As a teacher and supporter of dramatic play and theatre, I also see October 31 as a time when students with special needs can don another persona, obtaining a respite from potential labels or preconceived labels which are barriers to equity and inclusion. Halloween allows all participating to be on equal footing. I encourage you to look at Teresa Hedley’s recent blog on how Erik, her son with autism has therapeutically used costuming.
Now as a retiree I get a chuckle out of the number of homeowners who are elaborately decorating their homes. During my daily walk I’ve noted several homes that have spent the month of October adding lights, skeletons, tombstones, hanging ghosts, spider webs, witches and more to their front yards to create a spooky atmosphere. The thrill of seeing the reactions from young and old pedestrians reinforces their efforts and becomes a celebration of creativity.
Halloween is a day when adults can embrace their creative inner child. It is a day when children can be their heroes, and engage in being something else (person, animal, object even place). It is a time when we are granted permission to creatively plan and play which in turn rejuvenates our souls.
Now to be fair, we may want to seek to understand, Why do so many hate Halloween? They feel overwhelming pressure to be creative. This is the topic of another blog post…;)