Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Halloween Resolutions

After what seemed like an endless summer, October is finally here. The next 31 days will be full of crisp autumn weather, pumpkins and apples, candy and ghosts and multiple viewings of Hocus Pocus. In short, it's the most wonderful time of the year.

The beginning of a new October almost feels like New Years all over again. It has the same magical feeling in the air, heavy with potential. A new blank slate. It's a time to reflect on the past year and celebrate surviving another summer. October feels like a great reward, tailor made to those of us who enjoy the dark and spooky. The transition of September into glorious October got me thinking last night. Since it feels so much like New Years, why don't we make Halloween resolutions?

New Years resolutions are often fraught with failure and false, easily broken promises. You lie to yourself and claim you'll lose weight, stop smoking and cut out other vices you deem unsavory. Maybe you resolve to read more, internet less or catch up on projects you keep putting off. If you make a New Years resolution and manage to keep it past January 7th, then congratulations because you are probably a witch. It's almost impossible to keep one and you're just setting yourself up for crushing disappointment, laying your new failures at the infant feet of a brand new year. New Years resolutions feel cheap and tawdry.

Halloween resolutions, on the other hand, are awesome. There's no disappointment or judgment here. I feel as if Halloween resolutions are when you resolve to do things you love more, to overindulge in things you can't get enough of. Don't resolve to lose weight, endeavor to eat as much Halloween candy as you can get your hands on. Don't resolve to clean and organize your house, make it a priority to decorate it in the most epic ways possible. Reach out to old friends with warm Halloween greetings. Sit down and write actual letters to people. Find new friends to terrorize share your love of Halloween with. Watch all the Halloween movies you can. Sing songs from The Nightmare Before Christmas at the top of your lungs. Succumb to the darkness. Harness the demon steed that is your creativity and dive into drawing and painting and writing.

Maybe take your resolution cues from some of the sacred pantheon of Halloween. Should you resolve to be more like the noble Jack O'Lantern or the charming ghosts and ghouls? Perhaps take a leaf from the books of such go-getters as the vampires and werewolves? Dabble in villainy?

I think a Halloween resolution is anything you want it to be as long as you resolve to have fun and Monster Mash like no one's watching.

My Halloween resolutions? Carve a pumpkin (I usually never get to because of weather issues), decorate like it's going out of style, write spooky stories and give scary books to all my friends. I want to write letters and watch episodes of the Addams Family. I want to stay up late to wait for the Great Pumpkin because I Believe.

What will your Halloween resolution be?
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