Oh, no! You haven’t read it wrong… Halloween, indeed, is silly!

But, of course… that’s how it becomes utterly important.

Life has become a lot more stressful than ever— working our body out to its limit just so we can support our family with all their financial needs. We wake up each day to work and work and pay all the pending expenses. We seem to deprive ourselves of the sense of enjoyment, especially when problems come, one after the other. But that isn’t what life is all about. Seriousness can kill you, my friend. Seriously.

One cannot find the real importance of Halloween by knowing its origin, which certainly has something to do with religious culture and most probably has no more substance in today’s modernized society. But setting aside religious influences and practices, the importance of Halloween maybe psychological and social in manner. There is a time when our body demands rest, but don’t get it wrong; it’s not just about sufficient amount of sleep.

Enjoyment is one important form of rest that helps us unwind our brain from all those stressful thoughts and worries. In Halloween’s eve, we become childish— wearing weird costumes, putting unusual decorations, trick-or-treating, dancing, singing, jumping like we were kids. We reciprocate our children’s enthusiasm with our own, not minding how stupid we become. We try to be silly and we need that one night of silliness to be able to escape the monotony of life.

Halloween could obviously be a family day, as well. As we try to enjoy ourselves this once-in-a-year event, we consider having the celebration with our family. This is one important event that our children need so they may be able to feel our love more deeply, and for us to catch up with what we’ve missed as a family. This may help strengthen our closeness and relationship with them. There’s no better way to be silly than to play the silliness with them.

Forget about the origin. We create our own tradition the way it would make us feel alive. And after all the struggles we go through in life, we ought to have the happiness we deserve. Momentarily perhaps, but that which brings memories that last.

Neil Schmidt