Today is Halloween.
Why is this dark holiday so popular with adults, not just kids?
I think dressing up offers the opportunity to: 1) shed our seriousness for the night by being someone else 2) wear our shadows on our sleeves and 3) make fun of what scares us.
Someone who is shy, quiet and anxious can, for example, play the role of a bold, gregarious character.
A people-pleaser may be an evil villain.
A perfectionist who is always in control can make fun of herself in a silly costume.
Playing someone else for the night gives us a chance to remove our masks and display the parts of us we don’t normally want people to see.
If you feel like an outcast because you feel deficient in some way, Halloween offers the chance to be something weird, terrifying or humorous and feel accepted, even admired for it.
Whether you celebrate Halloween or not, I hope you’ll take the time to embrace your inner Lady Gaga and accept those dark shadows, characteristics, and difficulties that you often try to hide. For those filled with self-doubt, shame, or are burnout, accept our mixed bag of top posts as our sweet treat to you. Happy Halloween!