365 Challenge: Day 266 – Halloween (LIST: Holiday)

Halloween: the night of October 31, the eve of All Saints’ Day, commonly celebrated by children who dress in costume and solicit candy or other treats door-to-door


Sundays are LIST days and today is no different. For this group of 5 Sundays, I chose holidays. W and I discussed the 365 Daily Challenge at dinner last night, as I asked for input on how to address the last three sets of lists, since there are 15 weeks left. While he had a couple of good suggestions, it required a bit of research, so I will use those in the future lists. I recently posted about Thanksgiving, which is my favorite holiday, so I won’t re-use that one. Instead, I’ll pick my five favorite holidays after Thanksgiving, in no particular order. In our first week, it’s all about Halloween!

Halloween is celebrated all over the world as a holiday focused on doing something fun. Its roots come from many religious celebrations, but it appears to have arrived in North America in the 18th century when Europeans immigrated, particularly from Scottish and Irish lands. Since those are two of my four heritages, it makes sense why I’d love this holiday. What I find interesting is how all the movies and legends we hear about attribute scary ghost stories and costume-wearing trick-or-treaters back to the days of the Salem Witch trials; however, those things didn’t really come about until the mid to late 1800s, at least from what I read about this morning. I took ten minutes to brush up on the subject before posting. I’m glossing over a bit, but just wanted to mention that piece of information; to keep this fun, let’s explore why I love this holiday:

  • It’s during fall, my favorite season.
  • I love to be scared.
  • I adore the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, which is 1 of 2 ‘definitions’ of Halloween for me.
  • I adore Hocus Pocus, which is 1 of 2 ‘definitions’ of Halloween for me.
  • I crave candy very often. Too often.
  • I do not like costumes. I feel silly. I haven’t worn one in over a decade, and the only times I did were when I had been forced. Grr. I’m not creative in that way, so I’d rather now just throw something on.
  • I rather enjoy visiting graveyards and cemeteries.
  • I’m fascinated by witches, wizards and warlocks — in literature and movies, that is.
  • It’s a way to do something different without worrying about who is hosting the family get-together, people being upset about traveling or coming up with gift ideas. It’s just pure fun and minimal expectations of ‘what you should do.’
  • The stories and legends are amazing to listen to, re-tell or imagine.
  • Kids just have so much fun; it’s great to see them forget about everything for a few hours and be creative and inventive in their costume choices.
  • You can have great theme parties, amazing foods that help create the images and setting you want to encourage. It’s pure imagination.

How do you feel about Halloween? What’s your favorite costume? What’s your most intense ghost story about? It’s time to frighten everyone…


Sunday posts, the end of each week, have become a theme on This-Is-My-Truth-Now, often organized by groups of five (5) focused on interesting things about my life. I’m continuing the trend of the seventh day, ending the week on Sunday, as a list (we know I love them) that provides more in depth knowledge about me. Past weeks included:

  • Weeks 1 – 5: Primary ethnicity groups and nationalities
  • Weeks 6 – 10: A to Z Favorites
  • Weeks 11 – 15: Colors with an important meaning
  • Weeks 16 – 20: Cities I’ve lived
  • Weeks 21 – 25: Jobs I’ve held
  • Weeks 26 – 30: Top 10 entertainment options
  • Week 31: How to follow or contact me across all social media platforms
  • Week 32: How to help an artist with promotion
  • Week 33 – 37: Favorite Book Genres
  • Week 38 – 42: Holidays
  • Week 43 – 47: TBD
  • Week 48 – 52: TBD


About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks.


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  1. Nice post! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because there is much less pressure on that day and also because I love fall. Halloween is always great when you’re a kid, but I definitely don’t like dressing up in costumes now. Now that our kids are older (one trick or treater left but probably his last year!) I love answering the door and seeing the little kids in their costumes.

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  2. Halloween is the bestest day of the whole entire year! 🎃
    We weren’t allowed to celebrate as children, my Mum believed it was a pagan festival to worship the devil that had been commercialised by Americans (sorry!) so I never got to dress up, carve pumpkins, go trick or treating or do any of the fun kid things for Halloween, it was basically ignored in my house. The thing is, I think it just made me more obsessed with it! You can imagine my Mum’s horror when I threw a Halloween themed wedding! 😂

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