North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

October 31, 2012

Make Halloween fun this year

Make Halloween fun this year

By Danielle Pelkey
CNHI News Service

AN NJN EDITORIAL — Today is Halloween, and in the true spirit of this national holiday, it’s only right that we discuss the importance of staying young in the mind and having a good time.

It would be really easy to decide that you are too old to dress up for this occasion, but at what expense?

The neighborhood kids need you. The fall festivals and trunk-or-treats are calling out to you. Answer the call, dress up. Get into your character. Let your hair hang out and your inner child shine through.

If you have children, this is the perfect time to encourage them to be whatever they want to be when they grow up. Many kids will be doctors or dentists or teachers for Halloween. My daughters will be Super Girl and Abbey Cadabby from Sesame Street... I’ll wait until next year to instill the importance of a high paying job as their lifetime goal. This year they get to be whatever they want to be.

It is also vitally important that you allow your children to eat whatever amount and whatever type of candy that they choose for this special night. That’s right parents, for just one night out of the year, let them eat all of the chocolate, gummies and sugar they can fit into their little bellies. If they get sick in the middle of the night, then you can also turn it into a learning experience for future references about self control and the importance of eating right. But push all of that to the back of your minds for this one evening.

Now adults, if you are brave enough to let yourself dress up in character, then use your imagination and let it run wild. This will be the first year that everyone in our office at The North Jefferson News is dressing up in a character and we decided to go a little out of the box on it.

If we can find beards for everyone, then we will each be dressed as a character from Duck Dynasty. That’s right, even the female employees will be dawning long, scruffy beards and camo for this happy, happy, happy occasion. But fear not, we will still be working feverishly to bring you all of the local news that you are used to receiving; we will just be doing it with a little extra flair today.

So for this one day out of the entire year, why not let yourself have a sense of humor and dress up in a costume? Even if you just go to the store and buy a pre-made outfit, just do it. Do it for the kids around you. Do it for yourself, because if you can’t laugh at yourself, then you might as well get use to people laughing at you.

We hope you each have a safe and happy Halloween and please be careful on the streets tonight. You don’t want to run over any little ghoulish trick-or-treaters.