Although the history of Halloween has darker roots than we often remember, the day itself has become a time for innocent fun. From a day of remembrance, when the boundaries between the human world and that of spirits were thin, Halloween has become a night to revel in the lowered boundaries. We dress in costumes and in doing so the boundaries between our everyday selves and what we are portraying become thinned. What was your favorite Halloween? What did you dress up as?
“A grandmother pretends she doesn’t know who you are on Halloween.”
– Erma Bombeck
“Witch and ghost make merry on this last of dear October’s days.”
– Author Unknown
“Halloween wraps fear in innocence,
“As though it were a slightly sour sweet.
“Let terror, then, be turned into a treat …”
– Nicholas Gordon
“Nothing on Earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night.”
– Steve Almond
“Never let your kids buy an off-the-shelf Halloween costume. Forbid it, no matter how close you may be to the witching hour. Instead, help them make their own. Encourage them to use their imaginations and their ingenuity. Show them that what can be created is often better than what can be bought. And besides, don’t the darkest, most frightening things live inside us anyway?
– Joe Kita
“I don’t know that there are real ghosts and goblins, but there are always more trick-or-treaters than neighborhood kids.”
– Robert Brault
“Where there is no imagination there is no horror.”
– Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr.
“There is nothing that gives more assurance than a mask.”
“Acting is like a Halloween mask that you put on.”
– River Phoenix
“Ghosts, like ladies, never speak till spoke to
– Richard Harris Barham
“There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly lit front porch.”
– Robert Brault