SHAW THING: Halloween is my favourite time of year


Halloween is, hands down, my favourite time of the year.

It’s better than my birthday, Christmas and any other holiday combined.

In our house it’s not just the one day at the end of October either, we spend pretty much the whole month talking about and preparing for Halloween!

I have no idea why I personally love it so much, especially because I’m such a scaredy cat the rest of the time.

I don’t ever watch horror movies, mostly because my overactive imagination already keeps me awake most nights worrying about the most ridiculous things.

My mum can’t really settle on why she loves it either, we aren’t big holiday people, but as soon as October rolls around we get a little carried away.

I can’t even tell you how many hours we’ve spent looking for decorations and costume pieces!

I think maybe her enthusiasm rubbed off on me as I grew up, but regardless of the reason, October has always been our favourite month.

One of the reasons Halloween is so fascinating to me, is because of its history.

Historians still argue about whether Halloween is a purely Christian event or is instead evolved from pagan or Celtic roots like Easter and Christmas did.

It falls near Samhain, the Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginnings of winter and is considered by many cultures to be one of the most important days of the year.

My family and I are not spending this Halloween trick or treating like most revellers, instead we’ll be at Ward Jackson Park volunteering at their Halloween event.

Being involved with the community has always been important to my family and I’m looking forward to the night more than I have in years.

What better way to spend the spookiest night of the year than in a public place decked out with activities and decorations to terrify visitors!

It’s already looking to be a good night, and I’m absolutely sure we’ll have a blast!

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