal of opinions rather than the most commonly held, it is also a symptom of the fact that we are pushing our kids to grow up too soon.
There was no excitement this week in anticipation. I've heard no one talk about what they were going to be for Halloween. It's actually very sad.I know safety is an issue. I know many parents are concerned about the unhealthy aspect of so much candy. I know there are those who don't believe in celebrating the holiday. It just seems that with the death of this holiday we are losing more and more of our innocence and wonder as human beings.