I know this post is late. Life happened to get in the way but I’m posting it today anyway!
Halloween has always filled me with mixed emotions. I love it and I hate it. In some cases I think that it’s a really cool and fun holiday. Especially when I was younger and I would get lots of sweets out of it. However in other cases I didn’t enjoy the spooky side of it at all.
One thing you probably didn’t know about me is that I am a strong believer in the paranormal. I don’t believe everything that people say is true but I believe that they are out there. Meaning that these paranormal beings must feel much more welcome on Halloween. This doesn’t not include the negative spirits or demonic things either which is why I’ve always been quite anxious during Halloween night especially.
Once I was at a Halloween party (years and years ago) and my friend brought out a Ouija Board. “Just for fun”. As soon as I saw it, I immediately left. I didn’t want anything to do with it. You have no idea what you are letting in with those, and evil spirits prey on the weak. Especially people like myself back then. Extremely anxious, extremely low self esteem, depressed. I was the perfect target. It was not worth the risk.
One of my favourite youtubers “Hailey Reese” talks about the dangers of Ouija Boards a lot!
Therefore my first tip is to not take part in anything that you are uncomfortable with. Your friends/family will understand if you say no. If they don’t understand and start calling you a baby then “fuck them” ! They are not worth your time anyway. I’ve never wanted to take part in telling spooky stories or playing spooky games and that’s okay.
Social Anxiety and Trick or Treaters
Ever since my social anxiety became more obvious to me. It has been more and more difficult for me to open the door on Halloween night. I just feel extremely awkward which is a feeling that I like to avoid at all costs. Even though it is a very simple process (open the door, give them sweets, done) my social anxiety makes any situation more difficult than it needs to be.
So, my second tip is to not feel pressured to answer the door if you don’t want too. 9 times out of 10 people will think nothing of it. They won’t think you are boring and miserable. They will not Egg your house! Trust me. They will just say “oh well” and move onto the next house.
The same goes for Halloween parties. Don’t feel pressured to go if you don’t want too. If you prefer to stay at home and watch films like I did, then do it.
You are not boring! Don’t ever think you are. Everybody has fun in different ways.
Halloween is a fun time of year but can actually be scary for people with anxiety (in a different way than getting spooked). I really hope this post has helped some of you in a way regardless of it being a little bit late.
What did you do for Halloween this year? Does any aspect of Halloween make you anxious? Let me know in the comments below!
Thank you for reading.
I love you all!
Ruth (ColourfulHope) xoxo