I know not everyone celebrates Halloween, but everyone does experience the turning of the seasons and the changing of the light. I probably say this every three months, because I really like transition, but Autumn is my favorite season. Because ... light. There is just nothing like the glow this time of year. (And, it''s not from the fires.) :)
I also love the harvest at this time, the fall fruits and vegetables - squash and pumpkins, pomegranates and persimmons, apples and pears. This is the time to bake, to plan, to start hunkering down knowing that winter is coming.
In many cultures and religions, it''s also the time to contemplate death and darkness - hence, the day of the dead, all souls day, and Halloween. This is inevitable as we lose the light and embrace shorter days and longer nights. This is the time to go down, to go deep, to burrow into our dens.
But the reason we can even do that, the reason we can even go there is because we know we will come out of it. The reason we can embrace the darkness is because we know there will be light once again on the other side.
This is called hope. And may we all embrace it.
As I was free-writing and brainstorming about what my next podcast episodes would be, I decided to feature HALLOWEEN MOVIES that have an ANIMAL THEME! Yes, scary movies. Spooky movies. Ghost stories. Dare I say Horror films!? This is typically NOT a genre I gravitate towards, though I *do* watch a lot of ... dark dramas, even violence. I watch a lot of war films, detective films, suspense / thriller films, and film noir is one of my favorite categories for movies and television series. (We just finished two "Nordic noir" TV shows I highly recommend: Trapped [Icelandic] and Bordertown [Finnish]).
So, it''s not that I shy away from the darkness; it''s just that I can''t stomach Darkness without Light. Despair without Hope. Tragedy without Transcendence.
Hence...I am very particular when it comes to the type of scary movies I''ll watch - no torture, no terror, no darkness without light, no despair without hope. That''s my boundary.