Justin Blowers

The way I figure it, my next column will come sometime in November so forgive the early Halloween column but it is a holiday I do so enjoy.

And no, I don’t just mean I enjoy it because of the free candy or the fact it becomes socially acceptable to scare children or even the fact that Cheetos releases their Bag O’ Bones around this time. I enjoy it because of the families.

When you think of “family holidays” you instantly think of Thanksgiving and December, but I think Halloween should be added to that list.

While you aren’t sitting down around a table, walking down random neighborhoods together counts as spending time together, right? Going to haunted houses together counts, right? All the laughs and fun you have sitting down and going through the candy together counts, right?

Thinking about how much time you’re spending around your family on or near Halloween isn’t really something that people tend to harp on. However, when you really take it into consideration, you realize it’s much more than you think.

Putting up decorations, costume shopping, attending trunk-or-treats or fall festivals all are normally done as a familial unit. It’s a family holiday that’s not even really thought about.

It suddenly makes sense that the Addams family—while they may be weird, it’s obvious everyone in that family loves each other dearly—loves the holiday. It’s more time to spend to with their kids and with the family.

As for me on Halloween, I’m pretty much always hanging out with family, whether it’s my little brothers and mom or my friends. They’re not blood, but they count. Mom makes them food when they come up and sends down snacks for them with me so I’d say my friends have been adopted.

Speaking of friends, one of my favorite traditions this time of year is to go to a haunted house and then to Denny’s. It’s a bit of a weird tradition, but a grand slam burger is just really nice after a haunted house. It’s also a fun downtime to sit, laugh and catch up with my family.

I bring it up to say this, Halloween has a lot of focus on family whether it’s being scared together, getting candy together or scaring other people together.

And while I understand not everyone celebrates Halloween, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a Halloween tradition. It’s a good excuse to start another tradition to get the family together or at least get the household together and spend time together.

It doesn’t have to be something big, it can be just going to a Denny’s or a Waffle House or ordering a pizza or just watching the marathon of Halloween themed movies together, but do something together. It might not be exactly why the holiday was started but it’s what the holiday has turned into so embrace it even if you aren’t celebrating it.

Just a little food for thought regarding this rather overlooked holiday season.

Justin Blowers is a staff writer for The Southeast Sun and Daleville Sun-Courier. The opinions of this writer are his own and not the opinion of the paper. He can be reached at (334) 393-2969 or by email at sjblowers@southeastsun.com.

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