Writer's Block: The witching hour
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Oct. 31st, 2010 | 01:29 pm
location: Halloween Town :P
music: "Everyday is Halloween", Ministry
Do you celebrate Halloween? What do you like most and least about this holiday?
I do celebrate it, although not in the way that I would like to. Truth be told, I would love to attend parties and get dressed up, but none of my friends ever seem to have Halloween parties etc, or else, those who do celebrate Halloween tend to go away for it (WGW or to gigs in London etc, very pricey, but sounds fun!). I must admit I do dislike the fact I can't put up decorations at our house as my parents dislike Halloween, and it also entices the trick-or-treaters to our house. I used to give out Black Jacks and Fruit Salads (black and purple, the Halloween colours!) but nowadays we actually tend to run out of trick-or-treaters before candy!
I do think the commercialisation can be a bit crappy, but at the same time, I enjoy the campy fun that comes with it. Being a Goth, it does mean I can stock up on creepy looking things and can run about in velvet gowns without people thinking its odd...Goths often come into their own on Halloween :3
Nowadays, my celebrations are very quiet. In the evening I might watch the Nightmare Before Christmas for kicks, but what I actually do is wait for the witching hour, light lots of candles and sit in silent meditation for a while, thinking about loved ones who have passed away. For all the campy fun and silliness, people often forget that the original pagan festival involved preparing for the winter, and for remembering the deceased. Now in some cultutes, this is still remembered (Mexico and Spain in particular), but in America and the UK, it seems to have fallen by the wayside. Its actually a nice thing to do, just sit and think about the people who have passed on, setting a small amount of time for the,, so we do not forget them. People may think this is morbid, but in fact, I fidn it very peaceful and soothing.