Scary Season

“It’s said that All Hallows’ Eve is one of the nights when the veil between the worlds is thing – and whether you believe in such things or not, those roaming spirits probably believe in you, or at least acknowledge your existence, considering that it used to be their own. Even the air feels different on Halloween, autumn-crisp and bright” – Erin Morgenstern

Halloween is my third favorite holiday, even though I scare easily. Probably because when somebody scares you during this time of year, it’s not malicious. They’re trying to have fun and include you.

This year, fall is scary for me outside of Halloween. We are started to learn about inflammation and immunology today, I’m actually listening to the syllabus lecture as I type this, and there is a lot of information to get through.

But I’m not going to let school ruin my fall. I love when the leaves begin to change, when people start to wear scarves and turtlenecks, when I can turn off my AC and curl up with a hot cup of coffee (not that I wait for it to get cold for that to happen). I love this time of year. I love how joyful everyone is, running around looking for costumes and candy, putting up decorations that they own but can only use for one month out of the year, embracing the weird and unusual, the gaudy and garish, adults spending one month out of the year still feeling like children.

Because we never lie to each other about Halloween. It has no secrets hidden from young children, it doesn’t exclude anyone because they’re single, or atheist, or from another country.

Halloween is one of the best times of the year to take on a challenge that scares you. Just remember, everything that’s scary in October is all in good fun, none of it can really scare you.

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