Why Do We Love Halloween So Much?

What is it about Halloween that gets people so excited? It used to just be a time for kids to go around collecting candy and dressing up like little monsters. However, Halloween has expanded well beyond that and become a time of year that every age group seems to relish.

So, just what is it about Halloween that has made this time of year so special, while other occasions, like Easter, remain firmly in the kiddie camp?

Celebrations!

Parties are usually fun anyway, but Halloween parties are a blast! If you love wearing cool costumes, Halloween parties provide the ultimate excuse. Scary, funny, silly, sexy…you name it! Kids’ parties have many opportunities for fun, and the adult ones are pretty good, too. Horror and sex are a common combination in movies and at Halloween parties as well, so expect to see sexy vampires, zombies, and creatures of all persuasions.

Don’t even get us started about the food! Cake, candy, chocolate, pumpkin pie!

Being “Evil” for a Day

Many of us are happy to obey the law and do our best to respect others. Halloween gives us a chance to put that aside for one day and pretend to be monstrous! Or mysterious. Or just plain irresponsible. Pretend can be fun, even for grown-ups, and Halloween gives us all a chance to really change our identity. Your dark side can be on display for a change.

You Can Be Scary

Along with being mysterious, you can also be downright chilling! Halloween is a great time to try and be scary, which for most people is 100% removed from their usual day-to-day persona. You can even fill your home (and property) with ghosts, ghouls, zombies, black cats…any decorations that you think might raise a chill. Indulge your creativity and create an atmosphere of terror at home!

Why Do People Think That Movie Theatres are Their Living Room?

I started to notice it in the early 2000’s. Instead of watching the screen, I noticed people with their flip phones open pressing the buttons. At the time, I did not have one and did not know about texting, so I was perplexed at what they were doing. I soon learned the hard way, when one sat right next to me doing it. I let them know my feelings and they immediately stopped.

However, as the decade wore on, I encountered this more and more and some people were less than accommodating about turning off their phone so I could enjoy the movie. While talking during movies is not a new phenomenon, people also began to be more brazen about it. At times, I wondered if they were honestly confused about the fact that they were in a public space versus their own living room. They honestly seemed to have forgotten the difference.

If you are one of those people who like to talk and/or text in movie theatres, please just stop. You may not think you are disturbing people, but trust me you are. Take it out into the lobby next time.

Should you feel you cannot stop because you simply cannot do without your phone for two hours, please either leave it at home or just wait until the movie hits video on demand. You may be used to the additional noise and light shining in the darkness, but trust me, not all of us are. These are unwelcome distractions from the enjoyable immersion that a movie offers. I do not want to think about your instant messaging when I am watching the intricate world set up in BLADE RUNNER 2049.

Please… just think about others for a couple of hours. It won’t kill you. In fact, you will probably enjoy the movie more.

How to Keep Your Chin Up During Dark Times

Many surveys these days are showing that people are more on edge and unhappy than they have been in several decades. The average person is under a lot of stress and it seems like good news is in very short supply. The recent mass shooting in Las Vegas is just one example of what seemed like an almost daily barrage of horrible events force fed to us by 24/7 news networks and the Internet. Such an unending stream of negativity can weigh upon even the happiest person.

Do you find that you are less happy than you used to be? Here are some tips that might help to change things around for you:

Exercise

Keeping physically active is important not only for your body, but also for the mind. Exercise helps to generate “feel-good” endorphins in your brain that help you to feel better. This is why a good workout finds you feeling calmer and happier afterward.

Practice avoidance

Are there other people or situations that make you sad? Try to avoid them. For example, if the constant barrage of negative news brings you down, try spending less time on the Internet and watching television. If there is a certain person and you find yourself getting sad just being around them, make some polite excuses so you have to spend less time in their presence. That might seem rude, but think about the alternative.

Concentrate on the positive

Is there something coming up in the near future that you are looking forward to, like a holiday trip or a reunion with old friends? Try to keep that at the forefront of your mind as it will help you to stay positive and centred. Also, if there is something particularly good in your day, try to keep thinking about that event or accomplishment.