Halloween – Combatting Social Norms

“It’s just a bunch of Hocus Pocus!” – Winifred Sanderson

That time of year has come around again, and whilst so many people thrive on it, I simply can’t abide it. Not in a “kill joy” type of way, I would never belittle those who love the ‘holiday’ that is Halloween, it is a magical time of year (not in the same sense as Christmas, which is more commonly described as ‘magical’) due to the fact that so many people come out of their shows and, potentially, reveal their true selves – I am just exceptionally lazy and can never be bothered dressing up.

Is that a bit deep? Maybe, but it’s true. Some people truly take to halloween like a duck to water – allowing a creature of utter art and beauty (obviously, depending on what your idea of ‘beauty’ is) to rise up, and out, for this one night a year.
Seriously though, the work some people put in for this special occasion is absolute insanity (again, in a good way), as people don’t feel like they have to adhere to a set stereotype, or look – it is simply no holds barred; and that is such a good thing.

In this day and age, we as a society feel as if we have to succumb to what is expected of us – of course, this is being challenged every day, particularly within the LGBT+ community, but even still; we believe we have to look and come across a particular way when we are out in public, for what is acceptable – Halloween makes a complete and utter mockery of this well established norm.

From something that “is thought to have originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts” (History.com) to this amazing community, child and adult alike friendly, that celebrates being different and being something, or someone, that you are not; is actually quite astounding when you think about it.

And we go all out…

I guess, maybe that is one reason why I don’t indulge overly in Halloween dress up – the amount of effort some people in, I don’t have the patience, or the visual eye for such a thing, and I commend anyone who does – as that stuff takes time, patience and perseverance.
My friend, Meg (the Zombie, skeleton thing in the images) stood for 7 hours doing several other people’s make up looks, as well as her own before that!
Click her name to go to her Instagram account to see what I mean!

But as we carry on with time, we move from Halloween and we start preparing for the Christmas season, shocking I know, it’s quite scary how quickly time is passing. But it just shows how the close of the year is one of the most celebrated and, dare I say it again, magical times of the year – we just go a bit crazy for ourselves and for others.

I blame the clocks going back.

’til next time.

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