Because On Halloween We Can Take Our Masks Off
5 Reasons Why Halloween Is The Quintessential Holiday Of Our Times
1. It’s All-Inclusive
Sure the majority of costumes are tacky and stereotypical but at least absolutely everyone is allowed to participate.
No discrimination based on ability, religion, politics, class, race, gender, sexual-orientation, IQ, OQ, zip code, pant size, bank account, or age — There are zero prerequisites in order to dress up in a costume, smile, and eat a piece of candy.
Any person with a pulse (and historically, even those without) can participate in Halloween.
Other than Halloween, name another single other thing in History with zero entry barrier to participation?
2. It’s Gloriously Cheap
Everything is so expensive these days. But unlike Christmas, we needn’t take out a personal loan to celebrate Halloween. Cheap candy, cheap costumes and cheap fake spider webs make for a night of cheap thrills — and rich memories.
3. It’s never too early to start decorating for Halloween
Whereas tasteful Christmas decorating will forever be bottled-in by Thanksgiving (which is basically a decoration-aftershock of Halloween anyway) you can theoretically begin decorating for Halloween on July 5th.
4. Halloween is Personally Freeing
On the other 364 days of the year, perhaps “Sexy Jedi Master” is the perfect description of how you secretly see the idealized version of Your — dashing, sage-like, sword-wielding, warrior-monk — Self.
Thankfully, for one day, you can remove the mask and show the world the real you.
Speaking of one day, admit it — Halloween is the only day of the year you actually interact with the majority of your neighbors.
With everyone forced to walk around the block (manifested finally as their true-self no less) and not just look at, but verbally speak words to one another — Halloween is an expression of community as-if from a bygone era.
All things considered, not only is it the best Holiday — Halloween may actually be the last, best string holding together the (non-flammable) fabric of Western civilization.
Thanks for stopping by on your trip round the block.