I've always found Halloween to be magical.
A whole day dedicated to dressing up and pretending... talk about an actor's dream.
Working at the Children's Museum, I am reminded daily of the sheer innocence of dressing up. During this season it's pretty common to see visiting families dressed in costume. On a normal trip around the museum, I see everything from a Princess, to a Superhero, to a tiger. Each child whole-heartily imagining that they are that actual creature or person. It's kind of inspiring to see how confident and content each child is in their costume.
Truthfully, I still dress up for Halloween every year...and often spend way too much time putting together a costume. I have my Mom to blame for this trait, because growing up she allowed my sister and I to dress up as whatever we pleased. The more creative the better! I only remember buying an actual costume once. Most years we'd spend time whipping up our own zany designs at home. I loved the thrill of wearing fun clothes, but the idea of creating a character excited me even more...and truth be told, it's one of the main reasons I fell in love with theatre. The opportunity to be someone else.
Now, let me start by saying that I don't advocate for people being anyone else but themselves...I just wrote an entire post about being comfortable in your own skin. This being said, sometimes transforming allows us the opportunity to learn more about ourselves and dig up buried confidence. The image of a normally shy kid dressing up as Batman and suddenly exhibiting a strength that he didn't know he had, comes to mind. I witness this daily at the museum. Kids put on a different article of clothing and blossom.
I know for me personally, I have learned a lot about my own hidden strengths as well as that of others while creating a character on stage.
So, with all this rambling, I'm saying embrace the magic of Halloween...play dress-up...use the chance to pretend as a way to learn more about yourself. Seeing the kids at the museum in their costumes has really given me this warm fuzzy feeling lately.
We can be whoever we want to be...and sometimes we need to pretend in order find out what's real.