It’s Halloween Weekend and the city is ready for the many trick or treaters at every age. As a child of the sixties our Halloween was comprised of a trip to Kiddie City to pick out a cardboard box with a clear window displaying the plastic mask with a thin mouth opening with two nostril holes for labored breathing that allowed for a muffled song of “trick or treat” at the door of kind home-owners who distributed candy, both great and questionable. My favorite candy were plain Hershey chocolate bars, M&Ms, Twizzlers, or Good and Plenty. I was not a fan of the chalky Necco Wafers or boxes of raisins. We had plenty of fruit and raisins in our home, so I was on the lookout for forbidden treats that I would hide in the back of my closet.
I’d bring one or two treats to school a day. If I was in junior high, then they would be confiscated from the bullies that threatened to ruin an otherwise adequate day. Nonetheless, the feeling of being rich with sugary sweets was intoxicating.
The other aspect of Halloween I reveled was wearing a costume. I loved dress up, and I delighted in playing other characters. The first time I played someone else was in a Hebrew School Purim play at age five. Sadly, I did not make the cut for Esther, but wearing a long- haired wig, and a toga, I was one of the other wives of King Ahasuerus. It wasn’t as fun as Halloween, but it was a solid second.
There were very little Halloween decorations in our neighborhood growing up. A few Autumnal pumpkins, some adventurous jack—o-lanterns, but not much more. Even so, a good costume, from my elementary school age perspective, whether it was Casper, a Disney Princess, or a witch, was a special experience. Walking home, hitting all the houses on the other side of the street brought heft to my papar bag, and anticipation of portioning my candy booty for the remainder of the holiday season. It’s been a joy throughout this week to see young children in their costumes on their way to Halloween Parties, proud to represent a character near and dear to them.
Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Halloween.
- If you’re not trick or treating, try some high-quality chocolate, one square a day. It’s a small treat with big flavor.
- When someone says something that hurts you, simply ask them “Did you mean to upset me?” it’s a way to communicate your upset without an accusation. It will also give you information about what’s going on for them. And they will know that they hurt you. Of course, if they answer, “Yes,” then that gives you more information about being intentionally treated poorly, thus giving you a choice in future interactions.
- Relax with classical music. We forget how impactful it is on our nervous systems. It can soothe us when we are stressed, and lighten our mood when we feel low. May I suggest Debussy’s Clair de Lune or Pachelbel’s Canon in D?