Halloween Around the World

All holidays have certain implications, and Halloween is no exception. Most people think of costumes, parties, Trick or Treat, or tales of spooky hauntings. My memories of Halloween are usually centered around being bundled up as I ran around the neighborhood with my friend dressed as Tinkerbell. After a night full of candy gathering, I returned home and ate candy with my sister until we couldn’t fit anymore into our stomachs while we watched scary movies or ready spooky stories late into the night. Celebrating Halloween means there is always an aspect of fun attached, and as I’ve found fun is no exception in other countries. To see what I mean, here’s how a few other countries enjoy this evening in honor of the dead: Continue Reading ›

A Spooky Season

Happy Halloween

 

Already the Christmas decor is on display at major retail stores; glittery stickers, Christmas tree decorations, and holly and ivy cover shelves and aisle displays.  Any signs of turkeys for Thanksgiving and pumpkins for Halloween are practically forgotten and tonight’s Halloween seems as though it will only be another excuse to party like crazy after the neighborhood kids have had their fun Trick-or-Treating.  Everyone seems to know about the “Christmas Spirit,” but “Halloween Spirit” is unrecognizable.  I, on the other hand, still enjoy having some reminiscent “Halloween Spirit” as I giggle thinking of Linus fainting in the pumpkin patch, shiver from anticipation of a Hitchcock thriller my dad would watch with us, and panic when I think of a collection of Edgar Allen Poe stories my friend sent to me as a present with a note, “I know you love these old dead guys.”  Speaking of dead guys, I could tell you a list of my favorite zombie movies and remember how an ex-boyfriend would point to metal fences and claim, “That’s where we should go when the zombies attack.”  I may not be Trick-or-Treating, but Halloween always creeps its way into my everyday life, including this collection of style sets: Continue Reading ›

Dreaming of Disney

Halloween is only days away, and it seems like yesterday that I can recall eagerly getting ready for the big event and staying up late in hopes of devouring my entire Trick-or-Treat bag.  To my dismay, my mother ensured my sister and me were covered from head to toe in down vests, long-sleeved shirts, and sweatpants.  Watching my friend Mary Susan skip down the street in a bright green Tinkerbell costume as her blond hair and white glittered wings bounced in front of my face, I could feel the longing of wanting to be a Disney princess or heroine.  I can’t tell you how many times my friends and I jumped up from the beneath the water of our backyard above-ground pool pretending to be Ariel or how often my sister and I played “A Part of Your World” and spun around with blankets pretending it was a magic carpet ride.  Fast forward twenty years later and Halloween becomes a never-ending late night party with plenty of raucous drinking, smoking, and just about anything imaginable.  Disney princesses have lost some of their sparkle and imagination.  Nearly every -ism, dating experience, and prom memory will tell you Life isn’t like a Disney movie.  Although they have a point, thinking back on my favorites, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast, there’s some important lessons Disney got right:

Princess Jasmine

 

 

Don’t wait around for someone unless he’s Prince Charming.  Too often I’ve seen women and men wait for each other, assuming the other person will suddenly change their mind about commitment or have a change of heart and decide they’ve been wrong all along and this relationship is the real thing.  Princess Jasmine is one woman who doesn’t wait around for someone else to be her knight in shining armor.  She goes out on an adventure and she runs into Aladdin, someone who understands her sense of adventure and desire to be known as a person and not for their status.  Her independent spirit continually reminds me, don’t settle for a person, job, or place.  Everyone deserves to have friends, significant others, and employment that brings out the best in them.  If you really want something, you’ll make it happen, no matter the odds.  Money can always be made and saved, the right person will come along when you’re ready, and opportunities don’t wait around forever, you have to grab them when you can. Continue Reading ›