This week is Halloween. Yippee!!!
Very soon, thousands of children dressed up in a variety of awesome costumes will be running around door-to-door asking for treats—and getting them.
It is a time of year I have always loved, not just for the candy when I was a child but for the dressing up and being able to use my creativity in multiple ways.
I also loved taking my own boys out when they were younger and seeing their eyes light up when they got something “really good” in their treat bags.
Now, since my kids are too old to trick or treat, I stay home and give out the candy and the odd year I will dress up and go to a party.
Over the years, I have often thought that Halloween has so much more to offer than people give it credit for. It isn’t just about the candy! And it often gets a bad rep. I’d like to change that in some tiny way today.
So here are my top 5 life lessons that Halloween has taught me…
- Use your manners, say Please and Thank You. If there is one huge lesson that Halloween has to offer, it is to always use your manners. It never hurts to say please and thank you. In fact, many people could say it more often. On Halloween night, you hear parents all over town reminding their children to say please and thank you and I think that is awesome. Thank you.
- Get out of your comfort zone. Halloween is the perfect night to get out of your comfort zone in a fairly safe way. You can dress up in that one costume you’ve always wanted to wear. You can approach strangers and ask for stuff. That is pretty far out of many people’s comfort zone. I think it is great practice for everyone and can honestly help you develop confidence. Growth only happens when you get uncomfortable so take advantage of this night go meet new people and talk to some strangers.
- Act like a child sometimes. What pops into your mind when you hear about an adult who is acting like a child? Usually nothing good. However, we can learn a lot from children and acting like one sometimes is a really good thing (especially on Halloween). Things like…watching a bug crawl on a leaf, holding hands with your best friends, stopping your bike to see the sunset, playing with your dog and telling him your secrets, laughing so hard that you cry, playing so hard you can’t stop smiling, dressing up or wearing a cape all day. And Halloween is the perfect night to act like a child and be silly and have tons of fun. You have my permission. Go have fun; act like a child. You do remember what that is, right?
- Ask for what you want. On Halloween, you go to the door of a stranger and ask for candy. How crazy is that?! All our lives we are told to stay away from strangers and yet one night a year our parents take us to a stranger’s house, plonk us at the front door, ring the doorbell and then tell us to ask for candy. It is pretty confusing the first time for anyone until you get the hang of it. However, suddenly you develop the ability to ask. To ask for what you want, in this case candy. But it translates into other areas of your life. It shows that asking isn’t the end of the world and that if you don’t ask it don’t get. Kids that don’t actually go to a door, generally don’t get the same amount of loot that as the kids who actively go door-to-door and ask. The same happens in real life. The most successful people are the ones who ask.
- Don’t be afraid to use your creativity and be unique. This lesson is actually my favourite. As a child, I was pretty good at making my own costume. We didn’t have the luxury of buying one like the kids today. If I wanted to go out for Halloween, I had to make my costume. I got to be creative and tried really hard not to be what any of my friends were being. Halloween is a time when being unique is not just accepted but celebrated. From pumpkin carving, to decorating and of course the costumes, Halloween is a great time to use and showcase your creativity AND allow your own true unique awesomeness to shine through.
What other life lessons do you think Halloween has to offer? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below!