I remember the first time someone told me that Halloween was her favorite holiday.  I must have stared at her slack-jawed because I’d never thought of Halloween as a holiday.  

Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Independence Day – now those are holidays!  Times when families gather, holiday-specific food is prepared, and a jolly old time is had by all, but Halloween?  Isn’t that just a day for little children to dress up and ring doorbells for free candy?

If you’ve read my blog for long, you know that I have an aversion to sparkle skirts and wearing costumes for races – except for our annual Thanksgiving Day 5K.  Once our extended family got a turkey costume, and then a pilgrim costume, I couldn’t resist getting a pilgrim costume for myself! 

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And all this talk about wearing costumes for races brings me back full circle to Halloween.  I’m running in the Ghost, Goblins, & Ghouls Spooktacular 5K on Saturday afternoon and most people dress up for the race.  There’s even a costume contest, and I haven’t even thought about what I’ll wear…

 

So why exactly do I have this aversion to Halloween?  Why don’t I get it?  Let’s see…

 1.  What exactly are we celebrating on Halloween?  Is it All Hallows Eve (the eve of All Saints Day), the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, or simply a celebration of the completion of fall harvest?

2.  Halloween was extremely low key in my house growing up and that probably has a lot to do with my meh attitude today.  I remember my mom helping me throw together a costume about ten minutes before heading out to trick-or-treat.

3.   Candy is okay, but let’s face it, it just doesn’t measure up to homemade cookies.  If the tradition were to go door-to-door ringing doorbells, and then being knocked down by the aroma of freshly baked cookies wafting out the door, you’d be able to get my attention.

4.  Why do parents take their children to 500 houses to trick-or-treat, and what do they do with all of that candy?  I suppose if you’re in search of a Mounds Bar you might need to go to 500 houses before you find one.  In that case, wouldn’t it be quicker to just stop by the grocery store to buy one?  πŸ˜‰

5.   What’s with the haunted houses and pop-up skeletons coming out of coffins that scare the bejeebers out of little kids?  I see these things in front yards that little three-year-olds have to walk past to trick-or-treat.  I just don’t get it…

 

Please don’t get me wrong because I don’t want to be a curmudgeon about Halloween.  I actually loved trick-or-treating as a kid, and indulged my sons with non-scary Halloween traditions when they were little.  I even spent weeks making just the right homemade costumes if we couldn’t find what they wanted at the store.  Today I welcome trick-or-treaters with a smiling face, fun conversation, and great candy selections. 

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Joseph the runner

 

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Daniel the Power Ranger (I made his costume)

 

I still didn’t quite get it though, and surely didn’t think of it as a holiday…

 

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Today I’m joining the Friday Five linkup with DC area bloggers Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What?!, and Mar at Mar on the Run!  Be sure to stop by their blogs and say hello!  While you’re there, be sure to check out other bloggers who are participating in the linkup, too.

This week the DC Trifecta left the topic wide open with Free Friday, allowing us to write about what ever we chose…

 

  • Questions:
  • Do you “get” Halloween?
  • What’s your favorite holiday?
  • Are you racing this weekend?

 

Happy Running! ~ Deb