Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Favourite Holiday of the Year and Why

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A Halloween drawing that includes the phrase "Trick or Treat," a black cat, two pumpkins, a spider, and an owl sitting in a tree.Halloween is by far my favourite holiday of the year for the following reasons:

There Is Assorted Candy.ย I only eat candy occasionally, but when I do I like to have a nibble of this and then a nibble of that. The bags of assorted candy sold for people to give out to trick or treaters are perfect for getting small bites of several different treats instead of having to eat an entire bar or single serving bag of something at once.

It Includes No Family Obligations. The relatives I’d love to see for Thanksgiving or Christmas live nearly two thousand miles away from us. The wonderful thing about Halloween is that there’s no tradition of getting together with anyone for a big meal to celebrate it, so I don’t have to miss anyone when this holiday rolls around. I can simply enjoy the festivities.

You Can Be Anyone You Wish to Be. It’s been far too long since I dressed up for Halloween, but I love the idea of everyone getting to be whoever they want to be on that day. If you can imagine it, you can be it on this one special day!

It Demystifies Death. Many of us are reticent to talk about death the rest of the year for totally understandable reasons. While I’m not a fan of the gory or gross aspects of Halloween, I do like the fact that it brings this topic out in the open and maybe makes it a little less frightening to think about when it comes to practical things like writing a will or planning who will look after your kids/pets/estate after you’re gone.

A pumpkin-shaped tin filled with candy corn. There are other pieces of tin sitting on the table next to it that look like the carved-out eyes and mouth of a pumpkin. Halloween Films Are Creative and Unsentimental.ย No offence to anyone who likes sentimental films, they’re simply not my cup of tea.

I usually prefer stories that tap into other parts of the human experience whether that’s joy for Halloween films written for kids or surprise and apprehension for the more adult-oriented stuff.

Candy Corn. Yes, I saved my most controversial reason for last. I love this stuff and look forward to it becoming available again every autumn. How many of you feel the same way about it?

32 Responses to Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Favourite Holiday of the Year and Why

  1. I’m not from a culture that celebrates Halloween, but I love to watch the Disney Channel Original Movies that celebrate it! It looks like so much fun.

    Except I don’t like to be spooked lol

    I do like thrillers and mysteries though! Just not…… gorey or spooky stuff.

  2. Thanks for coming by and I love candy corn, so you aren’t alone. I enjoyed Halloween growing up, and it’s my daughter’s favorite holiday. We live out in the country where there are no trick’r’treaters, though, so I’ve giving up on decorating (esp. outside). I do love me a good Halloween party, though, because I love dressing up!!

  3. LOVE candy corn!! Often times, I spot the bags in the store at the end of August. Halloween (or Samhain for me) is my second favorite holiday. Great post, Lydia!

  4. I have great pictures of my kids and grandkids dressed up for Halloween, but for the last ten years or so it’s all Dia de los Muertos around her and skeletons all over the place. Sing another tune.

  5. Candy corn? Bleah! Some of my kids like it. Not me. But then, I don’t like marshmallows either–too sweet. My kids accuse me of having no taste buds. I remind them that I only married into husband’s family of sweet-tooth possessors. I prefer uber dark, almost bitter chocolate.

  6. I absolutely love your post! Such great reasons. I always used to buy candy that I knew we’d like to eat in case there was a bunch left over. That never happened when we lived on base, but now we don’t get any treaters at all. Extremes. Right? Hocus Pocus is my all time favorite Halloween flick. I wish the sequel would hurry up!

  7. Halloween has taken off here in Australia over recent years but it’s not something we celebrate in out house. I would love to enjoy a typical American Halloween though. I think that’d be a blast. Oh, and candy corn. Is that like caramel covered popcorn because if it is, I’m totally with you. YUM!

  8. Halloween is not something I’m bothered about and isn’t a public holiday here; I’m not aware of anyone who takes the day off specifically.

    My favourite holiday is Easter as I like to go on a long-distance walk, staying in towns & villages and going to churches there.

    None of this happened in 2020, of course! ๐Ÿ™

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