You know what I’ve been thinking about lately? The ghosts of Halloween’s past. The heat from a plastic Strawberry Shortcake mask, the discomfort of being herded with groups of children, the shame of begging for sweets and the sickening feeling from eating too much candy.

Funny how recalling those memories actually make me happy.

Watching mom dig through my winnings, tasting what seemed like every single one, made me feel comforted. And even though walking around in a costume felt silly and uncomfortable, there was something exciting about dressing up and being anonymous for one night.

When did Halloween get so complicated?

Yep, there are rules now about age limitations for Halloween and questions about what kids should and should not wear. But at least for me, I’d love to return to what seemed like a simpler holiday.

Whether you celebrate Halloween or not, hope you have a great weekend and enjoy these 5 sweet bloggy treats on us!

Another Danger of Bipolar: Flirting With Death

(Mental Health Humor) – How does he do it? How does Chato B. Stewart take something serious and make it so funny? I don’t know. Guess you’ll have to check out this Halloween themed post and ponder that too, for yourself.

Relax: It’s Just a Meditation!

(360 of Mindful Living) – Boggled by meditation? If you think meditation and relaxation are the same thing, this post will help clarify the differences. Here’s a hint. They don’t lead to the same path or goal. Read this and you’ll see what I mean.

Agitation or Not – Eric Maisel on Calm and Creativity

(The Creative Mind) – Does creativity require physical and emotional arousal? The Creative Mind answers with an interview from creativity coach and author Eric Maisel, PhD.

Can Depression Be Prevented?

(Managing Depression Skillfully) – Surprisingly, the answer is yes. You’re probably asking how this can be or if so, then why are more people not preventing depression? Well this post answers all of these and more.

Shorter Sleep Duration Linked to Mental Distress

(Bipolar Beat) – Sure you probably know that less sleep isn’t good for anybody. But did you know that it can be a sign of mental distress? Find out why a recent study is suggesting that parents take their kids sleepless nights as a sign of early warning signs of depression, bipolar, or anxiety disorders.