This year I didn’t go to a Halloween party but, instead, I put cobwebs around the flat and I carved a pumpkin (it is already decomposing quite considerably! Damn it Lidl!). Although my celebrations were not huge this year and I didn’t dress up, I still feel satisfied with my level of halloweeness but it got me feeling rather sad about my Halloweens from my past.
My halloweens growing up were non-existent. Halloween is becoming a bigger deal in the UK nowadays, but 20 years ago, not so much, and especially not in Northern Ireland. Some people did go trick or treating, but there weren’t loads of people doing it. Even if it had been popular in Northern Ireland, my parents wouldn’t have let me do Halloween because, according to them, it was evil. My mum still believes that it is evil.
I was brought up to believe that if I celebrated Halloween, even just a little bit, then I was worshipping Satan and thus giving him power. Halloween was his special day, just like Christmas is Jesus’. I was told that if I got involved in anything to do with Halloween (dressing up, occult-related movies, trick or treating etc) I was giving the devil power. The more people that celebrated Halloween the more powerful he would become. Being the sensitive child that I was and eager not to do anything bad (so that I wouldn’t go to hell), I avoided Halloween and anything associated to it. I developed a fear of anything Halloween related and stayed away from any parties.
It was only when I started my deconversion journey out of christianity in my 20s that I discovered the awesomeness that is “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and other amazing halloween movies. I was in my mid 20s before I went to my first Halloween party and actually dressed up, in fact that may have been the first fancy dress that I ever did?! How sad.
Not only have I missed out on fun times at Halloween but I have missed out on the creativity. It was only in the past four years that I have started carving pumpkins and although I am terrible at it, like proper terrible, I love carving pumpkins and wish that I had started earlier. I am also sad that I didn’t have the opportunity to dress up for Halloween more in the past. I am in awe of people’s creativity with the costumes that I see online and wish that I had grown up making things like that. I hope that next year that I get the opportunity to dress up for Halloween and to do those things that I didn’t do before.