Why 2020 Halloween Is More Important Than Ever Before
I wasn’t always a massive Halloween honk. I still don’t have a yard full of gravesites or skeletons.
And I was certainly never a hater. I recall my wife and I once checking out a church (sans kids) and one of the fellow members shared that Halloween was an evil Holiday. Um, bye!
It’s only been the last few years that I’ve converted to the importance of Halloween as arguably the best holiday!
Stay with me…
- 4th of July is all about freedom, cookouts, and partying.
- Thanksgiving is about family.
- Valentines Day is for couples.
- Memorial Day and Labor Day are significant for the calendar and welcoming of seasons.
- Christmas is well, Christmas.
- And I don’t need to share with you the importance of Arbor Day!
Our 2020 Halloween is more important than ever before because it’s the only holiday that celebrates community!
When we can see past the costume, we will witness the magic that Halloween is way more important than just candy.
Halloween is not about your country, state, or even town. October 31st is about your little carved out pumpkin of a community!
Don’t we all remember “that” house that gave out full-sized snickers or cans of soda? No one outside of your own community is privy to that secret.
When do we ever walk up to your neighbors house and say hello? And expect a gift.
It’s a day of welcoming your entire community to come up to your front door and give them something for just being part of it. It’s an evening of walking with neighbors, sharing with neighbors, and seeing those who we might not have otherwise.
Shouting “Trick or Treat” is really just a way of saying “I love you!”
This is NOT the year for a virtual trick or treating, whatever that means.
Virtual means isolation.
Yes, a safe 2020 Halloween is more important than ever before. And of course, wear a mask (pun), hand out sanitizer (instead of toothbrushes if you’re “that” house), keep the candy in a dish outside if you wish.
But, tis’ the season to make sure you celebrate it with your community. Besides, If “we are all in this together” then let’s show solidarity with our kids at least for one special evening. This isn’t a mission statement or proclamation, it’s a request for all to connect.
Now, the CDC and other health agencies have recommending canceling Halloween. They’d rather not have this debate because it’s a real example of the How The Grinch Stole Christmas!
Lastly, if more proof is needed that 2020 Halloween is more important than ever before, then for the first time since 1965, network television canceled airing The Great Pumpkin… Seriously, 2020 is the year that they cancel it? Errrrr, you can now buy it on Apple +.
Dr. Rob Bell is a Sport Psychology Coach. His company DRB & associates coach executives and professional athletes and is based in Indianapolis. Some clients have included three winners on the PGA Tour, Indy Eleven, University of Notre Dame, Marriott, and Walgreens.
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