Some Serious Thoughts On Halloween
Even though I don’t dress in a costume or go treat-or-treating, Halloween has always been a favorite holiday for me. During this time, I like to watch fun Halloween kid movies and read at least one gothic novel.
The reason I love Halloween so much because it is the one time of year where it doesn’t matter if you’re “scary”. All through October, you’ve got Tim Burton movies playing on television. Also, there’s the fact that everybody is excited about dressing up in costumes that may or may not be “scary”.
As fun as this stuff is, I wish we could take the entire month of October to learn to celebrate people who are deemed “scary” every day.
Some of those people include disabled people (esp. the mentally ill) and the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual,Transgender, and Queer community.
Every time there is a shooting, the words “mentally ill” come up in every article. All this does is stereotype and perpetuate fear. Next thing you know, we’ll be having witch burnings again.
At the same time, we’ve got everyday people and well-known people, who are disabled and are making a positive impact on people’s lives.
For instance, singer Mary J. Bilge conquered her depression and became one of the best singers ever. Actor Michael J. Fox has Parkinson’s disease, but he’s still acting today.
An everyday example is a girl I’d run into every week while attending community college. She was in a wheelchair and she seemed to be paralyzed because only her arms could move. I can’t remember name, but I remember her kindness.
Whenever I saw her, she’d wave and sometimes asked how I was doing. Her good mood despite her circumstances made me feel good too.
When it comes to the LGBTQ community, they are also stigmatized and stereotyped. In some cases, they’ve also been murdered or driven to suicide.
Yet, like disabled people, many have impacted society. Some include singer David Bowie, poet Audre Lorde, and model April Ashley.
Maybe it’s because I commute to college, but I haven’t met many LGBTQ members in my everyday life.
The one gay girl I met and became friends with was in high school. We were lab partners and she kept me from puking at the sight of a dissected frog. Not only was she nice, but she was cool because she was my first goth friend AND my first gay friend.
As long as you are a good person inside, it doesn’t matter how “scary” you seem to be. I wish more people would take this to heart, not only this month, but everyday.