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Halloween Activities To Help With Your Grief


Bereavement Relief

Posted On: Oct 07, 2016

Halloween Activities To Help With Your Grief

Halloween is just around the corner, and for obvious reasons, it's not really considered a life-affirming, sappy holiday, and it may not seem like a good holiday, due to its themes, to try to lift your spirits and quash your grief.

But it doesn't have to be this way! Surprisingly, Halloween is a great holiday to help you combat your grief, due to it's activity-laden nature and it's playful frivolity. Let's take a closer look.

Keep your mind busy with crafts

Halloween crafts essentially take on three forms: decorating your house, creating costumes, and pumpkin carving.

Decorating your house with Halloween decoration has a twofold purpose: creating a sense of newness, and diving in to the fun and even competitive world of making your house stand out among your neighbors.  Some go all out, spending thousands of dollars to create incredible, vast displays complete with spooky sounds and animatronic zombies and skeletons. But you don't have to do all that, of course. A few sets of black-and-orange streamers, witch and goblin cutouts, and a few lights will only cost a few bucks and can still make a dazzling display, and perhaps dazzle your mood along with it.

If you're talented with a sewing machine, why buy a costume for you or your kid(s) when you can make one? There's no understating the positive effect creating something and putting it out in the world can have on pulling you out of grief, and you'll have a one-of-a-kind item; a handmade costume for a kid is something he or she will treasure forever.

Pumpkin carving is a staple of Halloween that takes considerably less skill and practice than learning to sew. Best of all, you can go traditional, contemporary, ironic, humorous, sentimental – a pumpkin is a blank canvas. Then there's the underrated catharsis, post-Halloween, of smashing your pumpkin. Save the seeds for salting and the innards for baking.

Candy, candy, candy!

If there's a bigger component to Halloween than pumpkin carving, it's trick-or-treating (more on that in a bit), and giving all the neighbor kids candy.  But why should those brats get all the goodies?  You can create a win-win scenario by stocking up on high-quality chocolate (not Hershey's or Nestle, but higher-end, often-imported chocolate) and splitting it between yourself and the trick-or-treaters. How is that win-win? For the kids, you will fast get a reputation for being the best house on the block on Halloween; legends will be passed on from child to child on how you are the greatest candy-giver in the neighborhood. And for yourself, not only is expensive chocolate heavenly, but chocolate has been scientifically proven to enhance people's moods. As long as you eat it in moderation, it's the perfect drug.

Trick or treat!

If you're reading this, looking for grief relief tips, then chances are (although it's not an 100% chance) you are too old to trick-or-treat. But that doesn't mean you have to sit out the festivities altogether. Besides passing out candy, you can take your own kids trick-or-treating if you have them, or volunteer to take a neighbor, friend, or family members kid(s) trick-or-treating. Either way, you get to see the beaming faces of scores of little children more excited than they'll be practically all year, and you just might find that it serves as a hopeful reminder that beauty, joy, and innocence do still remain in this world.